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.
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.
Where should I look for journalism degrees abroad?
There are many excellent universities worldwide teaching the subject in English. For instance APM College of Business and Communication and University of Canberra both in Australia offer Bachelor degrees in Journalism. Additionally, Griffith College in Dublin offers a good choice of Journalism degrees for those who want to stay closer to the UK.
You are unlikely to find many Bachelors degrees in journalism in non-English speaking countries although there are some excellent choices at postgraduate level.
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