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Master in International Communication

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Netherlands Government
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University of Applied Sciences

Program description

Five universities across Europe, specialising in communication and public relations in international professional contexts, have joined forces to offer the joint Master in International Communication.

The Master in International Communication (MIC) is a postgraduate fulltime programme offered by the Geert Hofstede Consortium. The programme is for students with a bachelor's degree in communication, or related field, or those with extensive work experience.

The International Communication program is a full-time study over three semesters (90 credits). Semester one is undertaken at one of the 5 partner universities, and the second semester at a second partner university where students complete three specialisations. During the third semester, students complete the graduation project.

This consortium consists of:

  • The Netherlands: Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen
  • The United Kingdom: Leeds Metropolitan University
  • Italy: University of Languages and Communication, Milan
  • Lithuania: Vilnius University
  • Bulgaria: New Bulgarian University, Sofia

The Master in International Communication is a joint program, developed in close cooperation between the consortium partners. Ongoing harmonisation of the curriculum, the assessment criteria and procedures insure comparability of the program.

The course will prepare communication professionals for their tasks and responsibilities in a multi-cultural and international environment. Diversity is a key element.

A core program will be offered by all universities, and each will offer three specialisations to be followed by students abroad. Student mobility in the second semester is compulsory. The master’s thesis will be written under the supervision of two universities, both awarding graduate degrees.

The course will be based on competence-based learning. Students will work on ‘real life’ cases brought in by companies and (governmental and other) agencies. The course is offered in English to an international student body.

Graduates receive two degrees and a certificate from the Geert Hofstede Consortium.

Master International Communication Program Objectives

Graduates of the Master in International Communication program are interculturally competent communication professionals able to work in a global context from a European perspective. They anticipate change and are able to create, offer and manage sustainable and innovative solutions to problems from the professional field at a senior managerial or consultancy level.

Master International Communication Study Subjects

Semester 1: The International Business Environment; Corporate Communication in an Intercultural Context; Communication Planning & Management.

Semester 2: A Variety of specialisations in profit and non-profit organisations and NGO's. Semester 3: Graduation assignment.

Master International Communication Related Programs

Besides the Master in International Communication, Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen  offers a range of other Arts related programs such as Master in Scenography, Fine Arts

See which programs are related to the Master in International Communication program

Master International Communication Scholarships

Students who would like to register for the Master in International Communication program will need to have sufficient funds for tuition and living expenses. Getting a scholarship could be the first step towards obtaining a top Master of Communication degree at Hanze University of Appied Sciences Groningen.

See which scholarships you can apply for if you want to do the Master in International Communication program.

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Admission requirements

Previous education

Bachelor of communication, or related field and extensive relevant professional experience.

Professional experience

Extensive relevant professional experience may complement a bachelor degree.

Knowledge minimum

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Language requirements

IELTS overall band: 6.5, IELTS listening: 6, IELTS reading: 6, IELTS writing: 6, IELTS speaking: 6, TOEFL paper based: 575, TOEFL computer based: 232, TOEFL internet based: 90

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