Europe in the World offers a demanding and instructive year of studies. Towards the end, lots of knowledge about European politics and economy is implemented. When you can write about these topics from a country where you don’t speak the language, you realise how much you learned in one year.
Along the way, you may establish lifelasting friendships with fellow students who are very different from yourself. Wild partying one day, and the next day consoling each other from the reading at one of Utrecht’s many cafés. The coffee is affordable, which helps a bit.
You will get to learn Utrecht and the Netherlands, but also Europe and especially the EU. The Dutch setting is a culture with different norms and values. Europe in the World is waiting for you with challenges and developments both at the journalistic and professional level.
(Jesper decided to continue his international path at the Erasmus Mundus Masters: Journalism, Media and Globalisation.)
Anna Buch, 24, Germany Eichstätt ; student Europe in the World 2010-2011
It is quite easy to sum up my Europe in the World year in one word: Unforgettable. I would really do everything to go back in time and experience it again!I got to know a motley bunch of young and highly motivated journalists from all over the world and I started to miss them already way before our graduation was even planned. We spent an unforgettable year together – full of stimulating discussions, innumerous trips, stressful working periods, and hilarious evenings. Apart from the good friends I met during this year, it was the well-balanced mix of highly challenging journalistic assignments and non-stop travelling and sightseeing which made that year so special and intense for me.
The lecturers in Utrecht and Aarhus pushed us to write articles about topics which we have never thought to write about before. At least I am sure that without Europe in the World I would have never had the courage to travel to the economically underdeveloped region of Calabria in South Italy (on my own!) to write about the flourishing IT sector and its challenges there! After the graduation, it felt terrible, as if a long, nice school trip had ended. All what lasts now are the nice memories of it but I am sure that a reunion will take place soon – in the Netherlands, in Denmark or somewhere else in the world. Europe in the World provided me in many ways with both professional and private experiences I would not like to miss in my life right now and if I could choose I would always do it again.
My Europe in the World experience has opened many international possibilities to me and that’s exactly what I was aiming for when I signed up for the program.
After Europe in the World, I ended up pursuing a Master’s in European Studies at the College of Europe in Warsaw, something of a logical continuation after EitW. I did a few international reporting projects in Paris, Istanbul, Baku and around Poland after I founded an online magazine in 2008 that still runs today – cosmopolitanreview.com.
My work mainly focuses on Canada these days (I work in the investigative unit of a Montreal-based news agency), but I also do some business journalism assignments for a company based in Warsaw. I recently attended an investigative journalists’ conference in Kiev, Ukraine, and a year ago, I traveled to Brussels, Zambia and Bonn for a project run by Deutsche Welle and the European Commission named East4South, which pairs 10 East and Central European journalists with 10 African journalists to produce documentaries in Africa.
My experience with a dozen students from all over Europe proved to be an enriching experience. As I write from North America, I have a much broader perspective of political and economic issues I have to cover because I can compare them with European systems and societies. I still speak to fellow Europe in the World participants today, seeking advice and exchanging ideas. And I believe that all the international experiences programs I’ve had the privilege to attend are rooted in the mindset I developed through Europe in the World.
Although I still love visiting Europe regularly, I appreciate Canada a lot more. And because I traveled to and wrote about many cities that year (Porto, Paris, Berlin, Sofia, Sarajevo, Prizren, Budva, Kotor, Ljubljana, Warsaw, Dortmund, Konya, Cappadocia and my favourite until this very day – Istanbul …), I am much more comfortable sitting a little bit more still these days.
Link to my longer testimonial:
Christine Drud von Haffner, Communication Partner, A.P. Moller – Maersk
The international dimension of my education has trained me to travel and write journalistic articles in English as well as given me theoretical ballast when it comes to international politics, economy and history.
I can only recommend young professionals to apply for Europe in the World and become a global storyteller.
After graduating from the Danish School of Journalism, I was offered a freelance job by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) that was later translated into a 4-year contract in Copenhagen. I was later provided with the responsibilities as communications focal point for UNDP Procurement Support Office in New York.
Through EitW, you learn how to settle in a new country, how to gather your research and organize a full working day while on the move, and how to put your news story into a political, economic and historical context. Europe in the World is therefore more than this extra “title” that looks fancy on your resume but provides you with actual skills that you can draw on in various positions. Knowing how the EU-system works makes it easier for you to understand how a system like the UN works – or manoeuvre in an international shipping company like A.P. Moller – Maersk.
Bram Peeters (1978), The Netherlands. EitW class of 2000-2001.
Currently part of the Utrecht programme as guest teacher.
Europe in the World is without a doubt the best education I ever have received. Tough subjects such as European politics and economics became interesting thanks to skilled teachers and fascinating field trips where the combination of knowledge and fun caused unforgettable moments. During the programme I learned to dig deep into complex matters, but still find the one story that will interest the reader. For me, the course paid off soon as I could sell my final exam stories about Chernobyl to both Dutch and Danish newspapers, thanks to my Danish classmate with whom I went to Ukraine.
In that way, EitW jumpstarted my career as a freelance journalist with a focus on international reporting. In the ten years after the programme, I travelled to the US, Latin-America, South-Africa, Israel and many European countries to write reportages for magazines and newspapers in The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Spain and South-Africa. An interview with the former Norwegian prime minister about his depression as well as a series of reportages about Eastern European borders even led to different European journalistic awards.
As it is at the moment a bit harder to travel as a young father, I’m thrilled I can share my experience in my hometown Utrecht with current EitW students. In 2011 I started as a guest teacher in a class called Reporting Europe, which kind of works as a newsroom. I’m honoured I can assist my future colleagues in selecting news issues from the European policy areas and produce news stories on a blog. Besides this, EitW seems to have a lasting effect in other areas: our class still keeps in touch and during the reunions we hold every other year, it seems time doesn’t change us a bit. We are still the young, international and chaotic bunch that became dear friends during those intense months in Utrecht and Arhus.
Dutch hockey players and Lithuanians reaching for the stars. San Francisco liberals and Mid-West republicans. Norwegian dreamers and Danish realists. Those were my classmates when I attended the Europe in the World international journalism programme.
Naturally, we didn’t agree on anything. We quarrelled, discussed, fought and – in the process – grew increasingly fond of each other. Turning your compass upside down can sometimes be a good thing.
We read new thoughts, wrote our own and met people of the most different walks of life. Illegal migrants and legal officers. EU-bureaucrats and EU-critics. Writing their stories was where our foreign reporting began.
Starting from Utrecht and Aarhus, we travelled to all corners of Europe. I went to Austria, Slovakia and Ukraine. I liked it so much that I decided to stay in the region. Since 2006, I have been the Moscow Correspondent for the Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende.
No doubt Europe in the World played a big role in shaping me as a journalist. The lectures, the professors and the train rides in Mitteleuropa. And of course the Hockey players, the liberals and the Lithuanians. A year of compass turning can have lasting effects.