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Study journalism abroad

An in-depth guide to studying journalism as an international student.

Journalism degrees abroad

Journalism is the reporting of events and current affairs that matter to a given audience. Studying journalism abroad will give you insight into how it varies across the world and using different media. You can learn about broadcast, print and digital journalism focusing on how these mediums developed and their future.

Journalism can be studied all over the world but a country’s media laws may have an effect on how the journalism degree is taught and the content of the program.

Journalism program structure

In the US liberal arts model you would study journalism as part of your bachelor’s degree, focusing on it as a major or minor. For this you will need to spend a set number of credits on journalism specific modules. At master’s level you are able to study journalism as a stand alone subject. In the UK however, you are able to study journalism as a degree by itself at all levels of study.

When deciding on where to study journalism it’s important to consider the practical experience offered by a university, for example journalism internships, placements or work experience. Another consideration will be the access to facilities that a university has such as radio studios, and filming equipment.

Depending on your program, Journalism degrees usually involve practical classes using a mixture of broadcast equipment and writing. There will also be lectures, seminars, tutorials and personal study time.

The structure and content of a journalism program will be very different depending on the country and specific university you are studying in. Some of the modules and electives you may study journalism in include the following:

  • Media law
  • Journalism and society
  • Storytelling
  • Journalism and ethics
  • Broadcast journalism
  • Journalism and photography

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Journalism study abroad programs

Journalism undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in journalism

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    Communication and Media Studies - Journalism - BA Fisher College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    31,992 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    English (Journalism & Creative Writing Track) - BA Greenville University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    27,580 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Communication Arts (Digital Media: Film/Broadcasting/Journalism) - BA St. Francis College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    26,688 USD
    Start date
    January, May, September
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    Journalism - BFA Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,736 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Communication Arts - Journalism - BA Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,186 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Pathway in journalism

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    Public Relations with Journalism (Foundation) - FD Leeds Beckett University, UK

    Program type
    Undergraduate pathway
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    10,900 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in journalism

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    Journalism - OCADip Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Journalism – Mass Media/Journalism - OCADip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    28 months
    Tuition fees per year
    15,157 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Associate in journalism

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    Journalism (for Transfer) - AA Laney College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    7,740 USD
    Start date
    August, January, June
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    Journalism (for Transfer) - AA San Jose City College, USA
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    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    8,138 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Journalism graduate programs

Master's in journalism

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    Sports Journalism - MA Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    51,651 USD
    Start date
    August
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    Journalism, Media and Communications - MA University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    31,950 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Communication & Journalism - MA University of Wyoming, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,500 USD
    Start date
    May, September
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    Journalism - MA (with foundation) Dublin City University, Ireland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    16,000 EUR
    Start date
    September
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    International Journalism - MSc University of Stirling, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    15,950 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in journalism

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    Communications and Journalism - PhD University of Gloucestershire, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    13,200 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in journalism

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    Journalism - PGDip RMIT University, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    24,000 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Journalism, Media and Communications - PGDip University of Tasmania, Australia

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    30,450 AUD
    Start date
    February, July
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    Journalism - Broadcast - OCDip Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    14 months
    Tuition fees per year
    17,664 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Certificate in journalism

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    Journalism - OCGCert Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,412 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Contemporary Journalism - PGCert Centennial College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,531 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Broadcast Journalism - Television News - OCGCert Fanshawe College, Canada

    Program type
    Postgraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    17,430 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Future journalism careers

You gain a lot of transferable skills when studying journalism including critical thinking, storytelling, writing, and knowledge of media law. There are loads of options for future careers, including:

  • Broadcast journalist
  • Subject-specific journalist
  • Editor
  • Reporter
  • Presenter
  • Producer
  • Researcher

Finding a career in journalism can be very competitive and a lot of the time comes down to gaining experience. Journalism graduates should aim to gain as much experience as they can while still studying including extracurricular media activities, or internships and placements during university holidays.