Reporting China Maymester Abroad Program
Program Type: Faculty-led Maymester Abroad Program (355041)
Dates: Spring semester (with travel end of May to end of June). Cancelled for 2013.
Application Deadline: November 1, 2012
Language(s) of instruction: English
UT instructor: Professor Tracy Dahlby
Information Session Schedule
This apprenticeship-style course in international reporting represents a unique opportunity for students to acquaint themselves with the day-to-day realities of international reporting in one of the world's most complex, fast-evolving and fascinating journalistic beats – the People's Republic of China. Designed to stress the application of critical thinking and reporting, writing and media production skills, it will help participants foster an understanding of how to frame and prepare for reporting stories from the field and to deal with logistical and professional challenges presented by overseas work. Students will develop tools for cross-cultural inquiry and understanding that are necessary to grasp important issues in a rapidly shrinking, globalizing world and to communicate them to audiences back home in the United States in ways that are engaging, informative and integrative.
The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students of The University of Texas at Austin. Undergraduate applicants must have successfully completed two required 'writing component' courses by the end of fall. All applicants are required to complete a questionnaire and write an essay. Finalists will be interviewed and decisions will be announced via email shortly thereafter.
Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the Study Abroad program. An applicant's total educational and disciplinary record, educational objective, professional attitude, level of preparedness and interpersonal maturity, advisor recommendations, special talents, personal preparation and personal achievements may be considered in the selection process. The University reserves the right to interview the student during the application process and to deny acceptance to any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications.
Courses and Credit
Courses include International Reporting (J341G/J395) and a spring semester pre-departure component course, International Learning Seminar (COM 119). Undergraduate students are required to enroll in both courses. Graduate students are not required to enroll in UGS119, but will be expected to participate. The COM 119 (unique: 05705) course will meet over 8 sessions, on a Monday 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. schedule.
This work is considered in-residence credit. Maymester courses are part of spring registration, although they begin after the spring exam period and conclude prior to the second summer session.
Students will travel to several locations in China, and all housing arrangements are made in advance by the UT Study Abroad Office.
Students pay a $50 study abroad application fee and a Maymester Abroad program fee, which includes a deposit. Estimated program expenses are available on the Study Abroad Office site. The cost includes courses, accommodations, some meals, field trips, program activities and international health insurance. Once registered for spring semester, tuition & fees refunds will be applied according to University policy (flat rate tuition applies for undergraduate students, graduate students pay per credit hour). Registration for the courses does not guarantee acceptance to the program.
Additional expenses include round-trip airfare, some meals, local transportation, books and supplies, and a passport/visa. The study abroad application fee will be appear on "What I Owe," along with other Maymester program costs.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Learn more about funding for study abroad.
2. Are you ready to apply? Follow these steps.
3. Complete the online application by the deadline of November 1.
For advising/course/degree planning related to study abroad: See your academic advisor.
For general information on this program, contact Giancarlo Taylor.
Photo courtesy of Katie Hayes, 2008