Photo of Sydney Opera House and the city skyline during the day

Global Public Relations, Politics & Sports Communication Seminar

Program Dates

May 20–July 4, 2020

*Students should arrange to depart the US on May 18 or 19 (dependent upon location) to arrive in Sydney on the morning of May 20.

Program Overview

This faculty-led study abroad program offers students the opportunity to explore sports communication and earn credits during the summer. Coursework will demonstrate the attraction and effectiveness of sports as a communication strategy utilized by local, national and international governments and NGOs as part of a strategic communication plan, as well as its role in spontaneous grassroots movements.

Program Eligibility & Admission

  • Open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
  • Recommended particularly for Communication Studies students, but open to all students.
  • Application Period: November 1, 2019–February 1, 2020

Course Information

Total of 8 credits. Students will be required to be enrolled by Emerson College in ONE of the following two courses:

  • CC 335 - Sports as Soft Power (4 credits)
  • CC 337 - Topics in Sports Communication: Sydney Sports (4 credits)

Students will also select ONE 4-credit course from the CAPA Sydney Summer Program for which to enroll.

Academic Highlights

  • Explore the ways in which sport may challenge/ reinforce social and cultural values at the local, national, and international levels.
  • Complementing readings and discussions, the course may include guest lectures from individuals in the sports fields, thereby providing students a first-hand understanding of the challenges faced by those participating and working in this area
  • Take an additional course led by a faculty member from an Australian university, exploring topics such as Australian Government and Politics, Immigration in the Pacific Rim region, Sports Marketing, Sports Management, International Economics and Environmentalism. 
  • Opt to hear a guest lecture on immigration in the Australian context. 

Cultural Highlights

  • Explore the picturesque Blue Mountains.
  • Participate in a Bushwalk to the valley floor and visit the Aboriginal and Culture Resource Center.
  • Tour the famous Sydney Opera House.
  • Take a Harbour Circle Walk.
  • Spend a night in a safari tent at Sydney's Taronga Zoo overlooking Sydney Harbour.
  • Participate in a Food Crawl, tasting various types of cuisine in the diverse suburb of Newtown.

Cost & Inclusions

Program Fee: $13,995

Included in Program Fee

  • Tuition (8 credits @ $800/credit)
  • Registration Fee
  • Housing
  • Welcome and farewell meals
  • Local transportation pass
  • Excursions to Blue Mountains, Sydney Opera House, and more!

Not Included in Program Fee

  • Round-trip airfare to/from Sydney (Est. $2,200)
  • Most meals and incidental or personal expenses
  • Passports (or visas, if required)
  • International Health Insurance*

*May be waived by those with alternate comparable insurance.

*Health Insurance Coverage: Participants must have an insurance plan that provides coverage while abroad. If you feel your current insurance is not adequate, please research a plan that is. For information on Supplemental Health Plans, please visit our Health Insurance Requirements page.

Photo of Sydney Opera House at night

Global Perspectives on Public Relations

Program Dates

December 29, 2019–January 11, 2020

Program Overview

This two-week program takes students to Sydney, Australia during the Winter Intercession (which is summer in Australia) to take a deep dive into Public Relations from a global perspective.

During this program, students will gain a practical, strategic and technical understanding of international public relation topics, including media relations, social media, branding, media management, crisis communication and more. Together with Professor Mary Anne Taylor, students will explore how brands navigate various forms of media across borders.  In addition, there will opportunities to engage with local, Australian thought-leaders on important global topics such as immigration. 

Parallel to the academic experience, students will have the chance to participate in the following cultural highlights:

  • Explore the picturesque Blue Mountains during the New Year celebration.
  • Participate in a Bushwalk to the valley floor and visit the Aboriginal and Cultural Resource Center
  • Visit the Featherdale Wildlife Park
  • Tour the famous Sydney Opera House
  • Take a Harbour Circle Walk

Program Eligibility & Admission

  • Limited to 20 students.
  • Open to all undergraduate students.
  • Must be 18 years or older by date of travel.
  • Application Deadline: EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 1, 2019

Course Information

Participating students will earn 4 credits (CC372: Topics in Communication Studies; A Global Perspective on Public Relations) during this intensive, faculty-led program, and will return to Boston prepared to tackle advanced topics in global communication and public relations. This course will count towards students' Spring semester course load and the associated tuition charges will be included in students' Spring semester bill.

COURSELOAD NOTE: Students undertaking winter intersession programs will have the course count toward their overall spring term courseload. Thus, any students participating on the program should adjust their spring courseload to 12 credits as opposed to 16 credits.

FINANCIAL AID NOTE: Students undertaking winter intersession programs will be able to utilize financial aid toward the tuition portion of their program fees ONLY. Aid will not be applicable toward non-tuition charges.

Itinerary

*Please note that travel to Australia from the U.S. takes two days.  Students should plan to depart from the U.S. on Friday, December 27, 2019*

  • Friday, December 27: Depart from the U.S.
  • Sunday, December 29: Arrive in Sydney
  • Monday, December 30: Orientation
  • Tuesday, December 31: New Years Celebration in Sydney
  • Wednesday, January 1: New Years Celebration in Sydney
  • Thursday, January 2 - Friday, January 3: Class sessions in Sydney
  • Saturday, January 4 - Sunday, January 5: Cultural activities and free time
  • Monday, January 6 - Friday, January 10: Class sessions, Farewell Dinner
  • Saturday, January 11: Departures to Boston

Subject to change.

Costs & Inclusions

Program Fee: $3,595

Included in Program Fee:

  • Daily breakfast and some meals
  • Housing
  • Registration Fee
  • Airport pick-up transportation
  • Local transportation passes (for trains, buses and ferries)

Not included in Program Fee:

  • Round trip Airfare (Est. $2,200)
  • Tuition for 4 credits 
  • Airport drop-off for return flight
  • Most meals and incidental expenses
  • Passports (or Visas)
  • International Health Insurance*

*May be waived by those with alternate comparable insurance.

*Health Insurance Coverage: Participants must have an insurance plan that provides coverage while abroad. If you feel your current insurance is not adequate, please research a plan that is. For information on Supplemental Health Plans, please visit our Health Insurance Requirements page.

Subject to change.