Grad students group
International Students

The School of Communication at the University of Hartford welcomes international students. International graduate students contribute greatly to the class discussions by providing insight about how media industries and advertising and public relations function in other parts of the world. Additionally, international students benefit from exposure to theories and methods used in the United States. Our graduates have gone on to jobs in the United States or have taken their skills back to their home country.

Please contact the graduate program director, Dr. Branko Kovacic at kovacic@hartford.edu, for more information or the University of Hartford's Graduate Student Admissions office:

Telephone: 1.800.945.0712 or 1.860.768.4371
Fax: 1.860.768.5160
Email: gradstudy@hartford.edu

Check out the graduate admissions office page for international students at: http://hartford.edu/graduate/int.aspx

You can also get information about tuition and fees at: http://hartford.edu/graduate/tuition.aspx (click on the communication link).

We hope to hear from you soon!

Below are the profiles of some of our current international students.

1. Mary Priscilla Kelangi – India


Priscilla

Q: What was your undergraduate major?
A: I did my major in Mass Communication, and Public Administration and Social Management at St. Francis College for Women in Hyderabad.

Q: Do you have work experience? Was any of it in a communication related field?
A: I worked as an Intern for The New Indian Express newspaper. I worked as a reporter and got to write my own stories.

Q: What attracted you to the School of Communication Graduate Program at the University of Hartford?
A: I thought that I needed international exposure to build my experience and knowledge. I really believe that every country has its own culture and study patterns and I have to say that studying in University of Hartford is taking my level of education to a whole new level.

Q: What have you liked the most about the graduate program so far?
A: I am really fascinated about the culture in this University. It
was very hard for me in the beginning, but the faculty in my program really made me comfortable to the new environment. Also my classmates, including international students have really helped me through.

Q: What has been your biggest hurdle - or the most difficult thing to adapt to?
A: I never lived far from my parents until now and living without them and starting a whole new life was really difficult. And also I was very dependent on every task of my life and I learned to be independent after coming here.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?
A: I feel lucky that I am interested in all of the courses in my program. I am really thankful to my adviser and other faculty members for all the support they gave me and are continuing to give me. I am learning a lot from my program and can see how I am gaining knowledge and a great experience


2. Mona Alshammari –Saudi Arabia

Mona


Q: Where did you earn your undergraduate degree?
A: I earned my undergraduate degree, in Architecture Planning Interior Design Program, from Jubail University College, Saudi Arabia in 2011.


Q. Do you have work experience? Was any of it in a communication related field?
A: Actually, I don't have any experience in communication related field; however, I aim to have a work experience in the future.

Q. What attracted you to the School of Communication Graduate Program at the University of Hartford?
A: At the beginning, I did a small research about the best schools of communication graduate program in the US that's how I found the School of Communication at the University of Hartford. I read about the school of communication at the University of Hartford website. I liked the way they divided their courses into three areas, which are integrated communication, human communication and media studies. I found this school one of the best schools of communication based on their faculty, curriculum, their way on focusing on the student area of interest and working with the student to develop this area.

Q: We have three areas of course work - integrated communication, human communication and media studies. We also allow students to more or less develop their own interest area. Do you know which of these areas you plan to pursue?
A: Based on my undergraduate degree of course you would wonder why I made this huge step to the School of Communication; however, you must believe me when I say I found myself when I chose this school. I plan to pursue integrated communication; I'm so interested in advertising and public relations. In addition, I think I could integrate this area with my undergraduate field. By doing this I would have the opportunity to widen my ability in dealing with publics who are clients and learn how to advertise my projects.

Q: What have you liked the most about the graduate program so far?
A: The faculty I this program are what I like the most because they are very good. The way they produce the topics and how they make the student interact at the classroom is interested me. In addition, they give the students the opportunity to feel they are experts and discuss with them real cases. I like this school the most because they use the two-way communication with their students. The professor would explain the topic and the student would express his/her thought at the same time.

Q: Do you have recommendations for international students interested in applying to our graduate program?
A: I absolutely recommend international students come here and give themselves the opportunity to experience this program because believe me it is worth to study abroad at this school.

Q: How was the overall admission process? The pros and the cons?
A: The overall admission process at school of communication is very easy and very clear. The thing that I admired when I applied here that the applicant can contact with the school any time and in return he/she would receive respond from the school very fast.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?
A: I'm really having a wonderful experience at the school of communication and I can say that without a doubt, the University of Hartford's graduate program in communication is one of my best choices that I won't regret in my whole life. Finally, I recommend all international students who are really serious about reaching their goal of being successful in any area of these areas the school of communication offers.


3. Ebiere Awudu –Nigeria


Ebiere

Q: Where did you earn your undergraduate degree?
A: I earned my undergraduate degree from Igbinedion University, Okada, Nigeria. My undergraduate major was in Law.

Q: Do you have work experience? Was any of it in a communication related field?
A: Yes, my work experience is in the Nigerian legal system and it is entirely different from the field of communication.

Q: What attracted you to the School of Communication Graduate Program at the University of Hartford?
A: I wanted to explore a different career path and I was looking for a college that offered an MA in communications. I stumbled upon the university of Hartford, within the course of my research. I visited the university's website and contacted graduate admissions. I was overwhelmed by the magnitude of support I got from the director of graduate admissions, the director of the communications program, and the international students advisor. I had previously applied to different schools within the U.S. but the university of Hartford was the most supportive and encouraging. The staff worked closely with me every step of the way, to ensure that I had all the tools I needed for a successful sojourn to the university. Also, the cost of the graduate education at the university of Hartford was fairly reasonable compared to the other universities I applied to. This was also a major determining factor for me.

Q: What have you liked the most about the graduate program so far?
A: The graduate program has really challenged me academically. Coming from a different educational system, I have enjoyed the diversity of the program, the method of instruction, which is more interactive. The Professors encourage students' participation and teamwork, which builds confidence and improves on student's public speaking skills. These are essentials skills, which every individual needs to survive in a competitive global environment.

Q: What has been your biggest hurdle - or the most difficult thing to adapt to?
A: My biggest hurdle has been adapting to the method of instruction. By this I mean class participation such as making presentations and being called randomly by a professor to contribute my opinion in class discussions. I get really nervous about that stuff. However I do appreciate it and love the push, because that is exactly what I need to come out of my shell and explore my true potential.

Q: Do you have recommendations for other international students interested in applying to our graduate program?
A: Oh yes I do. I totally encourage other international students to apply to the university of Hartford. It is a beautiful university, which not only empowers you educationally, but also creates room for networking and most importantly the staff is very supportive. Each student has an advisor who is readily available to address any concerns you may have and also put you on track if at any point you are derailing. The classrooms are not over crowded, this allows the professors to address each students concern. If you are looking for a university that is cost effective without substituting quality education, then you should totally apply to the university at once.

You will also love the new england weather and enjoy the beauty of the four seasons. Although it gets really cold in the winter, you eventually get used to it. The snow is beautiful and there are lots of activities that you can engage yourself in during the winter, including skiing and skating. The international center organizes different sightseeing activities and festivals for international students. Trust me, you will have a life changing experience, the people are generally nice and supportive.


4. Saeed Andaji Garmaroudi –Iran




Q: Where did you earn your undergraduate degree?
A: I earned my undergraduate degree in Iran, University of Tehran in business management.

Q: Do you have work experience? Was any of it in a communication related field?
A: I have 2 years of job experience in BARIDSOFT in Iran as a communication and advertising manager.

Q: We have three areas of course work - integrated communication, human communication and media studies. We also allow students to more or less develop their own interest area. Do you know which of these areas you plan to pursue?
A: I am interested in both integrated communication and also human communication. Therefore I decided to have an approach in between by developing interpersonal competencies as an element of integrated communication mix.

Q: What have you liked the most about the graduate program so far?
A: An interesting point about the University of Hartford's communication program is the caring and professional behavior of professors and employees along with interactive and highly engaging classes. I also really like that I can take courses among various schools at the University and conduct an interdisciplinary approach. I appreciate the flexibility of professors to help student through his/her personal interests.

Q: How was the overall admission process? The pros and the cons?
A: Based on my experience, admission process was easier and faster than other schools.