Skip to Content
Programs : Brochure
This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
Media Ethics in London (WMU Faculty led short term program)
London, United Kingdom
Program Terms: Summer II
Budget Sheets Summer II
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer II 2017 02/28/2017** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
 Language of Instruction:
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior, Graduate
 Number of Credits:
 Program Specialist:
Anastassia Kaml
 Language experience required:
 Areas of Study:
Arts & Sciences, Communication, Film, Video, Media Studies, Public Relations
 Program Length:
Program Description:
Jump To: Photos Overview Location Academics Cost Housing Itinerary Resources

Photo Gallery


Program Overview

 Please check with the WMU Study Abroad and Program online brochure for summer 2017 program availability in September 2016.

Special program information sessions:
The faculty Director, Dr. Borden, conducts info sessions where she delivers detail about the trip and the itinerary. She will also answer questions.  It has proven helpful  in the past for students interested in the trip.                     
Come to meet the program faculty director, Dr. Borden and Study Abroad specialist, Anastassia Kaml and learn more about the program:
Information sessions.

The information sessions will be 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in 3025 Brown
and 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in 2033 Brown.

Program faculty director:
Dr. Sandra L. Borden
(269) 387-0362

Summer II 2017 program dates:
On campus:
The required on-campus classes will be 4-6 p.m. June 29, June 30, July 6, July 7 and August 10.
Traveling: July 11-July 26, 2017

Program is administered with the support of WMU approved provider, AIFS.
This program is an intensive, comparative introduction to media ethics and media literacy in London. As an international media capital, London is the perfect “text” for exploring media discourses in another historical, political and cultural context. Students will compare ethical expectations regarding freedom of expression, professionalism, and public service in the media. Specific topics may include:
  • The dynamic nature of identity across borders, across media, and across time. Focus on class, ethnicity and Europeanization in media representations of “Britishness.”
  • Normative press theories and the relation of the U.K. press to the state
  • Legal frameworks for media regulation in the U.K.
  • Models of professionalism and their relation to unionization in the U.K. media
  • Global media discourses (e.g., immigration, austerity, celebrity, terrorism, consumerism, sports)
  • Global media events (e.g., royal weddings, Olympics, FIFA World Cup)

Back to Top


London is a vibrant, bustling, multi-cultural city, offering more than 2000 years of observable history, heritage and culture. The city boasts 300 museums and art galleries. This location offers visitors an opportunity to visit classic landmarks, such as Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, Royal Albert Hall, Westminster Cathedral, and Westminster Abbey. With over 30,000 shops and stores to choose from, London securely maintains its reputation in the fashion world, from designer labels in Bond Street to bustling street markets in Camden, Notting Hill or Brick Lane. From London, tourists can easily visit the rest of the British Isles and Ireland, as well as hundreds of popular European destinations.

Bath is a city in the ceremonial county of Somerset in South West England. It is situated 97 miles (156 km) west of London and 13 miles (21 km) south-east of Bristol. The city was first established as a spa with the Latin name, Aquae Sulis ("the waters of Sulis") by the Romans sometime in the AD 60s about 20 years after they had arrived in Britain (AD43), although oral tradition suggests that Bath was known before then. The City of Bath was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1987. The city has a variety of theatres, museums, and other cultural and sporting venues, which have helped to make it a major centre for tourism, with over one million staying visitors and 3.8 million day visitors to the city each year. The city has two universities and several schools and colleges. There is a large service sector, and growing information and communication technologies and creative industries, providing employment for the population of Bath and the surrounding area. (Adapted from

Back to Top


Academic Eligibility
Undergraduate students in Good Academic standing; Junior or Senior Status; Graduate students in Good Academic Standing; Preference given to declared communication majors/minors and M.A. students.

Academic Program
Learning objectives
1. Demonstrate increased cultural self-awareness as a result of engaging with and reflecting about host culture
2. Demonstrate awareness and understanding of differences and commonalities between media ethics and media culture in the U.S. and U.K.
3. Articulate intercultural gains in a way that accurately describes them and makes clear how they are relevant to students’ consumption and production of media

For 2017, the mandatory on campus  classes will be  4-6 p.m. June 29, June 30, July 6, July 7 and August 10.
Bath and London classes-2 weeks (July 11-July 26, 2017) departing on July 26.

Academic Credit
3 WMU credit hours will be awarded for COM 5060 successfully completed on this program with prior approval of the student's academic advisor, academic advisors in departments outside of the student's major department (if the student plans to take classes outside of his/her major).

Back to Top

Cost & Financial Aid

Summer II 2017 undergraduate level program fee: $5,575
Summer II 20157 graduate level program fee: $5,975

Detailed information and Financial Aif budget can be found here.

Students applying for this program may be eligible for the Haenicke Institute for Global Education Study Abroad Scholarship. Apply online for this scholarship. Students may also be eligible for the College of Arts and Sciences' Dean's International Study Scholarship.

Financial Aid
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad. After a student has been accepted to the program, he/she must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs. It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time). *Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

Note: Program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or cancelled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.

Back to Top


In London, students will be housed at Hampden House in London's West End, a centrally located, affluent neighborhood with excellent transportation connections near shopping on Oxford Street and recreation facilities at Regent's Park. Students will lodge in shared apartments with twin or triple bedrooms, an ensuite bathroom, a well-equipped kitchen, a communal living room with TV, and WiFi. Students will have access to coin-operated laundry facilities. Students will also be able to use the computer lab (with printing privileges) at Dilke House, where the main AIFS Student Services office is located in Bloomsbury, a 15-minute walk away. The classroom is right across the street from Dilke House, in the University of London's Student Central, which has a gym and pool that students can access for a fee, as well as a cafe, printing shop, and concert venue.

Back to Top


ITINERARY Western Michigan Media Ethics 2017.pdf

Media visits
The Guardian, BBC Studios, Isobar global ad agency, Independent Press, Standards Organisation, Advertising Standards, Authority.
Media experts
Press victims advocate, Joan Smith, Journalists’ union, Ethics chair Chris Frost, Digital journalism, ethics expert Jane Singer, Film expert Sarah Street
London culture
Double-decker bus tour, West End play, British Museum, British Library, Kensington Palace, Changing of the Guard, Fleet Street.
Bath side trip
Harry Potter film locations, Stonehenge, Roman Baths

Back to Top 

Program Video

Additional Resources

Program Faculty Director
Dr. Sandra L. Borden
School of Communication
325 Sprau Tower
(269) 387-0362

WMU Study Abroad
Anastassia Kaml
Study Abroad Coordinator
Haenicke Institute for Global Ed
2425 Ellsworth Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Phone: (269) 387-5890
Fax:     (269) 387-0630

Demographic Information (external links)
CultureGram - U.K.
Country Specific Information - U.K.
Lonely Planet - England

Back to Top