The vision of the Danish School of Media and Journalism is to be a globally oriented powerhouse for the media and communication sector with a focus on talent, lifelong learning and innovation.
The school considers it to be valuable for students and staff to have a solid knowledge of modern Danish and its usage in speech and writing, and that they also build up foreign language and intercultural competences.
The intercultural interaction occurs both through the school’s courses and via the exchanges which the school encourages all students to undertake. To support this vision the school has an active language policy consisting of the following elements:
1. Danish teaching
Communication plays a central role in all the school’s courses, and therefore great emphasis is placed on students achieving a confident grasp of the Danish language.
It is a goal that students can professionally tackle many and diverse assignments in which language must guarantee precise communication, also when students are challenged by opposing forces in linguistic diversity and norms.
In several of the school’s courses, the ability of students to meet authoritative norms for formulation and correct writing are included when assessing examination assignments.
2. English in teaching
All of the schools courses contain modules where Danish and international students are taught together and where English is the language of instruction.
The school’s IT policy, for example, takes its outset in educational programmes, intranet and websites being accessible to both Danish and international students and teachers.
The relevant signage on both campuses is also in both English and Danish.
The requirements to non-English native international students is a TOEFL test with a minimum score of 550 (80 for the digital test) or an IELTS test minimum of 6.5 or CEF C1 level.
Danish students must be able to document English at advanced level during the application process for international courses.
Furthermore, the school wishes to be kept updated of the foreign language competences of students. This is done through continuous surveys in which students are asked to assess their own foreign language skills.
International students are offered Danish courses through Lærdansk (Learn Danish).
All students on international courses are offered language assistance on selected projects.
3. Staff language competences
Teachers on the international courses must attain English CEF C1 level, as a minimum. The same applies for staff associated with the institution’s international offices.
Similarly, the school wishes international students to meet staff who have a command of English in the reception, the canteen, the IT department etc. Furthermore, the school wishes that a minority of the staff have a command of Spanish, French or German in speech and writing.
This will be achieved as an element of the school’s internationalization strategy where focus is on developing partnerships and exchange programmes with non-English speaking countries.
The school offers its staff licenses for language courses in English and Spanish and they are allocated on the basis of individual assignments and foreign language levels.
4. Examination certificates
In 2012, the school was awarded the EUs Diploma Supplement Label, which is awarded to further education institutions which apply ECTS correctly at all teaching levels.
The Diploma Supplement Label is an English language supplement to the examination certificate which describes the Danish education system together with the competences and educational level the student has attained.
5. Research and development
The primary aim of the school’s research, innovation and development, is to search for applicable knowledge and to create useful solutions for the school’s branches, partners and other stakeholders, including the scientific community.
Research, innovation, and development is created and shared in relevant forums and the school emphasises that communication is characterised by a high, assured, and precise language level both with regard to Danish and foreign languages.