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 in a relevant field of study before course start

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).

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.

IELTS Requirement

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.

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 a band score of 7,0 and a minimum score of 6.0 for each category.

At least three months of journalistic experience

Although the programme aims to maintain and enhance high journalistic standards, this programme is theory-oriented. We ask for at least 3 months’ journalistic experience, so that the need for basic practical journalistic instruction is low. Students learn to combine academic, theoretical knowledge with journalistic skills, and to analyse, interpret and generate knowledge about the global changes that increasingly challenge traditional boundaries. Hence journalistic skills are required prior to course start.

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.

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 your specific experience’s sufficiency 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.