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The award
BA

How long you will study
36 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 8300

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About Communication and Information Studies at University of Groningen

Communication is at the centre of human social action. From everyday family life to communication in organizations, our lives are shaped and organized through communication.

Communication plays a crucial role in society. How can people bepersuaded to live a healthy life? How can teachers find out whatstudents understand? How can doctors successfully communicate withlow-literate patients? These are all questions about Communicationdesign.

In the bachelor programme Communication and Information Studies(CIS) you will learn:

  • to find where communication succeeds or fails
  • to design and implement interventions to improvecommunication
  • to measure the success of these interventions.

CIS focuses on communication from a language perspective in thebroadest sense: CIS is about text, talk, gestures, pictures anddigital media.

Communication is not only about products, but also aboutprocesses involving people, attitudes and opinions. Therefore, you will receive a multidisciplinary training with elements fromlinguistics, psychology, sociology and marketing.

CIS is an international degree programme taught in English. You will be part of an international group of students. You willcollaborate with students abroad. And you will have guest lecturersfrom universities outside the Netherlands. The programme alsoprovides the possibility to follow a Dutch Track.

Communication is at the centre of human social action. From everyday family life to communication in organizations, our lives are shaped and organized through communication.

Communication plays a crucial role in society. How can people bepersuaded to live a healthy life? How can teachers find out whatstudents understand? How can doctors successfully communicate withlow-literate patients? These are all questions about Communicationdesign.

In the bachelor programme Communication and Information Studies(CIS) you will learn:

  • to find where communication succeeds or fails
  • to design and implement interventions to improvecommunication
  • to measure the success of these interventions.

CIS focuses on communication from a language perspective in thebroadest sense: CIS is about text, talk, gestures, pictures anddigital media.

Communication is not only about products, but also aboutprocesses involving people, attitudes and opinions. Therefore, you will receive a multidisciplinary training with elements fromlinguistics, psychology, sociology and marketing.

CIS is an international degree programme taught in English. You will be part of an international group of students. You willcollaborate with students abroad. And you will have guest lecturersfrom universities outside the Netherlands. The programme alsoprovides the possibility to follow a Dutch Track.

Communication is at the centre of human social action. From everyday family life to communication in organizations, our lives are shaped and organized through communication.

Communication plays a crucial role in society. How can people bepersuaded to live a healthy life? How can teachers find out whatstudents understand? How can doctors successfully communicate withlow-literate patients? These are all questions about Communicationdesign.

In the bachelor programme Communication and Information Studies(CIS) you will learn:

  • to find where communication succeeds or fails
  • to design and implement interventions to improvecommunication
  • to measure the success of these interventions.

CIS focuses on communication from a language perspective in thebroadest sense: CIS is about text, talk, gestures, pictures anddigital media.

Communication is not only about products, but also aboutprocesses involving people, attitudes and opinions. Therefore, you will receive a multidisciplinary training with elements fromlinguistics, psychology, sociology and marketing.

CIS is an international degree programme taught in English. You will be part of an international group of students. You willcollaborate with students abroad. And you will have guest lecturersfrom universities outside the Netherlands. The programme alsoprovides the possibility to follow a Dutch Track.

After your studies

Job prospects

As a graduate of Communication and Information Studies you arewell prepared for a career in many different places. Thanks to yourmultidisciplinary research training in communication design, you will be perfectly capable of contributing to every organization or company that aims for successful communication. You can work in thecommunication department of (governmental) organizations, businesscommunities, cultural organizations, non-profit organizations, andgovernment or you can find a job a

Job examples

  • Communications Officer
  • Communications Consultant
  • Editor
  • Communications Manager
  • Press Officer
  • Media Advisor
  • Web co-ordinator
  • Journalist
  • Marketing Manager
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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study36 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 8300

Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • CM
  • EM
  • NG
  • NT
  • HBO-p

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on allitems), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). LanguageCentre English Test (LCET) B2 on all items (preferably C1).

previous education

Any pre-university certificate like a Dutch VWO diploma, anInternational Baccalaureate or a German Abitur will grant youadmission to Communication and Information Studies.

Choice of degree programme check

The degree programme will organize a matching procedure. Attendance is compulsory. The advice is not binding.

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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