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  • Locations: Mainz, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Description:

Journalism Study Abroad
Politics, the Press and Race in America

Johannes Gutenberg University
Mainz, Germany

May 10 - June 1, 2019
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  "Politics, the Press and Race in America." Dr. Sanford 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: This course explores in detail the confluence of racial attitudes in America from the early 1950s to today and how those attitudes impacted politics, public policy and news media coverage. Specific attention will be given to the dawn of the American Civil Rights Movement, the tension between northern and southern states – including differences in how northern and southern newspapers covered the movement – and the many factors that altered how Americans view race through the lenses of politics and media. Sessions will also address the current racial climate in the United States and how it affects political campaigns and media coverage. 

Summer 2019 Program Cost: The program fee includes: The Program fee does not include:
(subject to change)
  • Tuition for 3-credit hours
  • $350 study abroad application fee
  • Housing in Mainz
  • 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.

2019 Program Dates:
May 10 -- Depart USA
May 11 -- Arrive Mainz
June 1 -- 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.  
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This program is currently not accepting applications.