Cross-border Journalism

Are you a student with an interest in international affairs, societal developments and media innovation? Would you like to be part of an intercultural classroom and work together with other students on cross-border stories? Then Cross-border Journalism is the exchange programme for you. The programme includes training in reporting, design thinking and study and reporting trips in Europe. So if you are a curious and critical thinker and ready to expand your horizon as a global professional, don't wait any longer!

You are eager to share your own skills and knowledge with other students and contribute to an interdisciplinary team. Cross-border Journalism is a challenging international programme at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. In the programme you will encounter topics such as:

  • the economy and politics of Europe and the EU;
  • globalisation and international affairs;
  • sustainability and regional development in Europe;
  • cross-border journalism and international reporting;
  • innovations in international reporting and cross-border projects;
  • excursions and field trips in Europe.

Useful to know

Start date September
Number of ECTS 30 Dutch Education System
Programme level Honours - Minor
Programme code JM-CBJ-20
Language of instruction English
Year of study Year 3 or 4
Practical Matters Housing and Immigration
Location Utrecht Science Park

Course content

What do you need to enter this programme? And what can you expect when you apply? In this section you'll find all you need to know!

Cross-border Journalism is a challenging international programme at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. Students from countries all over the world join students from Dutch study programmes in our intercultural classroom.

The programme consists of six modules:

  1. Content courses on European politics, economy and law, sustainability and globalisation (5EC)
  2. Research skills through story-based inquiry methods (5EC)
  3. Journalism Skills and Workshops providing training in reporting for diverse media (5EC)
  4. Crossmedia production of your own story and publication in the Cross-border Journalism magazine (5EC)
  5. Media and design thinking, including media and cross-border journalism theory and skills training (5EC)
  6. Innovation project in which a team designs an innovative solution for a business opportunity in media (5EC)

Prior experience in journalism or communication is an advantage, but not a requirement. In our newsroom we will teach the basics of reporting and with the help of co-students with more reporting experience, you will even be able to make short audiovisual-productions.

Cross-border Journalism is offered on bachelor level with options to require honours level through extra assignments and personal achievements. Honours level is rewarded with a HU-honours star certificate.

Would you like to know more about this programme or do you have a specific question? Please contact the School of Journalism International desk.

Updated course information will be ready by July 2020. All participants will receive the course guide before summer holidays.

The course guide will be ready and send to all participating students in July, with further information on the programme.

This programme has a selection procedure with a 1 April deadline.

Note: this selection procedure does not replace your regular HU-registration, for which a 1 May deadline applies. In order for us to make sure that your HU-application is processed swiftly and you have early choice of accommodation, we have to finish the selection procedure in time.

All applicants need to fill in the entry form and supply information on study background, level of English and personal motivation. This also helps us to organise interdisciplinary and intercultural learning and design the cross-border journalism programme for you.

Please fill in the entry form and send your documents to the email-address included.

TOEFL score 550 paper based or 213 computer based or 80 Internet based or IELTS score 6.5, or any other proof of proficiency in English supported by your institute.

A 5-day fieldtrip to Brussels is part of the programme and will cost approximately:

  Costs (in euros)
Hostel € 35 per night, including breakfast (4 nights)
Travel Depending on bus or train to Brussels: approximately € 25 - 100
Meals Own choice 

You will not need a visa for Belgium, as Belgium is a Schengen-country, but you have to bring your passport or ID-card. You will have to submit passport information to the coordinator in order to book the visits to EU institutions.

The cost for your crossmedia production (reporting trip) depends on your country of destination. You always have the option to pick a topic in the Netherlands with few additional costs.

Practical information

When you move to a different country to study, there are lots of things to arrange. For instance, where will you live, how much are the costs? Visit the practical information site. Read here for more info about how to arrange housing. A student living in the Netherlands needs about € 800 - 1000 a month to cover living expenses, such as housing, food and transportation. This includes insurances – health insurance is mandatory.

Find out how to apply

Ready for an international adventure?

Why choose HU?

  • Join an elite group of international journalists

    By joining this exclusive programme, you will become part of a global network of ambitious professionals across all fields of journalism. This intensive one-year programme will prepare you for an exciting international career.

  • Inspiring international setting

    HU supports your ambitions. Our lecturers will tutor and assist you in making the most of this international programme. During your time in Utrecht, you will meet students from all over the world and make connections to last a lifetime.

  • Utrecht Science Park Campus

    Studying at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht means you get to enjoy all the benefits of our modern campus, Utrecht Science Park (USP). A miniature city with the universities' buildings, student housing, restaurants, cafés, a sports centre, and much more, it enjoys excellent transport links to Utrecht and beyond.

  • Vibrant university city Utrecht

    Beautiful Utrecht has lots of young people and excellent facilities for student life. It has a mediaeval city centre which is small enough to explore by foot or bicycle. Enjoy a drink next to the quaint canals or dine in one of the converted wharf cellars.

Utrecht Science Park with a view of Padualaan 97

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