Office of International Programs

Travel - Paris

Global Communication - International Media Seminar

CMS 399, 3 undergrad credits

March 15-24, 2019

In a rapidly evolving globalized society, an international perspective on communication and media is fundamental to understanding the forces at work in shaping public perceptions, international policies, and the media landscape where these decisions are debated. This perspective is especially critical for those working or studying in the fields of journalism, international relations, marketing, public relations, and political science. CMS 399 explores industries, practices, political economy, trends, and challenges existing in the international communication and the global media ecology, blending applied and critical approaches with an integrated international media seminar portion in Paris, France, as well as Portland, ME, where the class will explore structures of media ownership, influence, and innovation. This course investigates global communication and international media both in the classroom and beyond through immersive international study with experts in the fields of journalism, diplomacy, marketing, PR, and photojournalism. Students are not required to be proficient in French to participate.



Christian Vukasovich

Dr. Vukasovich is Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Southern Maine. His expertise is in international media and communication, strategic communication, and critical media studies. Vukasovich teaches classes in a wide range of communication and media courses, including public relations, global communication, communication theories and research methods. His research is invested in the relationships among media content, public policy, media technology, and professional practice and their impact on social issues, politics, economics, globalization, and culture. Transnational representation and identity discourses, as they relate to media in all of its forms, are central to his work, and he has conducted field research on media narratives in Tunisia, Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia. His current research explores how media phenomena are interconnected with cultural identity production, contestation and, in some cases, weaponization through news media and popular mediated culture.



The application deadline is January 25, 2019  along with a $200 non-refundable deposit.

A complete application includes all of the following:

  • Signed, completed application form*
  • $200 non-refundable deposit (applied to the program cost, if the program is cancelled for any reason by the USM, all deposits will be returned)
  • Typed 200-word essay
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member or academic advisor (recommendation cannot come from the faculty member leading the program)
  • Official copy of USM academic transcript

Incomplete applications will not be accepted. You will be notified by e-mail of your application status. If your application is not accepted, the nonrefundable deposit will be returned. If the program is canceled for any reason by the USM, all deposits will be returned.

*If you are having trouble downloading the application, please contact us at (207) 780-4959 or and we will send you one. You may also want to try upgrading to the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Tuition and Fees

The approximate program fee is estimated to be $1,900-2,100. International airfare and tuition are not included in the program fee and are additional expenses. The program fee includes accommodation, in-country travel, seminar admission, cultural excursions, some meals, and international insurance coverage.  All participants on USM travel programs receive the in-state tuition rate regardless of residency at $271/credit plus fees. 

Please visit the Student Financial Services website for complete information on tuition and fees.

All participants will be automatically registered for a payment plan. The $200 deposit will go toward the cost of the program and the remaining balance will be due as follows:

50% of the balance due TBD
Remaining balance due TBD