Communication and Information Studies: English Language and Communication Studies

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
3 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Communication and Information Studies: English Language and Communication Studies

How can word choice lead to action? Is it still important to learn British or American English, or is an international type of English enough? How do advertisers and politicians use metaphors to persuade people to buy or believe things?

In the English Language and Communication Studies specialisation of the Bachelor's in Communication and Information Studies, you look at the English language in an international environment.

In the English Language and Communication Studies specialisation of the Bachelor's in Communication and Information Studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you study the most important language for international communication: English.

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Admission requirements

Do you have a soft spot for the English language? Are you interested in how people communicate in English in different contexts? Keen to learn how to use English creatively to convey a certain message?

Then the English Language and Communication Studies specialisation is just the thing for you. Check here whether you meet the admission requirements and find out how to apply.

Applicants holding a non-Dutch pre-university diploma apply via the International Office. We check if your previous education meets a number of requirements*. If you do not yet meet the requirements but expect to do so in the future (such as obtaining your diploma), you can already apply. We will evaluate your application and inform you of our admission decision.

Requirements that apply:

1. A diploma equivalent to the Dutch pre-university 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.

2. Proof of sufficient proficiency in English

Although complete applications are preferred, you can begin your application before you have completed the test and then submit your passing score once you have been conditionally admitted. You can find all accepted tests and scores on our Language Requirements webpage.

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Program content

1st year

  • English Language Test Faculty of Humanities
  • Introduction to Communication Studies
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Orientation Module CIS 1
  • Academic English CIW-L&S Grammar
  • Academic Skills CIS 1
  • Language, Media and Communication
  • Academic English CIW-L&S Writing
  • Academic Skills CIS 2
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Methods
  • Orientation Module CIS 2
  • Persuasive Communication
  • English: International Communication
  • The Structures of English

2nd year

  • Global English
  • Language in Social Media
  • Analysing Text and Talk
  • Text Production and Translation
  • Philosophy CIS-L&S-MKDA
  • Communication Cultures
  • Spoken Language and Gesture
  • Applied Statistics
  • Globalisation and Localisation
  • Language, Culture and Variation

3rd year

  • Bachelor Thesis Communication and Information Sciences
  • Language Change
  • Metaphor in Professional Settings
  • Bachelor Thesis Colloquium Communication and Information Sciences
  • Advanced English Language Skills

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • Tuition fee for EU: € 2,209
  • Tuition fee for NON-EU/EEA: € 8,980

Continuing studies

Most graduates of the Bachelor's in Communication and Information Studies: English Language and Communication Studies choose to continue their studies, but you can also dive straight into a range of different positions.

During your degree you learnt how people use English around the globe, in both their daily and professional lives. You were familiarised with different varieties of English and you understand how language evolves. You studied the role of English in society and in different social situations. Naturally, you also developed your own skills in spoken and written English.

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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...

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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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