MA in International Business Communication

Radboud University

Program Description

MA in International Business Communication

Radboud University

Join the crème de la crème in business communication If you choose to study IBC at Radboud University you will be able to combine learning academic research techniques with practical business competencies. We are looking for thinkers and doers with an international orientation. That is unique in the Netherlands and we are one of very few programmes in Europe to focus sharply on the practical, analytical, cultural and linguistic aspects of business. In particular, we place strong emphasis on the influence of national and organisational culture on companies and institutions that operate across borders. Thanks to our network, we are able to arrange excellent group internships, and we are selective (max. 50 students per year). You will find yourself in a dynamic learning environment with smart, motivated follow students and you will receive close personal guidance from highly experienced members of faculty. We are not hierarchical and we are not an MBA. As a future executive you will need to be able to assess the quality of business research. A lot of business studies lack academic rigour. Our graduates learn how to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Combine key competences with knowledge of international business Businesses around the world increasingly communicate in English, both internally and to outside audiences. And, often, that is a problem. How can such communication on the workfloor and by those in leading positions be made as effective as possible? Understanding the factors that influence the success of international and intercultural communication is crucial, especially where employees are culturally and linguistically diverse (as in multinationals, cross-border merger companies or local organisations with a multicultural workforce) and in organisations whose primary target audiences are culturally and linguistically diverse. Effective communication is essential. This programme gives you the theoretical knowledge and practical insights you need to analyse and critically evaluate the success of professional communication in general, and IBC in particular, in a multinational, multicultural and multilingual context. More specifically, you will explore the impact of globalisation, the role of linguistic and cultural diversity, and the consequences of language strategy, and how such issues shape, determine and affect the effectiveness of communication. In Radboud University we take an interdisciplinary perspective, combining state-of-the-art research with theory, intercultural communication, applied linguistics, communication theory and management studies. The courses are practical, promoting insight into global corporate communications; interpersonal intercultural communication, corporate language strategy, English as a lingua franca, managing a culturally diverse workforce, marketing, CSR, international stakeholder relations, and crisis communication across cultures. You will work on case studies, conducting your own research or participating in staff projects or internships. Guest lecturers keep you up to date with current developments and topical research.

Studying here is not a piece of cake Students tell us: "It's hard work, but a lot of fun."

Admission requirements Bachelor's degree A completed Bachelor's degree in Communication and Information Studies or in a related area or discipline that is equivalent to a Dutch university diploma. Language requirementsIn order to take part in the programme, you need to have a sufficient level of English, proven with one of the following documents:

  • TOEFL score of >580 (paper based) or >237 (computer based) or >92 (internet based)
  • IELTS score of >7.0 with an overall 6.5 in writing
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Proficiency in English (CPE), with a mark of at least C

Deadlines Programmes starting in September

  • Non-EEA students: 1 April.
  • EEA students: 1 May.

Quality label

Both the Keuzegids Masters and the Bachelor’s programme information guide Keuzegids Universiteiten have now designated Radboud University as the ‘Best General University’ in the Netherlands.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated March 24, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
1 year
Full time
1,984 EUR
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EU/EEA, 01/04/2015 - non-EU/EEA (each year)
Start date Sept. 2016
Netherlands Nijmegen
Application deadline Request Info
EU/EEA, 01/04/2015 - non-EU/EEA (each year)
End date Aug. 31, 2017
Duration 1 year
Price 1,984 EUR
for EEA - 9,232 EUR for non-EEA students