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Study Abroad

Study Mass Communication Abroad

Study abroad programs are the perfect catalyst for individual growth. Studies also show that students who study abroad have higher graduation rates and higher GPA's than those who do not. Students who participate in our programs have a great opportunity to increase their self-reliance and confidence. Despite a wide range of classroom courses on-campus, LSU doesn't offer everything. An exchange at a foreign or domestic university allows for experiential learning that you just can't get on our Baton Rouge campus. Additionally, LSU students repeatedly have made lifelong friends worldwide while participating in study abroad programs and exchanges. Not only do these friends offer new perspectives on life, but often offer an attractive place to stay/visit when traveling in the future: lifelong travel buddies!

The Manship School offers its students various programs to study mass communication abroad. Financial aid is available for students seeking assistance through the Manship School's scholarships and LSU's Academics Programs Abroad's scholarships.

Students smiling in front of the White House

LSU in D.C.

The LSU in D.C. summer program offers a glimpse at the political culture of the nation's capital and a behind-the-scenes look at media and mass communication in Washington, D.C.

The two-week program features guest speaker presentations from important professionals and LSU alumni working in politics, journalism, public relations and advertising. The program also includes field trips to Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court, the White House, the Holocaust Museum, the Newseum and the Smithsonian.

Students take six hours of course credit:

  • MC 4090: Media Ethics and Social Responsibility (a required course in the Manship School)
  • MC 4971: Media & Politics in the Nation's Capital

To apply for the program or learn more about costs and payment of fees, visit the course brochure on the LSU’s Academic Programs Abroad website or email Hayley Booth at

 Stage at Cannes Festival

LSU at Cannes

This program will immerse students in the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the largest global gathering of professionals working in advertising and related fields. The five-day festival in June, incorporating the awarding of the Lions awards, is held yearly at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in Cannes, France. Around 11,000 registered delegates from 90 countries visit the Festival to celebrate the best of creativity in brand communication, discuss industry issues and network with one another. 

The passes students receive to the Festival entitles them to access the cabanas and beach events set up by companies, such as YouTube, Spotify, Havas, IPG, Girls Lounge, Facebook, Oracle, Twitter, Pinterest, Shutterstock, Haymarket, Open X, the United Nations, NBC Universal, Unilever and Hulu.

Students take one course during this program:

  • MC 4971: International Advertising Cases

To apply for the program or learn more about costs and payment of fees, visit the course brochure on the LSU’s Academic Programs Abroad website or email Lance Porter at

 Landscape photo of Slazburg, Austria

LSU in Salzburg

The LSU in Salzburg summer program is a faculty-led study-abroad course offered through LSU in coordination with the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change, a media literacy academy, in Salzburg, Austria, that convenes emerging leaders across media industries to build innovative networks and leadership in media. 

Students will explore how digital media technologies shape civic engagement, activism and innovation in a global media age. Working with students from many different universities, LSU students will build digital stories, business plans and content that helps provide innovative insights into the role of media, technology and activism in changing societies across borders, cultures and divides.

Students take one course during this program:

  • MC 4971: Special Topics in Media Literacy and Journalism

To apply for the program or learn more about costs and payment of fees, visit the course brochure on the LSU’s Academic Programs Abroad website.


The Olympics Project 

The Olympics Project will run throughout July 2024, in conjunction with the Paris 2024 Summer Olympic Games. The program, under the direction of Dean Bissell, will offer a 3-credit-hour course (graduate or undergraduate) that will take place in the United States via Zoom meetings and in-person in several regions of France. 

The purpose of this course is to teach students how to produce written, visual and digital stories about people, places, food, culture and history via an immersive experience in three distinct regions in France during the Paris Olympic Games. The course will have a few phases to it:  

  • group meetings via Zoom while in the United States 
  • several days in the field conducting interviews and gathering content for the final product while in Marseille, Lyon and Paris 
  • attending official Olympic events in Marseille (football), Lyon (football), and Paris (canoe slalom and basketball) 
  • discovering how the different regions of the country prepare for and host the Olympic Games 

This course serves as an upper division elective course for undergraduate and graduate students in the Manship School. The course will culminate by each student producing online stories, blogs, podcasts, vlogs or other digital content reflective of the stories they develop in France. 

To apply for the program, submit an application by Nov. 30, 2023, at 4:30 p.m. The application is open to all Manship School undergraduate and graduate students. 

Don't see a program you're interested in? Check out the nearly 400 domestic and international programs offered by LSU's Academic Programs Abroad!