FOREIGN REPORTING 15-30 ECTS (advanced Bachelor level)

Are you interested in international issues, politics of diversity and the challenges of foreign reporting? Do you study Journalism or Communication? Then the following program from September to December 2019 is something you have to experience!

The 15 ECTS Foreign Reporting program is both a theoretical and practical program aimed at providing Journalism and/or Communication students with the conceptual framework and the practical skills needed to work as a foreign reporter on assignment. The courses emphasize international journalism, multiculturalism and ethnicity. The program is taught by experts in the field and it includes a working assignment abroad. The program consists of the three courses listed below.

Foreign Reporting as a minor (25-30 ECTS) consists of the courses mentioned below. In addition, courses can be added to the minor up to a total of 30 ECTS. The minor gives the student insights into working as a foreign reporter with the added knowledge on how to apply this expertise in a changing media landscape. A list of the optional courses can be found here.

Exchange students staying the whole autumn term can choose additional classes up to 30 ECTS even if they do not take part in the minor.


The course includes theory and practice of foreign reporting, using Finland as a laboratory environment. An intensive introduction to the target area (Baltic States with emphasis on Estonia) is provided before starting the practical assignment. The students travel to Estonia on a working assignment which will result in a report for newspaper, radio, television or the web.


The course will focus on the differences between types of media, including professional news media and social media; the new diversity in media platforms and outlets, and its consequences for journalism; and media policies and their underpinning expectations in regard to relations between media and democracy, and the tensions between actors in the media market.


This course will give the students the ability to critically assess the way in which multiculturalism and diversity are discussed in media representations, political discourse, and consumer culture in the context of interactive and networked media.

Application and criteria for acceptance

16-18 students of Journalism and/or Communication are recruited through an admission process. Students are recruited nationally and internationally from the partner universities of the Swedish School of Social Science and the University of Helsinki.

The program has no tuition fee for students from partner universities.

The program is aimed at students on the level of Advanced Bachelor.
The participants are expected to have good English skills and some academic or practical experience in journalism or communication. Exchange and visiting students applying for the program are kindly asked to include the program in their learning agreement when applying.

A compulsory orientation course for international students is organized at the start of term in the end of August/ beginning of September.

Deadline for exchange students:
15th April 2019 (citizens of non-EU/EEA-member states),
15th of May 2019 (citizens of EU/EEA-member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland).


Kaisa Pesola
Specialist, International Exchange Services
Phone: +358 2941 22401

Feedback from Foreign Reporting participants:

“I really loved it! At first I thought I wouldn't take it because I didn't really know much about Foreign Reporting, but I'm glad I did because now I know how fascinating it is and the whole world that there's in it!”

“The program is well designed. There were various courses that cover more than just journalism but also knowledge of other fields, such as computer skills and international politics, which are also helpful or may I say necessary for journalists nowadays. The program provided good learning atmosphere as well, with smart and friendly classmates from whom I learned a lot and experienced diverse cultures.”

“It was a life and career changing course and experience, and I believe the more students who get to experience it, the better. The inclusive lessons I received should be taught to every journalist wanting to work in a multicultural society.”

Foreign Reporting 2017


“I didn't know exactly what to expect but I am definitely happy with the choice I made. We learnt a lot, the relationship with classmates and professors is great. I would make the same decision again. It's an intensive course with amazing learning opportunities.”

"This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for learning with amazing professors and great colleagues."

“It was an intense course with a perfect balance of theory and practice. It gave me lots of opportunities to reflect on my work as a journalist and get out of my comfort zone while working with other enthusiastic students.”

“Being in a class where students are from all different parts of the world means we all learn different things from each other as well. I think these global perspectives are important in journalism and writing about different people and cultures so we know how to represent different communities and ethnicities fairly within the media.”

“The professional experience you get in the three months is probably better than what you get in a year.”

“I feel like I am a better person and a better journalist now.”