During your study

International Bachelor Communication and Media
IBCoM student on campus

On this page you’ll find information on activities and possibilities during your studies. For example, you will kick off your studies with a series of introduction activities to get to know your fellow classmates, your lecturers, and the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Furthermore, when you scroll down, you can find more about the possibilities to personalise your bachelor.


Year 1: introduction activities

What better way is there to get to know your fellow students and Erasmus University Rotterdam than during the introductory activities organised by ESHCC? We organise multiple activities, such as an official welcome session, social meetups and the bachelor bootcamp and of course you'll get to know the campus and all the systems you'll work with during your studies.

Year 2 and 3: personalise your study

IBCoM offers extensive opportunities to personalise your bachelor, think of your focus area, an internship and international exchange. Furthermore, you can choose from a variety of different extracurricular options that will help you to further develop your skills and interests. Scroll down to learn more about the different options.

Personal guidance within IBCoM

Within IBCoM, we value personal attention and guidance. We believe it is important to provide students with an opportunity to contact our student advisor for advice, guidance, and support.

Whether you want to talk about personal circumstances, get advice on how to improve your study skills, or would like to discuss the options available during your studies, you are most welcome to schedule an appointment with our student advisor. You can talk about what is on your mind in an open and secure setting. This can help you organize your thoughts or just get something of your chest. Please note that everything that is discussed remains confidential and will only be disclosed to others with express consent by the student, as we adhere to the code of conduct of the national association of student advisors (LVSA). The student advisor can also refer you to other counsellors or experts, if necessary.


As an IBCoM student you will be required to take an internship at the end of your second year. This internship will enable you to train the practical application of your academic knowledge and skills and to connect your coursework with the professional world. Furthermore, you can build a professional network.

You can take on a specialised internship in a variety of work fields including: public relations, marketing, management, sales, communications, government, public affairs, education, journalism, the art world, and the media and creative industries. Students of IBCoM already did internships at:

You can complete your internship in the Netherlands or abroad. In recent years, over 30% of our students took their internships outside of the Netherlands.  There are ample opportunities, which is why our internship coordinator is there to help you find your way.


I loved working with a community that strives towards a more peaceful and just world in a myriad of facets, engaging and talking to professionals who I look up to, and expanding my network in a professional realm.
Portrait picture of Mara Forster

International exchange

Have you ever thought about living and studying abroad for a semester? Within IBCoM we highly value this opportunity to go on exchange and encourage all of our students to do so!

Immersing yourself in a new culture, getting to know a different country, studying in a completely different environment, and above all, getting to meet new people from across the world... Does this sound exciting to you? Exchange is the perfect opportunity to challenge yourself, get out of your comfort zone and take the next step towards being a global citizen.

IBCoM collaborates with more than 90 universities across the globe. Any course you take during your exchange are counted toward your EUR study programme and you will not be required to pay additional tuition fees.

Living in a different culture helps you develop as a person. It is a unique opportunity, and those do not come often. I’d say go for it!
Picture of IBCoM Student Alexander Baanen

IBCoM Honours Programme

Are you looking for an additional academic challenge? Do you want to go beyond the IBCoM curriculum and dive into current social issues or ‘hot’ topics from a media and communications perspective? Then the IBCoM Honours Programme is definitely something for you!

The IBCoM Honours Programme (‘the HP’) is an extra-credit course in the second year of the IBCoM programme that runs from September to April. The HP is open—by invitation only—to IBCoM’s most talented and highly motivated students. It aims to give these students access to opportunities and challenges beyond the normal scope of an undergraduate program. Through close contact with the IBCoM faculty and other distinguished professionals and experts, honours students are exposed to the most recent developments in communication and media studies.

Students’ own contribution in the HP’s curriculum further enables them to actively explore new areas of interest. Students have the opportunity to lead classroom sessions, organise fieldtrips and related lectures, advice institutions on communicational matters, and co-organise the final HP symposium.

Students who successfully complete the IBCoM Honours Programme will receive 15 credits and a formal letter of recommendation from the IBCoM Dean. The IBCoM Honours Programme is firmly embedded in the educational vision of IBCoM and the remit of the Erasmus Honours Academy.

Extracurricular activities

IBCoM offers its students an array of extracurricular interests and activities. You can, for example, become an editor of our IBCoMagazine, serve as a mentor to our freshmen, or join our student association, ACE.

You can also represent the IBCoM programme as an ambassador or a member of the Programme Committee or Faculty Council, join our Honours Programme, or gain hands-on experience through a practical honours project at the Rotterdam based PR Company Coopr.

Second Bachelor in Philosophy of a Specific Discipline

You can complement IBCoM with a second Bachelor in Philosophy of a Specific Discipline after your first year. You will obtain both bachelor degrees in four years. Guided by dedicated lecturers, you will delve into various philosophical topics, ranging from the philosophy of the Enlightenment to post-modern continental philosophy and from ethics to philosophy of science. You will learn to express arguments clearly and to think critically and creatively.

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