International Journalism Short Programme (English)

One year professional bachelor programme in International Journalism

Location: Mechelen -Campus De Ham
  • 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 United Kingdom. Come and join us!
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Iris De Roover
Programme Manager
Werner Goossens
Student Counselor

Overview

  • First Semester
  • Second Semester
  • Internship
  • Personal development
  • Specific diploma requirements
  • First Semester

    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 on 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 door step.  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 late December. Exams are organised at the beginning of January.

  • Second Semester

    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 during 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

    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

    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

    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

  • One year programme
  • One year programme

    One year programme

    Semester 1

    Compulsary 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)

    Check out the full programme guide.

    Semester 2

    • Final Work (15 ECTS)
    • Internship at Media Company (15 ECTS)

This programme in numbers

Some statistics about this programme
1
year programme
20 hours
of classes a week during semester 1
10 weeks
of internship at a media company

Why choose International Journalism Short Programme (English)

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.

www.21bis.be

DOVOS

As a participant in the European DOVOS project, we organise 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 which debounce stereotypes. Together with partner teams from Brussels, London, Barcelona, Cluj (Romenia) 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?
  • What's next?

    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 on the world and can easily work with the newest communication tools.

Facilities and student support

A team of professionals gives advise, guides, helps and assists students. In addition to training courses, Thomas More offers a whole range of student facilities. Discover how we can help you.

Info Moments at Thomas More

Visit us during one of our open campus days or learn more about the courses on an infoday.

23 February
Saturday 10h - 16h
27 April
Saturday 10h - 14h
4 September
Wednesday 18h - 21h