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Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to the Erasmus Mundus Journalism Programme, applicants are required to fulfill the requirements listed in the boxes below.

As we receive more than 500 applications each year and as only 80-90 applicants are admitted, all applications are also evaluated in relation to specific selection criteria.

In order to be considered for admission to the Mundus Journalism programme you must:

Have completed a bachelor degree in a relevant field of study before course start

Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree (or the equivalent) in a relevant subject before course start.

Subjects within Bachelor's programmes in Arts/Humanities and Social Sciences are all found relevant. Applicants who have completed other programmes, but whose qualifications are deemed by the Consortium to be relevant and adequate, may also be offered admission.

Students who have not yet graduated from their BA-degree can still apply, but documentation of the Bachelor’s degree must be forwarded to Aarhus University before course start in September.

To ensure that the best candidates are admitted, the Consortium has decided to give priority to academic merit; candidates will only be admitted if they have an above-average Bachelor’s degree (a minimum of an above-average class mark/GPA is expected).

Have an IELTS Band score of minimum 7,0, if you are not a native English speaker

The Erasmus Mundus Journalism programme is taught in English. Students must therefore be able to read academic textbooks and articles, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and undertake written work and exams in English. That is why we require evidence of English language proficiency from non-native speakers of English.

We only accept the IELTS Academic test, as it reflects some of the features of academic language and assesses whether you are ready to begin studying in English language environment. The IELTS test assesses your abilities in 4 test categories: 1) listening, 2) reading, 3) writing and 4) speaking.

IELTS Requirement

The IELTS test result is reported as a score in each of the 4 test categories and as an overall band score on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest). We require band score of 7,0.

IELTS exemptions

Applicants who have studied for one or more years in, or received a degree from, a college or university in an English-speaking country might be able to have the IELTS requirement waived. This depends on the academic regulations at your specialisation university and the visa regulations related to your nationality.

This education however must have taken place within two years prior to submission of your application. In this case, an official certificate from the applicant’s school/university is required to confirm that the medium of instruction is English. Documentation must be included in the application package.

Have at least three months of journalistic experience

We ask for at least 3 months’ journalistic experience, so that the need for basic practical journalistic instruction is low. Although the programme aims to maintain and enhance high journalistic standards, this programme is theory-oriented and the focus is on issues and reflective practice.

Freelance experience is also accepted, if you can provide documentation that your work has been equivalent of three-months full-time journalism experience. In this case please ask for a letter of reference by a professional journalist – preferably your former or current editor-in-chief. The person writing the reference should include an estimate of time.

If you think that you have sufficient journalistic experience even though it might not be in the more 'classical' sense, you can apply to the programme if you include relevant documenation of your journalistic experience along with a detailed explanation. The Consortium will then evaluate if this will be enough grounding to successfully finish the degree.

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