Master International Communication

Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen | Groningen , Netherlands
Specializing in communication and public relations in international professional contexts, MIC prepares communication professionals for their tasks and responsibilities in a multi-cultural and international environment. As a MIC graduate, you are an interculturally competent communication professional who is able to work in a global context. You anticipate change and is able to create, offer and manage sustainable and innovative solutions to problems from the professional field at a senior managerial or consultancy level.



The Master in International Communication (MIC) is a joint programme developed in close cooperation between the Geert Hofstede Consortium partners:

  • Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, the Netherlands
  • IULM University of Milan, Italy
  • Vilnius University, Lithuania
  • Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom

The MIC offers the students the opportunity to study at two universities and graduate with two degrees and a consortium certificate. The duration of the programme is three semesters. A core programme is offered in the first semester and each of the four consortium universities offers three specialisations in the second semester. During your study, you will spend those two semesters at two of the consortium universities. In the third semester, you will write your Master's thesis under the supervision of those two universities, which will both award you with a master's degree.

The programme is practice oriented, multidisciplinary and based on competency-based learning. You will work on 'real life' cases brought in by companies and (governmental and other) agencies. The course is entirely offered in English to an international student body. The MIC is a fully accredited programme and is funded with support from the European Commission.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 1 May 2015
Tuition fee
  • EUR 13500 Semester (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 13500 Semester (EEA)
Start date
Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS

In ECTS, 60 credits represent one year of study (in terms of workload); normally 30 credits are given for six months (a semester). In Dutch higher education, each ECTS credit represents 28 hours of work.

Duration full-time 18 months
Partnership Joint
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The joint MIC programme is a full-time programme consisting of three semesters (90 European Credits). During the first semester you will study at one of the consortium universities, and for your second semester you will study at one of the other consortium universities. During the third semester you will write your dissertation under the supervision of these two universities.

Semester 1 Core programmeThe first semester introduces you to the full breadth of the profession. You can study at either Leeds Beckett University, Vilnius University, or Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, where you will follow three core modules:

The international business environment
Corporate communication in an international context
Communication planning and management

Semester 2 SpecialisationsDuring the second semester you will complete several specialisations from one of the other consortium universities. You can study at either IULM University, Leeds Beckett University, Vilnius University, or Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen.

Semester 3 The dissertationDuring the third semester you will write a dissertation under the supervision of the two universities that you have studied at. You will choose a professional role and in that role analyse and solve a problem for an outside client. Every problem requires a solution from an international or intercultural perspective. Students are free to choose where to do this: it can be anywhere in the world.


  • Previous study in one of the following fields: communication, humanities, social sciences, business, management. Extensive work experience may also be considered.
  • Certified/legalised copy of your bachelors degree and transcripts/grade lists, as well as certified/legalised translations of both.
  • English language requirements: Your IELTS or TOEFL must not be older than two years.
  • Two letters of reference
  • Letter of motivation of approximately 500 words
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of your passport

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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