Radboud University

International Business Communication, B.A.

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.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

Why study International Business Communication in Nijmegen?

  • Radboud University was voted ‘Best traditional university in 2015’ in the National Student Survey
  • You combine the study of international (business) communication with the study of a foreign language (English, French, German or Spanish)
  • Studying in English will prepare you for a career in the international business world
  • Theory and practice go hand in hand in our programme
  • Small group teaching in seminars and tutorials
  • Informal communication among students and staff both socially and academically
  • A semester abroad is an integral part of our degree programme
  • Challenging minor programmes (e.g. China studies; journalism; new media)
  • Effective preparation for the labour market
There are many other good reasons for choosing to do your degree programme in Nijmegen. When you are passionate about something, you probably can’t wait to find out all there is to know about it. If you have an inquisitive mind, Nijmegen is the right place for you. At Radboud University we are committed to providing you with a solid foundation on which to build your future career. That’s why in all our degree programmes, you will devote the whole of your time, attention and abilities to one academic discipline. Our intensive and personalised teaching approach is aimed at helping you develop the knowledge and skills needed to become a specialist in your field. This will give you a competitive edge when you are applying for a job after graduation. Throughout your Bachelor’s programme, you will deepen your understanding of all facets of the subject that fascinates you. We also encourage you to broaden your horizons by studying abroad or doing an internship abroad. This, too, will enhance your chances of entering the labour market after graduation. Does this appeal to you and are you ready to embark on such an expedition? Then step out into the world with a degree programme in Nijmegen.Career ProspectsAs effective communication is of paramount importance for organisations, IBC graduates find employment in a wide range of public and private, national and international (profit and non-profit) organisations, in a wide range of careers, such as information officer, (global) corporate communication manager, marketing communication manager, copywriter, translator, trainer or communication consultant.

Accreditation

Master's programme When you have completed the Bachelor’s programme in International Business Communication you can choose to continue your studies in our English-taught Master’s programme in International Business Communication. If you are proficient in Dutch, you can also continue your studies in our Dutch-taught Master’s programme Communication and Persuasion.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    180 ECTS

    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.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website

Programme Structure

Year one

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.

Academic Requirements

The following diplomas provide access to the Bachelor's in Communication and Information Studies, specialisation International Business Communication at Radboud University:

Dutch educational qualifications

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.

International educational qualifications

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.

English language requirements

As the language of instruction in our programme is English, you will need sufficient proficiency in English.

This requirement is fulfilled when you obtain:

  • a Dutch VWO-diploma (or equivalent diploma with English in final examination)
  • an International Baccalaureate diploma;
  • a European Baccalaureate diploma, with at least the course English Language 1.

Additional language requirements

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:

  • If you wish to take German: a Goethe-Zertifikat at CEFR level B2 or TestDaF at CEFR level B2-C1
  • If you wish to take French: a Certificate DELF (junior) at CEFR level A2

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 6957 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA

Funding

There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University. Please check which scholarship is applicable in your case.

Radboud Scholarship programme

The Radboud Scholarship Programme offers a select number of talented prospective non-EU/EEA students the opportunity to receive a scholarship to pursue a Bachelor's degree at Radboud University. The Radboud Scholarship Programme is very selective and is only intended for talented students who have obtained outstanding study results and are highly motivated to pursue a Bachelor's degree at Radboud University.

Visit our programme website for more information!

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