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Study Abroad

For the fifth year in a row, the Department of Communication is offering a nine-week, 9.0 credit hour study abroad program in Germany: the Summer Program in Communication Studies at Erfurt (Germany), or SPICE.

A few details about the program:

  • Students will live in Germany from June 11 until August 12.
  • Total program cost is $10,375, all-inclusive (tuition, room and board, and all travel costs)
  • Planned trips to Berlin and Bruges, Belgium (included in tuition)
  • Courses offered include COM405 (Effects of Entertainment Media), COM424 (Advanced Intercultural Communication) and two special topics courses (Global Communication Campaigns and Video Games as Communication)

For more details, contact faculty leaders Tiffany Dykstra-DeVette or Elizabeth Cohen

For 2017, we can accept up to 18 students.

Sign up for SPICE ‘17

Office of International Programs

All WVU students (graduate, undergraduate, and professional) must register with OIP before traveling internationally on university related activities. OIP Personnel will assist you in planning all aspects of your international experience, including such things as required insurance, passports, visas, health preparedness, and academic credits. Please be aware that if you are traveling for academic credit and you fail to register with this office, you will be denied credit upon your return to WVU. For more information on this policy, see the WVU Undergraduate Catalog (Course Catalog) or visit the OIP webpage.

WVU Office of International Programs


Seelio: Sharing Student Work

Students enrolled in COMM courses are asked to study the theory and process of human communication so that they can apply this knowledge to understanding real-world issues. As part of this process, COMM students have adopted the Seelio platform – a social media platform that allows students to create an online portfolio of their coursework that is easily accessible to the public. Sharing these portfolios shows the importance of the COMM degree while also giving prospective employees a clear, accurate look at the academic work our students are doing.

Seelio Student Coursework Showcase

Academic Advising

Our advisors are available during the summer, fall and spring semesters during office hours. Check 108 Armstrong Hall, call 304-293-3905, or e-mail an advisor to check office hours for the semester (see below for contact information).

The COMM academic advisors are:

Nikki Loy –
Dr. John Shibley –
Mary Donato –


Request a Mountaineer Intern

Professional Field Experience (PFE) is a key element in the undergraduate COMM curriculum that allows students to gain experience in applying their classroom knowledge to a variety of corporate and organizational environments. Organizations looking for students with an in-depth understanding of communication areas that include (but are not limited to) communication theory, data analysis, health communication, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, and social media/communication technology now have the opportunity to request an intern from the Department of Communication Studies at WVU. Use the form below to read up on our PFE program, and to request a Mountaineer intern today.

Organization Intern Application