PR & Advertising in London

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Sophomore or above
Location: Europe, United Kingdom, England
GPA: 2.75
Program Overview

Applications for Summer 2024 are now open!

This 4-week program will introduce students to global strategic communication through the lens of public relations and advertising in London, United Kingdom. Students will learn through classroom instruction, lectures and visits with local practitioners, experiential excursions, and special projects designed to enhance their understanding of the global forces impacting the strategic communication industry.

Students will study at the GEO London Center located near the heart of the city. This program is strategically set in a metropolis with local offices of the world’s leading advertising and PR agencies. Additionally, this location is instrumental in the global marketplace with a diversity of industries that all practice public relations and advertising and are well known for entertainment and culture. 

Potential program excursions and site visits include: WE Communications, Hoffman Agency, Weber Shandwick, Hampton Court Palace, Parliament and Westminster Abbey, and Pagoda Public Relations in Edinburgh. 

Scholarships: Scholarships for this program will be available, with awards ranging from $500-$2,500.

Dates and Deadlines
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Academic Details

This program will give students a global perspective of strategic communication through two 4-credit courses led by one UO professor from the SOJC, and one London-based instructor. One class will serve as a J480 public relations special topics course (now a requirement for all public relations students). The other will be an SOJC upper division elective, and for advertising majors can count as J460 Brand Development, which fulfills an advertising major requirement.

Please note: Students will be required to do a couple weeks of pre-work during Spring Quarter.

This intensive experience will offer public relations and advertising students an opportunity to critically analyze and compare strategic communication practices across different industries in a global marketplace. Students will expand their perspectives and gain cultural awareness about strategic communication in different cultures. Students will apply the theory and best practices learned in the classroom to cultural excursions and experiential assignments.

Course Equivalencies

UO students: please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Non-UO students: Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Application process

This program has a rolling admission application processGEO staff (and the program faculty leader, if applicable) will complete a review of the application materials of complete applications in the order that they are submitted (“first come, first serve”). Decisions about acceptance will be made shortly after you submit a complete application. There are some programs that fill fast, some even before the deadline. Students are encouraged to complete applications and commit to programs early.

Acceptance is based on a holistic review of your application.  This includes a review of your GPA, transcripts (including courses taken and in-progress), any additional requirements or prerequisites (see section "Additional Requirements"), and the short statement.

Faculty and Staff

Courtney Hunt Munther is a senior instructor of public relations who joined the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication faculty in 2014. Her expertise is in strategic writing and media relations, skills that she first honed as a journalist, then as a public relations practitioner for a nonprofit.

At UO, Munther enjoys helping students identify and hone their natural talents and interests. Her classes are highly interactive, often involving working through scenarios that aspiring public relations practitioners will encounter in the industry. She brings energy and enthusiasm for the field of public relations to the classroom, and in 2019 she won the Jonathan Marshall Award for Innovative Teaching in Journalism and Communication.

Housing Description

You will join a community of residents from many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, as part of life in one of the University of London residence halls. The hall is located in central London, close to the GEO Centre, the British Museum and the London Tube.

You will have your own single study bedroom and share bathrooms with other residents. All single rooms have a hand basin, fitted furniture consisting of bed (including linens), desk, chair, and storage for clothes and books. Rooms are fitted with a telephone, Wi-Fi, and data socket. 

The residence hall has study rooms, lounges, computer lab, and laundry facilities available to students. Daily breakfast is included in the program fee and is taken in the hall's cafeteria. Shared refrigerators, microwaves, and kettles are also available in the hall common areas and there are grocery stores and restaurants within walking distance.

On the overnight trip to Edinburgh, students will stay in a centrally located hostel.