Semester Exchanges

The College of Media offers four semester exchange programs that are unique from the campus-wide programs in that students can take media elective courses while abroad. Each year, we accept up to 5 students for each exchange location. Accepted students meet with study abroad coordinators frequently to prepare for their semester abroad. We currently have exchanges available in:

Apply in September for your 2017 Spring semester abroad.  

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Bridget, Spring 2016 in Pamplona:

Myself and three other College of Media students began talking with Kyle about studying abroad in Pamplona, Spain in early September 2015. I was excited but also apprehensive because Pamplona is a smaller city, and I wasn’t sure if I would like it. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Studying abroad in Pamplona was one of the best decisions I have ever made. In my short 4.5 months there, I met lifelong friends from all over the world, traveled throughout not only Spain but also the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Ireland, England, Hungary, Prague, Austria and Germany.

I drank Belgium beer, walked through the Anne Frank house, toured the Colosseum, sat on the edge of the Cliffs of Moher, viewed the great city of London from the London Eye, and enjoyed German brats in Munich. Although these experiences were all unbelievably incredible in their own right, my favorite part about studying abroad will always be living in Pamplona for a semester.

Because of its smaller size, Pamplona is a very authentic Spanish experience. There are very few tourists, and most of the locals do not speak English. Being situated in Northern Spain, Pamplona is also unique in that it is located in what is called Basque Country. The Basque country spans both southern France and Northern Spain, yet the people of the Basque country consider themselves independent of both countries. Pamplona itself is a very large stop on the Camino de Santiago, a spiritual pilgrimage that takes 30 days to complete and ends in the city of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. It is also home to the annual festival of San Fermin more commonly known as the Running of the Bulls. This festival is what originally attracted Ernest Hemingway to Pamplona, and there are many tributes to Hemingway throughout the city.

Another great thing about Pamplona is that the University of Navarra is one of the best universities in Europe, and attracts students from all over the world. We made friends from Ireland, Chile, Germany, China, Canada, California, South Carolina, and Texas among others. With our new friends from our program, we enjoyed lots of Spanish wine, tapas, siestas, and beautiful mountain views.

Kyle Potthast
University of Illinois
College of Media