Study Abroad at Hogeschool Utrecht, Netherlands

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The Schools of Journalism in Arhus (Denmark) and Utrecht (the Netherlands) offer an international programme for advanced students in journalism and young professionals. In 1990, the Journalism Schools in Århus and Utrecht launched a joint specialization course in European journalism. This specialization programme can not be compared to regular academic exchange. Students live and study in two countries, travel to various European locations, and produce an exciting variety of journalistic products.

This is the perfect study abroad program for Journalism students looking to expand their horizons and learn new skills. The professors at Hogeschool Utrecht are regarded as some of the best in Europe and enjoy working with students who are passionate about Journalism. Visit our website for more information about studying abroad in the Netherlands at Hogeschool Utrecht and to apply directly online.

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No, you can learn Dutch in Netherland, HU offers different courses in Dutch for Beginners.

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  • Academics 8.5
  • Support 6.5
  • Fun 8.5
  • Housing 7
  • Safety 9.5
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Madeline
9/10

European Culture & European Journalism (2011)

I chose a semester exchange in the European Culture & European Journalism cohort-based program at the Hogeschool Utrecht for the Spring 2011 semester. I was the only American student in the cohort with about three Dutch students, five Canadians and the rest from all over Europe and Asia.

The Academics: The European model is more independent study and research-based than American universities. This was an adjustment, but I think I gained a lot of independence and creativity from it. For example, our final project was to pick a city, spend a week there researching, interviewing and writing on some aspect of culture in that city. I chose Barcelona and interviewed an artist, a journalist and a professor on how the Catalonian identity manifests itself through art and urban development. I navigated the city on my own for a whole week! I was scared but so proud of myself for accomplishing it.

Safety: The crime rate in Utrecht is very low and I always felt safe. Everyone gets around by bike and you get very attached to your bike! In fact, the biggest crime is bike theft, so you do need to invest in a powerful lock immediately!

Housing: I lived in an international student dormitory with shared bathrooms and kitchens. The building has since been torn down. As is the case with most of Europe, housing is quite expensive here. I found my housing through the school’s international student office. Other friends lived in cute Dutch apartments with international roommates.

Support: When I was there, the semester began in late January, but we could not move into our housing until Feb. 1. This was inconvenient to live out of a hostel for my first several days in-country. Sometimes, professors were a bit distant but that is just the difference, again, between American and European education!

Overall, Utrecht is a lively, safe and beautiful city I would recommend to anyone interested in getting outside their comfort zone, learning more about themselves and the world, and making lifelong friends!

How can this program be improved?
I wish I had known more about how to find an apartment that was affordable. I don't remember having many options through the school or being told where to look for housing. My dorm was fine for that time, but it was quite dirty and lacking in simple things like decent shower curtains.
Yes, I recommend this program
Andrea Moran
Andrea
9/10

Europe in the World '09-'10

From walking around Berlin trying to find interviews to landing in Aarhus during a winter snowstorm, I can’t pinpoint a single best memory. The entire year was constant movement.

I was one of the two Americans in our group of 18 people from around the world. One student had already reported in Afghanistan, while others were fairly new to journalism, and were in this program through their grad school. It attracts people from all walks of life, and that's what makes it so memorable.

You take the same classes, live, travel, party, and study with this group for 10 months. It’s intense, but by the end, you’re a solid family.

Academics:

The first semester in the Netherlands is VERY theoretical. I don't think many of us knew this going in. Classes are heavy in economics/politics/history and assignments are less journalistic and more essay/analysis papers. It was a little frustrating for a lot of us because we wanted to write articles and not take exams/read textbooks. And unlike U.S. schools, in the Netherlands you take 1 class at a time for 3 weeks, and then onto the next.

In Denmark, the program shifts to in-the-field. The spring semester is less structured than the fall because you have very few classes. A lot of time is spent preparing for the two big assignments: "Euroviews" and "The Final Project."

Euroviews is the magazine and online story you'll produce. You're given 3 weeks to go out and report. We were given a choice of 3 countries, with the topic, "Sustainability and Climate Change". I went to Spain to write about water scarcity. The biggest challenge is working almost completely on your own. There's little/no feedback from professors in Denmark after you select your topic and go!

Setting up interviews, language barriers and managing the looming deadline is challenging. I don't know Spanish, so it was hard finding sources in smaller towns. The Final Project can be any story you want. I went to Paris to cover housing rights and homelessness.

In the end, the best part of this year is the people you will be with- hands down. From piling 6 of us in a tiny car for a roadtrip Germany, to the ritual Friday beers at Steff's bar, this group will become your family.

There is no "typical week" in this program. One day you're studying for an exam in a Utrecht coffeeshop, the next week you're sitting in the press room inside the EU Parliament. Three months later you're trying to pronounce "skjoldhøjkollegiet" (the name of your new dorm) to the taxi driver in Aarhus. If you don't like anything close to a routine, you will probably enjoy this year.

And my final advice: get a UV sunlamp for those first few months in Denmark.

-Andrea M.
Europe in the World, 2009-2010

Yes, I recommend this program

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Hogeschool Utrecht University has formed partnerships with various universities around the world. All HU students can utilize these partnerships and travel to any of the schools as an exchange student. Hogeschool Utrecht University offers a once and...