European Culture & European Journalism

Programme code:  JJO-ECEJCJ.3V-14  
Semester:   Spring 
Number of ECTS:  30 
Language of instruction:  English 

Profile of the programme

The Utrecht School of Journalism is proud to present a programme focusing on aspects of European Culture & European Journalism (ECEJ). We offer this international programme to advanced students in journalism.

The programme European Culture & European Journalism explores a variety of topics in journalism and culture. We will equip you with knowledge and skills to deal with reporting on several important cultural European issues. A fieldtrip will show you cultural and architectural aspects of Berlin. The courses will prepare you for a reporting trip (on your own) to a European city. The final weeks of the programme you will make an online magazine, with your stories in it.

The program includes ‘content courses’ to equip you with a solid basis on important aspects of European culture from a journalistic viewpoint. Thus we shall 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.

The first part of the programme you will be staying at the School of Journalism in Utrecht to take the ‘content courses’. 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.

This programme enables you to prepare for a career in international reporting. You will get to understand the cultural and social aspects of Europe and you will find your way around as a journalist in unfamiliar circumstances. Furthermore, you will broaden your horizon and be equipped with a global perspective and a sophisticated journalistic attitude.

This undergraduate program is offered every year from February up to June. Students receive 30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) for the whole programme. The complete programme is the equivalent of a semester at your home university. You will receive a certificate.

First period

Intensive theoretical courses
The first seven weeks of the programme you are taking 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 & comparing Dutch/European Lifestyles, Media & 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 European city. The final weeks of the programme you are going to write and edit your stories for the E-Magazine.


The general ECEJ competences are:

  1. The competence to find relevant issues and angles, in particular
    • to know current events and their context and
    • to have more specialized knowledge and insight in current cultural and social events and developments in Europe and be able to analyse if a subject is both interesting and newsworthy
  2. The competence to be able to gather, select and interpret information -
    on social, social cultural and cultural issues- and analyse it within a relevant framework
  3. The competence to be able to organise and plan journalistic work in an international context
  4. The competence to be able to produce journalistic work for an international crossmedia platform in English
  5. The competence to be able to develop a grounded point of view on differences and similarities of different (national) news cultures

Entry requirements

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 enroll. Students should at least have successfully completed one year (3yearBA) or two years (4yearBA) of journalism or media studies. 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.

Applicants must send in the entry form and all required attachments such as motivation letter and their CV to the assistant international officer, Barbara Geers ( Deadline: 1 November.

For Dutch students ECEJ  is part of their minor programme. Please contact the international officer for details to enroll.

Applicants must send a letter of motivation and their CV to the to the assistant coordinator of ECEJ, Barbara Geers ( For more information, check the entry form

For Dutch students ECEJ  is part of their minor programme.

Course structure diagram

Course unit title  Number of ECTS 
European Cities
European Art History
European Film & Fiction  
European Societies & Media 
Newsroom & Research 
Foreign Reporting & Publishing 


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More information

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