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General guide to the Bachelor's degree programme

This Bachelor's programme consists of one major and two minors. The major is the core curriculum and the two minors are relevant courses that help you gain a deeper understanding of the major or that help you expand your knowledge by taking courses offered by different programmes. The major includes several courses that overlap with other programmes, which means you will meet students from different programmes.

Bachelor's programme for students who started their first year before September 2018.

If you started your Bachelor's programme before September 2018, you will follow a compulsory programme in the first year (B1) of 60 course credits. The second year (B2) also consists of a compulsory programme of 60 course credits (including electives). In the third year (B3), you will choose two minors (worth a total of 30 course credits) in addition to the compulsory programme of 30 course credits. You will also follow a core curriculum as part of your major, which consists of three compulsory courses, each worth 5 EC.

The Bachelor's programme is structured as follows:

Academic year

Major courses in EC

Core curriculum in EC (part of major)

Minor courses in EC

Total education in EC

Bachelor 1





Bachelor 2





Bachelor 3










If you started the first year (B1) of your Bachelor's programme in 2018-2019 or later, you will start your minor (40 EC) in the third year.

In this case, our Bachelor's programme will be structured as follows:

Academic   year Majors   (expressed in credits) Minors   (expressed in credits) Total   credits
Bachelor 1 60 0 60
Bachelor 2 60 0 60
Bachelor 3 20 40 60
In total 140 40 180

The minor is a package of related courses that help you expand or deepen your knowledge. The minors deal with current societal themes. Choosing one of these minors will help you focus your study programme, making it easier to set yourself apart on the labour market. For more information, contact your study advisor.

Studying abroad

In the Communication and Information Studies programme, students can choose to study abroad. You can choose to take classes, conduct research or do an internship at a foreign institute of higher education. The period spent abroad, as well as the academic results obtained during that period, will count as part of the Nijmegen programme (provided that written agreements with the Examining Board and the CIS study abroad coordinator have been made in advance. These agreements are documented in a Learning Agreement. After returning from your stay abroad, you must submit your academic results to the CIS study abroad coordinator for conversion before 1 September of that same academic year.

All study abroad requests must be submitted to the CIS study abroad coordinator, who will sign the request before submitting it to the Examining Board for approval. If you'd like to follow courses at a foreign institution that has a partnership with a different degree course other than CIS, and if you plan to take these courses as an elective minor in the CIS programme, you must first submit these courses to the CIS study abroad coordinator for approval as well. The coordinator will then forward your request to the Examining Board for approval.

Studying abroad has many advantages: it improves your language skills, it increases your independence and it broadens your career prospects. Most CIS students choose to study at one of the programme's many partner institutes.

It's not possible to combine a study abroad programme with a remote CIS course. For organisational reasons, the exams for CIS courses cannot be offered at a different time, date or location than the ones listed in the schedule.

The CIS offers exchange programmes in the language of instruction at the foreign institute. To obtain approval for the courses you plan on following abroad (via the Learning Agreement) and to validate the credits you obtained abroad (when you return, via a Transcript of Records), please contact one of the following coordinators:

for German-speaking countries: Dr. U. Nederstigt (U.Nederstigt@let.ru.nl )

for English-speaking countries (including South Africa): C. Davis (C.Davis@let.ru.nl )

for French-speaking countries: E. Fruit (E.Fruit@let.ru.nl)

for Spanish-speaking countries: N. Dominguez (N.Dominguez@let.ru.nl )

for other countries: International Office, Faculty of Arts.

For more information, visit the Faculty of Arts International Office website.

Honours Programme

The Radboud Honours Academy offers motivated and talented students from Radboud University the opportunity to follow a challenging academic programme alongside their regular study programme. Honours programmes are available for both Bachelor's students and Master's students.

Visit the website for more information about the programmes. You can also make an appointment with a programme director.

Radboud Honours Academy E-mail: honours@honours.ru.nl

Website: www.ru.nl/honoursacademy