Office of Study Abroad and Outreach

British Media Studies


British Media Studies

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.  Collaborate with Edge Hill University faculty and students in state-of-the-art facilities in their Creative Edge center, participate in media production, create your own podcast or blog, and experience their high-definition studios, media editing rooms and audio recording facilities.  

Location(s)  Ormskirk and London, England
Term   Spring 2020
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 19-June 2, 2020
Housing   Residence hall (Ormskirk), Hotel (London)
Passport Required
Visa (for US citizens) Not required
GPA 2.5
Hours completed 12
Student Judicial Good status
Grad credit No
Non-WIU   Yes
Pre-requisites None
Student Year Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Entry Requirements

Passport required--must be valid until November 30, 2020.

Visa required if not a US citizen.  It is your responsibility to check the  United Kingdom Visa and Immigration (UKVI) website for more information.  Visa costs not included in program cost.

Health Insurance

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

Health Precautions

Walking/mobility/travel - 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.  You will be responsible for moving your own luggage. 

Environmental - Temperatures, humidity/rainfall and other weather patterns may be different than at WIU.  Excursions and some portions of the Course will be conducted outside, rain or shine.

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

Vaccinations - No vaccinations are required for entry into the United Kingdom.  Up to date vaccination recommendations are available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website .

Accessability - Accessability and accommodation are very different than than found in the United States.  Please contact Disability Resources for questions on the availability of accommodations for your specific situation.

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


Costs & Important Dates

Estimated Cost* $3,600-$3,900
Included in the program
  • Roundtrip airfare from Chicago
  • in-country transportation
  • Lodging--single occupancy in residence hall, double occupancy in hotel
  • Entry fees to scheduled sites
  • Some meals/food card
Application Deadline November 10, 2019
Application fee
$75 due December 5, 2019
Non-refundable Deposit $800 due December 6, 2019
Second payment $1,500 due January 31, 2020
Final payment* $1,300-$1,600 due February 28, 2020

* Costs 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:  January 31, 2020  Failure to meet this deadline will result in removal from the group flight and increased costs.

MANDATORY Pre-departure meeting: TBA, Spring 2020



Credit offered

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

BC&J 353 - Counts as departmental Global Issues course.  For BC&J 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.


  • Learn about the media systems of the United Kingdom firsthand
  • Consider the influence of culture and national identity in the media product. 
  • Tour cultural and historical sites in London, Liverpool, and Ormskirk
  • Immerse yourself in British college culture by staying on the Edge Hill campus and interacting with their students.


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 "Buzz" Hoon .

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Contact Us

Kim McDaniel
For Faculty Led

Horrabin Room 8


Dr. William "Buzz" Hoon
Faculty leader

Browne Room 117A


Information Sessions

September 25, 4 pm, Sallee 302