In 2015 Europe in the World (EitW) celebrated its 25-year anniversary. Around 500 students have acquired a recognized EitW certificate, often in addition to their bachelor diploma in journalism. From 2015 the global perspective is broadened in cooperation with two Australian universities.
The course offers an international outlook, focusing on journalism. However, former students are employed both within the more traditional journalism sector as newspapers, broadcasting or freelancers, but others have also found work within the European Commission and communication bureaus, just to mention some of your future career possibilities.
Watch the video below to hear what our 2018 graduates see as reasons to join EitW. Featured in the video are alumni Maria Luisa Lopez (Tenerife, Spain), Nicole Proano (Montreal, Canada), Megan Birot (Brisbane, Australia), April McLennan (Hobart, Tasmania), Paula Cámara Esteban (Zaragoza, Spain), Amina McCauley (Hobart, Tasmania) and Jeppe Bjerre Trans (Aarhus, Denmark).
Jesper Ernlund Lassen
- Denmark, student Europe in the World 2011-12
- Jesper decided to continue his international path at the Erasmus Mundus Masters: Journalism, Media and Globalisation
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.
- Germany, student Europe in the World 2010-11
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.
- Canada, student Europe in the World 2007- 08
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.
- The Netherlands, student Europe in the World 2000-01
- Currently part of the Utrecht programme as coordinator of the Reporting Europe newsroom
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.