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International Business Communication

Radboud University

Master Postgraduate Nijmegen

Course description

Qualification Master of Arts
Field of study Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts
Course summary In the Master's specialisation in International Business Communication, you'll learn about all the factors that play a role in communication in order to create effective communication strategies.
Course description Economic globalisation and rapid developments in ICT have meant that nowadays many organisations operate on an international scale, or at the very least interact with consumers, clients and/or partner organisations in other countries. Even 'local' companies and organisations may have a multicultural workforce, or offer their services or products abroad. As a result, communication has become increasingly international and intercultural. Organisations seek to create communication strategies that support their overall strategy and objectives. In doing so, they need to interact with stakeholders who may have a variety of language and cultural backgrounds. These stakeholders may include employees, customers, suppliers, financial backers or even local governments.
Study subjects During the one-year Master's programme in International Business Communication, you will find yourself in a dynamic learning environment, working together with committed and motivated students. Although collaborative teamwork is central to the courses (as it is in organisations), you will also receive personal guidance from highly experienced members of faculty throughout your time in the programme.
Course objectives The main goal of this study programme is to prepare a contemporary thinking expert in a field of international business, who can combine the theoretical aspects of language, national and organisational culture, and different stakeholder interests to apply them in an internal or external communication within multinational companies. As a graduate you will also obtain a strong set of research methodology skills, which will allow you to critically assess the quality of business research.
ECTS credits 60.00
Duration 12 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes case study, colloquium, internship, computer exercise, lecture, self study, literature study, seminar, research, tutorial, research project, research proposal, working group, group assignment, oral presentation, group discussion, portfolio, individual assignment
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About the institution

Department faculty of Arts
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Admission requirements
  1. As conducting communication research is an essential component of this programme, candidates should have experience in doing quantitative research (e.g. experimental or survey research) and knowledge of inferential statistics (e.g. t-test, ANOVA, Chi-square)
  2. A Bachelor's degree (or equivalent, from a research university) in communication and information studies. If you have a Bachelor's degree from an institution other than an university, you can only join the Master's programme after a pre-Master's programme.
  3. Motivation letter
  4. In order to take part in the programme, you need to have a sufficient level of English. Non-native speakers of English without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following: * TOEFL score of > 600 (paper based) or > 100 (internet based) * IELTS score of > 7.0 (overall band) and > 6.5 (writing) * Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), with a mark of at least B * Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE), with a mark of at least C
Language requirements
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English C2
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English C1
IELTS overall band 7
IELTS writing 6.5
TOEFL internet based 100
TOEFL paper based 600
Professional experience required -
Duration 12 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2019 15 Jan 2019 1 Apr 2019
1 Sep 2020 15 Jan 2020 1 Apr 2020
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2019 (FT)€ 2083n.a.n.a.

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.


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