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Short-Term Travel Opportunities

Explore the worldwide media landscape with these short-term, faculty-led programs, dubbed JOURneys, designed to provide a window into media outlets and fascinating news stories from around the world. 

Medill’s BSJ JOURneys Programs provide distinctive off-campus research, reporting and networking opportunities in the U.S. and abroad. Through these unique faculty-led trips, students will gain critical insight, practical skills, and experiences that will help them thrive in the rapidly evolving field of journalism. 

In these courses, our students will:

  • Research, report and deepen their knowledge of a topic, location or storytelling medium.
  • Broaden their journalistic view of the world through first-hand experience.
  • Learn to engage effectively and ethically with people in an unfamiliar community, culture and/or setting.
  • Learn industry best practices with faculty, thought leaders and experts, alums and/or travel colleagues.
  • Produce work that connects classroom learning with the experiential components of the Learning Programs.
Students take photos while riding on a boat with buildings in the background.
Medill Global students take a boat ride during a trip where they learned about the stories of international students in China.

JOURneysJournalism without borders 

From reporting at refugee camps in Israel to magazine and feature writing in London, to local political reporting in Wisconsin, Medill's short-term global programs provide you with a one-of-a-kind journalism experience under the watchful eye and career-enhancing guidance of faculty who are also veteran journalists with years of experience in the field. 

Make the world your classroom as you ask questions and find answers on a global stage. Connect with your instructors on a deeper level. And, develop friendships with students from around the world during these programs, which Medill is committed to making accessible with financial aid.

Ruiqi Chen (BSJ20), Hong Kong
Medill Global offers a unique chance to develop our understanding and appreciation of other cultures, and it's an important exercise in empathy and awareness.

Ruiqi Chen (BSJ20), Hong Kong

Available experiences

There are several JOURneys opportunities available to students throughout the academic year. On recent JOURneys courses, students:

Medill student takes photos of ceramics inside of a Cuban art shop.
Medill Global students visited a ceramics studio as part of their immersion in Cuban culture.
  • Learned about viewpoints, analysis and advocacy by interviewing people in Israel and Palestine about their cultures, religions, politics, history, conflicts, strategic interests and perspectives that shape the modern Holy Land.
  • Discovered how culture influences basic differences in reporting and media styles in Japan.
  • Explored the history and conventions of broadcast, print and digital media in London focusing on arts and culture (such as its theater, media and traditions).
  • Covered Native American environmental issues in northern Wisconsin through the lens of the Menominee tribal members and forest. Students used experiences, stories, and history to identify environmental challenges the Menominee people hope to address.
  • Flexed their political reporting skills in the Milwaukee area to learn about the social and political issues that residents of Wisconsin and the country at large face during highly contested elections.



For more information, contact Director of External Partnerships and Programs Kate Lee.