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Michael Penny


Visiting Scholar Program
School of Media and Journalism
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The Visiting International Scholars (VIS) program was created more than a decade ago for academics and professional journalists and other communicators who wish to spend at least a semester, but usually a year, in the school and the University. Participants learn a great deal not only about their specialty in mass communication but also about U.S. culture by living in Chapel Hill. About 30-35 participants are in the program at any one time. Traditionally, most come from China (often academics) and Korea (often professional journalists), but other countries have been represented as well, including Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. The program is open to people from any country.