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CCI Short Courses

 The architecture in Prague was out of this world. I felt like I was on a movie set as I walked around the city because everything looked so beautiful. This experience really made me see how beautiful the world can be!     

-Sara, Visual Communication Design (Design Abroad Berlin & Prague, Spring 2013)

A semester abroad isn't for everyone, but that doesn't mean you can't get out and see the world.  Our CCI faculty-led short courses offer that chance with a variety of options that change from year to year. That way you can be sure to find one that fits your academic plan, your personal goals, and your budget. Some courses may be repeated from year to year. Some may feature similar content but a different destination. Some are once in a lifetime.

Keep an eye on this page for announcements of new courses as they develop, and check out some of the courses that have taken place in the past. If you're interested in an upcoming course, contact the faculty leader for more information. If you have other questions or wonder if a past course will be repeated, contact Sara M. Sobeh at

Spring 2014 CCI Short Courses

Course: Science Documentary Film
Destination: Costa Rica

Instructor: David F. Smeltzer /

Dates: December 27, 2013 -- January 15, 2014

During the field part of the course in Costa Rica, students will learn the logistics, research techniques and cinematography skills needed to shoot digital film in the tropics. Student will also learn location sound recording skills and interviewing skills to gather good sound needed for their documentary films. Upon their return to Kent, students will script and record narration, add music and graphics and create a fine cut of their films to be presented during Finals Week of the spring 2014 Semester.


Course: International Storytelling
Destination: Estonia

Instructors: Gary Hanson / and Mitch McKenney /

Dates: Spring 2014 semester with two-week trip to Estonia over Spring Break

Collaborate across disciplines and cultures in this beautiful and important part of the world. Now independent after years of Russian occupation, Estonia is a growing high-tech hub (home of Skype) that still cherishes its old-world culture. Reporting and editing teams will produce stories for a multimedia site using audio, video, images and text.

Visit to learn all about this wonderful experience and to apply for admission.

Summer 2014 CCI Short Courses

Course: International Children's Literature and Librarianship
Destination: Denmark

Instructor: Marianne Martens /

Dates: June 2014 -- hybrid course, combining online course delivery with face-to face class time in Denmark.

From its notoriety as home of the Vikings, to its current status as home of the happiest people in the world, Denmark is famous for Hamlet, Kierkegaard, pastry, and leaders in architecture and design. But Denmark also has a long and solid tradition of cultural production for young people --just think of Hans Christian Anderson, Tivoli Gardens, and Legoland. In this academically rigorous course on international cultural production for children, Denmark will serve as a case study for such, providing students with hands-on perspectives on international children's literature, librarianship, museums, and a view of how different cultures construct "childhood".