Join the crème de la crème of 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 the business. In particular, we place a 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 fellow students and you will receive close personal guidance from highly experienced members of the 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 work floor 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

As an international student, your prior education must meet certain requirements.

1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Communication and Information Studies or related area

A completed Bachelor's degree in Communication and Information Studies or related area In general, students' previous education should reflect their affinity with the following subject areas: Communication Studies, Management & Organisation, Intercultural Communication or (Inter) Cultural Studies, and Linguistics.

2. Experience in quantitative research

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)

3.Proficiency in English

In order to take part in this programme, you need to be highly fluent in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers* of English need one of the following:

  • A TOEFL score of >100
  • IELTS score of ≥7.0 (overall band) and ≥6.5 (writing) and 22≥ subscore 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
  • successful completion of a Bachelor's programme that was taught completely in the English language in one of the following countries: EU/EEA-countries, Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), New Zealand, USA.

4. Motivation


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.

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Last updated January 31, 2019
This course is Campus based
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Sep 2019
1 year
2,083 EUR
€2,083 for EEA / € 11,471 for non-EEA students
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Master's programme in International Business Communication