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Journalism Without Walls in China

About the Program

Journalism in China is part of “Journalism Without Walls,” a program of Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism. It provides journalism students an opportunity to learn their craft outside the classroom. The goal is to provide student journalists with a broader and deeper understanding of the world. Previous projects have included: A week-long exploration of Havana; a month-long exploration of St. Petersburg and Northern Russia and a three week long journey along China’s legendary Silk Road.


Learn about modern China in the Greater Beijing area, now one of the important regions of the world. This program is based at Communications University of China, one of the country’s leading communication universities. Students will not only explore Beijing, a city of 20 million people rich in history and culture; they will also explore the important region around the city, including the Great Wall.

This program is designed to expose students to the rich complexity of modern China and to teach students how to report and publish sophisticated stories from the road, using the latest in media technologies, including laptops, cellphones and iPads. Students’ work will be professionally published on the Journalism School's web site. In addition to meeting real Chinese people from all walks of life - including Chinese journalists, students will also learn about Chinese media and culture.

Course of Study

All students will take the following for a total of 6 credits:
  • JRN 390 Special Topics: Issues in Contemporary Journalism (3 credits)
  • JRN 487 Independent Study (3 credits)

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Course Information


Various Locations in Beijing

Language of Instruction


Language Proficiency


Program Type

Group experience led by SBU faculty

Program Dates

June 4th - June 25th

Living Arrangements

Students are housed in shared hotel-style accommodation throughout their stay



2.0 GPA and above

Other Requirements


Application Deadline

March 1st

Candidates may be interviewed to determine their qualifications for participating and representing Stony Brook University abroad.

Program Cost

Application Fee $60
Tuition Rate $270 per credit for NY residents ; $988 per credit for non-residents
Program Fee


Administrative Fee $200 (non-refundable)
International Health Insurance Included in the Program Fee
Other Fees


Travel Costs

Estimated Airfare: TBA.  All student participants will travel together to the study abroad site.  Students who do not abide by this policy may be dismissed from the program.

Costs are estimates for planning purposes of the student and are subject to change at any point.

Program Highlights

  • Meet Chinese people from all walks of life, including journalists and students.
  • Learn how to interview and write or produce sophisticated international stories.
  • Learn how to compile professional multimedia reports.
  • Learn how to publish your work in a way the world can read and see.
  • Learn about modern Chinese media and culture.

More Information

Credits earned on this program will calculate toward a student's GPA at Stony Brook University.  Non-SBU students are advised to check their home university policy on grade and credit transfer.

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Contact Information

Alison Becker

International Academic Programs
Stony Brook University
E1340 Melville Library
Stony Brook, N.Y. 11794-3397
Tel: (631) 632-7030
Fax: (631) 632-1396
Charles Haddad
Program Director
School of Journalism
Stony Brook University
N4004 Melville Library
Stony Brook, N.Y. 11794-3384
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