Will my degree be recognised?

If you plan to undertake your journalism degree within the EU and also in most countries outside the European Union it will be recognised. However it is important to check the programmes offered by different universities to find the most suitable degree as content of topics taught can be different to the UK ones. Journalism degrees abroad will not ordinarily be accredited by the NCJT but that should not present any barrier to working as a journalist in the UK or elsewhere.

Does it make sense to study journalism abroad?

This realIy depends on the area of journalism you wish to enter. It could be very beneficial for your future journalist career to experience different cultures and environment during your study period, especially if you plan to work in that area. However, it is usually very important to have an understanding of the local language so your choices might be restricted to English-speaking countries.

What grades do I need to get in?

This differs in terms of the university and the country you decide to go to. Just like in the United Kingdom there are world class universities where you will need world class grades. However good A levels in relevant subjects and good writing skills are always a safe bet when it comes to studying journalism abroad.

What else should I bear in mind?

As already mentioned, we think the most important thing for you to consider is whether your degree is recognised. After you have clarified that, then you have the choice of some excellent universities world-wide.

Journalism is a highly competitive profession and many fresh graduates find they struggle to get their first job. Having work experience as part of your degree is perhaps more important for journalism students than for any others. We would therefore advise you pay careful consideration to the links with employers that universities offer you and that this factor alone may be most helpful in deciding where you go to study journalism abroad.

Nowadays journalism students also need to ensure that they have the technical skills required to produce multimedia reports. Many organisations now require their journalists to have not only the necessary reporting skills but also the ability to produce their own output. Choosing a journalism degree that includes these skills could be an important consideration. An example of just such a degree would be Creative Media Production at Prague College. This is a British-accredited degree.

Where should I look for journalism degrees abroad?

There are many excellent universities worldwide teaching the subject in English although you are unlikely to find many Bachelor's degrees in journalism in non-English speaking countries. There are some excellent choices at postgraduate level, however. Some of the limited examples on offer include CEU San Pablo in Madrid and Journalism and Communications at Anglo American University in Prague.

You may also want to consider taking a Journalism major at a European institution that follows the American higher education model. For example, the Journalism major at the American University of Paris is available to all third-year students who would like to specialise in this field after completing their two-year general education.

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About A Star Future

A Star Future provides information and guidance to British students looking to pursue their undergraduate studies abroad.

Through our presentations in schools and our websites we aim to ensure that British-educated students are well informed about their choices.