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:
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.
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After completing a Master's in Communication & Education, I was able to start immediately as a communications officer at Camerik Voorman Communicatie- en PR-adviseurs. My job involved supporting the communications advisor in implementing projects.
That was anything from writing texts and collecting images to organizing press briefings and planning interviews. Every assignment was different. I really liked thinking up different ways to implement a communications assignment, but after two years it was time for something new.
In 2016 I started my own communications and copywriting company. Since then I have been working for several different clients, particularly in the public sector. I’m now responsible for a project from start to finish. I draw up the offers, complete the assignments and submit the invoices. It’s hard work, but I get a lot of freedom in return.
I chose the Communication & Education track because the curriculum dovetailed closely with the Bachelor’s programme in Communication and Information Sciences. The teaching part of the Master’s particularly appealed to me. How can you teach people communication skills? That was the trigger for me to choose that Master’s programme. Nowadays I occasionally give writing training. My studies equipped me with the skills to be able to do so.
Anything is possible in Groningen
I'm really interested in studying how you can communicate a message effectively through various channels and in various ways, so that the recipient understands it and can act upon it. I also really enjoy learning to apply the theoretical knowledge in real-life situations, for example in the first-year course unit Communication in Organizations.
I moved to Groningen two years ago to live in student housing, and I love being able to make spontaneous plans to go out to eat with someone or play sports. In addition, I've been following a course in classical ballet at the USVA, the student cultural centre. So you see, anything is possible in Groningen!
My dream is to become a spokesperson for a large company or perhaps something to do with the Middle East.
My name is Kayleigh Smilda and I am 21 years old. I am currently in my third year studying Communication and Information Studies and I am also following the Minor Middle-Eastern Studies, which I really like! I have been living in Groningen for two years now and besides studying, I love to dance and sing. As a job, I am teaching dance to children, which I absolutely love!
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.
Communication and Information Sciences is an interdisciplinary study with aspects from fields such as marketing, linguistics and sociology
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.
It took me quite a while to figure out what I wanted to study, but in the end I landed on CIS because it is an interdisciplinary study with aspects from fields such as marketing, linguistics and sociology. The foundation for everything in the study however is language, which will reappear in almost everything you do and which I find very interesting as it shows just how quintessential the ways in which we communicate are for every aspect of life.
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.