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  • Locations: Beijing, China
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Applications for Summer/Fall open Dec 1
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Advisor: Derek Shepard Minimum GPA: 3.0
Class eligibility: Junior, Senior Program type: Faculty-Led
Language prerequisite: No Language of instruction: English
Major Restrictions: Media & Journalism students only Phillips Ambassadors Scholarship Eligible: No
Program Description:
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UNC MEJO Global Immersion in China

This short-term global immersion to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong will give students an introduction to the Chinese media market, the most dominant emerging media system in the world. The class will:
  • introduce you to the Chinese media market.
  • teach you how journalists and strategic communication professionals work in this media market.
  • expose you to issues of diversity and communicating with varied groups of people.
  • prepare you for working within or with individuals from the Chinese culture.
  • raise ethical issues for journalists and strategic communication professionals.
Before the trip to China there will be a series of pre-departure sessions to discuss issues surrounding Chinese media, culture and political life. While in China, the group will visit various media companies and outlets such as China Daily, APCO Worldwide and BBDO, as well as partner schools such as the University of Hong Kong. During the course, students will focus on their area of specialization (i.e. journalism, strategic communication, etc.) but will also be fully engaged with students from other specializations.

Prof. Joe Cabosky will lead the program along with Michael Penny, Director of Global, Immersive and Professional Programs. 



Courses & Credits

Students will be enrolled in MEJO 490: International Media Markets, China. Participants will earn three credits that can be used as MEJO Elective or Conceptual hours. This course will also satisfy the Experiential Education requirement.

Courses in this program are UNC Graded Credit.
UNC Graded Credit Programs (often taught by UNC Faculty): No action required
  • These courses automatically show up on your Tar Heel Tracker and UNC Transcript.
  • You will receive a letter grade for those courses, and this does affect your GPA.
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The group will stay in double rooms in hotels in the heart of Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, with breakfast included on-site at each location. Most group meals are included in the program.
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Program Costs

Participants on this program are encouraged to apply for the MJ-school's scholarships and awards. Any awards or scholarships given by the School can be used to pay for this program.

Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.

Tuition and fees for the program are based on the cost of operating the program abroad and are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuation. Tuition and fees will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.

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Application Process

NOTE: This program is ONLY open to current major or minor students admitted to the UNC School of Media and Journalism. Students who expect to be admitted to the School during the spring 2018 semester can apply. Students who have declared a major or minor in the school but who have not yet been admitted are not eligible to apply. MEJO 153 is a prerequisite.

Please note that the application deadline for this program is several weeks earlier than other summer study abroad programs!

Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.

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More Information

For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access.
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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

Applications for Summer/Fall open Dec 1