Netherlands, Amsterdam

Pre-University Honours Programme: Journalism

when 19 July 2020 - 30 July 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 1300

[Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this programme has been cancelled for summer 2020. If you are interested, please visit the programme website and send us an email. We will keep you posted about online alternatives, other developments and summer 2021].

2020: the threshold of a new decade. The 2020’s are poised to be challenging years that will grapple with massive topics that touch the lives of people across the globe. The role of journalism and media will without a doubt play an essential role in communicating these topics, thereby influencing how people will understand the age in which we live, and the issues at stake. This two-week programme will give current high school students the skills and theories to approach a host of topics from a journalistic perspective.

In this programme, students will have the opportunity to participate in a thorough introduction to journalism from both theoretical and practical perspectives. 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. 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.

Course leader

Dr. Benjamin Roberts

Target group

For current high school students (must be 16+) interested in journalism, media and culture, and any discipline in the humanities or social and behavioural sciences.

Course aim

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.

Credits info

Students will receive an official certificate of participation.

Fee info

EUR 1300: The tuition fee includes:
lunch on class days;
public transportation card;
access to all course materials;
all programme events, excursions and site visits.
EUR 400: Housing fee (optional).


Please see our website for scholarship opportunities.