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We highly encourage our CCM students to take a semester of international study. Immersing yourself in another country and experiencing the local culture is a great way to truly expand your global perspective. You'll also become a more nuanced producer of multimedia content based on your exposure to an international array of communication and media options.
In Dublin, many students explore printmaking and traditional European art styles through gallery visits. You'll learn how Celtic history impacted medieval letterform and manuscripts and how Christian iconography has influenced writing and book design in the course Culture and Design. You can explore Dublin and write about your adventures in Writing the City: Dublin. Study Irish music, film, and literature traditions in classes like The Dublin Literary Experience, Irish Culture Through Film, and Ceol na Heireann: Cultural Immersion through Music.
In Montreal, students have the opportunity to explore various media industries including film, game production, and interactive media. Students can enhance their international communication skills through a number of communication classes, and there is an extensive offering of game development courses available for students in the Game Art and Game Design programs. Many Visual Communication Design students take Duality, Design, and Dissent—a class in which students examine Montreal's unique design landscape through its architecture, signs, graffiti, and marketing campaigns. In Apprenticeship in Graphic Design, students work off-site with a team of designers eight hours a week applying what they've learned inside the classroom to professional projects.
In addition to taking classes in Montreal, many of our students complete internships during their semester abroad at local game and film studios. Filmmaking and Broadcast Media Production students can also participate in the Montreal Summer Film Program.
Alternatively, you can take a semester studying nearly anywhere in the world. Champlain has exchange partnerships in Argentina, China, Italy, New Zealand, and Scotland. Through approved third-party programs, CCM students have also studied abroad in Australia, Brazil, England, France, Portugal, and South Africa.
Faculty-led travel courses offer another great way to experience a new location and culture. You'll travel abroad for a shorter amount of time—for instance, one or two weeks-but will have the context of studying the region with your instructor and classmates before you arrive.
Working closely with your Faculty Advisor, you will plan your semester abroad, while satisfying all of the required coursework for your major and potentially completing an international internship.
Global Appreciation is an essential competency employers seek in their job candidates. At Champlain, we make sure that our curriculum has room for you to study in another country; we even provide opportunities for you to intern abroad in your field.
Through living, studying, and working abroad, you will gain a global understanding of your career. You'll become a culturally aware citizen and an internationally engaged and interculturally sensitive professional. Your global experiences will not only broaden your worldview, but make you stand out to future employers. And you won't be alone—60% of Champlain College juniors studied abroad in the last year.