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Communication and Information Studies

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 be persuaded to live a healthy life? How can teachers find out what students understand? How can doctors successfully communicate with low-literate patients? These are all questions about Communication design.

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 improve communication
  • to measure the success of these interventions.

CIS focuses on communication from a language perspective in the broadest sense: CIS is about text, talk, gestures, pictures and digital media.

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

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

Facts & Figures
Degree
BA in Communication and Information Studies
Course type
Bachelor
Duration
36 months (180 ECTS)
Croho code
56826
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Arts
Studie in Cijfers
Why study this programme in Groningen?
Programme

Students get familiar with CIS topics (multimodal communication, persuasive communication, digital communication, intercultural communication), the analytic methods used within CIS and CIS research methodology (qualitative and quantitative). Throughout the year students receive training in English language proficiency (speaking and writing)

Periods
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Academic Skills 1 (5 EC)
Digital Communication (5 EC)
Persuasive Communication (5 EC)
Academic Skills 2 (5 EC)
Intercultural Communication (5 EC)
Language optimization (5 EC, optional)
Corporate and Marketing Communication 1 (5 EC)
Methodology for CIS: Qualitative Methods (5 EC)
Text Analysis I (5 EC)
Conversation Analysis I (5 EC)
Methodology for CIS:Quantitative Methods (5 EC)
Multimodal Communication (5 EC)

The programme focusses on the process of communication design: evaluation, intervention and measurement of outcomes in various domains (e.g. pictures in professional communication, design and evaluation, corporate marketing communication).

Periods
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Corporate & Marketing Communication I (5 EC)
Design and Evaluation (5 EC)
Statistics (5 EC)
Conversation Analysis II (5 EC)
Corporate & Marketing Communication 2 (5 EC)
Questionnaire and Interview Design (5 EC)
ASP for Dutch Track (5 EC)
Health Communication (5 EC, optional)
Language and Literacy Development (5 EC, optional)
Pictures in Professional Communication (5 EC)
Webdesign (5 EC, optional)
Social Media (5 EC)
Statistics II (5 EC, optional)
Text Analysis II (5 EC)
Usability (5 EC, optional)

Students do (semi-) independent research and follow a minor. Students can also choose to do a placement.

Periods
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Minor (30 EC)
CIS BA Thesis and Seminar (10 EC)
CIW Case Study (10 EC)
Corporate & Marketing Communication 3 (5 EC, optional)
Health Communication (5 EC, optional)
Language and Literacy Development (5 EC, optional)
Philosophy of Communication (5 EC, optional)
Social Media (5 EC, optional)
Statistics II (5 EC, optional)
Usability (5 EC, optional)

Curriculum

Disclaimer: The second and third-year course units shown in the table are subject to change in the event of alterations to the programme.

This contains the programme for 2017-18. In 2018-19 we will start a new programme, with English courses.

Programme options
Dutch track (specialization)

If you sign up for the Dutch Track you will still be part of the International programme and the majority of your courses will still be in English.

However, the Dutch track provides Dutch speaking students with the opportunity to develop their academic skills in the Dutch language. The track also allows students to prepare themselves for the Dutch language labour market. The Dutch track consists of seven Course Modules and the BA thesis. In these modules students will work with Dutch materials, seminars will be in the Dutch language and exams will also be in Dutch. Lectures and course readings are still in English. Participation in the Dutch Track is noted on the diploma. Courses in the Dutch Track: Pragmatics, Linguistics, Text Analysis 1 & 2, Conversation Analysis 1 & 2, Academic communication (Dutch version), BA thesis.

Minor (minor)

The fifth semester of your studies is dedicated to your Minor: a coherent set of future-oriented course units. It prepares you for a follow-on Master's degree program or for entering the labour market. You can opt for a Career Minor, a Minor abroad, a University Minor or a Faculty Minor.

More information about this option

University of Groningen Honours College (honours program)

The Honours College will give talented, motivated students the chance to be challenged even more by following Honours programmes and taking part in numerous other activities.

The Honours College comprises a broadening part and a deepening part and has a study load of 45 ECTS credit points besides the 180 ECTS credit points from your regular Bachelor programme.

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is recommended
  • For an average of 16 weeks
  • Maximum of 30 EC
Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • Cultuur & Maatschappij
  • Economie & Maatschappij
  • Natuur & Gezondheid
  • Natuur & Techniek
  • HBO propedeuse

    Additional requirements English: Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

Choice of degree programme check

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

Explanatory notes

If you intend to start with a bachelor degree programme at the University of Groningen in September, make sure to apply before May 1 in Studielink. The degree programme will give you the option to participate in a matching activity to see if you and the degree programme are a match. Which matchings activity they provide depends on the faculty and programme.

Any questions about matching? Check www.rug.nl/matching

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

previous education

Dutch VWO diploma, a German Abitur, an International Baccalaureate diploma, a European Baccalaureate or another diploma that is sufficient for acceptance to a Dutch university. Students with Dutch 'hbo-propedeuse' diploma also need to meet the language requirements mentioned below.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 8900full-time
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 9500full-time

The Dutch government intends to halve the statutory tuition fees for specific groups of first year bachelor's students starting from the 2018/19 academic year.

https://www.rug.nl/education/tuition-fees-halved

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

As a graduate of Communication and Information Studies you are well prepared for a career in many different places. Thanks to your multidisciplinary 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 the communication department of (governmental) organizations, business communities, cultural organizations, non-profit organizations, and government 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
Research

All professors and teachers of Communication and Information Studies are part of the Discourse and Communication research group of the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen. They do research in their own area of expertise and implement diverse research projects, regularly collaborating with universities abroad. These projects focus on oral, written, audiovisual and digital communication in their mother tongues or in second or foreign languages, linking the functional characteristics of the various communication media and channels to the contexts and aims of the communication. In addition to careful analyses of the communication itself, experiments are conducted to measure its effects. Particular attention is paid to the effects of strategic persuasive communication in professional settings, such as organizational, media and health communication.

The education you receive is partly based on these research projects of the staff of Communication and Information Studies. You will acquire knowledge of theories and methodologies that you can apply in your own research projects, like your bachelor's thesis.

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    Before I started studying CIS, I studied Communications at a university of applied sciences for a year. After I finished my propedeuse, I began studying CIS at the RUG. This was a logical step for me as I really enjoyed studying Communications before. However, I experienced the focus of the technical university as slightly too practical and I missed challenges within the program. On one of the open days, I learnt that CIS had much more of a focus on language and research than the technical university did, which really appealed to me. I also thought it was important to choose a course in which I could make good use of my qualities, and as I had always been good at writing and presenting, I thought it would be nice to further develop those skills during my studies.

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    Heya, my name is Luise, I am 22 years old and originally from Germany. I am currently going strong in my second year of Communication and Information Studies. Studying obviously takes up a good part of my time but not enough to make me miss out on the various great aspects of student life in Groningen. I am part of two improv comedy groups, I like being creative and trying out new sports at ACLO, and I love exploring the city, e.g. on walks. I also work next to my study, as part of the D-Team and as a babysitter.

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Web Class

Are you at secondary school and want to know what studying at university is like? The Communication and Information Studies programme is offering a web class! This online course from the University of Groningen is specially designed for secondary school students.

If you are interested in an Communication and Information Studies web class, register here.

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Study associations

Commotie

The study association for all communication students in Groningen. Joining Commotie assures you to get the most out of your student life. We are here for study related matters as well as for the parties and your overall experience.
We organize a wide range of activities, which our members can mostly join for free. For instance, in-house days at appealing companies (e.g. GGZ Friesland or NU.nl), seminars, workshops, socials and other social activities. Furthermore, you will get a discount on your books and at several other stores in Groningen.
https://www.svcommotie.nl/

Marug

The Marketing Association of the University of Groningen (MARUG) is the inter-departmental study association for students who are interested in marketing.
The MARUG acts as an intermediary between marketing theory and marketing practice and organises several career events and social activities during the year, such as a monthly social. At this moment, the MARUG has more than 1500 members from different fields of knowledge.
https://www.marug.nl/
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(Binding) study advice
  • A minimum of 45 EC in the first 12 months (binding)

You will be offered study advice after first year of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned more than 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative result, you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.

You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system. N.B. Some degree programmes use a tutoring system; please check with your study advisor.

Study support

If you have any questions or doubts about your studies, you can always contact the study advisor. He or she knows all the ins and outs of the programme, minors, study abroad and personal planning. Study advisors are impartial and everything that is discussed is treated confidentially. They can also help you find the right institutions and student desks for your problems.

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