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Exchange Programme

Journalism

Mechelen

English

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Journalism

Seek the truth. Use your voice. Tell your story.

  • You are intrigued by what happens in the world and you like to work with language.
  • You will learn how to research, interview, write, photograph and film.
  • You will also gain more insight into current affairs.
  • You develop digital skills in various media.
  • You specialise in the medium that suits you best: text and image, video or audio. You learn how to use social media professionally.
  • You are taught by lecturers with a journalistic background and top journalists are guest speakers and talk about their profession.
  • You actively contribute to our own editorial team online 21bis.

Practical information

  • Where

    On campus

  • Conditions

    You must be studying at one of our partner institutions. You must be nominated by your home coordinator and accepted by the exchange programme at Thomas More (see admission procedure for exchange students).

    • Journalism Degree student at one of our partner institutions.
    • Online, print, radio and/or TV journalism skills

     

    • Autumn semester: 3rd year student (120 ECTS before arrival)
    • Spring semester: 2nd year student (90 ECTS before arrival)
  • Language requirements

    English B2

  • Erasmus code

    B MECHELE14

Programme

The exchange programme aims at students from partner institutions who want to spend a semester studying journalism in an international context, with a clear focus on learning by doing.
All the courses within the programme are taught in English and students will be working in an English-speaking newsroom environment.


The academic year in a nutshell

Below you can find an overview of the courses (under reservation of changes), with the number of credits per course. Credits express how many hours you need on average to process the subject matter (incl. lessons). Count about 25 to 30 hours for 1 study credit. 

  • We have explained the most important courses in a blue tooltip.  
  • The combination of courses can be restricted by planning issues and needs to be communicated beforehand.
  • Courses marked with a * are offered fully online. This means you don't have to physically come to Belgium to take these courses.
  • Would you like to know the detailed content of each subject? Check the programme guide.
  • ! At our ProMediaLab service (PML) you can borrow professional audio-visual equipment; material you need for some of the course(s) in this program. Each student financially contributes to this service. (in 23-24: between 50 and 80 euro) The cost is mentioned under the section course material in the course description (ECTS file). By adding the course to your study program, you agree with the cost involved.  
Code ECTS Autumn Spring
COMPULSORY COURSES
Journalism Basics i YC1010 3 X
International Reporting YC0693 3 X
External Media Project i YC1046 3 X
Transmedia Storytelling i YC1207 3 X
English for Journalists YC0790 3 X
Crossmedia Project i YC0598 6 X
Crossmedia Project XL i YC0699 12 X
MEDIUM OPTIONS i
TEXT (medium options)
News Lab Text YC1211 6 X
Story Lab Text YC1259 6 X
VIDEO (medium options)
News Lab Video YC1213 6 X
Story Lab Video YC1261 6 X
AUDIO (medium options)
News Lab Audio YC1212 6 X
Code ECTS Autumn Spring
Story Lab Audio YC1260 6 X
ELECTIVES
Journalistic Entrepreneurship i YC1210 3 X
How to Get News i YC1247 3 X
How to interview i YC1101 3 X
Own the Room i YC1249 3 X
How to Write i YC1248 3 X
Media & Diversity i YC0378 3 X
Nederlands 1 i YR0118 3 X
Nederlands 1 i YR0381 3 X
International Project 2 i YC0471 3 X
Media Analysis i YC0474 3 X
Award-Winning Journalism i YC1253 3 X
Media English 2 i YC0555 3 X
Meet the Wold i YC1254 3 X
New World Narratives i YC1255 3 X

Exams are organised in January and in June.
The modalities to re-take an exam (online, on campus, dates,…) differ per course.
Descriptions are available in the programme guide.

The exchange programme aims at students from partner institutions who want to spend a semester studying journalism in an international context, with a clear focus on learning by doing.
All the courses within the programme are taught in English and students will be working in an English-speaking newsroom environment.


The academic year in a nutshell

Below you can find an overview of the courses (under reservation of changes), with the number of credits per course. Credits express how many hours you need on average to process the subject matter (incl. lessons). Count about 25 to 30 hours for 1 study credit. 

  • We have explained the most important courses in a blue tooltip.  
  • The combination of courses can be restricted by planning issues and needs to be communicated beforehand.
  • Courses marked with a * are offered fully online. This means you don't have to physically come to Belgium to take these courses.
  • Would you like to know the detailed content of each subject? Check the programme guide.
  • ! At our ProMediaLab service (PML) you can borrow professional audio-visual equipment; material you need for some of the course(s) in this program. Each student financially contributes to this service. (in 23-24: between 50 and 80 euro) The cost is mentioned under the section course material in the course description (ECTS file). By adding the course to your study program, you agree with the cost involved.  
Code ECTS Autumn Spring
COMPULSORY COURSES
Journalism Basics i YC1010 3 X
International Reporting YC0693 3 X
External Media Project i YC1046 3 X
Transmedia Storytelling i YC1207 3 X
English for Journalists YC0790 3 X
Crossmedia Project i YC0598 6 X
Crossmedia Project XL i YC0699 12 X
MEDIUM OPTIONS i
TEXT (medium options)
News Lab Text YC1211 6 X
Story Lab Text YC1259 6 X
VIDEO (medium options)
News Lab Video YC1213 6 X
Story Lab Video YC1261 6 X
AUDIO (medium options)
News Lab Audio YC1212 6 X
Code ECTS Autumn Spring
Story Lab Audio YC1260 6 X
ELECTIVES
Journalistic Entrepreneurship i YC1210 3 X
How to Get News i YC1247 3 X
How to interview i YC1101 3 X
Own the Room i YC1249 3 X
How to Write i YC1248 3 X
Media & Diversity i YC0378 3 X
Nederlands 1 i YR0118 3 X
Nederlands 1 i YR0381 3 X
International Project 2 i YC0471 3 X
Media Analysis i YC0474 3 X
Award-Winning Journalism i YC1253 3 X
Media English 2 i YC0555 3 X
Meet the Wold i YC1254 3 X
New World Narratives i YC1255 3 X

Exams are organised in January and in June.
The modalities to re-take an exam (online, on campus, dates,…) differ per course.
Descriptions are available in the programme guide.

Eyecatchers

Our own media platform: 21bis.be

21bis.be is the website of Thomas More’s Journalism and International Journalism students. Their target group also comprises international students in Flanders, as we have an English language section on the website.

Factcheck it out: EUFactcheck

Leading up to the European elections on May 26 2019, our International Journalism students took part in EUFactcheck, together with students from 20 other journalism programmes all over Europe. Also this academic year we are participating in EUFactcheck.

Got questions?

Leen Van Tolhuysen

For all questions on partnerships, courses and Learning Agreements
leen.vantolhuysen@thomasmore.be +32 15 36 91 90
International Office

Hannelore Vervoort

For all your questions on the application procedure & practical arrangements.

incoming@thomasmore.be +32 14 56 21 56

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