Communication is more than having a conversation. If you are reading a newspaper, watching a documentary or texting your friend, you are involved in communication. Communication is becoming increasingly important.
The role of communication and media in society is the central theme of the Bachelor's in Communication Science. In this programme, you will study the content, use and effects of communication and of various forms of media, from radio and television to newspapers and the internet.
Some of the questions addressed in this programme are: How does entertainment influence the lives of young people? What is the role of media and communication in political participation and citizenship? What are the effects of health communication and advertisements?
The University of Amsterdam offers a world-class education:
Communication Science is the ideal degree programme if you are interested in society, media and communication. Our students are challenged to approach the communication process from various angles. They may be interested in working as a public opinion researcher, social media strategist, news editor, campaign leader or a spokesperson, for example. Prospective students, should have a background in economics, history or social studies and need to demonstrate a good command of the English language.
The Bachelor's in Communication Science is a three-year programme of 180 ECTS credits.
Year 1 starts with two introductory courses. One focusses on theories and concepts in Communication Science, the other focusses on research methods. Hereafter you will start deepening your knowledge. You will attend courses such as:
These courses also use concepts from other disciplines such as political science, psychology, social psychology, economics and sociology.
All courses are 6 or 12 ECTS adding up to a total of 60 ECTS in one year. A minimum of 48 credits is required to continue the programme after the first year.
During the second and third year you will deepen and broaden your knowledge of communication science. The programme contains the following courses and topics:
All courses will be concluded with one or more tests, such as a written exam, a presentation or a paper (or a combination of these).
Mandatory class attendance: 12 – 14 hours per week
Independent study: 26 – 28 hours per week
In this application you will need to indicate your previous education and upload all of the required documents:
UvA Matching for international students is an introduction to the Bachelor’s programme for which you have applied. It is designed to help you assess whether you have chosen the right programme, through a combination of online activities such as assignments, reading course literature and/or making a test. The activities may differ per programme.
Once you have completed these activities, you will receive personal advice based on your test results. This will help you determine whether the Bachelor’s programme matches your interests and capabilities and whether you have the motivation and study skills to start the programme in September.
After submitting your enrolment application in Studielink you will receive more information on UvA Matching for international students.
All our international programmes are conducted in English, therefore, applicants must show their ability to write and speak in English on an academic level. Students with a Bachelor’s degree from a Dutch university and students who successfully finished a full academic programme at an esteemed institute in one of the following countries are exempt: UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Please note we only accept the TOEFL Test, the test of the International English Language Testing Service (Academic IELTS) or a Cambridge Examination Score. For Non-EU/EEA students the required English test result should be received on or before 1 February in the year of application by the International Team at the Faculty of Science. If this in any case is not possible, contact the International Team first, before applying. For EU/EEA students the deadline of submitting the test results is 1 July.
The minimum scores required on the TOEFL Test are:
Please note the TOEFL-code for the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam is: 8628.
A Cambridge Examination Score with a minimum test result of C1 Advanced (CAE) A or B will also be accepted. For the C2 Proficiency test (CPE) a minimal score of C is required.
Chinese applicants are required to take an IELTS test or the TOEFL (Internet-based test only). These are the only two tests accepted by the Nuffic, which provides certificates to all Chinese students who wish to study in the Netherlands.
Please note there are some differences between the TOEFL and IELTS test. Available practice material, test dates, prices and locations differ per country.
The University of Amsterdam actively takes part in international exchange programmes. These contacts provide many opportunities for studying abroad. Because the field of communication is very international, it is useful to go abroad during your studies. The study programme offers the possibility to spend one semester at a foreign university without a study delay. The Bachelor's programme has an international coordinator who can inform you about the possibilities.
Students in Communication Science have previously taken courses at universities in the following countries (amongst others):
An alternative to spending a semester at one of the foreign universities mentioned above, is to do an internship abroad or attend one of the summer schools.