International Communication, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
  • English


Four universities, all specialising in corporate communication and public relations in an international, professional context, have joined forces to form the Geert Hofstede Consortium. The consortium offers a unique joint master's programme in International Communication (MIC). The programme is a full-time study over three semesters (90 EC).

You will study at two universities, with the possibility to study in the Netherlands, Italy, the United Kingdom and Lithuania. Graduates receive two degrees and a certificate from the Geert Hofstede Consortium. 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, Milan, Italy
  • Vilnius University, Lithuania
  • Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom
The Master International Communication (MIC) is an ambitious programme for those who aspire to an international career in communication. Whether you have recently graduated or are currently working, the MIC prepares you for a career as a communication practitioner in senior managerial or consultancy positions, responsible for the external and internal communication of an organisation.
Educational concept
The programme has a competency based, hands-on approach. As part of a team, you will design communication strategies for clients needing results. Academic achievement is not enough to be successful in this programme. You will have to prove yourself as a creative problem solver, able to measure up to professional standards as well as academic excellence.
Career prospects
Nearly all MIC graduates have found a job either during or shortly after their graduation project. Graduates have found jobs as public relations managers, corporate communications consultants, marketing & communications heads and brand directors. Companies where our graduates have found positions include Google, Edelman PR, Ogilvy Group, Walt Disney, Hewlett Packard, IBM and ABN Amro bank.


The MIC is a fully accredited programme and is funded with support from the European Commission.

Programme Structure

Core programme
The first semester introduces you to the full breadth of the profession. What are the roles and responsibilities of the communication professional in an organisation from a strategic perspective? Which main functional areas are there? How does culture influence communication? What is the relationship between the organisation and its international and intercultural environment? All assignments and projects focus on sustainability.
During the second semester you will complete a number of specialisations from one of the consortium universities of your choice. The specialisations change according to what is happening in the professional field. Hanze UAS, Groningen offers the specialisations the Issues Manager, Media Analytics & Global Societal Challenges and Big Date & Visualization, Intercultural Training & Project Management.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in related fields: communication, humanities, social sciences, business, management, linguistics; Extensive work experience in related fields may also be considered.
  • A certificate of proof of a sufficient proficiency in the English language: either IELTS with an overall result of 6.5 and no subscores below 5.5 or TOEFL ibt total of 90 with minimum 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing. Your IELTS or TOEFL must not be older than two years.

StudyPortals Tip: Students should consider taking one of the Pre-Master's below. these courses will be necessary if:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    9000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    5333.3333333333 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8000 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

The amount of tuition depends on which combination of universities you prefer. For instance, if you wish to study at Vilnius University and IULM, the tuition for the entire 3-semester programme is €10.000. If you prefer to study at Hanze UAS and Leeds Beckett University, the tuition for the entire 3 semester programme is €12.250. The differences in the tuition come from the fact that the costs to run study programmes differ per country.

Living costs for Groningen

750 - 1000 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


OTS (Orange Tulip Scholarship)
This is a grant for Brazilian, Chinese, Indonesian, South-Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Mexican and Russian applicants. In order to apply for this grant you need to be unconditionally accepted to the programme and start the MIC programme at Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, the Netherlands. This is a partial grant of 25% tuition fee reduction for three applicants from each country.
Republic of Lithuania scholarship
This is a scholarship for nationals of Republic of Belarus, Republic of Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Republic of Ukraine, Republic of Armenia, Republic of Azerbaijan, Republic of Kazakhstan, Republic of Uzbekistan and People’s Republic of China as well as foreigners of Lithuanian origin. In order to apply, you need to study a semester of the joint Master International Communication at the Vilnius University. You can apply for this scholarship once you are unconditionally accepted to the programme and enrolled at Vilnius University.

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