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Pre-University Honours Programme: Journalism

Journalism and journalists will play a key role in communicating these changes and conversations to various audiences around the world. And in our era of media saturation and with the rise of fake news, it is perhaps more important than ever before that people are trained to have a curious and critical (investigative) journalistic mind.

  • Programme at a glance
    Mode of instruction: On-site (2 weeks) 
    Academic dates: Sunday 11 July - Thursday 22 July 2021*
    Housing dates: Saturday 10 July - Friday 23 August 2021*
    Academic fees: €1350* read more about what is included.
    Housing fees: €450* and a €75 refundable deposit. For more information, see Housing and practical matters.
    Early admission deadline: 1 February 2021
    Regular admission deadline: 1 April 2021
    Who is this programme for? For current high school students (must be 16+) interested in journalism, writing, the arts and social sciences, and current events (broadly)

    *Dates and prices are tentative and subject to change, and will be finalised by 1 December 2020.   

  • Programme description

    In this programme, students will have the opportunity to participate in a thorough introduction to journalism from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Throughout the two weeks, students will be challenged to think critically, and to learn the foundations of journalism and its important role in societies across the world. Special attention will be paid to the role of journalism for the good functioning of states, and in particular, how journalism has grown and developed in the context of democracies. During the course, students will learn the skill set of journalists, which they will immediately apply in various exercises and writing assignments.

    In the morning sessions, participants will explore important theories and lenses in the journalistic field, including learning how to separate fact from fiction, moral issues in journalism, the influence of social media on the field, and how good journalism can change the 21st century for the better. We will complement classroom sessions with excursions to relevant journalistic organizations to learn from experts in the field. Afternoons will consist of practicing important journalistic skills. Students will learn how to dissect and analyze news articles and clips to come to the root of an argument, essential interviewing techniques, the art of editing, and how to write/report in your own voice. At the end of the programme, participants will present original pieces of journalism that they created throughout their time in Amsterdam, putting their newly honed skills into practice.

    The Pre-University Honours Programme in Journalism is an excellent opportunity for high school students who are considering a future in journalism, and also for those who want to learn essential critical thinking and communication skills. Students will experience studying in a competitive, international environment at the Graduate School of Social Sciences of the University of Amsterdam. The lectures and all course materials are in English. Participants in the course will develop study skills and become acquainted with learning methods that will give them an advantage as they continue their education at university.

  • Academic director

    Dr. Benjamin Roberts is an American writer, historian, and journalist based in Amsterdam. His fascination for Dutch history and culture started when he was sixteen while taking a boat trip through the canals of Amsterdam on his first visit to the Netherlands. Afterwards, he decided he wanted to live in Amsterdam and study Dutch history. He first enrolled at the Vrije University of Amsterdam where he earned a Bachelor's and Master's in Dutch early modern history, and afterwards did a PhD at the University of Groningen. In 2018, the English edition Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll in the Dutch Golden Age was published. He currently works as a journalist writing about art, culture, history, and sports for various English and Dutch magazines including Time Out Amsterdam, XPO Magazine, and The Holland Times. Besides history and writing, he also enjoys teaching spin and yin yoga classes.

  • Explore our community

    Want to get to know more about studying in Amsterdam? Follow us on social media and join our summer community. Get a feel for our summer school vibe and our academic and social community, and learn about studying with us through the eyes of past summer school students. 

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    Looking for an alumni perspective? Read this interview with Grace Forrest, who attended the Pre-University Honours Programme: Politics & Identity in summer 2018. 

    Want to hear more about the role of journalism in the information age? Listen to this episode of our podcast Mokum where we interview Academic Director Dr. Benjamin Roberts. 

Pre-University Honours Programme: Journalism
Mode Short-term
Credits 0 ECTS, 2 weeks
Language of instruction English
Conditions for admission Open
Starts in July