Information for students from abroad

The Institute keeps three places open annually for applicants from abroad who are not from a European Union country and have not acquired their higher education entrance qualification in the European Union. Applications need to be sent to Akademisches Auslandsamt, TU Dortmund, 44221 Dortmund. The deadline is July 15.

The application must include a two-page letter of motivation in which a candidate must explain the reasons for being interested in the study programme and state their journalistic experience, as well as their language skills.

To be accepted, a six-week internship must be completed before study can begin. In addition to this, admission to higher education in Germany requires students have an excellent command of oral and written German (more information at the Akademisches Auslandsamt). Suitable applicants are invited to an interview to further assess their educational and professional background, motivation, etc.

Foreign applicants who have completed the German Abitur may apply as a German applicant at the University of Dortmund's Studierendensekretariat . Applicants from the European Union need to apply via the Akademisches Auslandsamt. Both groups take part in the application process for regular study places.


Admission requirements

Admission requirements for all Bachelor programmes at the Institute for Journalism are the general higher education entrance qualification and a journalism internship. For the music journalism programme an additional qualifying exam is required. Applicants will need to arrange internships independently. Freelancing can be accepted as an equivalent.

Which internships will be accepted?

  • 1. Journalism (B.A.)

    1. Journalism (B.A.)

    Internships are accepted at

      • Daily newspapers, weekly newspapers or magazines
      • Radio or television stations reporting on current events
      • Online media reporting on current events

       

     

     

  • 2. Economic-policy journalism (B.A.)

    2. Economic-policy journalism (B.A.)

    Internships are accepted at

       

      • Daily newspapers, weekly newspapers or magazines
      • Radio or television stations reporting on current events
      • Online media reporting on current events
      • Additionally, internships at quality monthly magazines reporting on economic topics will be accepted 

       

     

     

  • 3. Science journalism (B.A.)

    3. Science journalism (B.A.)

    Internships are accepted at

     

       

      • Daily newspapers, weekly newspapers or magazines
      • Radio or television stations reporting on current events
      • Online media reporting on current events
      • Additionally, internships at quality monthly magazines reporting on science topics will be accepted 

       

     

     

  • 4. Music journalism (B.A.)

    4. Music journalism (B.A.)

    Internships are accepted at

     

       

      • Daily newspapers, weekly newspapers or magazines
      • Radio or television stations reporting on current events
      • Online media reporting on current events
      • Additionally, internships at quality monthly magazines reporting on music topics will be accepted 

       

     

     

The study programmes at the Institute for Journalism do not accept internships at advertising papers, PR and media agencies, press offices, and non-journalistic media and production companies.

The aim of the internship is to know and understand basic recurring journalistic routines and to develop an understanding of the public duty of journalism. Therefore, internships in the above mentioned media can only be accepted if they have a newsroom with several journalists, have a professional editorial structure and editorial processes (online media outlets where the editor-in-chief is responsible for organising and conducting the medium and has content delivered by freelancers will not accepted), and content needs to be predominantly researched and produced by journalists themselves working within the newsroom.

During an internship, applicants need to complete the following tasks:

  • research and produce own articles/content;
  • accompany journalists with their daily work (for example editing, layouting, planning radio or TV programmes)

Recognition of previously accrued credits abroad

  • First step

    First step

    The office of international affairs decides which previously achieved credits abroad will be recognised. For additional information, please refer to TU Dortmund's credit framework and the information portal on the recognition of foreign educational qualifications.

  • Second step

    Second step

    If a previous study achievement could possibly be recognised, the person responsible for the study unit decides whether it will be recognised.