Radboud University

International Business Communication, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition Fee
    7273 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
The Bachelor's programme in International Business Communication, part of the Bachelor's Communication and Information Studies, is a challenging English-taught programme in which you combine the study of communication processes in (international) organisations with the study of a foreign language (English, French, German, or Spanish). The BA IBC programme at Radboud University offers a combination of communication studies and business-oriented foreign-language courses.


Why study International Business Communication in Nijmegen?

  • Radboud University was voted ‘Best traditional university in 2015’ in the National Student Survey
  • You combine the study of international (business) communication with the study of a foreign language (English, French, German or Spanish)
  • Studying in English will prepare you for a career in the international business world
  • Theory and practice go hand in hand in our programme
  • Small group teaching in seminars and tutorials
  • Informal communication among students and staff both socially and academically
  • A semester abroad is an integral part of our degree programme
  • Challenging minor programmes (e.g. China studies; journalism; new media)
  • Effective preparation for the labour market
There are many other good reasons for choosing to do your degree programme in Nijmegen. When you are passionate about something, you probably can’t wait to find out all there is to know about it. If you have an inquisitive mind, Nijmegen is the right place for you. At Radboud University we are committed to providing you with a solid foundation on which to build your future career. That’s why in all our degree programmes, you will devote the whole of your time, attention and abilities to one academic discipline. Our intensive and personalised teaching approach is aimed at helping you develop the knowledge and skills needed to become a specialist in your field. This will give you a competitive edge when you are applying for a job after graduation. Throughout your Bachelor’s programme, you will deepen your understanding of all facets of the subject that fascinates you. We also encourage you to broaden your horizons by studying abroad or doing an internship abroad. This, too, will enhance your chances of entering the labour market after graduation. Does this appeal to you and are you ready to embark on such an expedition? Then step out into the world with a degree programme in Nijmegen.Career ProspectsAs effective communication is of paramount importance for organisations, IBC graduates find employment in a wide range of public and private, national and international (profit and non-profit) organisations, in a wide range of careers, such as information officer, (global) corporate communication manager, marketing communication manager, copywriter, translator, trainer or communication consultant.


Master's programme When you have completed the Bachelor’s programme in International Business Communication you can choose to continue your studies in our English-taught Master’s programme in International Business Communication. If you are proficient in Dutch, you can also continue your studies in our Dutch-taught Master’s programme Communication and Persuasion.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Year one

In the first year of your Bachelor’s programme, you will take a range of courses introducing you to the world of communication. You will gain insights into theories of intercultural communication, corporate communications, and marketing communications. You will also learn more about organisation and management, communication tools and new media. Our academic skills courses will introduce you to the principles of academic writing and peer review. The language of instruction for all core curriculum courses is English. In your first year, you must also choose a foreign language: English, French, German or Spanish. In your foreign language courses you will improve your proficiency in the foreign language of your choice and develop knowledge of the foreign culture by working on foreign-language projects relating to questions and issues in international (business) communication.

Year two and three

In the second and third year of the IBC Bachelor’s programme, you will specialise more and take more advanced courses in the field of intercultural and international (business) communication. The language of instruction for your core curriculum courses will be English, but you will also take some practical and research-based language-specific courses in the foreign language of your choice (English, French, German or Spanish). In the third year, many Bachelor's in IBC students spend a semester abroad to improve their foreign-language proficiency and to gain more insights into the culture of the foreign language. Many students choose to do an internship with a national or international organisation. You will complete your Bachelor's in IBC degree with a thesis. For this thesis you will carry out a research project under the supervision of one of our lecturers.

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

1. International educational qualifications

Your diploma will be assessed on an individual basis in order to determine whether your previous education allows for admission. Should your diploma allow for admission, then you could be directly admissible or additional conditions may apply .

2. English language requirements

  • a Dutch VWO-diploma (or equivalent diploma with English in final examination)
  • an International Baccalaureate diploma;
  • a European Baccalaureate diploma, with at least the course English Language 1.
  • If you wish to take German: a Goethe-Zertifikat at CEFR level B2 or TestDaF at CEFR level B2-C1
  • If you wish to take French: a Certificate DELF (junior) at CEFR level A2

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7273 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7273 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.

Living costs for Nijmegen

880 - 1,400 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University. Please check which scholarship is applicable in your case.

Radboud Scholarship programme

The Radboud Scholarship Programme offers a select number of talented prospective non-EU/EEA students the opportunity to receive a scholarship to pursue a Bachelor's degree at Radboud University. The Radboud Scholarship Programme is very selective and is only intended for talented students who have obtained outstanding study results and are highly motivated to pursue a Bachelor's degree at Radboud University.

Visit our programme website for more information!

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.