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Bart Talens

Bachelorstudent Media Studies
Bart Talens

About Bart

Hello, my name is Bart Talens. I am 24 years old, and the student ambassador, mentor, and member of the education committee for the Media Studies programme at the University of Groningen. I love sports and music. In addition to my studies, I am active in the student football association and I work in the kitchen of a restaurant in the city.

Why Media Studies?

In my first year at the university, I studied History, because I wanted to do a Bachelor's degree that would allow me access to the Master's in Journalism. Through a first year course I came into contact with the Media Studies department. The content and practice of this course perfectly matched my expectations and interests, so I decided to switch. I liked how Media Studies starts with a broad, general focus on media in the first year, and ends with a defined and personalized focus, through a profile and a minor.

Why Groningen?

Groningen is a fantastic city for studies. About a quarter of the population consists of students. Activities are organized in the city on a daily basis, by the many student and study associations, which provide an energetic and cozy atmosphere. There is always something to do, but at the same time the city is small enough to have everything close by.


As I mentioned, I initially began with the Journalism programme, with intentions to enroll in the corresponding master’s programme in Journalism. During my studies, however, I developed several interests in the field of media studies and got the opportunity to deepen my knowledge on this subject. The political influence and employability of different media was also a factor that attracted me to the programme. I hope through an internship and external activities to end up in an exciting place in one of these fields.

Golden Tip

Look for a study that fits well with your interests and your ultimate goal. It helps to gather as much information as you can on programmes of interest. Have you already chosen your programme? If so, then a piece of advice I would give is to be involved in activities outside your studies. In my opinion, student life consists of more than just attending lectures and taking exams. An internship, a job, participating on committees or boards offer you the opportunity to delve deeper into the social and practical level of the University experience.

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