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  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: UD applicants only
  • Costs (Click term to view): Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Language of instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Class Eligibility: 03 Junior, 04 Senior
Non-UD Students: No Field of study: Social Sciences
Program Advisor: Erin Gahimer Academic Level: Undergraduate
Max credit hours: 9 CAP-Approved Courses: No
Program Description:

Students should have at least sophomore status when submitting an application for this program.

Communication in Sydney (Internship, Crisis Communication, and Leadership)Sydney, Australia

About the Program 

The program will be a 6-week comprehensive learning, interning, and living experience in Sydney, Australia, one of the world’s most cosmopolitan and global cities. The program is designed to provide students with both the study abroad and the internship experience in a single program. Students are required to take all 3 courses (9 credits) in the program in order to participate. Career and industry relevant courses will be combined with a 20 hour per week internship for a comprehensive and culturally embedded experience.
In addition to the coursework and internship there will be select excursions and guest speakers, as well as the opportunity to participate in multiple other activities with students from other programs through our site provider.

Communication in Rome, Summer 2015 Participant:
"It gave me more experience with communicating with other people, especially from different countries. Communication involves people interacting with others and learning about their stories, and going abroad has shown me the true meaning of communication."


Curricular Options

All 3 courses are required.
CMM 498: Communication Internship (3 credits)
Students will complete a 20 hour/week internship in Sydney (120 hours total). Support for applying and putting together materials will be provided by our site provider. Students will do Skype interviews before departure and receive placement accordingly. Internships are competitively awarded, thus top choice of internship is not guaranteed but an internship placement is.

**Note this course can only count for graded credit twice. If you have already done an internship for credit please verify that you can take it again for credit.
Prerequisites: CMM 100, CMM 201, CMM 202, (CMM 330 for PUB and JRN concentrations), (CMM 343 for RTV concentration), and (at least one class within the concentration for CMT concentration); permission of department chairperson.
CMM 469: Crisis Communication (3 credits)
This course will examine theories and typologies of the different crises an organization may encounter as well as strategic communication strategies for addressing crises and how to build an effective crisis plan. The course will use case studies and current events in addition to theory based readings to provide students with an understanding of crisis communication and practice responding to various crises.
****Prerequisite(s): CMM 360 or permission of instructor
CMM 499: International Leadership (3 credits)
The course will explore leadership in intercultural environments. We will focus on abilities to understand and motivate team members, to manage individual and collective behavior, to establish and negotiate complex interpersonal relationships and conflict, and to do it all in the context of multiple, sometimes similar, and sometimes competing cultural traditions and their related value systems. Buckle up!


Dr. Kelly Vibber (Assistant Professor, Department of Communication) (Site Coordinator)
Dr. Sam Wallace (Professor, Department of Communication)


Students must be 18 years of age or older and eligible to take courses for credit at the University of Dayton. Participants in the program must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (or instructor permission). Students must also be in good disciplinary standing. Applicants must have at least sophomore standing at time of application.

Communication in Rome, Summer 2015 Participant:

"Studying abroad widens your worldview past the limited scope of things you see at home, making you venture beyond your comfort zone and build confidence in oneself after seeing all you can adapt and adjust to."

Pre-Departure Orientation

For all University of Dayton summer programs, pre-departure orientations play a critical role in making a study abroad a valuable learning experience.  All students accepted to participate in University of Dayton’s summer programs are required to take the pre-departure course, UDI 220: MAXIE - Prepare (Maximizing your International Experience). This course helps students develop intercultural communication and sensitivity skills and techniques that can be used in any context, as well as learn site-specific strategies to be employed in-country. Students will be given time to clarify academic and personal goals prior to departure. UDI 220 is a required class for your education abroad experience. It is divided into two parts: the first part involves meeting as a group during the semester prior to departure (5 class meetings plus 2 sessions on concepts of culture and health and safety abroad); the second part includes meeting upon returning to campus in the semester following the in-country experience (two class meetings). The schedule for your MAXIE course is as follows: 

Mondays, 6:30pm-8:00pm
UDI 220 - M3
Rike 201

Classes begin the first week of March and last until the end of April.

Once students have changed their status to “committed” in the application system, they should register for UDI 220 via Porches by searching Spring 2018, Mini-Courses (as the Department), selecting UDI 220, and finding the correct section number.

Cost and Refund Policy

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Additional Information

Passports and visas
Health and safety

Communication in Rome, Summer 2015 Participant:
"Studying abroad gives you a better understanding and appreciation for cultures, practices, and beliefs, and values other than your own. It forces you to step out of your comfort zone, become more resourceful, and learn how to be more independent in everyday life."

Sydney, Australia map

Program Ratings:
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Cultural Experiences:
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This program is currently not accepting applications.