International Journalism Short Programme

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! Czech Republic, Germany, Peru , Russia, Sweden, Taiwan, The Netherlands, Uganda, United Kingdom, ... . Come and join us!

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  • 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 courses in the curriculum are the Media Project News and the Media Project Stories. 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 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 Media Projects. 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. The Multimedia Skills course shows you how different new technologies can be used to create innovative journalistic products and trains you in using your smartphone as a journalistic video and photo tool in a professional way. 

    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 or one in depth story 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


    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 Bachelor's degree in the specific field of Media and Communication, with basics in Economics, Politics, Sociology and Culture.
    • Based on EOQ for students with a Master's degree at a Faculty of Arts or a Faculty of Social Sciences who obtained qualifications in:  
      • Media and Communication skills
      • Basics Economics, Politics, Sociology and Culture
    • Based on EOQ & EOC for students with at least 120 ECTS-credits on EQF level 6 (i.e. within a Bachelor's programme), proving experience/expertise/competence in:
      • Media & Communication skills
      • Basics Economics, Politics, Sociology and Culture
      • Basic Journalistic skills


  • One year programme
  • One year programme

    One year programme

    Semester 1

    Compulsary courses

    • Basic Media Techniques (3 ECTS)
    • Media Project News (3 ECTS)
    • Media Project Stories (3 ECTS)
    • International Reporting (3 ECTS)
    • International Journalism Topics (3 ECTS)
    • Multimedia Skills (3 ECTS)
    • Research (3 ECTS)
    • Writing and Editorial Skills (3 ECTS)

    Optional Courses (choose 2)

    • External Media Project (3 ECTS)
    • International Project (3 ECTS)
    • Media & Diversity (3 ECTS)
    • Graphic Design Print & Web (3 ECTS)
    • Graphic Design – Advanced level (3 ECTS)
    • Video (3 ECTS)

    Take a look in the programme guide for more details

    Semester 2

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

This programme in numbers

Some statistics about this programme
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

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Towards the European elections on May 26 2019 our International Journalism students took part in EUFactcheck, together with students from 20 other journalism programmes all over Europe. Also next academic year we will take part in EUFactcheck.

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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.

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