There's usually up to 40 or 50 different nationalities within each Mundus Journalism programme, with countries ranging from Nigeria to New Zealand, Bahrain to Bhutan, Bulgaria and Britain. This access to such a variety of opinions and personalities is part of what makes being a Mundusian a truly unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Further, students know they are joining a class of peers who despite their different nationalities, religions, cultures and experiences, are all connected by an interest in some form of storytelling: all students start the degree with a professional background - ranging from a few months to several years - as journalists.
'Anyone joining this course will gain much more than a diploma – friendship, experience and a passport to a successful career.' Bakyt Azimkanov, Kyrgyz Republic, Alumni
The rich diversity of perspectives and knowledge students bring to the programme makes for a lively atmosphere on and off campus. Mundus Journalism students tend to be very self-motivated and get involved with huge variety of projects both inside and outside of the universities.
Every year, students put together a Blue Book documenting each participant in their cohort; their backgrounds, interests and contact information. Beyond this, initiatives are as varied as the countries students come from. From radio stations to theatre groups, from Danish Christmas functions to competitive football teams, documentary groups to peer-to-peer lectures, the opportunities for interaction and idea development on the programme are limitless.
As an extension of their co-curricular activities many students write, photograph, record, tweet and blog their way through the programme. Some work for media outlets in their home countries, while others develop their own platform. Many students also attend academic conferences and publish journal articles from their work, or seek to have their writing and research published in leading news outlets.
For the latest updates on student work and projects, see our student showcase.
To mention just one example; Jutland Station is an online magazine aimed at expats in Aarhus and Jutland. It's mission is to put the city, the region and to some extent the country in an international perspective. The idea of making an online magazine for expats was conceived and developed by Mundus Journalism students from the 2012-2014 cohort.
It started as an ad hoc blog originally called Inside Out and designed to give an international perspective on life at Aarhus University. The idea was formalised into its present form, launching as a news website in the early autumn of 2013. Since then, each year has seen a new editorial board of Mundus Journalism students take over the operations of Jutland Station, bringing on board new ideas and new perspectives.