This program is open to students who have been accepted as majors into the UNC School of Media and Journalism. Applicants must have completed MEJO 153: Newswriting to participate in the program.
In partnership with the internationally renowned Department of Journalism at City University London (City), this program is designed for MEJO students to further their journalism training while experiencing life in one of the most diverse and exciting cities in the world. Students will directly enroll at City for a semester and fully integrate into the academic, social, and cultural life at City.
City’s Department of Journalism is the oldest and biggest of its kind in London. The undergraduate program was established in 1991; the graduate program began in 1976. City’s journalism department has developed a formidable international reputation with one-third of the 600 students currently enrolled in the department coming from outside the United Kingdom.
City University London is situated on Northampton Square in Islington, close to the financial district and the up-and-coming areas of east London. Whether you are interested in museums or galleries, theaters or music venues, pubs or restaurants, there are numerous options on your doorstep. Studying in one of the most diverse and vibrant cities in the world makes every day exciting with countless opportunities to learn, have fun, and explore.
Choosing two courses from City’s Journalism department, MEJO students will take courses that cover both journalism skills and conceptual material. These classes give students ample opportunity for group work, personal investigation, and reporting in and around London. The journalism courses at City aim to prepare students for jobs in the media, and coursework involves writing deadline-driven news stories and features as well as producing radio pieces.
Two additional courses will be taken in other departments. These courses can either satisfy general education requirements, or if chosen with support from MEJO, the courses could satisfy major requirements. Suggested courses related to Journalism can be found in the Sociology Department (ie Contemporary issues in media studies; Media, history, and politics) or the International Politics Department (ie New media challenges).
Resources at City and in London:
MEJO students will enjoy access to state-of-the-art digital newsrooms and multimedia studios allowing for the creation of news pieces for print, television, radio, and the Web. The Department of Journalism prides itself on the professional and educational links it has forged with world-class media outlets based in London. The department offers top-quality instruction from lecturers with extensive professional experience at outlets such as the BBC, The Times, and The Guardian.
Thanks in part to its 6,000 alumni, City has unequalled links with the media industry. City alumni work in every part of the media in Britain and abroad: national and regional newspapers, news agencies, periodicals, radio and television, and new media. Professional journalists, many of whom are City alums, regularly visit the department as guest speakers, specialist lecturers, and workshop leaders.
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit. Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs.
The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.