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  • Locations: Mainz, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 04/01/2019 TBA TBA
Program Description:

Journalism Study Abroad
Media, Fake News and Right-wing Movements

Johannes Gutenberg University
Mainz, Germany

May 12 - June 2, 2018
Program Description:  The University of Memphis Journalism Department invites you to apply for a unique opportunity to study abroad in Mainz, Germany. Earn three hours of journalism credits for the three-week course  "Media, Fake News and Right-Wing Movements." Dr. Hrach will be teaching this class to German journalism students at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. Four spots have been allocated for University of Memphis students to participate in the course. In addition to class lectures, participants will visit various media and cultural sites in the region, including ZDF Television Network, one of the largest broadcasters in Europe.

There will also be optional weekend trips to the cities and towns of the Rhine River Valley. Mainz itself is the birthplace of the Gutenberg Press and home to a fascinating Gutenberg Museum as well as five universities, which makes the city a thriving university community full of student-packed cafes, shops and pubs. At the conclusion of the seminar, students are welcome to extend their visit and travel on their own to the great cities of Europe. Berlin, Munich, Paris and Amsterdam are all an easy train ride from Mainz.

Course Description: The election of Donald Trump in the United States and the rise of nationalistic right-wing movements in Europe has focused attention on how the news media along with the proliferation of fake news fuels such movements. Research indicates there are links between media coverage of immigration, nationalist movements and isolationist foreign policy in the United States and Europe. The course will examine those links in light of Trump’s election and the Brexit votes in 2016.  It also examines those links in the  2017 elections in Germany, France and other European nations that have seen the rise of right-wing political parties.
Summer 2018 Program Cost: $2,950 (subject to change)

The program fee includes:
  • Tuition for 3-credit hours
  • $350 study abroad application fee
  • Housing in Mainz
The Program fee does not include:  
  • International travel
  • International health insurance
  • Meals
  • Personal expenses and Incidentals
Students will have approximately $2,200 in out-of-pocket expenses to cover round-trip airfare from Memphis to Frankfurt, local transportation expenses (bus) and meals. This is an estimate! You may need more money depending on your spending habits and final flight costs.

2018 Program Dates:
May 11 -- Depart USA
May 12 -- Arrive Mainz
June 2 -- Return to USA or continue travel in Europe on your own

Eligibility and Space Available: There are only four slots for University of Memphis journalism students to participate in this opportunity.  
For more information please visit the Journalism Summer Program Wiki Page.
Contact: For more information on the course in Mainz, contact Professor Hrach at For more information about the study-abroad application and scholarship, contact Study Abroad at To see study abroad advisor appointment times, click here.