Mass Communications Students and Faculty are involved in Study Abroad opportunities around the world, in Poland, England and China. St. Cloud State University students can also explore the world through the university’s many semester-long, academic year-long and short-term study abroad programs offered through the Center for International Studies.
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What our students have to say about life-changing experiences they had on the Poland program:
“I've always had a fascination with the Holocaust and still cannot believe that I walked the paths of so many that lost their lives at the hands of Hitler. The biggest thing about this trip was the hard backhand slap of reality it gave me across the face. Watch as much as you want on TV, but if you want a reality check, take a look firsthand.
Most memorable will always be meeting and listening to the survivors. These are some of the strongest people that I will ever come in contact with. It is amazing that although they take with them the images of the camps everyday, they can tell their stories with smiles upon their faces. To me these are the celebrities we should all know and talk about.”
Christy Kramer ’03 ’07
Since 1997, Department of Mass Communication students have had the unique opportunity to take their learning far beyond the walls of Stewart Hall to Poland, where they get a first-hand education in media in a post-communist country, the horrors of the Holocaust and more. Professor Peter Przytula, a native of Poland, leads the annual Poland program, which is like a compressed study-abroad program. Students can earn three to six credits while spending nearly three weeks immersed in Polish history, culture, media and modern life.
Much of each group’s time is spent in Lodz, Professor Przytula’s home town. Professor Przytula orchestrates visits to newspapers, television stations and public relations and advertising agencies to give students an up-close look at international communications in a post-Communist country. These are invaluable experiences in our increasingly global culture.
Profesor Przytula also sets up sightseeing tours to cities such as Warsaw and Krakow and arranges opportunities for St. Cloud State students to socialize with their Polish counterparts. However, of all the incredible experiences the Poland program offers, the Holocaust component leaves the strongest impression. The students tour internment camps and learn about the horrors from personal sessions with survivors.
The Poland program adds an international component to learning that’s critical in today’s market and creates indelible memories for our students.
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The Department of Mass Communications is committed to playing a role in the university’s global presence. In addition to the Poland program, the department also contributes to other study abroad programs. Professors Gretchen Tiberghien, Lisa Heinrich and Verta Bradley all have spent semesters in Alnwick, England, where St. Cloud State students live in the castle where the “Harry Potter” movies were filmed and immerse themselves in British culture. The department’s involvement allows mass communications students to take classes in their major while living in another country.
St. Cloud State University students soon will have the a new opportunity to experience another part of the world. Mass Communications Professor Roya Majid is working on developing student and faculty exchanges with Chinese universities.
She brought a group of students to Beijing in May 2005 to study the most recent economic and media reform in China. She also participated in a College-level faculty exchange with China Youth University for Political Science during Fall 2006.
She is currently working on an agreement with China Youth University for Political Science that will allow St. Cloud State faculty and students to spend a semester in China and provide Chinese students with the opportunity to transfer to St. Cloud State for the last two years of their undergraduate study.