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Top Universities Where You Can Study Communication and Media, 2021

University of Amsterdam / Universiteit van Amsterdam

What does a degree in Communication and Media do? A degree in Communication and Media Studies is a professional academic program that educates students about the media industry and its various aspects: from its various types to how it operates and impacts society. Of course, the program pays due attention to the rise of digital media and involves analysis from the perspectives of myriad disciplines.

Now, the main question is: where should you study Communication and Media? There should most likely be top regional universities you might want to consider. However, in case you want to pursue this program at a foreign university, pay attention. Consider applying for the top-tier universities in the world, and in this article, you will find 5 of them for the same. So, without further ado, let us jump on to the main discussion.

  1. The University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
    The only Dutch university that finds a place in the top 50 of the world, the University of Amsterdam is known for its dynamic approach towards various programs, particularly media. It has a diverse student culture, with as many as thousands of students coming over from across 100 countries. The best thing about the University of Amsterdam is that most courses are taught in English. Moreover, you get to study in the backdrop of scenic landscapes and friendly gentry. Anyone interested in conducting research should strongly consider pursuing doctoral programs here. Its alumni include as many as 6 Nobel laureates.
  2. The University of Southern California, the United States of America
    One of the highly ranked universities in the world is the University of Southern California. Based in Los Angeles, its Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism was established in the year 1971 and has been consistently ranked as among the top choices for pursuing undergraduate programs in media and communication in the country and the world. In addition to offering regular academic programs, it stresses on encouraging research activities. Most of its faculties are among the most cited in the world. It has a rich list of famed personalities as its alumni and includes 11 Rhodes  Scholars, 9 Nobel laureates, 1 Turing Award, and 29 billionaires.
  3. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), United Kingdom
    Quite likely, you must have heard of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Know that it is one of the best places to pursue social sciences in the world. However, despite its standard reputation for its courses on social sciences, it is also known for its programs on Communication & Media. Known for its high research output, it has been a top scorer in the National Research Excellence Framework. Note, but, that any course you pursue from here, there will be a lot of academic emphasis on social science. Hence, expect to have a good dose of social sciences in Communication & Media. LSE has been home to some of the most influential personalities in the world such as B.R. Ambedkar, Mick Jagger, and George Soros.
  4. The University of Texas at Austin, United States of America
    A popular public research university, the University of Texas at Austin is called a Public Ivy. It is known for its extensive academic organization that offers high-quality programs to students from and outside the United States. The selection rate is quite low here so you must work on your academic credentials to ensure that you secure a place here. Its program on Communication & Media is, especially, very competitive because it is among the world’s best. You can gather about its academic excellence and high research output from its illustrious alumni base. It has taught 12 Nobel Laureates, 2 Fields Medalists, 2 Abel Price winners, and 4 Pulitzer Prize winners.
  5. Stanford University
    Formally called Leland Stanford Junior University, Stanford University is a leading university in terms of publications. Comprising 7 schools, there are as many as 40 departments offering courses at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. To enhance the learning experience, there are many institutes and centers which have been established such as the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, the Stanford Research Institute, and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. It, along with UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley, has founded Biohub, a major medical science research center that receives funds from many globally acclaimed personalities. As of 2020, there have been 83 Nobel Laureates, 8 Fields Medalists, and 270 Olympic medalists who studied at Stanford.

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