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Department of Communication Studies

Study Abroad

2019 France and Spain

The Department of Communication Studies invites applications from undergraduate and graduate students (all majors) for its Winter 2019 travel seminar in France and Spain


Admission is competitive.  Deadline is October 1, 2018

IN-STATE TUITION for ALL (undergrad students will pay undergrad tuition)

  • Satisfy Major, Minor, or Elective course requirements/Earn needed credits/stay on track academically
  • Satisfy K-State 8 Global Issues and Perspectives requirement
  • Utilize Financial Aid to fund this 2-week course and apply for K-State and other scholarships (check "Helpful Links" for details)
Please contact academic director: Professor Soumia Bardhan 
A video featuring program locations/sites (from past program) can be accessed here: 
Program Description:
This 2-week winter travel course on culture and communication is designed for undergraduate and graduate students interested in an academic and intercultural experience in a foreign culture.  The course, directed by Professor Soumia Bardhan, may be taken as COMM 480:  Intercultural/International Communication, three credits, or COMM 799:  Problems in Intercultural/International Communication, three to six credits, independent study.  The program kicks off with a welcome reception in Paris on January 6, 2019, and concludes in Madrid on Januay 19, 2019.  It features field trips to Aix-en-Provence and Marseille in southern France, and Granada, Seville and Cordoba in southern Spain.  
In this course, culture will be studied through four levels. These levels correspond to communications scholar Bernard Saint-Jacques’s conception of culture: (1) High culture- the achievements of a society in terms of the most esteemed forms of literature, art, music; (2) Culture as behavior- the ways people agree to behave, act, and respond; (3) Culture as ways of thinking- modes of perception, beliefs and values, shaped by history, society, media, religion, politics, etc; and (4) Culture as language. Through an in-depth review of intercultural theories and concepts, and competence development activities, the course will focus on the ways in which culture and language — and more broadly communication—are linked; it will help students gain a greater understanding of when and why communicative misunderstandings occur and how to overcome them; and it will allow students to appreciate communicative differences resulting from cultural dissimilarities and recognize that interacting with people from different backgrounds brings opportunities for growth.  Participants will explore ways in which culture and communication/media affect debates concerning immigration, religion and secularism, terrorism and human rights, feminism and gender dynamics in Europe.  The course also will concentrate on the history, evolution and manifestation of Christianity, Judaism and Islam in Al-Andalus in southern Spain, and the intercultural interactions between Western and non-Western cultures through analysis of art, architecture, history and politics.  
The academic component will consist of a series of briefings from the academic director. Participants will attend daily lectures and meetings and actively engage in several formal and informal intercultural discussions and interactions with French and Spanish citizens. Field trips include tours of some of the most notable museums:  Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, and the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris and Prado in Madrid.  Tours of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, La Mezquita of Córdoba, Central Cathedral and Alhambra Palace in Granada will be scheduled.  In addition to intercultural dialogues with locals, participants will discover the intriguing history of Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, and Seville during walking tours, and sample a diverse array of culinary delights.  Other highlights are a Seine river cruise, visits to the Eiffel Tower, and Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol in Madrid as well as a flamenco lecture-demonstration in Granada.  

The application, eligibility, itinerary, tuition and associated investment, and deadlines can be found at:
For more details, check Helpful Links on the top righ-hand corner of this page.