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The College of Media & Communication encourages all students to take advantage of the myriad opportunities to study abroad. From here, it's possible…to see the world!

The Texas Tech University Study Abroad Office coordinates programs in more than 70 countries. For more information, please visit the TTU Study Abroad website.

All currently enrolled TTU students can apply for the Study Abroad Competitive Scholarship (SACS), which is funded by Texas Tech's International Education fee. 

College of Media & Communication students are encouraged to participate in one of our study abroad programs to earn academic credit and while building their professional portfolios.

Programs led by Media & Communication Faculty

Communication in Italy

Italy is an enchanting country with a rich culture, spectacular landscapes, phenomenal cuisine, and fabled art and architecture. Both courses will offer amazing excursions and cultural activities along with business visits that offer a firsthand look at the communication process in a country known for its tourism and hospitality. You can take either three or six credit hours, and each course will last two weeks. This program will combine classroom learning, company visits, various cultural activities, and excursions to give students a deeper understanding of the world.

Global Public Relations

This study abroad course is designed to provide real-world international communication experience. Students will work as consultants with international clients, agencies and businesses to provide strategic communication insights. This program offers courses for both undergraduate and graduate students. This program changes locations from year-to-year and has visited many exciting locations across the globe, including Costa Rica, Germany, Greece, and Manchester, England.

Media, Tourism and Photography

Interested in film and cinema? How about traveling the world for a living? Ever wanted to become a travel or documentary photographer? Learn about the interplay of popular media and tourism while photographing some of the most scenic countries and unique cultures in the world! Summit mountains, visit famous movie sites, learn about screen tourism, and build your professional portfolio. This program currently rotates between visiting New Zealand, and Scotland & Northern Ireland.

Public Relations in Spain & Portugal

Students will walk in the footsteps of explorers and monarchs as they discover for themselves the international practice of public relations. With home base in the vibrant Andalusian city of Seville, Spain, students will learn through hands-on experience with clients, conversations with international agency leaders, interactions with host families, and cultural excursions to some of the Iberian Peninsula's most beautiful and significant attractions. Courses will focus on: (1) strategic storytelling in the context of travel and tourism; (2) working as a public relations practitioner on behalf of a destination and influencer; (3) communicating about the culture, heritage, environment, and people of a foreign destination; and (4) creation of professional-level work for an international client.

Cultural highlights of the program include:

    • Catedral de Sevilla: A UNESCO World Heritage site, and the largest Gothic building in Europe.
    • Real Alcazar de Sevilla: The Spanish royal palace, and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
    • Cordoba, Spain: An ancient Moorish city on the banks of the Guadalquivir River.
    • Sintra, Portugal: Home of a former royal summer residence on the slopes of the Sintra Mountains outside of Lisbon.
    • Lisbon, Portugal: Economic, government, and cultural capital of Portugal. 
    • Matalascañas beach, Spain: Long, pristine beach on the Atlantic coast of southern Spain.
    • Flamenco show at La Casa Del Flamenco in Seville.
  • Courses Offered:
    • PRSC 4301 (Travel & Tourism PR)
    • PRSC 4351 (International & Multicultural PR)
  • Contact: Dr. Eric Rasmussen at eric.rasmussen@ttu.edu
  • Learn more about Public Relations in Spain & Portugal and apply now!

Strategic Communication In Advertising & Public Relations

This study abroad program offers students two courses of study (6 hours credit total) focusing on strategic storytelling and integrated communications based in London, UK. Students will engage with concepts that present how strategic storytelling can be used by professional communicators and will learn how public relations fits into the marketing mix as well as the challenges and benefits of an integrated communications approach. Students will visit London-based PR, media, design and advertising firms as well as London's cultural and historical attractions.

Strategic Minerals and Science Communication in South Africa

This study abroad program combines geology, film and photo production, and science journalism, offering students two courses of study for a total of 6 credit hours. These disciplines come together in South Africa in a 4-week program that provides students an integrated experience blending field, classroom, and laboratory learning of strategic minerals that underlie the modern, high-technology world economy. Students learn about the high-stakes business of mining while developing communication strategies to effectively deliver complex scientific information to general audiences. The materials developed by students in this course will be used in marketing campaigns and short documentary films that raise awareness of the global inter-connected science and economics of mineral resources, and the environmental and human impact of the extraction of those resources, and will advocate for the positive outcomes and societal benefits of international engagement.

Partner Programs & Universities

In addition to the faculty-led study abroad programs offered by the College of Media & Communication, students have the option to study at the Texas Tech University Center in Sevilla. The Texas Tech University Center in Sevilla offers students the opportunity to take catalog Texas Tech classes taught by Texas Tech faculty. The Center hosts permanent staff and faculty members who travel from Lubbock to Sevilla every semester (fall, spring and summer).

Texas Tech students may also study at partner institutions in two different ways: with a provider-partner program, or an exchange-partner program. Students interested in studying abroad at a partner institution should reach out to the TTU Study Abroad advising team for more information.