International Bachelor Communication and Media


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Program Description

Erasmus School Communication and Media

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) guarantees all prospective students and re-enrolling students that all education will be offered as of 1 September 2020; online, physically on campus, or in a blended form. All exams will be also taking place, if necessary, in an adapted form. We hope this message reassures you that in case of ongoing travel restrictions, you will still be able to participate in our educational activities digitally.

International Bachelor Communication and Media

The International Bachelor Communication and Media at Erasmus University Rotterdam: a great place to start building your future in this dynamic field!

Why Communication and Media at Erasmus University Rotterdam?

You choose this programme because:

  • it provides the skills required for a successful career in this dynamic field;
  • it offers an international perspective and study environment;
  • you want to be at the cutting edge of the discipline;
  • you value the opportunity to go on an exchange;
  • it is staffed by highly qualified, international lecturers.

Content of the programme

The International Bachelor Communication and Media takes a comparative, international approach to communication and media. Thanks to the programme's small-scale and personal set-up, its balance between practical and academical skills, its options for customisation, exchange and the compulsory internship, graduates are well prepared for both advanced studies as well as for a career in a number of fields, such as marketing, management, corporate communications, public relations, internal communications, government, public affairs, journalism, entertainment and the arts.

Within IBCoM, every individual is unique, but they all share international ambitions and a passion for communication and media.

IBcom in a nutshell

IBCoM in a nutshell

  • tight-knit community;
  • IBCoMpanions (buddy system);
  • small (work)groups, personal attention;
  • required internship;
  • customisable programme;
  • possibility to go on exchange.

The curriculum

The Communications and Media programme’s academic year is divided into four terms, starting in September and finishing at the end of June. Each term is comprised of three different courses. This not only ensures that the workload and exams are spread evenly throughout the year but also encourages you to work in a disciplined and effective way. The International Bachelor Communication and Media facilitates and stimulates cooperative learning. It also encourages you to think critically and generate new knowledge, rather than simply accumulating facts. All courses feature a combination of instruction, interaction and practical training, including applying theoretical knowledge to actual cases. You will also have the opportunity to work in groups and to develop your team skills.

Programme information

Field of study: Communication, Media, Business, Humanities, Arts, Social Science.

Keywords: Communication; (new) media; business; research; creative industry; organizations; journalism; public relations; politics; globalization; society; exchange; international; interactive; personal; flexible; multicultural.

Qualification: Bachelor of Science (BSc) Duration: 3 years = 36 months full-time

Course Load: 180 ECTS-credits = 60 ECTS-credits (EC) per year, IEC = 28 hours

Language of instruction: Fully taught in English

Accreditation EUR: ranked in top 100 of Times Higher Education and QS Rankings

Distinctions: NVAO certificate on internationalization

After graduation: Master’s programmes within and outside Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication can be accessed with a specific Elective and/or Minor in the student’s field of interest. A substantial amount of courses in the field is always required.

Erasmus School

Destination information

The Netherlands: 16.9 million inhabitants, 200 different nationalities, 91% speaks English

Rotterdam: 625,000 inhabitants, 175 different nationalities

Erasmus University: 28,047 students, 114 different nationalities

IBCoM: 550 students, more than 70 different nationalities

University life

Facilities: Erasmus University Rotterdam offers a wide range of campus facilities and services ranging from the sports building to the Language & Training Centre, as well as housing, a food court and supermarket, bicycle repair shop, computer rooms, copy shops, a hairdresser, a prayer room and several libraries. A doctor and dentist are close by.

Activities: Students can join numerous study-related and social activities throughout the year, such as conferences and seminars, drinks, study trips, music sessions, lectures and language courses organized by different (student) associations at Erasmus University.

IBCoM for incoming students: IBCoM students will be assigned an IBCoMpanion, who will be available for questions and help throughout the summer and the first semester of the Bachelor 1 year. Furthermore, there are orientation activities to help new students get to know the city, the programme and each other. Within IBCoM, there is a strong sense of community, also known as the IBCoMmunity.

Erasmus School Communication and Media

Admission and application

Application deadlines: 15 January 2021 (early), 1 April 2021 (ultimate)

Selection: a limited number of students with a strong motivation, international background, ambition and interest

Practical information

Tuition fee:

€2.168 for EEA students; €7.500 for non-EEA students.


€500-€600 per month. Both on- and off-campus student housing is offered. Students will be assisted by the university to find suitable housing.

Health Insurance:

It is mandatory by Dutch law to have health insurance.

Additional Costs:

Flight(s) and/or travel arrangements, books, materials, and personal expenses are not included in the tuition fee.

Visa/Residence permit:

A visa and/or residence permit is required for students from outside the EEA. Students will be assisted by the university to get a visa and/or residence permit.

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Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

The Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication hosts the Departments of History, Arts and Culture Studies, and Media & Communication of Erasmus University. Accordingly, the Faculty condu ... Read More

The Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication hosts the Departments of History, Arts and Culture Studies, and Media & Communication of Erasmus University. Accordingly, the Faculty conducts research in the fields of history, arts and culture, and media and communication. Read less