Office of Study Abroad and Outreach

British Media Studies

British Media Studies

Collaborate with faculty and students in the state-of-the-art facilities at Edge Hill University. Create your own podcast or blog. Visits will include the BBC's Media City in Manchester, a football stadium tour as well as cultural tours of Ormskirk and Liverpool.

Program Details
Location(s)  Ormskirk, England
Term   Spring 2018
Credit   BC&J 351 or 353, 3 sh
Class Sessions In-person on the Macomb campus March-May.  Exact dates/times TBA
Travel Dates May 14-29, 2018
Housing   Residence Hall
Passport Required
Program Eligibility
GPA 2.5
Grad credit No
Non-WIU   Yes
Pre-requisite None 
Student Year Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

About Program

What you will learn

British media includes a variety of TV, radio, newspaper, magazine and online outlets, with the British Broadcasting Corporation or BBC the most widely known in the US.  Just as here, future British broadcasters and journalists study their craft at universities across England.  In this Study Abroad Course, you'll collaborate with Edge Hill University faculty and students in state-of-the-art facilities in their Creative Edge center, participating in media production, creating your own podcast or blog, and experiencing their high-definition studios, media editing rooms and audio recording facilities.


Entry Requirements

Passport required—Must be valid until at least November 30, 2018.

Visa required if not a US citizen


Health Insurance

You must have international health insurance for the time you will be on your program. Only two options are approved to meet this requirement:

  • WIU Student Health insurance
  • A supplemental policy (Patriot Travel Medical) purchased through IMG
Health Precautions

Walking/mobility - -Expect to walk more than you normally would on campus, on varying types of surfaces, including pavement, hills, stairs, etc.. It is not consecutive but scheduled throughout the day.

Environmental--Temperatures, humidity/rainfall and other weather patterns may be different than at WIU.

Dietary - Some meals are included in the program cost.  Contact Kim McDaniel if you have food allergies or other dietary restrictions.

Accessibility and accommodation may be very different than that found in the United States.  Please contact the Disability Resource Center for questions on the availability of accommodations for your specific situation. 

PLEASE NOTE   It is your responsibility to request accommodation from the DRC; faculty and staff are not legally permitted to inquire about such needs.  Requests should be made as early as possible so there's sufficient time to arrange accommodations in your location. 


Costs & Dates

Estimated Cost* $3,600-$3,900
Included in the program Round trip airfare from Chicago, in-country transportation, single occupancy lodging, entry fees to scheduled sites, some meals
Application Deadline EXTENDED!!   December 3, 2017
Application Fee $75 due December 7, 2017
Non-refundable Deposit $800 due December 8, 2017
Second payment $1,500 due February 1, 2018
Final payment*
$1,300-1,600 due March 1, 2018

* Costs are subject to change based on student enrollment

WIU reserves the right to adjust the cost or arrangements of this program due to insufficient enrollment or circumstances beyond the University's control.  For details about this or individual withdrawals, see Cancellations and Withdrawals.


Important Dates

Passport copy deadline: February 1, 2018.  Failure to meet this deadline will result in removal from the group flight and possible increased costs.

Pre-departure meeting: TBA during Spring 2018



Credit offered

BC&J 351 - Counts as a departmental Global Issues course.  For BC majors/minors, can count as an upper-division elective

BC&J 353 - Counts as a departmental Global Issues course.  For JOUR majors/minors, can count as an upper-division elective

Please check with your academic advisor for more information on how this Course fits your specific academic needs.

Class sessions

Active class participation, including contribution to discussions and attendance, is expected in all phases of the Course.  You are responsible for completing pre-departure assignments including readings and discussion participation, attendance and active participation during on-site visits, guest lectures and activities, and post-return assignments.  Questions about course content should be directed to Dr. William Hoon.





Contact Us

Kim McDaniel
For Faculty Led

Horrabin Room 8


Advising appointments

Dr. William "Buzz" Hoon
Faculty leader

Browne Room 117A