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Study programme of International Business Communication

Instruction modes


  • Curriculum year 1

    During the first year of the English-taught Bachelor’s programme in International Business Communication, you will take a range of courses that introduce you to the three main areas of the programme: Language, Communication and Organisation, Intercultural Communication, and Academic and Research Skills.

    Language, Communication and Organisation

    The Language, Communication and Organisation part of the programme focuses on communication and language in international organisations. In the first year, you will take courses in Corporate Communication, Organisation and Management, Marketing Communication, Language and Communication, and Information Science.

    Intercultural Communication

    The Intercultural Communication part of the programme focuses on culture and language. The first year consists of an introductory course to Intercultural Communication, as well as foreign language courses in the language of your choice (English, French, German or Spanish). The Foreign Language component consists of language courses that will increase your knowledge and understanding of the grammar and pronunciation of your chosen language. In addition, you will take practical language proficiency courses that focus on common communication issues faced by international organisations. In the first year, these courses are about Strategic Alliances and International Markets.

    Academic and Research Skills

    The Academic and Research Skills component covers the methodological part of the programme. You will polish your critical thinking and academic writing skills and learn how to conduct communication studies research by following the first-year courses Academic Skills and Research Methodology.

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  • Curriculum year 2

    In the second year, you will deepen your knowledge of intercultural and international business communication by taking distinctive courses, such as International Corporate Communication, International Entrepreneurship, and Cross-Cultural Online Communication. You will also expand on your knowledge of conducting an academic research study by taking an additional course in Research Methodology, Statistics, and Interaction Analysis. Please note that the programme structure and courses might change over time.

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  • Curriculum year 3

    In the third year, theory and practice are combined and you will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills to find solutions to social issues of topical relevance. This will be done as part of a minor. We offer a variety of minors with a societal theme, varying from gender and diversity to migration and big data. Choosing one of these themes will help you put focus in your programme, making it easier to set yourself apart from others when entering the labour market.

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This programme has a binding study advice

Minimum ECTS
This study programme consists of 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) per year. At the end of the first year you will need to have accumulated a minimum of 45 ECTS in order to receive a positive BSA to continue your studies in the second year. Failing to meet this minimum requirement and receiving a negative BSA means that you are no longer allowed to continue with your studies. Of course, we will consider outstanding circumstances such as sickness or other personal factors. Your study advisor or mentor will regularly discuss your study results with you so that you are not faced with any surprises.

Study abroad

During your Bachelor's programme, you will have the opportunity to go abroad for your studies, internship and/or thesis. You will learn to look at things from the perspective of a different culture and you will meet new people; it is an experience that will enrich your life. What’s more, it will look great on your CV. Please see the International Office web page for information about meetings, scholarships, internships and other practical information.

Additional challenge

Do you want an extra challenge during your studies? Do you find it interesting to think about current, social themes from different academic perspectives? Discover what the Radboud Honours Academy has to offer to achieve your maximum potential during your time as a student.