The study abroad opportunities offered at Boston University attract many students to study here, and those within the College of Communication are no different. While COM students can go on most programs available through the university, there are four COM-specific programs in London, Dublin, Sydney, Washington D.C., and Lost Angeles. These are internship programs in which students complete three courses and an internship in their field for academic credit.
I am a dual-degree student studying advertising and international relations, and I chose to study in the London internship program. I’m currently interning in digital marketing at Brevia Consulting, a public affairs agency. When you apply, make sure to research and find out what program is best for your interests and career goals.
As I reach the beginning of the end of my incredible abroad experience, here are my key insights and recommendations:
- Network at your internship placement – don’t be afraid to ask questions, and make sure you work hard. You never know what a connection could lead to later on.
2. Travel on the weekends – if you do leave the US, take advantage of this time to visit neighbouring countries you may never be able to return to.
3. Spend ample time exploring your home city – this is a unique opportunity to become a local in a foreign place.
4. Try the local cuisine – there’s no better way to experience a new culture than to sample its food. Fish and chips, mate!
5. Experience nightlife (if of age) – try an electronic club in Berlin or an underground arts festival in London for a truly unforgettable experience.
6. Befriend locals – they will show you the ins and outs of the city and help you avoid the super touristy stuff.
7. Call back home occasionally – don’t forget that your Mom misses you!
Trust me – you will fall in love with your abroad experience and never want to return. Live your best life while you can, make some memories, and earn credits at the same time. Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!