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Politics and Media in Europe
Bayeux, France; Berlin, Germany; London, United Kingdom; Paris, France; Prague, Czech Republic; Strasbourg, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer Semester
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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APA Program Type: Summer Programs APA Advisor: Jill Clemmons
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Minimum GPA:
Housing Options: Dormitory, Hostel/Hotel Credit Type: LSU courses & credit
Program Description:

Politics and Media in Europe 2017 | facebookicon

What are you doing this summer?

  • You could explore the role of print and electronic media in politics while traveling to several major capital cities in Europe.  
  • You could examine strategies used by the government, political parties, political consultants and activists to influence the news media. 
  • You could visit London, Paris, Strasbourg, Berlin, and Prague!

BeefeatersLondon: One of the world's foremost global cities with deep roots in media, education, finance, international commerce, entertainment, and education.  

You'll visit the Tower of London, where spit-shined Beefeaters guard the Crown Jewels; The British Museum, with more than 8 million objects spanning the world's cultures; Westminster Abbey, the setting of the coronation since 1066; The British Parliament; The University of Oxford, and other historic sites.

European Union flagStrasbourg: We'll spend three days in historic Strasbourg, the seat of the European Parliament and the home of the International Institute of Human Rights.  The historic city center, Grande Ile, classified as a World Heritage site by Unesco, dates back to 12 BC.  Franco-German history abounds in Strasbourg.  Although violently disputed throughout history, the city has served as a bridge of unity between France and Germany for centuries.

Eiffel Tower from trainParis: You'll spend six days touring Paris and the surrounding areas.  Our itinerary includes visits to the Musée d'Orsay, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris, the Île Saint-Louis, and more.  

Our stop in Paris also will feature a one-day excursion to the beaches of Normandy, site of the largest seaborne invasion in history that began the liberation of France and Europe from Nazi control.

students in PraguePrague: Prague's "Velvet Revolution" of 1989 freed the city from 41 years behind the Iron Curtain and spurred Prague's development as one of the world's most popular tourist destinations.  You'll tour the Museum of Communism, the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, and the Franz Kafka Museum.  

Because Prague suffered far less damage from World War II bombing, our walking tour of the city will reveal one of the world's most pristine collections of architecture - Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassical, and ultra modern.

How will study abroad benefit you in the future?  

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Dates & Costs

Start Date End Date Program Fee LSU Tuition & Fees 
(Undergraduate, 6 hours)
LSU Tuition & Fees 
(Graduate, 6 hours)
June 3 July 1 $3,700 instate: $2,305
out of state: $6,606
instate: $2,748
out of state: $7,075

Program Fee Includes

  • Tea without tea

  • Breakfast and some group dinners
  • Ground transportation in host cities
  • Fieldtrips and cultural events
  • Transportation between cities
  • Health insurance
London:  You'll stay at the Phoenix Hotel in Kensington.  The hotel offers free wifi, continental breakfast and complimentary tea and coffee, and is a short walk from both the Bayswater and Queensway underground ("Tube") stations.


Program Fee Does NOT Include

Tuition and Fees: You must pay tuition and fees for all courses you take through LSU.  The tuition you pay is based on whether or not you are a resident of Louisiana.  If you are an out of state student, you will pay out of state tuition and fees for all courses taken through LSU.

mikeonaplaneAirfare: Each student arranges his/her own roundtrip airfare.  You should not purchase airfare until you're told to do so by Mr. Ritter, your Program Director.  

Once you are told to purchase airfare, you should plan to arrive in London on June 4 (which means you will need to leave the US on June 3).  Your return flight should be booked out of Prague, Czech Republic.

Spending money: Although some meals are provided, you should plan for additional expenditures, including meals not covered by the program fee, snacks, souvenirs, and outings with friends.


Course Description
MC 4090 Media Ethics and Social Responsibility
MC 4103 Comparative Media Systems

All students on the program will take both courses.

European Union flagsMC 4103 (Comparative Media Systems) - World mass media; news agencies, communication organizations, differing philosophies, international new flow and political, economic, cultural, and geographical influences.  

During your time in each country, you will examine strategies used by government, political parties, and activists to influence the news media.  You will examine mainstream and non-mainstream media outlets.  

Writing assignments will be primarily related to European politics, media, and culture.  

London EyeMC 4090 (Media Ethics and Social Responsibility) - This course will examine contemporary ethical issues related to the mass media and to provide an opportunity for students to develop critical thinking skills related to ethical thinking.  

During your time in each country, you will compare cultural and practical differences in the approach to ethics as related to mass media and how to resolve common conflicts that arise in a global society.  

Case studies and written assignments will emphasize comparisons between European and U.S. ethical standards in media.  You'll look closely at emerging diversity issues, including immigration, and how they may impact moral reasoning in an international environment.


May 3 Summer fee bills available via myLSU
May 13 10:00am Parents' orientation
May 18 Summer fee bills due
June 3 Students depart the US
June 4 Arrive in London; meet Prof Mann or Prof Ritter at Heathrow Airport; check into the Phoenix Hotel; afternoon free to explore; welcome dinner
June 5 Classes; bus tour of London; Tower of London
June 6 Meeting with Dr. Nicholas Allen and Dr. Giacomo Benedetto (Royal Holloway University of London); Windsor Castle tour
June 7 Class; Churchill War Rooms; CBS News Bureau; group dinner and meeting with Claire Bailay 
June 8 Visit to Oxford; performance of Phantom of the Opera
June 9 Class; Westminster Abbey; changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace; meeting with two former Members of Parliament; The London Eye
June 10 Depart London; train to Paris and on to Bayeux
June 11 Guided tour of D-Day beaches; train to Paris; check into the FIAP
June 12 Class; bus tour of Paris; Musee d'Orsay and Tuileries Gardens; group dinner
June 13 Class; briefing at the US Embassy; Palais Garnier (Paris opera house)
June 14 Class; Luxembourg Palace and French Parliament; evening boat ride on the Seine
June 15 Class; Palace of Versailles
June 16 Depart Paris; train to Strasbourg; check into the Chateau de Pourtales; group dinner
June 17 Class; tour of Strasbourg's historic core
June 18 Free day
June 19 Council of Europe and European Court of Human Rights; train to Berlin; check into The Circus Hostel
June 20 Class; Topography of Terror; tour of the Bundestag (German Parliament) and briefing by former members; group dinner
June 21 Class; Dark Worlds; Memorial Berlin
June 22 Briefing at the US Embassy; conversation with the Managing Chairman of the Forum for Intercultural Dialogue 
June 23 Class; meeting with lecturer at Freie Universitat's John F Kennedy Institute; briefing from staff of the Federal Agency for Civic Action; evening tour of the lights and sights of Berlin
June 24 Sachsenhausen 
June 25 Memorial and Museum; The German Resistance Memorial Center; Berlin Wall Memorial and Documentation Center
June 26 Depart Berlin; train to Prague; check into Hotel Suite Home; group dinner
June 27 Class; walking tour of Prague; Prague Castle
June 28 Castle Cesky
June 29 Museum of Communism; The Jewish Museum and Prague Jewish Town; group dinner
June 30 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; farewell dinner
July 1 Program ends; return home or continue to explore Europe on your own
Aug 2 Grades are available via myLSU

Please note: this itinerary it tentative and subject to change


Faculty Member Department Photo
Prof. Bob Ritter
Program Director
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Prof. Robert Mann Manship School of Mass Communication Mann

Eligibility & Withdrawal


In order to be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Must have completed at least 45 credit hours
  • Be at least 18 years old by the first day of the program
  • Not be on disciplinary or scholastic probation
  • Have the prerequisites for the courses you take

NOTE: This program is open to students from all disciplines. Qualified applications from other insitutions are also welcome.

Application Deadline
March 31, 2017

Although the application deadline is March 31, you are advised to register early in order to secure a spot in the program. The program will fill on a first come, first served basis from those who meet the eligibility requirements.

Deposit: A $500 deposit will be placed on your LSU billing statement at the time that you apply to the program. Students at other universities must send in a check or money order (made payable to "Louisiana State University") for the $500 deposit along with their applications.

The $500 deposit is nonrefundable after February 3, 2017.

Payment Deadlines: the $500 deposit is put on your billing statement when you are accepted into the program and is due at the time that the charge appears.  The rest of the program fee (minus the $500 deposit) and tuition/fees for the courses will appear on your summer fee bill.  Those fee bills are available via myLSU on May 3 and are due on May 18.

If you withdraw from the program: After January 29, you will be responsible for making payments on your study abroad program, even if you do not go on the program. The amount that you will owe is based on the date on which you withdraw. The withdrawal schedule is:

Date Withdrawal Costs
Withdrawal after February 3, 2017 $500 deposit is non-refundable
Withdrawal after March 3, 2017 $500 deposit and $500 payment will be paid
Withdrawal after March 31, 2017 $500 deposit and $1,000 payment will be paid
Withdrawal after April 21, 2017 $500 deposit and entire program fee will be paid

Parents: Have questions about the study abroad process?  Want to ask questions?  We have a Facebook group just for parents of students going on our summer programs!  Join us here.

This program is currently not accepting applications.