The medium of instruction for classroom teaching (in all forms) at HKBU is English, except for those courses that are granted exemption.
HK$42,100 (local); HK$140,000 (non-local) (Subject to the University's annual review)
All students take Major Core and Major Elective Courses dealing with the activities and responsibilities of print, broadcast and internet journalists. Each concentration requires bilingualism, but stresses the particular language and professional skills appropriate for the specialization.
The International Journalism Concentration is geared to those who plan to work for international media that operate in English. Apart from print journalism, students are introduced to the techniques and requirements of broadcast and web-based news. In the theoretical part of the curriculum, there is added emphasis on international comparisons and global news. Students will also undertake practicum courses that give them the opportunity to put news gathering, reporting and editing skills into practice.
All Journalism students pursue studies in three major areas: (1) professional journalism, in which students learn the principles and skills of gathering, presenting and producing news and current affairs reports; (2) theoretical foundations of the profession, in which students develop a conceptual understanding of the profession and its role in society through legal, ethical, political, historical, economic and media communication theory courses; and (3) complementary studies of the relationship between journalism and society as well as the way politics, government, business and law operate in both local and international communities. In all these areas, emphasis is on Hong Kong and mainland China with due attention to the international context in which both communities operate.
Subject to resource and quota constraints, all students have the option of adopting a secondary stream: Broadcast Journalism (BJ), Financial Journalism (FJ) or General Stream, each with relevant courses. At the end of the programme, every student has to produce a final-year project that integrates their conceptual and practical journalism knowledge.
An essential component of journalism education is developing students’ ability to write and edit, and to produce quality print, broadcast and multimedia news stories. Practice for all journalism students is provided by different workshops in different formats, including San Po Yan (in Chinese), Broadcast News Network (in Chinese), The Young Reporter (in English), The Young Financial Post (in Chinese and English) and DataStory (in English). While necessary supervision is provided, students are allowed a high degree of autonomy in deciding which stories to pursue.
Every year, many students broaden their horizons by going on exchange to universities in Europe, North America and Asia as well as the mainland and Taiwan. A considerable number of foreign students also come to study alongside local students at the Department, giving it a multicultural atmosphere. The Department regularly organises overseas reporting trips to let students explore journalism across borders and cultures. In recent years, our students have visited Spain, Germany, Taiwan and Rwanda.
Student Learning Experiences
Students in the International Journalism Concentration are required to undertake a professional internship during the summer holiday following the third year of study. Students work as interns in a variety of media organizations all over the world. They are also encouraged to go on exchange study at one of the many universities we partner with around the world.
Many graduates of Journalism Major become reporters, editors, correspondents and producers in print, electronic and online media. Others move into related fields such as public relations, marketing, business and commerce, government service and education. Some pursue further studies in Hong Kong or overseas. We have a good number of graduates who are winners of prestigious local and regional media awards and scholarships for postgraduate studies abroad.
We adopt a holistic approach in selecting applicants on individual merits. Applicants are required to meet the University entrance requirements, English Language requirements and Programme entrance requirements (if any).
Associate Degree/ Higher Diploma Students/ Holders
Local final year students or graduates of an Associate Degree/ Higher Diploma programme at an institution recognised by the University are eligible for publicly-funded senior year places.
Transfer students who are currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree or higher degree programmes at a local or non-local university may apply.
Please note that according to the guidelines of the University Grants Committee (UGC) on inter-institutional transfer of students, repeating of UGC-funded undergraduate study across institutions, irrespective of whether there is a change of programme or discipline, is generally discouraged unless under very exceptional circumstances.