Communication - International Communication Management

  • 4 year
  • English
  • Bachelor
  • Full-time
Eindhoven

Are you fascinated by global society and how people interact in different cultures? At International Communication Management, you learn how organisations reach increasingly diverse groups through creative communication campaigns. You make sure they reach the right target group, through the right medium, to bring your message across.

About the programme

International Communication is a challenging and ever-changing field. In an international class with students from all over the world, you develop a unique perspective and outlook on the world of communication and branding. You learn to persuade, inform, and connect with people and organisations. Within the programme you work for real companies. And for them, you will be the catalyst that drives change. You do so under the supervision of reknowned lecturers with both academic and professional experience in communications.

Why study International Communication Management in the Netherlands?

  • Practice-oriented study programme that resembles the work place by combining group projects and individual assignments
  • You gain professional experience and build your network by working for real companies and a 5 month internship
  • Lots of attention for personal development and “soft skills”, such as collaboration, leadership, and providing and receiving feedback
  • International classroom with students from all over the world
 

What are you going to learn?

The world is changing, which requires new ideas and solutions. You have the passion and drive to think in other directions. This is what we will teach you. You learn everything about International Communication Management, but also what your talents are and how to use these to the fullest. We do this by offering several modules:

  • Skills, such as creative writing, collaboration, presenting, conducting research, and critical thinking
  • Knowledge, such as communication theory, media, marketing communication, and social psychology
  • Projects for real clients
  • An optimal mix of seminars, group projects, individual assignments, and self-study
 
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Student Puck about this programme

“A multicultural learning environment provides me with many opportunities to further my communications skills.''

 

What does your study week look like?

At Fontys, you don’t merely study from books. You always apply what you’ve learned in practice. During lessons lecturers challenge you to ask questions, join discussions and participate in creative brainstorm sessions. This inspiring learning environment will encourage an independent and critical way of thinking that is highly valued by employers.

 

Student Elena about studying at Fontys:

"Entering the doors of Fontys you can feel the place inviting you to explore yourself and the world."

 

Courses

Year 1 teaches you about the wide scope of communication. Each study period focuses on a particular theme in which students work on projects for real clients and companies. The themes are:

  • Media
  • Branding and Activation
  • Reputations and Relations
  • Content and Creation

We work on practical assignments and provide you with the tools, insights and hands-on experience to take on communication projects. After year 1, you understand the terminology and are able to specialise in parts of the field of communication that suit you best.

Year 2 is all about deepening your knowledge. We built on the insights you have gained in year 1, and we will cover more advanced topics, such as crisis communication and brand strategy. In the second part of the year, you will follow intensive courses on storytelling and online communications, and you will take part in a strategy challenge. In year 2, you will transition from a generalist into a communication expert.

Year 3 can be best described as a year of exploration and specialisation. You spend 5 months working as an intern in a company in the Netherlands or abroad. The internship is a great way to customise the study programme, as you can choose the company yourself. We also provide a list of companies we have worked with before.

During the second half of the year, students follow a minor. This allows students to expand their study programme with subjects that are offered at other universities. Students can opt for a minor offered at Fontys, a minor offered by a university in the Netherlands, or a minor offered by one of our partner universities abroad. We have established partnership agreements with universities all over the world.

In your final year, you and a team of students will work as independent communication specialists. You take on projects for real clients and build your portfolio. For each project, you decide whether you will work individually or you gather a team of students to help organisations with their communication issues. Throughout the year, you will be able to show your skills as a communications manager and prove to be ready for the next step in your career.

 

 

Career opportunities

Organisations need communication professionals to tell their story and to connect with customers, citizens or people in their target group. This is possible at any kind of organisation, such as multinationals and local companies, but also governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Thanks to your internship and graduation year, you will already have 1.5 years of professional experience.

These are some examples of professions of an ICM graduate:

  • Communications manager
  • Social media specialist
  • Event manager
  • Concept developer
  • Copywriter
 

Requirements

Language requirements

For the English taught programmes, the minimum English language proficiency required is explained in the table below:

TEST Bachelor's students
IELTS 6.0 (academic level)
TOEFL paper 550
TOEFL computer 213
TOEFL internet 79/80
TOEIC* 670
Cambridge ESOL CAE-C

* only if the units 'Speaking and Writing' and 'Listening and Reading' have been passed succesfully.

The level of English proficiency must always meet the entry requirements for the chosen Fontys course. Fontys always reserves the right to require a language proficiency test for all categories of applicants.

Exemptions

Some applicants can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test results:

  • Candidates with a Dutch MBO-4, HAVO- or VWO-diploma
  • EEA/EU candidates with diplomas from certain countries are exempted from the language test. Find the lit of diplomas and countries here
  • Applicants whose previous education was English-taught, and taken in a country in which English is an official language
  • Applicants whose mother tongue is English.

Language requirements

For the English taught programmes, the minimum English language proficiency required is explained in the table below:

TEST Bachelor's students
IELTS 6.0 (academic level)
TOEFL paper 550
TOEFL computer 213
TOEFL internet 79/80
TOEIC* 670
Cambridge ESOL CAE-C

* only if the units 'Speaking and Writing' and 'Listening and Reading' have been passed succesfully.

The level of English proficiency must always meet the entry requirements for the chosen Fontys course. Fontys always reserves the right to require a language proficiency test for all categories of applicants.

Exemptions

Some applicants can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test results:

  • Candidates with a Dutch MBO-4, HAVO- or VWO-diploma
  • EEA/EU candidates with diplomas from certain countries are exempted from the language test. Find the lit of diplomas and countries here
  • Applicants whose previous education was English-taught, and taken in a country in which English is an official language
  • Applicants whose mother tongue is English.

Visa

As a non-EU/EEA student, the Netherlands will require an Entry Visa* (MVV) and a Residence Permit. Fontys will apply onbehalf of its students for these documents. We recommend that you start withe process early, i.e. approximately three month before you plan to enter the Netherlands.

*except nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, the USA and Vatican City State.

Language requirements for Dutch students

For the English taught programmes, the minimum English language proficiency required. As an applicant with a Dutch MBO-4, HAVO- or VWO-diploma you can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test.

Costs

The tuition fees indicator helps you to determine the tuition rate for your situation. The information and tuition rates from this indicator are without engagement.

For the 2021-2022 academic year, you can count on a one-time discount on tuition fees from the ‘Nationaal Programma Onderwijs’. Do you want to know what this means for you personally? Check the tuition fees indicator to see how high your tuition fees are for academic year 2021-2022.

A distinction is made between statutory tuition fees and institutional tuition fees. Only if you satisfy all statutory requirements regarding your nationality and if you have not yet been awarded a degree, will you be eligible for statutory tuition fees. Via the tuition fees indicator, you can secure an indication of the type of tuition fees that will be applicable in your situation. To do so, please make use of the indicator above.

Distinctions are made between the following types of Institutional Tuition Fees:
• Low institutional tuition fees 
• High institutional tuition fees

These different types of tuition fees and the Exemption Regulations are fully detailed in the

    The amount to be paid may vary in accordance with the following situations:
    • If you have enrolled in more than one course programme (at Fontys and/or elsewhere), it is possible that you may only be obliged to pay one set of statutory tuition fees.
    • If you believe that you may be eligible to pay only the statutory tuition fees on the basis of information that may be unknown to us, please report this to your Course Department.
    • If it later transpires that you do not meet the requirements for statutory tuition fees, you will be obliged to pay the (higher) institutional tuition fees and if this is the case, you will be notified accordingly.



    Fontys currently offers several scholarships for Non-Eu / Non-EEA students. You might also be eligible for other scholarships not provided by Fontys. These can be found on Grantfinder.nl

    Paying in instalments

    Collection will take place in a maximum of ten equal instalments on or around the 26th of the month. Depending upon the processing time required after your enrolment, the direct debit may need to be moved to the following month. If so, the amount outstanding will then be divided and added to the remaining instalments to be executed until and including the June instalment.

    If paying the full sum in a single payment

    If you commence your studies on 1 September, the direct debit pertaining to your Tuition Fees will be executed on or around 25 September. If you commence your studies after 1 September, the direct debit will be executed on or around the 26th of the month in which you commence your studies.

    Non EU students

    Incoming Non EU students will receive a payment letter from their study department which must be paid before the deadline. In the following academic years payment can be done by direct debit.

    The Dutch currency unit is the Euro (i.e. abbreviated to ‘EUR’ or ‘€’).

    The average living expenses per month for a foreign student living and studying in Holland are between EUR 900 and EUR 1,100 per month. These living expenses cover rent, insurance, food, public transportation, books, clothing and other general costs. 

    Costs within the first months upon arrival will be higher than all other months due to a housing deposit, intro week and books. Study books are usually bought at the start of the semester and therefore it is wise to reserve and have direct access to an amount at the start of the semester which can cover the price of all study books and the living expenses for the first two months. 

    How to apply

    All applications for our programmes have to be conducted via www.studielink.nl. Studielink is an online portal that allows applicants to apply and maintain their registration whenever they want to.

    The application process may differ for EU and Non-EU students, please read below what applies for you.

    Application deadlines

    February intake September intake
    15 November 15 May

    Start your online application

    • Log in to Studielink: www.studielink.nl.
    • Submit your personal details (please ensure that you enter your names as stated on your passport and/or identity card), ensuring that all details are entered correctly, i.e. capital letters where required.
    • Add 'New Enrolment Application': mind you choose the correct intake (September 2021 or February 2022).
    • Add your previous education and answer the supplementary questions.
    Educational institution Fontys Hogescholen
    Location of educational institution
    Programme

    February intake September intake
    If you want us to arrange accomodation
    If you arrange accomodation yourself

    Start your online application

    • Log in to Studielink: www.studielink.nl.
    • Submit your personal details (please ensure that you enter your names as stated on your passport and/or identity card), ensuring that all details are entered correctly, i.e. capital letters where required.
    • Add 'New Enrolment Application': mind you choose the correct intake (September 2021 or February 2022).
    • Add your previous education and answer the supplementary questions.

    Within Studielink, choose this option:

    Educational institution Fontys Hogescholen
    Location of educational institution
    Programme

     

    More about Communication - International Communication Management

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    The situation and guidelines resulting from the corona pandemic are constantly changing, also for higher education. One thing we know for sure: in the new academic year we will have to observe the 1.5 metre distance rule in our buildings and on campus for the time being. We are adapting our education accordingly so that a good mix of face to face education on location and online education is created.
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