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! Summer, SMU-in-London: Communications
London, England
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Cost Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
Minimum Class Standing: Sophomore Housing: Dormitory
SMU Abroad Advisor: Lea Sarodjo, Program Director: Rita Kirk,
SMU Abroad Application Cycle: January 15-March 1 Deposit Deadline: April 1
Summer 2014 Program Dates: May 24-June 28
Program Description:

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SMU-in-London: Communications

Regent's College: London, England

May 24-June 28, 2014

SMU Abroad programs are eligible for all proficiencies, including Global Engagement. Students who wish to receive credit for proficiencies must petition the course through the UC office located in Clements Hall G02.

SMU-in-London: Communications, now in its 32nd year, has earned a reputation as an academic and cultural opportunity that college students rank among their top educational experiences.  London is easily one of the world's most fascinating cities.  This modern international center of commerce, politics and culture, set in a charming historical atmosphere, makes a perfect setting for students studying global communications, media, politics and advertising.  These courses are available to majors and non-majors alike with no requisitions. 

Courses feature several guest lectures from communications professionals in the London area and include site visits and discussions with key leaders at such venues as the Houses of Parliament, British Film Institute, the Imperial War Museum, the U.S. Embassy, Inns of the Court, Dover and Cambridge. 

Program Leadership:  Dr. Rita Kirk, Director of the London Communications Program, is a Professor of Communication Studies and the Director of the Maguire Center for Ethics. She is a member of SMU's Academy of Distinguished Professors and holds a Meadows Distinguished Teaching Professorship. She specializes in applied communication strategy and is recognized for her analysis of political campaigns and the construction of public arguments.

Faculty Leadership: Professor Tony Pederson (Belo Distinguished Professor and Chair of Journalism), Dr. Rita Kirk (Professor, Communication Studies), Dr. Rick Worland (Professor, Film and Media Arts), Professor Brice Campbell (Executive in Residence, Temerlin Advertising Institute) and Lisa Goodson (Assistant Director)

Contact Information: Dr. Rita Kirk, 214-768-2123,


Students take two courses for six semester hours of credit during SMU's first summer session. These courses are open to all students but are subject to the approval of the professor.  Maximum enrollment in a single class is 15 students.

ADV 4374:  Topics in Advertising:  International Advertising

Students examine the principles, trends, and impact of advertising in a global environment.
Focus will be on how the cultural, political, economic, legal and social environments impact
advertising decisions across global markets.

Instructor: Professor Brice Campbell, Executive in Residence, Temerlin Advertising Institute

COMM 4310:  History and Philosophy of Free Speech

  • Pending approval for the new University Curriculum

There was a time when the notion that the common man could freely express himself without fear of the wrath of the King was a radical idea.  The very notion that all men had the potential to contribute to society's great debates was unthinkable, let alone that women might have voice.  This course is a study in the radical thinking and ideological advocacy that founded the great experiment in self-governance that is embodied in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Students read primary texts regarding free speech by writers such as Plato, Milton, Locke, Hume, Mill and Jefferson.  Then, students engage the debate that has raged for centuries on the boundaries and limits of discourse, the power of dialogue on the body politic, and the moral implications of unfettered speech. The course includes several site visits to significant places in England related to the topic including Speaker's Corner, Inns of the Court, Cambridge and a viewing of the original Magna Carta in Salisbury. 

Instructor: Dr. Rita Kirk, Professor, Meadows Distinguished Teaching Professor

FILM 3375/CFA 3375: Postwar European Cinema: 1945-Present

  • University Curriculum= Pillars/Creativity & Aesthetics (Level 1) OR 
  • University Curriculum= Ways of Knowing 

This course presents an overview of postwar European cinema focusing on major films, directors, and national movements. It will consider cultural and stylistic features that differ from Hollywood-genre models. 

Instructor: Dr. Rick Worland, Professor, Film and Media Arts.

CCJN 3345:  Mass Media in Great Britain: Politics, Pin-ups & Propaganda

  • University Curriculum= Pillars/Individuals, Institutions & Cultures (Level 1)

The course explores the interaction between power, politics and the mass media in Great Britain. The purpose is to acquaint students with the history of the media in Great Britain, the health (or lack thereof) of mass media today and its impact on politics and popular culture. The course focuses on how journalists report the news abroad and in the United States. Daily assignments include examination of newspapers, broadcast and Internet news available in the United Kingdom. Students experience this firsthand in London, getting outside the classroom and writing papers based on visits to renowned sites ranging from the British Library to the Imperial War Museum. British journalists, scholars and foreign correspondents present guest lectures. Final class projects involve group studies in specialized areas of British media that include papers and class presentations.

Instructor: Professor Tony Pederson, Belo Distinguished Chair of Journalism


Students receive a list of required texts after acceptance into the program. Textbooks should be purchased at SMU before departure. Students from other universities can order books by mail.

Program Activities and Excursions

SMU-in-London provides a rigorous course of study by professors who are experts in their fields. Class lectures at on-site locations are designed to enrich the academic experience.

SMU-in-London students have a common reading, Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas. The book explores the life of British abolitionist William Wilberforce and contextualizes the historic sites visited in the struggle for human rights and cultural reform.

Initially, the program begins with a London sightseeing tour by. Throughout the program, professors organize and lead specific site visits that relate to course content. Students have the opportunity to learn in environments such as Cambridge University, the British Museum, and the British Film Institute. Students are encouraged to visit cultural and historic attractions, including the National Gallery, St. Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London.

A cultural trip to Scotland is included this year. Students travel by train from London to Edinburgh where they tour the medieval city's major sites. Students can take an optional weekend bus tour through the Scottish countryside, viewing dramatic scenery of the Scottish highlands, the coastal area, ancient castles and famous Loch Ness.

Students will have two long weekends during the term that make it possible to visit the European mainland or explore areas of Britain such as the Lake District, Wales or the Cornish coast. Such travels are outside of the planned program and at the discretion of the student. 


Regent's College, in the heart of London, provides housing.  Situated in picturesque Regent's Park just north of the Baker Street tube stop, the campus is within walking distance to museums, restaurants, shopping and major attractions.  Students are housed in the University dormitory, Reid Hall.  Just steps away is the college refectory where students enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner, served cafeteria style. 

Program Fee Information


SMU Tuition

Room and board (meal plan for Regent's College cafeteria)

Passes for unlimited travel in Central London via underground/Bus (Zones 1 & 2)

Tickets for a theatre event

Lectures and symposia with invited guests

Field trips as part of classwork

Airport pick-up/drop off for students on group flight

International Travel Health Insurance


International travel to/from program location*

Travel documents, including passports and visas

Britrail pass (must be purchased before leaving the U.S.)


Cell phone**

Personal expenses, entertainment and travel

*Students are responsible for arranging their own travel, including airfare. The program directors will advise students regarding travel and train connections to London.

**Students are required to have a cell phone with a British number. Student are required to have a phone at all times including other countries where they plan to travel. Students should check with their current carrier for service or plan on purchasing a phone upon arrival.

Application and Acceptance

Students may submit an application to the SMU Abroad Office during application cycles: January 15-March 1. This program may be full before the deadline; therefore, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applications may be submitted after the deadline only if places are available in the program.

Once the application is complete, the student will be contacted for an interview.

Program Admission and Pre-departure Orientation

Admission:  Admission is competitive. Admitted on a rolling admissions basis, the program director and faculty select participants based on application materials, admission requirements and student interviews.

Orientation Sessions:  To prepare students for a smooth, safe and enriching experience, admitted SMU students are required to attend the scheduled program orientation meetings prior to departure. Session dates are organized by the program director.

All students receive a pre-departure guide and program-specific materials. Topics discussed are culture and course questions, as well as a review of required forms, travel plans and documents, currency and financial issues, packing, insurance and safety. Students from other universities receive orientation summaries, including the guide and materials, by email.

Payment Information

There is a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 due by the deposit deadline of April 1. This deposit confirms acceptance, holds the student's place in the program and is applied towards the balance of the program fee. Students will make the deposit payment in Access.SMU using the regular University payment procedures.

Final Payment should be made as soon as possible, but no later than May 1.
After students have paid the non-refundable program deposit and returned the Course Enrollment Form (signed by the student and academic advisor) to the SMU Abroad Office, students will be registered for courses in Access.SMU. Once students have been registered, students can make final payment in Access.SMU using the regular University payment procedures.

Financial Aid
Students who receive financial aid or scholarships may be able to apply their aid package to SMU Abroad programs.  All aid should be confirmed with the Office of Financial Aid.

SMU Abroad Cancellation and Refund Policy
A student who cancels enrollment or withdraws from an SMU Abroad program must notify the SMU Abroad office in writing. The effective date of cancellation is the date that SMU Abroad receives the written notification.  It is not sufficient only to withdraw an application on-line.

A student who cancels enrollment or withdraws from a program forfeits the program deposit.  The student may also be charged either a cancellation fee or the remainder of the published program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. These fees cover expenses incurred on behalf of the student up to the effective date of the cancellation (see below).

Summer Programs
Remainder of Program Fee
Prior to the payment due date
On or after payment due date, but before published start date
On or after published program start date

Undergraduate SMU Abroad Programs are managed by:

International Center/SMU Abroad

Blanton Building, Suite 216

6185 Airline Drive

Dallas, TX 75205



Southern Methodist University does not discriminate in any education practice, education program or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability or veteran status. SMU's commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

SMU Abroad reserves the right to change, at any time and without prior notice, any provision or requirement, including but not limited to, requirements, itineraries, courses, cancellation and refund policies.  Fees are subject to change due to inflation and/or fluctuating exchange rates.

SMU Abroad reserves the right to recall participants from international programs and to close programs whenever it determines that the health or safety of its participants may be of risk.

SMU Abroad is not responsible for any loss or damage that may occur when participants travel outside of scheduled program activities. In addition, independent participant travel before the start or after the conclusion of SMU Abroad programs is entirely at the individual's own expense and risk.

This program is currently not accepting applications.