• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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  • One of the key competences of communication professionals these days is to understand and successfully employ the relation between media use and communication processes. 
  • In the Communication and Information Studies - Language and Media programme from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you will study new phenomena in media use and international communication and develop a thorough theoretical understanding of communication.
  • Both new and old media are used in an increasingly globalized world, and communication takes place more and more in an international context. Such international communication does not only involve different languages, but also different cultures, even between English-speaking countries. 
  • Moreover, all around the world different varieties of English are emerging, each with their own characteristics. In business settings, international colleagues interact using a so-called lingua franca, typically English. This is why several courses in our programme will focus on the role of English as a lingua franca in international communication. 

You Future Prospects

You will be able to advise companies on their communication strategies, and evaluate products delivered by advertising agencies. Other career opportunities include jobs such as web editor, webcare manager and sentiment analist, and new tasks created by new and social media. In more traditional fields there is a need for business writers, editors, market researchers and copywriters. 

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

Course include:
  • Communication in organizations

  • English and international communication
  • Spanish and international communication
  • Media & journalism (Dutch), specializations:
  • Media analysis

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements


  • A diploma equivalent to the Dutch pre-university VWO diplomaPlease note: this list is meant to give you an indication of admissibility; no rights can be derived from it. Applicants who do not meet this criterion may be asked to sit (an) entry exam(s) to prove they are eligible for admission. 
  • Proof of sufficient proficiency in EnglishAlthough complete applications are preferred, you can begin your application before you have completed the test and then submit your passing score once you have been conditionally admitted. 
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      8796 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 8796 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
    • EU/EEA

      2143 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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    Living costs for Amsterdam

    • 1000 - 1500 EUR/month
      Living Costs

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


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