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Journalism Studies

Degree
Bachelor of Arts
Requirements
General university entrance qualification (Allgemeine Hochschulreife)
no pre-study internship required for winter semester 2022/23
Language requirements
DSH 2
Admission restriction
Yes
Selection procedure
No
Application period winter
May 01 - Jul 15
Place of study
Eichstätt
Start of the program
Winter semester
Standard length of the program
6 Semester
Semester fee
56,00 Euro
Part-time studies possible
No

The Eichstätt Bachelor’s program in Journalism is the perfect combination of theory and practice. It offers substantiated university studies and ample opportunities for practical journalism work: Important theoretical elements of communication science and subjects such as political science, sociology, and philosophy are combined with comprehensive practical training in all areas of media. This concept ensures that our graduates have excellent career prospects. All important information on the program and on what is special about Eichstätt is provided below.

The program in detail

Contents

The Eichstätt Bachelor’s program in Journalism is a practice-oriented university course based on three interrelated pillars: Communication science, basic social competence and journalistic practice. We work in small groups, which allows individual support and leaves plenty of room for your own ideas and creative implementation. We attach great importance to excellent practical training and contacts outside the University. This is why we cooperate intensively with media professionals in the Media Workshop and have just renewed our technical equipment so that we can work under the most realistic conditions possible. Our graduates also confirm that we have been successfully training journalists for over 40 years. A semester abroad is an integral part of our course. Many partner universities worldwide make the choice easy for you!

Structure

Semester 1

Module: Foundations of Journalism/Communication Science
Lecture and seminar: Foundations of Journalism/Communication Science

Module: Journalistic Fundamentals I
Practice 1:       a) Journalistic Writing
                         b) News Writing for all Media
Practice 2:       Mock Editorial Department

Seminar:          Research

Semester 2

Module: Journalistic Fundamentals II
Practice: Forms of Presentation

Module: Journalism and Media Systems
Lecture and seminar

Lecture-free period in the second semester

Module: Media Workshop I: Print
Block seminars and practice

Between semester 1 and semester 6

Module: Introduction to Political Science: Basic Principles and Methods
Lecture and practice: Introduction to Political Science: Basic Principles and Methods

Module: Social Structure of the Federal Republic of Germany
Lecture and practice: Social Structure of the Federal Republic of Germany

Studium.Pro Horizons/Discourse/Society
Students choose one module during their course of study. There is a Studium.Pro offer in each semester.

One of the following two modules:
- Module: Introduction to Political Systems Theory and Comparative Political Science
Lecture and practice: Introduction to Political Systems Theory and Comparative Political Science

- Module: Introduction to International Politics
Lecture and practice: Introduction to International Politics

Between semester 2 and semester 6

Module: Media Law: Fundamentals of Media Law in the Federal Republic of Germany
Lecture and practice

Module: Quality and Ethics of Public Communication
Seminar and seminar

In addition, two of the following modules:

Module: Current Developments in Media
Seminar and practice

Module: Research on Media Reception and Media Effects
Lecture and practice

Module: Specialization in Journalism (semesters 5-6)
Seminar and practice

Module: Selected Topics in Communication Science (semesters 5-6)
Seminar

Semester 3

Module: Radio
Practice 1: Forms of Presentation in Radio
Practice 2: Speech Training

Module: TV/Video Journalism
Practice

Module: Digital Media
Practice 1: Online Journalism
Practice 2: Visual Communication - Photo Journalism

Lecture-free period in the third semester

Module: Media Workshop II: Radio/Online
Block seminars and practice

Between semester 3 and semester 6

Module: Empirical Communication Research I: Basics of Empirical Social Research
Seminar

Module: Empirical Communication Research II: Application Project
Seminar

Semester 4

Module: Cross-media Magazine Production
Practice

Between semesters 4 and 6

Module: Required Editorial Internship
Seminar

Semester 5

Stay abroad
Free choice of modules in the field of Journalism/Communication Science and optional choice of modules depending on the respective specialization

Semester 6

Module: Bachelor’s Thesis
Seminar

Module plan

Facilities

Our Media House is equipped with state-of-the-art technology for practical training.
In addition to the cross-media laboratory and the mock editorial department for training in print and online journalism, the two radio studios and the television studio are also located here. Technology and facilities in the Ehemalige Orangerie were completely renovated and reopened in January 2017. Around 300,000 euros were invested in the new technology.
In the radio studio, for example, students produce the self-organized Radio Pegasus, in the television studio, they record Testbild and Einsteins.

Rankings and assessments

The KU is the most popular university in 2022

KU students and alumni have voted for their University to be Germany's most popular university in the 2022 ranking of the online portal StudyCheck. This is the second time in a row, as KU was also voted the most popular university in 2021. The ranking was based on over 70,000 evaluations for more than 500 higher education institutions and universities. 97 percent of students questioned for the ranking would recommend studying at the KU to others.

"There is no better praise for a university than almost 100 percent of students and alumni agreeing: I can only recommend studying at the KU! That is why we are very pleased with the ranking’s outcome, because it expresses the high level of satisfaction of our students," says KU President Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gien.

More ranking results

Studying abroad

Most students also want to spend some time abroad during their studies. This is why a semester abroad is an integral part of our course. The advantages of a semester abroad that is integrated into the curriculum are obvious: First of all, it does not extend the length of your studies and secondly, you have a very wide choice of great places to study. Many partner universities worldwide make the choice easy for you! The KU has partnerships with over 200 universities in other countries. The Journalism program has contracts with 25 partner universities across Europe with over 50 places in the Erasmus program. Even if the desired university is not among them, the stay can be organized.

Semester abroad in Lisbon

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"Small colorful houses with painted tiles and tiny balconies, between which the traditional yellow trams make their way up and down the hills. In between, magnificent squares on the promenade along the banks of the Tagus, enjoying a Pastel de Nata with your espresso and Atlantic beaches just outside the city – that's…

"Small colorful houses with painted tiles and tiny balconies, between which the traditional yellow trams make their way up and down the hills. In between, magnificent squares on the promenade along the banks of the Tagus, enjoying a Pastel de Nata with your espresso and Atlantic beaches just outside the city – that's Lisbon. During my semester abroad, I mainly took practical courses at the Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa in the Benfica district. I particularly enjoyed working with other international students. Lisbon is a mix of different cultures. There were many opportunities to get to know people from all over the world and exchange ideas. The city has exceeded my expectations for the semester abroad."

- Carina Irimia

Practical connection

Because journalists have to be very good at what they do, we attach great importance to cross-media training during their studies. In our degree program, you will not only learn the basics of print, radio, TV, online and photo journalism, but we also pool all of it in a cross-media project (EINSTEINS) that runs over an entire semester. Around a third of the program is practice-based. Students not only write news and reports and produce radio programs and films, but also design whole magazines, news magazine shows, and websites. A unique element of the KU’s Journalism program is the media workshop. Over a period of eight weeks, lecturers from practical fields teach courses on print media, online, radio, and television.

All important information and an overview of all practical projects is available on our project website.

Career possibilities and professional fields

Career prospects

Every two years, the Journalism department in Eichstätt systematically surveys all graduates of the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs. This allows us to know where our graduates end up, how the professional environment changes and how graduates evaluate the degree programs in retrospect. We regularly adjust our study programs accordingly.

Feel free to take a look at what our graduates do today (in german):

2018 graduate survey

2016 graduate survey

2014 graduate survey

Alumni testimonials

Foto Clarissa Tatschner

"In Eichstätt, I was also taught moral values in journalism, in addition to the necessary journalistic skills in print, television, radio and online. Especially in times of cross-mediality, journalism is one thing in particular: teamwork. We students in Eichstätt were able to prove this ability again and again in various projects.”

"In Eichstätt, I was also taught moral values in journalism, in addition to the necessary journalistic skills in print, television, radio and online. Especially in times of cross-mediality, journalism is one thing in particular: teamwork. We students in Eichstätt were able to prove this ability again and again in various projects.”

- Clarissa Tatschner(Bachelor’s program in Journalism, 2019 graduate)
Foto Bastian Mühling

"The best thing about studying Journalism in Eichstätt is without doubt the high proportion of practical work. Being able to try something out for yourself is simply the most fun. At the KU we got an insight into every medium and learned how to tell stories in an exciting way and how to prepare them in an interesting story.”

"The best thing about studying Journalism in Eichstätt is without doubt the high proportion of practical work. Being able to try something out for yourself is simply the most fun. At the KU we got an insight into every medium and learned how to tell stories in an exciting way and how to prepare them in an interesting story.”

- Bastian Mühling(Bachelor’s program in Journalism, 2019 graduate)

What students say about the program

Foto Alexander Steger

"The Bachelor's degree in Eichstätt is perhaps the best entry into a journalist’s career that you could wish for after having obtained your Abitur. Competent and consistently friendly lecturers, interesting modules and exams that are doable. Here I have made contacts both on a professional and private level that I would…

"The Bachelor's degree in Eichstätt is perhaps the best entry into a journalist’s career that you could wish for after having obtained your Abitur. Competent and consistently friendly lecturers, interesting modules and exams that are doable. Here I have made contacts both on a professional and private level that I would not want to miss under any circumstances."

- Alexander Steger(semester 4)

The KU

Sommerresidenz Luftbild

Campus

Short distances on campus at the KU save time and avoid stress. The KU is a campus University with modern facilities. The buildings on campus are located close to the Eichstätt old town. Although the University and its campus has grown, it is still characterized by short distances: In Eichstätt, everything can be reached within ten minutes’ walking distance. On campus, green spaces such as the Hofgarten are the perfect places to relax. The garden of the Kapuzinerkloster is also used by different student initiatives for their projects. The canteen is located at the heart of the Eichstätt campus and has a sun deck and cafeteria that leave nothing to be desired.

Studierende vor der Zentralbibliothek

What sets the KU apart

Studying at the KU is more than just acquiring specialist knowledge. We broaden our horizons together and take on responsibility in and beyond the individual degree programs. The KU has a particular focus on topics such as personal development, sustainability, social skills and social commitment.

It offers its students the possibility to study and work in a welcoming atmosphere and benefit from outstanding support and comprehensive service offers, a well-stocked library, a broad range of sports and leisure activities and a large global network of approx. 300 partner universities. Our team at the International Office helps you to plan your semester abroad and the KU Career Service provides comprehensive advice and support for embarking on your professional career.

Do I have to be Catholic in order to study at the KU? Do I have to deal with Catholic contents during my studies?

No, the KU is open to students of all faiths and beliefs.

At the KU, just as at all state universities, there is freedom of research and teaching. This means that our degree programs focus on the subjects for which you have enrolled – free from external influences.

As a student at our University, you will notice what our understanding of being a Catholic University means for us in one thing in particular: The University’s focus is on the individual person. The talents and potential of all those who teach, study, work and carry out research at the KU form our most important foundation – regardless of their religion or beliefs, nationality, ethical, cultural or social background, disabilities, gender, sexual orientation or age.

This is why we promote your best possible academic education through personal support and an ideal staff-to-student ratio. At the same time, the KU is more than just a place for earning your degree: We attach particular importance to imparting social skills and advancing our students’ sense and value orientation in addition to providing them with a high level of academic and methodical qualification.

Our aspiration for our University is to build bridges between science and society and to make knowledge available for society as well as to integrate impulses from outside the University into our research and teaching practice. We aim to make a valuable contribution to social coexistence, to the free democratic basic order and to preserving creation. 

Isn’t Eichstätt quite small for a university town?

With a population of around 15,000, it is probably the smallest university town in Europe. For our students, this means living and learning in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Whether it is on the way to a lecture in the morning, at the canteen for lunch or in the pub in the evening, you will often come across people you know. It is easy to meet people in Eichstätt! By the way, the KU’s “living room” is the Theke, a bar run by students for students. Here, people meet for parties, jam sessions, karaoke evenings or a cozy round of table football.

A small town also means short distances: The library, the swimming pool, the cinema or the supermarket – everything can be reached in a few minutes on foot or by bike. The town is located right in the heart of the Altmühltal natural park – a real paradise for climbers, canoeists, hikers and cyclists just around the corner.

Should you still reach a point when you feel too cooped in, you can breathe big city air easily near Eichstätt. Ingolstadt with its 135,000 inhabitants is only a few kilometers away and offers a variety of shopping and nightlife options.

The location

Ortsschild Eichstätt
University town of Eichstätt
Willibaldsburg
Willibaldsburg
Bootsfahrer auf der Altmühl
Canoeing on the Altmühl river
[Translate to Englisch:] Biergarten
Relaxing and celebrating in beer gardens

Eichstätt and the surrounding Altmühltal natural park are not only a popular destination for culture enthusiasts and nature lovers, but also for cyclists, climbers, canoeists and fossil collectors. Located between Munich and Nuremberg, the city impresses with its Baroque setting and southern flair combined with modern and prizewinning architecture as well as a broad variety of cultural offerings and leisure activities. 

The Baroque park at the heart of the campus and the nearby banks of the Altmühltal river are the KU’s “green living room”. Another big advantage: all University facilities are just a short walk away from each other.

More on the study location Eichstätt

Advisory Service

Some offers and study conditions are different for international students – our International Office is happy to provide help and support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our team. We are happy to accompany you on your way to the KU and hope that we can welcome you in person soon!

David Guevara
David Guevara
Coordinator Welcome Services and International Campus
Building Domplatz 8  |  Room: DP8-203 | Campus Eichstätt

Application

The application process for international applicants is now completely digital. You can register online in our application portal and carry out and submit your application. After you have carried out the application and uploaded your documents, you do not need to send your documents to us again by post. You do have to submit certified true copies only if you are admitted at the time of enrollment.

Depending on the course of study, you may be asked for information on internships, professional experience, etc. Please upload the relevant documents in the upload area for all the information you provide, even if these are not mandatory fields!

Before you start the application process, please read the additional information on this page, in particular the information on the respective (German) language requirements and university entrance qualifications.

Study places

Total of available study places for the Eichstätt Bachelor’s program in Journalism:

arrow right iconWinter semester: 50
 

Please note, that the selection process is highly competitive.