European Culture & European Journalism

Are you a Journalism or Communication 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 theoretical courses. In the second part you participate in a newsroom to produce your own stories on European culture. You will travel all over Europe for excursions and reporting trips. We complete the programme producing an online magazine CulTour.

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 report on European culture.

The programme includes theoretical courses and practical training in journalistic reporting. Thus, we provide you with the opportunity to gain and understand recent social and cultural developments.

Skills training in the newsroom focuses on in-depth research and writing features. The newsroom is supported by classes in English writing and editing.

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 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 CulTour 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


CulTour Magazine


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, Communication or Media Studies.

Please note: a motivational letter is required for this programme, see our entry form.

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.

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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