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Communication Science
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International degree equal to a Dutch HBO


If you have obtained an international higher education degree which is equivalent to a Dutch HBO degree (HBO = university of applied sciences), you might be eligible for our short-track Bachelor's programme in Communication Science. This programme is an abridged version of the 3-year Bachelor's programme in Communication Science (180 ECTS) because of exemptions. The number of exemptions and, thus, the duration of the programme depend on the relevancy of the courses you have completed during your previous education. The Examinations Board of Communication Science decides on the number of exemptions. The duration of the programme could vary, for example, from 2.5 years (30 ECTS exempted) to a minimum of 1.5 years (90 ECTS exempted). After completing this programme, you will receive the title Bachelor of Science (BSc) and with this title you will be admissible to the Master's programme.


To apply for the short track programme, you need to complete the following steps:

  • Follow the application procedure for students with international prior education (please note that there are different deadlines for EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA).
  • Fill out the application form for the short-track programme. The Examinations Board will decide on the number of exemptions once you have submitted your complete application (deadline: 1 May ).