Why study International Business Communication in Nijmegen?
The Bachelor's programme in International Business Communication, part of the Bachelor's Communication and Information Studies, is a challenging English-taught programme in which you combine the study of communication processes in (international) organisations with the study of a foreign language (English, French, German, or Spanish). The BA IBC programme at Radboud University offers a combination of communication studies and business-oriented foreign-language courses. Our English-taught BA IBC programme is characterised by a strong focus on intercultural and multilingual communication. In the courses you will gain insight into (intercultural) communication, marketing communication and management, so as to prepare you for a (communication) career in the international business world.Our foreign language programme
The Nijmegen Bachelor's in International Business Communication provides you with a unique and exciting opportunity to study communication and organisation in combination with a foreign language (English, French, German or Spanish). In our practical foreign language courses, you will develop your business communication competence in one of the four foreign languages and gain a thorough understanding of the culture of the countries where the language is spoken. Our foreign language courses are content-based, which means you will be working on realistic projects relating to questions and issues in international (business) communication, such as organising the promotion for an international trade fair, exploring a foreign market for a product, designing an advertising campaign in the foreign language or developing a communication plan for a foreign start-up company.English, German, French or Spanish?
In the Bachelor's in International Business Communication programme, you are required to choose one foreign language from the languages available in the programme (English, French, German or Spanish). In all foreign language courses, the language of instruction will be the foreign language (except for the first year Spanish courses). As it is now becoming quite common for graduates to demonstrate high levels of English, having an additional foreign language (e.g. French, German or Spanish) will give you a competitive edge in an increasingly multilingual business world. If you are quite proficient in English already at the start of your Bachelor's, you might consider choosing a language other than English for your foreign language. So, we challenge you to broaden your linguistic horizons by choosing French, German or Spanish.
In the first year of your Bachelor’s programme, you will take a range of courses introducing you to the world of communication. You will gain insights into theories of intercultural communication, corporate communications, and marketing communications. You will also learn more about organisation and management, communication tools and new media. Our academic skills courses will introduce you to the principles of academic writing and peer review. The language of instruction for all core curriculum courses is English. In your first year, you must also choose a foreign language: English, French, German or Spanish. In your foreign language courses you will improve your proficiency in the foreign language of your choice and develop knowledge of the foreign culture by working on foreign-language projects relating to questions and issues in international (business) communication.Year two and three
In the second and third year of the IBC Bachelor’s programme, you will specialise more and take more advanced courses in the field of intercultural and international (business) communication. The language of instruction for your core curriculum courses will be English, but you will also take some practical and research-based language-specific courses in the foreign language of your choice (English, French, German or Spanish). In the third year, many Bachelor's in IBC students spend a semester abroad to improve their foreign-language proficiency and to gain more insights into the culture of the foreign language. Many students choose to do an internship with a national or international organisation. You will complete your Bachelor's in IBC degree with a thesis. For this thesis you will carry out a research project under the supervision of one of our lecturers.
The following diplomas provide access to the Bachelor's in Communication and Information Studies, specialisation International Business Communication at Radboud University:
The only Dutch educational qualification that gives access to the English-taught Bachelor International Business Communication is a pre-university diploma (VWO-diploma in Dutch). If you have obtained a VWO-diploma, language requirements do not apply.
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 (such as language requirements, an interview or proof of sufficient education in mathematics).
Students who have a deficiency in mathematics should submit proof of sufficient education in mathematics before 1 September. You will receive more information on these additional requirements during your application procedure.
As the language of instruction in our programme is English, you will need sufficient proficiency in English.
This requirement is fulfilled when you obtain:
If you wish to take French, Spanish or German for your foreign language choice in the BA programme, you need to have (an equivalent of) a Dutch VWO-diploma with French, Spanish or German in your programme.
Students who don't meet the above language conditions must satisfy the following minimum requirement:
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