Why this programme

International Bachelor Communication and Media
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Explore the world of media and its social, political, economic, and cultural impact. Pursue opportunities for international exchange, and go on to advanced studies or a top-flight career in media and communications.

The International Bachelor Communication and Media (IBCoM) at Erasmus University takes a comparative, international approach to communication and media studies. The IBCoM programme is taught exclusively in English to a diverse student body from all corners of the world. With extensive opportunities for international exchanges, internships and customisation of the programme, IBCoM is an excellent stepping stone to advanced studies or a career in media, communications and related fields.

Another distinctive feature is our "IBCoMmunity". Interaction and connection between students is what makes IBCoM thrive as a programme. Your fellow students now will be your colleagues in the future. Therefore, IBCoM aims to be more than just an educational programme; it provides its students with opportunities to make friends, build professional networks, achieve personal growth, and develop their knowledge and skills in communication by engaging with all kinds of people and a variety of viewpoints.

5 Reasons to study IBCoM at the EUR

Prospective students often ask what makes IBCoM different compared to other communication and media bachelors in the Netherlands and elsewhere. Below you can find out more about IBCoM’s distinctive features.

  • IBCoM has not only an internationally highly diverse student population and staff, but also a truly international curriculum, which pays due attention to the international and intercultural dimensions of communication and media;
  • next to a top-notch academic education, you will receive ample practical skills training through specialized workshops - e.g. in communication management and new media production - and the internship you will take in your second year;
  • you will join a close-knit programme in which no student is anonymous or left behind, because IBCoM provides student-centred teaching, personalized attention from both academic and support staff, and a wide range of social activities;
  • you will have many extracurricular options that will help you to further develop your skills and interests, such as taking on an extra academic challenge in the IBCoM Honours Programme, writing for our IBCoMagazine, being a mentor and leader in the IBCoMpanion Programme, working as an Ambassador, serving on committees and councils, and more;
  • IBCoM embraces an interdisciplinary approach, offering a strong basis in communication and media studies, while reaching out to other disciplines and study areas such as economics and business, psychology, political science, international relations, sociology, and arts and culture studies. As a result, upon graduation, you will have many opportunities for advanced studies within and beyond the field of communication and media.

More distinctive features 

IBCoM has many other features to be proud of, for example:

  • IBCoM is the only programme that has been awarded the Distinctive Quality Feature Internationalisation (NVAO) and the European Certificate for Quality in Internationalisation (ECA), based on the international focus of its curriculum and the international diversity of its students and staff;
  • IBCoM is the highest rated programme by international experts in the field;
  • IBCoM students perform much better in their 1st year and throughout their studies than students in comparable programmes;

  • IBCoM is highly appreciated by its students for both the academic education and the practical skills training that it offers;
  • IBCoM has the strongest focus on the international labor market;
  • IBCoM offers all third year students the option to study abroad for a semester at one of our partner universities worldwide. IBCoM has enough spots for all students to go on exchange, and there is at least one partner university on each continent;
  • IBCoM is located in the coolest city in the Netherlands… at least, that’s what we think!

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Word from our students

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Hanna Kimmel

Hanna Kimmel - Alumna International Bachelor Communication and Media

The research method courses have helped me in thinking strategically about a number of challenges the NPO faces in the current environment.
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The research method courses have helped me in thinking strategically about a number of challenges the NPO faces in the current environment.

Ever since I was young, I found media a very interesting subject and I wanted to expand my horizon by studying in an international environment. The choice to study IBCoM was therefore not a difficult one for me, as it brought these two aspects perfectly together. The international environment is one of the things I liked most about IBCoM; it was very interesting to hear different perspectives on things. Of course, the opportunity to go on exchange, to Leeds (UK) was a very valuable experience as well, and one of my highlights during the three years at IBCoM.

After completing my bachelor’s in Communication and Media, I decided to continue my education at Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication by joining the Master Media & Business. One of the courses I followed was Media Policy, which prepared me well for my current job: Senior Advisor Strategy & Policy at the NPO, the Dutch Public Broadcaster. It certainly helped as well that I did my Master Thesis on public values in the online world, as this is a question the NPO grapples with. It is a very interesting time to be working at a public broadcaster: what does it mean to try and fulfill a public service purpose in a world where the choice in entertainment options is abundant and commercial international corporations play an increasingly important role in the life of Dutch citizens? It is very interesting and rewarding to get to think about this on a daily basis.

The research method courses during IBCoM have proven to be very valuable. Not because I do a lot of academic research in my current job, but because it helped me in developing analytical and critical thinking skills. This now enables me to think strategically about a number of challenges the NPO faces in the current environment. The course Media Systems also fits well with my current job. The way the public broadcasting system in the Netherlands is structured, makes much more sense when you have completed this course.

A piece of advice to all current and prospective students: always do the reading assigned to a course. Not because it’s obligatory but because it’s genuinely interesting and helps you to appreciate the subject you are studying more fully.

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Monique Jørgensen

Monique Jørgensen - Student International Bachelor Communication and Media

IBCoM teaches you to have a critical perspective, meaning that what you learn exceeds the classroom and becomes a part of your daily thinking in life. It makes me reflect on and question things and use real-life examples in my assignments.
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IBCoM teaches you to have a critical perspective, meaning that what you learn exceeds the classroom and becomes a part of your daily thinking in life. It makes me reflect on and question things and use real-life examples in my assignments.

Why did you decide to study IBCoM?

I chose IBCoM because it spoke to me in many ways, primarily because of the international environment. With truly international professors and mixed classrooms, the teaching offers so many transcending perspectives. The discussions we have are based on academic articles, which come to life during discussions. It really shows you how people have diverse perspectives, and I am learning so much from viewing the world in new ways.

What do you find most interesting about IBCoM?

Some of the moments I enjoy the most are when I walk out of a lecture full of new and wondering thoughts. IBCoM teaches you to have a critical perspective, meaning that what you learn exceeds the classroom and becomes a part of your daily thinking in life. It makes me reflect on and question things and use real-life examples in my assignments.

What kind of struggles did you encounter and how did you dealt with them?

I think one of the challenges to IBCoM is that it is so diverse. It is hard to define exactly how communication is used and how important it is, nonetheless, we all know it is a big part of human life. As I embraced more courses and met scholars, I see how many positions are offered to communication scholars and the many interesting and forceful assignments people can work with afterward. It makes me more certain that the field is valued, and that the degree can bring me many options with great potential.

IBCoM has already given me such options and taken me in an exciting direction, as I have been able to start an internship besides my studies in a consultancy firm. Later, I will be able to try this full-time since it is a part of the IBCoM curriculum too.

Finally, the city of Rotterdam supports the international spirit and offers creative people many outlooks. For me, moving abroad also meant exploring more things and places on a daily basis, without it being limited to traveling, as Rotterdam has excellent art museums and vibrant places to go.

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Lara Voinovska

Lara Voinovska - Student International Bachelor Communication and Media

IBCoM is filled with such interconnected and interesting courses that you truly have the feeling that the bachelor is a whole and not just a dispersed combination of courses
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IBCoM is filled with such interconnected and interesting courses that you truly have the feeling that the bachelor is a whole and not just a dispersed combination of courses

Why did you decide to study IBCoM?

I chose IBCoM due to the unique combination of both communication and media that make IBCoM a truly enticing program that encourages self-development and critical thinking in a variety of fields. Choosing IBCoM means that you are ready to follow an unabating academic path that provides a knowledgeable satisfaction in any following pursuits.

What do you find most interesting about IBCoM?

What I find most interesting is the learning approach that is used through many different outlets such as classic lectures, tutorials and seminars. Also, the structure of the programme itself that provides students with a chance to pursue an internship and go on exchange is quite different and appealing to me. However, the programme itself is filled with such interconnected and interesting courses that you truly have the feeling that IBCoM is a whole and not just a dispersed combination of courses.

What kind of struggles did you encounter and how did you dealt with them?

As an international student, the main challenge I thought I would face was integrating in the Dutch culture. Luckily the international environment at Erasmus eased my worries and incorporating myself in the social life was seamless. Any struggles that might appear along the way in IBCoM or generally Erasmus are almost unnoticeable thanks to the support provided by peers and staff.

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Samir Abdullayev

Student International Bachelor Communication and Media

During my first year IBCoM, I discovered that I want to pursue a career in journalism. I joined IBCoM not being certain with my career goals, so I am thankful that the bachelor assisted me in making my choices!
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During my first year IBCoM, I discovered that I want to pursue a career in journalism. I joined IBCoM not being certain with my career goals, so I am thankful that the bachelor assisted me in making my choices!

A few years before starting my studies at Erasmus University, I visited Rotterdam with my family during my summer break. The city immediately captured my heart: so vibrant yet relaxing, so thrilling yet peaceful. Moreover, experiencing the Woudestein campus and its facilities was unique, since not every university in the Netherlands has a private campus! After that summer break, I instantly got the impression that this is where I want to start the next chapter of my life.

Interdisciplinair 

What I appreciate about the International Bachelor Communication and Media is its interdisciplinarity. It covers various fields of study, which is helpful towards determining career paths. During my first year, I discovered that I want to pursue a career in journalism. I joined IBCoM not being certain about my career goals, so I am thankful that the bachelor assisted me in making my choices.

IBCoMpanion programme

Given the fact that I have never lived abroad prior to moving to Rotterdam, settling in and making friends was quite a challenge. I was unsure about how to spend my time besides studying. Nonetheless, IBCoM truly puts in effort to ensure that incoming students engage with their environment and immerse themselves in studying and socializing. One example is the IBCoMpanion programme, in which second-year IBCoM students’ mentor first-year students, share their study experiences, and organise events aimed at inclusivity of the first-year IBCoM students. It was an incredibly helpful experience and so entertaining to the point that as a second-year student, I am an IBCoMpanion myself!

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Emma Scheid

Emma Scheid - Student International Bachelor Media and Communication

I look forward to putting the theory I learned thus far into practice during the internship and expanding my horizon by making new friends and being part of new experiences during the exchange.
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I look forward to putting the theory I learned thus far into practice during the internship and expanding my horizon by making new friends and being part of new experiences during the exchange.

After spending my gap year travelling and meeting new people from different backgrounds, I wanted to remain that international environment during my studies. When first visiting the Woudestein campus I already felt that the international spirit advertised towards the outside was readily recognizable towards the insight. Afterwards, it did not take me long to realize that the international Bachelor Communication and Media fulfilled all the expectation I had.

Not only does IBCoM offer a very diverse curriculum which allows you to explore a broad range of fields and career paths, but it also encourages you to follow your personal interests by choosing your own Focus Areas. I look forward to putting the theory I learned thus far into practice during the internship and expanding my horizon by making new friends and being part of new experiences during the exchange.

Aside the academics, learning with and from people from all over the world while being accommodated with openness, tolerance, and helpfulness, is what makes being part of the IBCoMmunity truly exciting! As an international student myself, I know how overwhelming it can be to start your studies abroad.

Especially since I started my studies during the pandemic, I was worried about my academic performance and not being able to settle down in Rotterdam. Looking back this concern was unjustified. Through the support and efforts from EUR as well as my fellow students I quickly felt comfortable and confident, at the university as well as in my personal life!

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Paul Hartwig

Paul Hartwig - Student International Bachelor Communication and Media

As my fellow students are also future colleagues, the study helps to develop a diverse and extended network.
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As my fellow students are also future colleagues, the study helps to develop a diverse and extended network.

After visiting Rotterdam for the first time, I immediately knew that I wanted to study there. Being from a small town in Germany, the international atmosphere about Rotterdam was something I also wanted to reflect on in my study choice. It then didn’t take long for me to discover and go for the International Bachelor Communication and Media. It connects an international environment with a diverse curriculum that enables me to get insights into various career paths.

Nowadays, I have friends from all over the globe, which is helpful for my personal life, but I also believe that I can benefit from it career-wise. As my fellow students are also future colleagues, the study helps to develop a diverse and extended network. This is supported by the internship and the student exchange, which are also both part of the study and help you further familiarize yourself with topics of your preference. The favourite part about this study program is that it allows you to go into many different directions in the future. Which means that you can decide during your studies what the right career path for yourself personally is.

It is also important to mention that living abroad and in an international environment can be overwhelming at the start if you have never done so before. Cultural differences can lead to unknown situations, which require adaptation, respect and experience. However, this is also part of being an international student and building your own character, which is why I think IBCoM offers the perfect foundation for personal growth.

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Jerick Kelly

Jerick Kelly - Student International Bachelor Communication and Media

Students who have an affinity for media and communication are bound to be a match with this program, as they can fully immerse themselves in how these fields interact with other fields.
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Students who have an affinity for media and communication are bound to be a match with this program, as they can fully immerse themselves in how these fields interact with other fields.

For me, the International Bachelor Communication and Media for me was an unexpected choice. I heard about the program through a friend, and I signed up for an Open Day after researching the curriculum a bit. After attending the lectures and talking to students I was fully convinced that IBCoM was the perfect study for me. From that point forward I’ve given IBCoM my full attention.

One of the most interesting parts of IBCoM for me is the agency granted to students when it comes to their course selection procedure. And the ability to delve into many institutional fields such as business, politics, and entertainment. Students who have an affinity for media and communication are bound to be a match with this program, as they can fully immerse themselves in how these fields interact with other fields.

One of the many lessons IBCoM has taught me is to how to be adaptable to change. Once the program starts you will start a constant process of change; you will have new ideas, beliefs, and habits. Once you reach the second year of IBCoM your academic and professional career will start to flourish in ways you didn’t even consider. Your determination and motivation will guide you to new extremes while creating irreplaceable memories with your international classmates.

Nali Majani

Nali Majani - Student International Bachelor Communication and Media

The most exciting aspects of IBCoM have been the teaching style at Erasmus University, which is very engaging. Aside from teaching, the environment at Erasmus is very social, which is an encouraging aspect for me being an international student far away from home.
The most exciting aspects of IBCoM have been the teaching style at Erasmus University, which is very engaging. Aside from teaching, the environment at Erasmus is very social, which is an encouraging aspect for me being an international student far away from home.

I have always strived for an international degree and I was sure about studying in Europe. But I wasn’t sure where I wanted to study. On the recommendation of family and friends, I paid a visit to Rotterdam and  there I knew that I had made the right choice applying to Erasmus. Not only did the IBCoM programme cover a lot of areas I was interested in, but the student body was diverse as well. The presence of an international community was a sign that other students were also seeing the value in the programme.

A broad foundation

Starting my first year was exciting. I was worried about the statistical courses because, although I was good in Math, it is a subject that does not come effortlessly to me. Thankfully, the course material is set up in a way that makes it easy to follow and gave me the necessary skills to carry out quantitative research. Furthermore, the first year provided me with a broad foundation in several aspects, which allows you to choose your specialization in your second year with insight into all the possibilities.

The teaching style at Erasmus

The most exciting aspects of IBCoM have been the teaching style at Erasmus University, which is very engaging. Also, the onus is put on students to pursue work within their own schedules, this teaches you the self-responsibility you need to succeed professionally, even after completing university. Aside from teaching, the environment at Erasmus is very social, which is an encouraging aspect for me being an international student far away from home.

Opportunity to live abroad

I am interested in marketing and advertising and I have therefore focused my assignments on this area, and I will most likely choose my elective courses in this field as well. Furthermore, I am looking forward to going on exchange in the third year and having the opportunity to live abroad! There are so many options and choices that I haven’t decided yet on where I would like to go, but regardless I am looking forward to exploring another culture for six months and broaden my international orientation!

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Noelle Pelletier

Noelle Pelletier - Student International Bachelor Communication and Media

Aside from academics, the IBCoM community has been the highlight of my time at Erasmus. I have found a new home in the welcoming student body, and have made friends that I hope to keep for the rest of my life.
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Aside from academics, the IBCoM community has been the highlight of my time at Erasmus. I have found a new home in the welcoming student body, and have made friends that I hope to keep for the rest of my life.

I’m sure many of you have struggled to find the perfect university programme to pursue after high school and I’m here to tell you that I was no different! In fact, I tried two different fields of study before I found the perfect match for me; IBCoM.

This program will provide you with a variety of timeless foundational skills, such as professional writing and critical thinking, and teach them in combination with important social issues that our society faces today, such as the impacts of social media, political landscapes, and the future of globalization. For the first time in my life, I feel passionate about what I am studying and feel that I am being provided with skills and knowledge that will positively impact the world.

IBCoMmunity
Aside from academics, the IBCoM community has been the highlight of my time at Erasmus. I have found a new home in the welcoming student body and have made friends that I hope to keep for the rest of my life. The exceptional diversity at IBCoM has expanded my knowledge of other cultures and has allowed me to consider global issues from new perspectives.

I can wholeheartedly say that my time in this program has been the best post high school experience and has exceeded my expectations both academically and socially. I have discovered new personal interests and developed exciting and unexpected ambitions for my future.

Jesper Pronk

Jesper Pronk - Alumnus International Bachelor Communication and Media

Try to find where your interests really lie before choosing which jobs to apply for.
Try to find where your interests really lie before choosing which jobs to apply for.

For which organisation are you currently employed and what is your job title?

RTL Nederland, Management Trainee

What main tasks do you perform?
During my traineeship of 18 months I will be working 6 months each for a different department within RTL. The first period I have worked as a project lead and data analyst at Videoland and RTL XL, RTL’s video on demand platforms. Working in multidisciplinary teams, I was responsible for setting up a new marketing project, managing a migration of a set of customers as well as analysing user behaviour, product features and A/B tests. Currently I am working as a data analyst at RTL Nieuws, the TV and online news department of RTL. Here I will be working towards better personalisation on our various online platforms by using the different data sources RTL has at its disposal as well as optimising user engagement. 

What made you decide to choose for a master (rather than immediately pursuing a career) after IBCoM?
Next to the expectation of employers in the Dutch Labour Market that you have completed a master degree, I also felt that it would better prepare myself for my future career if I had some more theoretical knowledge about my field of interest, in my case being Media & Business.

How long did it take for you to find a job after graduation? How did you find your job?
I already had a part-time job as a (social) media analyst during my studies, at which I could continue working during after completing my master. After that I quit that job to go on a three month-long trip to the other side of the world. Once I came back I started looking for jobs, leading to my application for the Management Traineeship at RTL a few weeks later, which ended up with me actually getting the job I wanted.

Is there a connection between what you have learned in IBCoM and your work? If so, how would you describe it?
Yes, there certainly is. I think IBCoM gave me a wide base of knowledge in the field of global communication and media, which combined with my own interest in the topic, still helps me in keeping up with market developments that are relevant for my current position at a major media company in a market that sits in the middle of vast (technological) disruption.

What advice would you give current IBCoM students about entering the labour market?
Try to find where your interests really lie before choosing which jobs to apply for. Does the company fit with your ideals and interests? Does the role give you enough opportunity to improve your skills and learn new things? Do you get responsibility for the work you deliver? If a job doesn’t feel right for whatever reason you can think of, it probably isn’t right for you at this early stage of your career. I don’t believe there’s something as a dream job, but I do think that working should be fun, so try to always keep that in mind!
 

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