International Programmes 2019/2020

Journalism and Media Culture in Germany Journalism and Media Culture

University of Bayreuth • Bayreuth

Course location
Teaching language
  • German
Language level of course
  • German: B2, C1, C2
  • August 04 - August 28, 2020 (Registration deadline of course provider: June 15, 2020)
Target group

This course is open to students who are interested in the German media landscape and a journalistic approach to work.


The specialised course "Journalism and Media Culture in Germany" can only be chosen in combination with and in addition to the language course "Language and Society in Modern Germany". The specialised course in the afternoon takes up eight hours per week and the language course in the morning 20 hours per week. Our weekly programme will be rounded off by additional offers like seminars on German culture, an international choir, a theatre workshop, film nights, sports and a literature café. These additional offers amount to at least 12 hours per week.

In this course, you will become familiar with regional aspects relating to media culture in Germany:

  • Which news aspects comprise an editorial department?
  • Which kinds of texts and articles exist?
  • What is the everyday life of a journalist like?
  • How is radio broadcasting structured?
  • What is the relationship between private channels and those financed through licence fees?
  • What does cross-media journalism mean?
  • In which direction are the media developing?
  • Who reads weekly news magazines, daily papers or special interest magazines, and who prefers surfing the news portals on the internet?

These are issues to be discussed and questions that will be answered in the specialised course. Comparison with other countries will be of interest, as well as our own activities, for instance when we design our own summer university blog. Of course, journalists do not spend time exclusively in front of the PC, at the cutting table, in the studio or on the phone. They strive to get out there; after all, it is necessary to experience the issues first-hand. Therefore, the students will also take part in small excursions such as a trip to the print office of the local press or to the editorial offices of the local media.

Average number of hours per week
Average number of participants per group/course
ECTS points (max.)
Dates and costs
  • August 04 - August 28, 2020 (Registration deadline of course provider: June 15, 2020), costs: EUR 859
This price includes
  • Course fees
  • Accompanying programme
Further information on dates and prices

Additional costs can be incurred for the optional parts of the cultural programme (museum visits, excursions).

Teaching language
  • German
Language level of course
  • German: B2, C1, C2
Language requirements

German language skills level B2 or higher

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Is accommodation organised?
Accommodation is arranged by the organiser.
Type of accommodation

We organise single room accommodation. Students may choose between a room in a student dormitory or in a private shared flat. The dormitories feature two-, four-, five- and six-student apartment units, each with a kitchen and single occupancy bedrooms. All dormitories are equipped with a common room as well as a TV room. Dishes and linen are available. In shared apartments, kitchens and bathrooms are shared. Costs for accommodation are about 290 EUR per month plus a deposit fee of 100 EUR.


The students' dormitories and private shared flats are equipped with cooking facilities. Several grocery stores and restaurants are to be found in the city centre.

Is a social and leisure programme offered?
Description of social and leisure programme

The course fee includes various leisure time activities: literature café, academic seminars, international choir, theatre workshops, cinema, sports programme and the almost legendary Summer University parties.
Cultural immersion opportunities include the following: museum visits, local trips, guided city tours. These excursions cost between 1 and 6 EUR. We also offer trips, e.g. to Bamberg, Nuremberg or Regensburg, which cost between 10 and 30 EUR.

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Support in visa matters
Pick-up service from train station/airport

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