Joint Master International Communication Offered by the Geert Hofstede Consortium

The joint MIC programme

The MIC programme has a September entrance only. It is a double degree programme, which requires you to study at two of the consortium partners during the first year. It is therefore not possible to apply for one university only for this period. Applications will be reviewed within two weeks. Please be sure to follow the application guidelines as stated on the application form.

Free-movers

If you would like to study one semester of our programme only, then that is possible as a so-called ‘free-mover‘. You then only have to pay tuition fee for one semester. Free-movers receive a university certificate upon successfull completion of the semester.

Requirements

Entry 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.

Required documents for admissions

  • MIC application form
  • Certified/legalised copy of your bachelor’s degree and transcripts/grade lists
  • CertifiedCertified/legalised sworn translations of your bachelor’s degree and transcripts/grade lists (if they are not in English). The translation of your diploma and transcripts need to meet the following 4 criteria’s on every translated page:
    • Full name and signature of the translator.
    • Translator’s contact.
    • Date of translation.
    • A sentence confirming that it is an accurate translation of the original document.
  • IELTS or TOEFL iBT certificate
  • Two letters of reference (for instructions, please see MIC application form page 6)
  • Letter of motivation of approximately 500 words (for instructions, please see MIC application form page 4)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of your passport
After your application has been reviewed, you will receive one of three replies:

1 - Unconditional

You have been accepted and can start the MIC programme.


2 - Conditional

You have been accepted provided that you meet certain conditions, for example you still need to achieve a sufficient level of English or you hand in a copy of your diploma later. Once you meet these conditions, you should contact us immediately with proof of meeting the conditions and we will then send you an unconditional offer letter.


3 - Rejection

We are sorry but we cannot accept you into the course. Your application will go no further for this course.

Application Form

Click the button below to download the MIC application form.
A download with the special requirements for IULM is also available.

How to apply

You can send your application package by email to MIC Admisions:

Application Deadline
1st June All Applicants

Finances

What costs can you expect when joining our programme? By reading the information provided below you will be able to find out about our tuition fees, the cost of living in the consortium countries and what additional costs you should think of (for example travel expenses and/or visas). In addition, we have also listed the scholarship possibilities.

Tuition fees

Below you will find an overview of the tuition fees for the September 2018 enrolment. This tuition fee applies to all applicants; EU/EEA and Non-EU.

Tuition fee per semester per combination of universities:It is possible to pay the tuition fee per semester: 3 semesters = 3 instalments. Each instalment should be paid at the beginning of each semester.

The amount of tuition depends on which combination of universities you prefer. For instance, if you wish to study at Vilnius University and IULM University, the tuition for the entire 3-semester programme is €11.250. 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.

The tuition for the entire 3-semester MIC programme is:

Scholarships

  • 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. Read more.

  • 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. Read more.

  • Vilnius University scholarship

    This is a scholarship for non-EU/EEA applicants if you study a semester of the joint Master International Communication at Vilnius University. You can apply for this scholarship at the end of your semester at Vilnius University. Read more

  • Chevening scholarship

    This is a grant for talented MIC applicants who start the programme at Leeds Beckett University. Read more.

  • Erasmus+ grant

    This is a grant for already enrolled MIC students studying at either Hanze University of Applied Sciences (UAS), Groningen, the Netherlands or Vilnius University (VU). If you study at Hanze UAS or VU in the first semester of the MIC programme, you can apply for Erasmus funding for your second semester (study abroad) and third semester (internship abroad). If you study at Hanze UAS or VU in the second semester you can apply for Erasmus funding for the third semester in case you are going to do an internship within the EU. Please indicate that you would like to apply for this grant when you start your semester. If the grant is awarded, the amount can vary from around €100 to approximately €450 per month. Read more.

  • Other scholarships

    In order to find out if you are eligible for other scholarships, we advise you to visit www.scholarshipportal.eu.

Please be aware that these scholarships are financed by individual universities, which means that the tuition fee of the 2nd university (to which the scholarship is not applied to) will still apply to you. 

Cost of Living

Estimations below are meant as an indication of living expenses as a student in the different countries of the consortium. They are intended to assist students in planning their budget. Actual living expenses will depend on your life style. Please refer to the university websites for more detailed information.

Italy

Total estimation of monthly cost of living = €770. The cost of living in Milan is similar to that of other major European cities. This estimate is divided as follows:

– Housing: €400
– Meals: €200
– Transport: €17 (students)
– Other expenses: €150

Lithuania

Total estimation of monthly cost of living = €370. A student is expected to spend approximately 600 litas per month for food. The price for a meal at the VU canteen or cafeteria ranges from 8 to 20 litas. The price of a monthly ticket for public transport within the city is from 14 (for bus or trolleybus) to 20 Litas (combined ticket for bus and trolleybus). According to recent calculations, the total monthly living expenses of a single student are around 1200 litas, accommodation included:

– Accommodation: 200 Litas
– Food: 600 Litas
– Books: 200 Litas
– Health care: 50 Litas
– Local transport: 20 Litas
– Other expenses: 200 Litas

The Netherlands

Total estimation of monthly cost of living = €750. This is divided in:

– Housing: €400
– Insurance: €40
– Groceries: €150
– Other expenses: €160

For more information about the cost of living in the Netherlands, specifically Groningen, click here.

The United Kingdom

Total estimation of monthly cost of living = €760. Your living costs will depend on your lifestyle; the British Council advises that students in the UK should budget for approximately GBP 650 (€760) per month to cover living costs. You can obtain a Leeds Met Students’ Union card free of charge which entitles you to special discounts in numerous shops and restaurants. For more information on living costs please see LBU’s ‘UK money explained’: click here.

Additional costs

Students need to take the following additional costs into consideration:

  • Travel expenses: a good deal of travelling is to be expected due to the requirement of studying at two different universities.
  • Visa and residence permit costs: Non-EU students will need to expect to pay for their student visa for travelling to (and within) the EU and residence permits for residing in EU countries. Please refer to Visa Requirements.

Visa requirements

WARNING: You alone are responsible for obtaining any legal documents you may need for your study period abroad. Before you leave your home country, please make sure that you are completely aware of all of the visa requirements and procedures applicable for the entire length of your MIC programme. If you are planning on attending one semester at IULM University, then this also applies to the DVL.