European Culture & European Journalism

Are you a Journalism student with a keen interest in Europe? Are you looking to broaden your horizon and strengthen your international credentials? Our minor programme European Culture & European Journalism (ECEJ) explores a variety of topics in journalism and culture.

During the first part of the programme you will be staying at the School of Journalism in Utrecht to take the ‘content courses’. In the second part we send you all over Europe to make (individual) stories on an aspect of European culture. We end the programme in the School Newsroom, producing an online Magazine on European culture, Cul Tour.

Useful to know

Start date February
Number of ECTS 30 Dutch Education System
Programme level Minor
Programme code JJO-ECEJCJ.3V-14
Language of instruction English
Year of study Year 3 or 4
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!

The programme European Culture & European Journalism (ECEJ) will equip you with knowledge and skills to deal with reporting on European issues.

The programme includes ‘content courses’ to give you a solid basis on important aspects of European culture from a journalistic viewpoint. Thus, we provide you with the opportunity of gaining understanding of recent social and cultural developments and current debates.

The skills units will focus on research, writing features and in-depth reporting. If English is not your mother tongue, you will be offered the course ‘Reporting in English’ to work on your English writing skills.

A study trip to Berlin and an individual reporting trip to a European city are part of the programme.

Would you like to know more about this programme or do you have a specific question? Please contact the programme coordinator, Carien J. Touwen.


This minor programme for Journalism students is offered every year from February to June.

First period
Intensive theoretical courses

The first seven weeks of the programme you take courses to improve your knowledge on social and cultural European topics.

The courses are:

  • European Cities. Understanding social and cultural developments in European regions and cities (including field trip to Berlin).
  • European Art History. A journalistic approach: looking at European Art as an expression of ideas in (transitional) periods (including visit to Berlin museums).
  • European Film & Fiction. The exploration of important themes in European culture through narrative fiction and film.
  • European Societies & Media. Understanding and comparing Dutch/European lifestyles, media and culture from a journalistic point of view.

Second period
Newsroom & research in Utrecht, Reporting trip to a European city, Production of the Cul Tour Magazine

For the second part of the programme, you will use your newly gathered knowledge and insights in European issues for further research and reporting. You will start with individual (guided) research activities and several practical workshops. After that, you are going on a reporting trip to an European city. The final weeks of the programme you will write and edit your stories for the E-Magazine.

Course structure (total ECTS: 30)

Course unit title


European Cities


European Art History


European Film & Fiction


European Societies & Media


Newsroom & Research


Foreign Reporting & Publishing


In our Course Guide you can find all relevant information about the programme in one practical document. Download it here for your convenience.

The Utrecht School of Journalism will accept students in Journalism or Media Studies. Applicants without any academic or professional journalism or media experience are advised not to enrol. Students should at least have successfully completed one year (of a three-year BA) or two years (of a four-year BA) of Journalism or Media Studies.

A motivation letter and your CV are part of the application.

Non-native speakers need a minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper based or 213 computer-based or 80 Internet based or a minimum score 6 if IELTS or a B2 certificate English

If English is not your mother tongue, you will be offered the course ‘Reporting in English’ to work on your English writing skills.

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?

  • An international career in journalism

    This programme prepares you for a career in international reporting. You will get to understand the cultural and social aspects of Europe and learn to find your way around as a journalist in unfamiliar circumstances.

  • 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.

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