Study abroad features Berlin, Prague and Amsterdam in 2014

Melissa Tovar, Channels Staff

City College will offer students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a culture-filled summer study abroad program in Berlin, Prague and Amsterdam.

Students will be given the chance to earn six-credits to study film production and communication in Europe. Communication Professor Carrie Hutchinson and Curtis Bieber, department chair of film and television production, lead the program.

“A great thing about the program is that the start date is when summer school finishes, so people could do summer school and study abroad and can get a ton of units in the summer,” Hutchinson said.

The program will take place from July 23 through Aug. 12, 2014. The deadline for applications is April 15, 2014. It is encouraged to apply as early as possible because there are limited spots available.

For students interested in the program, an informational meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 in the Communication Lab, Business Communication Room 102.

Courses offered will be COMM 151-Intercultural Communication and FILM 178-Documentary Film Making.

If students have already taken a course offered in the program, the course can be substituted for another upon instructor approval.

“If you have taken either one of those courses, we do not want that to discourage you from studying abroad,” Hutchinson said. “We are offering supplemental courses. Instead of documentary film making you could take film production 1, and instead of intercultural communication you can take interpersonal.”

The approximate cost of the program is $4,250 not including airfare, City College fees, and personal expenses.

Program participants will be housed in double occupancy hotels in each city visited.

“It’s three major cities. Students will get a lot in three weeks. Three cities and six units,” Hutchinson said.

If she could tell students what to expect, she would tell them to expect the unexpected.

“Expect to be flexible. When you’re traveling, things never go the way we expect them to. There’s a lot of things to adapt to and take into account such as jet lag and group mentality,” she said.

Students must be 18 years or older to participate in the program and do not have to be communication or film production majors.

Highlights of the program include visits to Petrin Town in Prague, Berlin Wall in Berlin, and the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.

“Studying abroad in the summer was memorable,” said geology major Katherine Harrison, 21, who participated in Hutchinson’s program in South Africa and London in summer 2013. “It’s great to see and experience places you read and hear about. And the fact that you get college credit out of it is great.”

Other study abroad programs offered in the summer of 2014 include Art History in Paris and Marketing in London.

The art history in Paris program includes a three-day excursion to Amsterdam while the Marketing in London includes day trips to Bath and Stonehenge.

For more information on either of the programs, visit the study abroad office at the International Education Center Room 1 or visit the website.