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

Requirements for admission to the Mundus Journalism programme:

A completed bachelor's degree, before course start, within a relevant field of study

Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree (or the equivalent) in a relevant subject in order to be admitted to the Mundus Journalism programme. 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 by August to complete the enrolment process prior to course start in September.

Subjects within bachelor's programmes in Arts/Humanities and Social Sciences are by default considered to be 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.

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).

Documentation of your English skills 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, take part in classroom discussions and lectures, and undertake written work and exams in English. Hence, we require a high command of English.

We require evidence of English language proficiency if you are not a native English speaker*. We only accept the tests listed below, as they reflect some of the essential features of academic language and thereby assesses whether you are ready to study in an English language environment. Due to visa regulations the test cannot be older than 2 years when the visa is issued.

Language tests

  • IELTS Academic test with a band score of 7,0 and a minimum score of 6.0 in each category**
  • TOEFL internet-based test with a score of at least 100***
  • Cambridge ESOL exams: Certificate of Proficiency (CPE) or Certificate in Advanced English with the grade A or at least 190 points on the Cambridge English-scale****

*  We consider applicants to be native English speakers if they come from any of these countries: Antigua and Barbuda; Australia; The Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Canada; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; New Zealand; St Kitts and Nevis; St Lucia; St Vincent and the Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; United Kingdom; United States of America

**  The IELTS report should be scanned in a high-quality resolution, so that the TRF number can be read clearly in order for Aarhus University to verify the result.

*** Before taking the TOEFL test you must select Aarhus University as receiver of your TOEFL test results. Aarhus University TOEFL-code is 8935. Failure to do so may result in a rejection of your TOEFL test results. If you have already taken the test, please contact the test centre in order for them to add Aarhus University’s TOEFL-code 8935 to your test.

**** If you take a Cambridge ESOL exam, please share your results with Aarhus University through the Candidate Results Website (candidates.cambridgeenglish.org). You log on by using your ‘Candidate ID’ and ‘Secret Number’, which you get from the test center. Failure to share your test results through the Candidate Results Website may result in a rejection of your Cambridge ESOL test results.

At least three months of journalistic experience

Due to the nature of Mundus Journalism programme, journalistic skills are required prior to course start, hence we ask for at least 3 months’ journalistic experience.

While there is no formal bar on applicants with related experience – such as, for example, writing news for government departments or press offices of non-governmental organizations – such applicants should bear in mind that the application process is extremely competitive. Applicants with more conventional journalistic experience may therefore be offered places ahead of those who lack it. However, we acknowledge that journalistic experience may take many forms. Hence "traditional" journalistic experience (composing stories for a published media outlet) is not the only accepted form of experience.
 
Since the consortium will evaluate your application as a whole, we cannot answer questions regarding the sufficiency of your specific experience beforehand. Our best recommendation is for you to give it a shot, send us an application, and make sure to elaborate on the relevance of your experience (also if your experience is gained through an internship). We also need documentation (such as a contract, paychecks, or a reference from a professional journalist – preferably your former or current editor-in-chief) on how your experience equals (at least) three-months of full time journalism experience.