BA in Communication and Information Studies



What will I learn?

International Business Communication (IBC) is an English-taught Bachelor's programme about effective communication in multilingual organisations. An increasing number of organisations are going global, which calls for communication advisers with a keen eye for intercultural communication and a talent for foreign languages, such as English, French, German and Spanish. Becoming fluent in one of these languages and understanding the intercultural context of business communication gives our IBC graduates a competitive edge in the area of consultancy, communication management, communication research, training and education.

As international companies operate across the globe, they are faced with various communication challenges. How do you avoid misunderstandings when communicating with people from a different cultural background? What is the best way to launch an advertising campaign in different countries? These are the types of questions you will address in the Bachelor’s programme in International Business Communication. By the end of this three year degree programme, you will also master one of the foreign languages of your choice (English, French, German or Spanish). You will improve your proficiency in practical language courses. Furthermore, you will learn about the countries in which your foreign language is spoken by working on projects that address common challenges in international business communication. For example, organising the promotion of an international trade fair, designing an advertising campaign in a foreign language or developing a marketing plan for a foreign start-up company.

Future career opportunities

  • (Global) Corporate communication manager
  • Corporate communication consultant
  • Media and public affairs advisor
  • Marketing officer or copy writer

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
€11,500.00 (10,16,170) per year
Start date

Expected September 2023


Radboud University

Houtlaan 4,



6525 XZ, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

International educational qualifications: If you have a non-Dutch Secondary School degree, your previous education will be assessed by the Admissions Officer of the Faculty of Science to determine whether it is of sufficient level. If the level is sufficient, then you could be directly admissible or additional conditions may apply (such as taking an English or Mathematics test). For accepted English tests, have a look at the language requirements. For Computing Science, you can prove your English language proficiency by obtaining one of the following diplomas: A Dutch VWO diploma; An International Baccalaureate Diploma (diploma programme), A European Baccalaureate Diploma, with English Language 2 or English Language 1, GCE A-Levels, A diploma equivalent to, or higher than the Dutch VWO diploma, with English as the only language of instruction, obtained at an institution in an EU/EEA member state, Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States of America. IELTS Academic, overall-score 6.5, sub-scores 6.0, TOEFL iBT, overall-score 90, sub-scores 20, Cambridge English Qualifications: C1 Advanced (CAE) or C2 Proficiency (CPE), scores C.

For international students

If you have completed, or are about to complete a study programme abroad, then your diploma will be assessed on an individual basis in order to determine whether your previous education allows for admission. Should your diploma allow for admission, then you could be directly admissible or additional conditions may apply.

Mathematics requirements

In order to successfully complete the statistics courses in our programme, you will need a sufficient level in mathematics. You have a sufficient mathematics level if you have obtained or will obtain a diploma that is comparable to a Dutch VWO diploma with mathematics as one of the subjects in the final examinations in high school (≥ VWO Mathematics C).

This requirement is fulfilled when you obtain:

  • a Dutch VWO-diploma;
  • an International Baccalaureate diploma;
  • a European Baccalaureate diploma, with at least the course English Language 2 or Language 1;
  • a diploma equivalent to or higher than the Dutch VWO level by completing an English-taught educational programme at an institution in one of the member states of the EU/EEA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the United States, where the language of instruction has been English.

If you do not meet the above mentioned language conditions, you must satisfy one of the following minimum requirements:

a TOEFL iBT total score of ≥80, all four sub-scores ≥20;
an IELTS Academic overall score of ≥6.0, all four sub-scores ≥6.0;
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), or Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 proficiency with a mark of C or higher.

Application Deadline: Non-EU/EEA students - 1 April; EU/EEA students - 1 May (recommended deadline for assistance with finding housing) and 1 July (final application deadline).


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