Bachelor in International Journalism Short Programme

General

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Program Description

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Are you interested in what’s happening in the world around you? Would you like to work in an international environment?

Join our dynamic International Journalism programme and develop your own profile as a journalist. Learn how to cover international stories and build up your skills in different mediums: text and image, video and audio.

Students conceive and create their own journalistic concepts in small teams and in a cross-media context. Then, they put their skills to work during a 10-week international internship, either abroad or at a foreign news desk in Belgium. Graduates of this programme are proficient researchers, interviewers, writers, photographers, and videographers. Thomas More’s International Journalism programme is a member of the European Journalism Training Association - a network that connects journalism students throughout Europe.

  • The abridged Bachelor in International Journalism programme is a one year programme for students who already have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in the field of media and communication.
  • The programme aims at students who want to spend an extra year studying journalism in an international context, with a clear focus on learning by doing.
  • It introduces students to an international journalism network.
  • All the courses within the programme are taught in English and students are working in an English-speaking newsroom environment.
  • We have students from all over the world! Sweden, Peru, Indonesia, Germany, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Come and join us!

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Overview

First Semester

The first semester of this one year programme starts mid-September. The central course in the curriculum is the Crossmedia project. Within this project, you ‘ll work with students of different nationalities on articles and reports, which will be published in the English language section of our 21bis.be platform. It allows you to work for a targeted and real audience. You learn how to find suitable topics and angles for your stories, how to do research and interviews and how to structure information and visuals into a balanced journalistic piece. You’ll also take part in projects for international journalism organisations. This will give you plenty of opportunities to develop your international network.

The other courses will offer you insights and skills you can use as you produce stories for the Crossmedia project. The International Reporting course makes you acquainted with how foreign correspondents and foreign news desks work, but it also helps you to discover international stories on your own doorstep. Transmedia Storytelling shows you how different new technologies can be used to create innovative journalistic products. Mobile and Social Media Reporting trains you in using your smartphone as a journalistic tool in a professional way. The focus is on producing video content.

All courses and projects of the first semester end in late December. Exams are organized at the beginning of January.

Second Semester

During the second semester, which runs from January until June, you produce a Final Work. This consists of a portfolio of journalistic articles and reports you work on for 6 weeks within the framework of our in-school newsroom. You also have an internship of 10 weeks at the editorial office or newsroom of a media company.

Internship

Your internship in the second semester will take place in an international environment. You can choose between interesting opportunities at international media companies in Brussels, or to go further afield and do your internship in other countries, not only in Europe but also in North- or South-America, Asia or Africa.

Personal development

We think personal coaching is very important, so there’s a close dialogue between teachers and students. You get direct feedback on your work and you’re developing a professional attitude.

Within the practical courses and projects, you work in small groups. Teamwork is an essential part of the study method.

Specific diploma requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for English bachelor programmes, these are the specific diploma requirements for the abbreviated/one-year degree.

Based on EOQ for students with a Ba/Ma who obtained qualifications in:

  • Media & Communication skills
  • Basics Economics, Politics, Sociology & Culture

Based on EOQ & EOC for students with at least 120 ECTS-credits (exempted EOQ), proving experience/expertise/competence in:

  • Media & Communication skills
  • Basics Economics, Politics, Sociology & Culture
  • Knowledge of journalistic basic skills

Courses

Semester 1 Semester 2
  • Compulsory courses
    • Crossmedia project (6 ECTS)
    • International Reporting (3 ECTS)
    • Transmedia Storytelling (3 ECTS)
    • Research (3 ECTS)
    • Writing and Editorial Skills (3 ECTS)
    • Mobile & Social Media Reporting (3 ECTS)
    • English, French or Survival Dutch (3 ECTS)
  • Optional Courses (choose 2)
    • International project (3 ECTS)
    • Media & Diversity (3 ECTS)
    • Graphic Design - Basic (3 ECTS)
    • Graphic Design - Advanced (3 ECTS)
  • Final Work (15 ECTS)
  • Internship at Media Company (15 ECTS)

Why choose International Journalism Short Programme

21bis.be

21bis.be is the website of Thomas Mores third year Journalism and International Journalism students and the students of the abridged programmes in Journalism and International Journalism, targeted at students in Flanders. This target group also comprises international students in Flanders, as we also have an English language section on the website.

DOVOS

As a participant in the European DOVOS project, we organize international media weeks together with our partner universities in Prague and Plymouth. During these media weeks, students practice 21st-century journalism skills in international teams and evaluate together what they have learned.

INSPIRE

The European INSPIRE project wants to bring together journalism students and youngsters from disadvantaged groups in society in order to produce journalistic stories that debounce stereotypes. Together with partner teams from Brussels, London, Barcelona, Cluj (Romania) and Tübingen (Germany) student teams from our International Journalism programme take part in workshops on media literacy and diversity in the different partner countries.

After Graduation

What's next?

With this Bachelor’s degree in International Journalism, you are ready for the field! Media companies know you are flexibly employable as an editor and reporter. You know what it is like to work in an international environment and you already started to build an international network. You ‘re familiar with new journalistic concepts, developments, and technologies, so you will be at ease in the fast-evolving world of media.

But also companies and governments offer good perspectives because also they are looking for creative and critical people who have a broad view of the world and can easily work with the newest communication tools.

Admissions

EEA candidates

Application procedure
  1. Apply online: submit an online application.
  2. File assessment (+- 2 weeks) & Submit supporting documents (if you haven’t already provided all the necessary documents).
  3. If approved, you will receive a letter of admission.
  4. Register online.
  5. Start your student life!
Admission requirements
  • Diploma requirements:
    if you’re qualified to start an equivalent programme in higher education in the country where you completed your secondary education, then you’re qualified for admission to Thomas More. Additional requirements may be set for candidates with a diploma obtained in a non-EEA member state.
  • Language requirements:
    you need to be reasonably proficient at speaking and writing English (level B2, European Framework).
  • Additional requirements for abridged programmes and postgraduates:
    Those applying to our abridged programmes and postgraduates will have some extra requirements to meet in addition to the standard diploma and language requirements. Please check the programme’s webpage to find detailed information about the requirements as well as the contact details of the programme manager. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have further questions or need assistance.

Non-EEA candidates

Application procedure
  1. Apply online: submit an online application.
  2. File assessment (+- 2 weeks) & submit supporting documents (if you haven’t already provided all the necessary documents).
  3. If approved, pay the tuition fee for 1 semester.
  4. Receive digital registration certificate
  5. Apply for a student visa.
  6. Register online.
  7. Start your student life!
Admission requirements
  • Diploma requirements:
    if you’re qualified to start an equivalent programme in higher education in the country where you completed your secondary education, then you’re qualified for admission to Thomas More. Additional requirements may be set for candidates with a diploma obtained in a non-EEA member state.
  • Language requirements:
    you need to be reasonably proficient at speaking and writing English (level B2, European Framework).
  • Additional requirements for abridged programmes and postgraduates:
    Those applying to our abridged programmes and postgraduates will have some extra requirements to meet in addition to the standard diploma and language requirements. Please check the programme’s webpage to find detailed information about the requirements as well as the contact details of the programme manager. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have further questions or need assistance.

Immigration and visas in Belgium

  • Students coming from the European Economic Area, Monaco or Switzerland can enroll in an undergraduate degree programme in Belgium without a student visa.
  • All other students need to apply for a visa before coming to Belgium. You can apply at the Belgian Consulate or Embassy in your country or in the country where you legally reside.

Last updated Nov 2020

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