Study Abroad

The Department of Communication sponsors study abroad opportunities in Turkey, Hungary, and Hong Kong, each one related to educating participants in the global communication industries.

The Global Business & Media program runs during the Maymester and includes trips to Istanbul and Budapest. Students receive 6 credit hours for participating in the intensive month long course. This unique, interdisciplinary program offers students a remarkable opportunity to learn about, explore and analyze an important topic: international business and global dimensions of an important industry— media and communications. In particular, we spend a full day at CNN, meeting with executives, touring facilities, and learning about business and media related careers in CNN.

Several workshops are held in March and April in order to acquaint ourselves with the economy, business, political, and cultural environment of Turkey and Hungary. Studying business and journalism in the context of two emerging economies, Turkey and Hungary, in contrast to the U.S., provides participants a comparative perspective in an increasingly interconnected global economy. Students also develop an appreciation of cultural differences and how they may affect business and society.

Please visit the Study Abroad Blog and  Study Abroad Brochure 2014.
For more information, please contact Assistant Professor, Shawn Powers.

New Media and Entrepreneurship in Hong Kong

The Program:

The goal of this study abroad is to give students interested in journalism and communications the opportunity to experience new media and entrepreneurial endeavors in Asia.  Students will be partnered with other students from Hong Kong Baptist University to enhance their cultural experience.  Students will better understand changes in Hong Kong since it was handed over from British to Chinese rule, creating opportunities in media and business, as well as challenges.  The rich cultural tapestry of Hong Kong with all of its color and chaos will be explored.  Students who complete this program will:

• Learn how traditional and new media work in Asia.
• Learn how to apply theoretical journalistic strategies in an authentic field environment.
• Broaden understanding of business and cultural issues in an expanding Asia market.
• Learn how communications content is developed and disseminated.
• Broaden understanding of China’s role in information dissemination and censorship in one of the freest economies in the world.


Participants will stay in a comfortable, double-occupancy hotel in Kowloon which is close to Hong Kong Baptist University and ubiquitous public transit. Breakfasts will be included, airport transfers, and transportation to local shopping districts as provided by the hotel.


Students with documented disabilities who may need accommodations during their study abroad experience should discuss these needs with the Program Director and the Office of Disability Services at the time of application.


The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet all academic requirements of the Georgia State University Communication department.  Participants will be interviewed by the program director.  Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.


Participants who successfully complete the course will receive three semester hours of course credit at Georgia State University.  Students should register for JOUR4900.  Advanced writing courses such as Jour 3010 or Jour 3560 are suggested prerequisites, or consent of the course directory.   Only students with an institutional GPA of 2.5 or higher or approval of instructor are eligible to enroll.  Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.


The program cost is tentatively set at $2,390.00, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees, PLUS airfare to Hong Kong and some meals. Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.  Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements.

Price Includes

• Ground transportation
• Excursions and entrance fees
• Breakfasts
• Welcome and farewell dinners
• Hotels
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance

Price Does NOT Include

• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Round trip airfare
• Passport
• Some meals
• Personal expenses and excess baggage charges


Feb. 16, 2015 – $500 deposit due
March 9, 2015 – $1000 payment due
April 3, 2015 –  remaining balance due
(all payments are non-refundable upon receipt)


Georgia State University students are eligible to apply for the IEF Study Abroad Scholarship/Georgia State University Foundation Scholarship and may be eligible to apply for the Global Experience Scholarship. Visit  or contact the Office of International Initiatives, Study Abroad Programs at 404/413-2529 for more information.


May 11-25: In Atlanta, lectures and preparation.
June 1: Hong Kong
June 8: Return to Atlanta


Program Director: Colleen McEdwards, Ph.D.
Office address: 25 Park Place, #836, Atlanta, 30300
Telephone: 404 314 9445