Exploring the world… Plenty of CFJ candidates dream of making wanderlust the driving force behind their career. More than a dream, this must be a well thought-out ambition. And this kind of ambition requires certain preparations.
It is for this reason that at the CFJ, we encourage our candidates to learn other languages and, if they can, discover other cultures as soon as they can. We invite them to seize the wonderful study abroad opportunities available to young Europeans thanks to Erasmus and the European Union.
The CFJ’s degree course includes a period of study abroad during which the students and apprentices work as an editorial team and produce various investigations and reports for an on-line magazine. In addition, the practical workshops included in our investigative journalism course and as part of our majors mean some of our future journalists need to travel abroad for an investigation or a report. More generally speaking, our students come into daily contact with diverse cultures and points of view when processing current events as part of their practical workshops. They also have the opportunity to attend masterclasses given by speakers from abroad and/or on international topics.
At the CFJ, we support our students when they decide to work abroad after graduation or to complete an internship outside France. It is, of course, up to the students to provide the necessary means to attain their goal, but we are happy to advise them. Once their plans have firmed up, candidates hoping to go abroad can talk to the European and International Relations Office. The CFJ renewed a partnership with Laval University in Canada in 2018, and is taking measures to join the Erasmus+° Charter in 2019.
The CFJ aims to join the Erasmus+ Charter in 2019 in order to facilitate international exchanges between European schools for students, staff and teachers.
You can learn more about the CFJ’s declaration on Erasmus+ strategy by clicking on this link.
In 2018, we decided to renew or expand our bilateral agreements with different European and international schools in order to help our students study abroad and welcome international students to Paris. Beyond these formal agreements, the CFJ always endeavours to help students enjoy occasional exchanges with the international schools of their choice. For example, one of our students completed a photojournalism course at IHECS in Brussels as part of her degree programme, and another attended Aarhus University in Denmark.
Laval University in Quebec (Canada) renewed their partnership with the CFJ in 2018, allowing students from both establishments to complete part of their degree programme abroad.
CFJ students choose the number of courses required from the optional classes available as part of the Master’s in public communication (international journalism department) at Laval University’s Faculty of Letters, depending on scheduling possibilities and approval by the programme director.
The list of classes available can be found here: https://www.ulaval.ca/les-etudes.html
We request that candidates talk to the European and International Relations Office when making class choices.
At the CFJ, we encourage our students to complete a part of their mandatory internships at media channels abroad or working for international media channels while based in France. Over the last few years, CFJ students have carried out internships in Beirut (Lebanon), Moscow, Rome, Madrid etc.
Over the last few years, each class has had the opportunity to participate in a study abroad trip. During their first year, around fifty students head to a European city for ten days or so in order to carry out investigations and write reports. The cities visited include Barcelona, Berlin, Lisbon, Madrid and Rome.
The practical workshops organized throughout the CFJ’s degree course often encourage students to head abroad to complete group assignments (daily newspaper project) or personal projects (end of year project for majors). Examples include reporting on Brexit from London and the rest of the United Kingdom as well as trips to Berlin, Moscow, Brussels (terrorist attacks, Europe), Lebanon etc.
Studying abroad is first and foremost a personal choice. Students must define their goals and check they have the necessary means to attain them. The CFJ has a team dedicated to international education. For more information, please check with the European and International Relations Office
The terms according to which courses can be validated and grades or credits earned during a give study abroad programme are set out in the agreement signed by partner schools and listed in the learning agreement selected by the candidate and the partners schools before the programme begins.
The CFJ has been using the ECTS credit system for a long time, and this facilitates mutual recognition between the courses on offer at different European or international establishments.