By Kayley Hardiman, 2nd year Journalism and New Media
I decided to study the Journalism and New Media at UL because of the opportunities that existed here that weren’t anywhere else. The main things that attracted me to the course were the co-op and Erasmus in third year which I have yet to do.
Journalism students have a full year off campus in third year to gain experience in the working world and build up our portfolios for future prospective employers. The opportunity to do Erasmus and work placement did not exist anywhere apart from UL so it had to be number one on my CAO form. Erasmus enables us to live and study abroad for a semester learning more about the culture, history and people of a completely different country. We also get the chance to see how a similar degree is taught abroad and can learn from journalism students on the course. Of course, if you’re unsure about heading off abroad for 6 months you can always study in England or Scotland which are only a stone’s throw away.
We get to study an elective as part of the course too which is similar to a specialism that we will have for our working career. The options include English Literature, Sociology, History, Languages, Economics, Politics and Public Admin and Law. So, there is something to entice every kind of student. I chose Spanish for my elective as I am interested in going to Barcelona for my Erasmus which marries my love of Journalism and Spanish all in one even when I am not at UL.
Studying a language can provide you with more options when you consider where you would like to study abroad because it can be difficult to study in a different country when you don’t speak their native language. This means that I am confident enough that if I do study in Spain I will have a good understanding of the language and have the ability to talk to the locals.