Bachelor in Communication Science
Get ahead of new developments
How trustworthy is news if everyone with a vlog thinks they are a journalist? Are your friends really as happy as they appear on their Instagram account? What influence do social media have on political decision-making? During the Bachelor’s programme in Communication Science at VU Amsterdam, you will study how recent developments have turned the media landscape on its head. At VU Amsterdam, you will conduct a lot of research independently. You will examine the real problems faced by real organisations and look for feasible solutions. As a result, you will not only gain knowledge of communications, but you will also learn important skills like how to set up an experiment and analyse data. As a student of this Bachelor programme you are part of an international classroom with students and teachers from various (national) backgrounds. All courses are English-taught and designed from an international perspective.Study programme
During the Bachelor’s programme, you will examine the effects of media and communications on what people think and do. On the basis of a specific theme, you will study how people use different forms of communication and how this is changing society. You will conclude each semester with your own research, through which you will learn how to analyse data and present research results.
Communications experts are highly demanded in professional settings. Organisations need employees who are aware of new techniques and developments and know how to deal with them. Therefore, as a communication scientist, you will be able to work at any organisation with a communications department, regardless of the sector. For example, you could get a job as a communications advisor at a commercial business or cultural institution, as an information officer with the government, or as a content manager at an advertising or media agency.
Why at VU Amsterdam?
- At VU Amsterdam, you will receive a lot of personal attention and intensive guidance. In addition to lectures, you will work on assignments in small study groups. This allows you to develop a personal bond with instructors and fellow students.
- You will have a lot of room to conduct your own research. You will be taught the knowledge and techniques, but the research questions are up to you. In doing so, you will learn skills, such as data analysis and presentation skills, which will come in handy later on.
- Communication Science at VU Amsterdam is a multifaceted and socially relevant programme. You will learn to look critically at how communication affects society and your own life.
- You are part of an international classroom with students and teachers from various backgrounds.
- VU Amsterdam is an easily accessible campus university where you will meet students from all disciplines.
- Diversity is important at VU Amsterdam. Everyone is welcome.
- You will work together with students from other disciplines to find solutions to contemporary societal challenges such as globalisation, diversity and networks.
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- Diploma equivalent to Dutch VWO diploma See the Diploma Requirement List for examples of accepted diplomas per country. Please note: this list is meant to give you an indication of admissibility; no rights can be derived from it.
- Proof of sufficient proficiency in English IELTS: 6.5 (only the Academic IELTS test is accepted)VU TOEFL ITP: 580 (only the TOEFL ITP test from VU Amsterdam is accepted)Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): grade A, B or C/ minimum score of 176
- Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): grade A, B or C/ minimum score of 176
- TOEFL internet-based test: 92
- Proof of sufficiency in mathematics The International Student Advisor will determine this. Examples: International Baccalaureate: Mathematics Standard or Higher Level.Germany: Zeugnis der allgemeinen Hochschulreife, including Mathematics as Grundkurs.
- European Baccalaureate: Mathematics; written or oral examination, at least 4 hours during the Orientation Cycle.
- British GCE A-Levels: A-level in Mathematics. At least grade A,B or C.
- The following documents are required: tell us why you’re a great fit (link to document) certified transcript optionally: you may include a letter of reference with your application (in Dutch or English). You can choose the referent yourself; we suggest, however, that you pick someone who knows you professionally (teacher, supervisor, boss, etc.).
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- Tuition fee for EU: € 1,084
- Tuition fee for NON-EU/EEA: € 7,786
About this institute
Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 175 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 26,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...
Why study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
With more than 24,000 students, of which 4,088 are international, VU Amsterdam conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance.
They distinguish themselves in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes:
- Human Health and Life Sciences
- Science for Sustainability
- Connected World
- Governance for Society
As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world.
In addition, VU Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.
The Dutch higher education system has been ranked in the top 10 by Universitas 21. In the first Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking, VU Amsterdam is ranked 16th worldwide. In this ranking, universities are assessed based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to measure the impact of the universities on society. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 (Shanghai Ranking) VU Amsterdam holds the 104th position. The international QS World University ranking 2021 places the Vrije Universiteit at number 236 in the world, which means the Vrije Universiteit belongs to the top 20% of the world.
At VU Amsterdam, the teaching style can be described as student-centred: they encourage students to develop their own opinions through independent and creative thinking. This means that teaching is mainly conducted in small tutorials, where interactivity is the norm rather than the exception. At every opportunity, students are encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue with their professors.
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