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Why study communication and media science?

BA programmes in Communication and Media Studies are immensely popular all over the world for several reasons:

Being a professional communication expert requires a wide range of skills and competences as well as a background in various fields of study. For this reason, communication programmes offer an exceptionally colourful, multi-disciplinary curriculum devised to provide instruction in a variety of subject areas. The BA in Communication and Media Science programme offered by the Corvinus University of Budapest is no exception: if you like variety in everyday life, you will probably appreciate a course of study where you can learn about such diverse topics as
1) interpersonal communication,
2) intercultural communication,
3) organisational communication,
4) public relations,
5) human resource management,
6) political communication,
7) journalism,
8) audio-visual media and film-making,
9) advertising,
10) social media and online communication,
11) research methods (such as media content analysis or questionnaire design).
In addition to studying such a wide array of subjects, students also participate in practical training courses to improve both their spoken and written communication skills.

Because communication is ubiquitous in all areas of life, the topics covered in a communication programme are often linked to other social sciences. Therefore, by studying communication, you will also gain familiarity with the foundations of
1) psychology,
2) sociology,
3) international relations,
4) political science.

The competences you acquire in our courses will be directly applicable to your professional life after graduation: you will learn how to prepare and deliver a public speech, how to give informative and convincing presentations and how to negotiate business deals efficiently.

Our students are also trained in specific communication skills and strategies which they can make use of in their private lives. For instance, studying interpersonal communication involves learning about initiating and maintaining (or – if necessary – repairing) personal relationships.

It follows from this multi-faceted nature of communication programmes that a BA degree in Communication and Media Science opens up a wide selection of career opportunitiesIn addition to traditional communication fields such as
1) journalism
2) public relations, communication graduates find employment in various sectors such as
3) marketing,
4) human resources,
5) politics,
6) education,
7) public administration
8) non-governmental and civil organisations.
There is high demand for well-trained communicators in all walks of life, and this flexibility and choice of career prospects is one of the main reasons for the popularity of communication programmes.

Why study communication and media science at Corvinus?

Corvinus University of Budapest has always held one of the top positions in rankings of Hungarian universities. Our students and instructors are all proud to be members of such a highly prestigious institution.

Our Communication and Media Science programmes are managed by the Institute of Behavioural Sciences and Communication Theory at the Faculty of Social Sciences, which was rated as the best social science faculty in Hungary by the official rankings published by Heti Válasz and Heti Világgazdaság in 2015 and previous years. The ranking was based on several measures of the quality of students and professors as well as labour market indices, such as employment and salary statistics of our graduates.

Our BA in Communication and Media Science programme in Hungarian was ranked as the best such programme in Hungary by Heti Válasz and Heti Világgazdaság in 2015 and previous years. Although no such study about the English equivalent of this programme is currently available, it is natural that our institute provides the same high quality of instruction in both languages.

We have offered BA communication programmes since 2007, which means our professors are highly experienced in teaching all the relevant skills and subject areas in the programme and can dynamically respond to our students’ needs.

Our institute was the first in Hungary and the East-Central European region to start a BA in Communication and Media Science programme in English in 2013.

Within the framework of the Erasmus student mobility grant, our students are offered an opportunity to study abroad for one semester.

In addition, our dual degree contract with Nottingham Trent University (NTU) provides an opportunity for the best three of our students to complete their second year of study at NTU and thus obtain two BA degrees simultaneously (one from Corvinus University of Budapest and one from NTU). Our students studying at NTU are also financially supported by an Erasmus grant for the full academic year they spend abroad.

We offer a regionally exclusive opportunity to pursue academic careers in the field: after graduation, you may continue your studies of communication and media consecutively at the master’s and doctoral level at Corvinus.

We have an exceptionally active and close community of students, who organise outstanding events including the annual Komm7 Lecture Series.

You may join our student circle called the Intercultural Workshop, and participate in a range of extracurricular activities such as making films, writing blogs, inviting guest lecturers, and – in general – you can enjoy the support of your fellow students in higher years.

We have a media studio equipped with state-of-the-art technology, which you can use to acquire and practise the basics of motion picture technology and film editing.

Why study communication and media science in English?

In comparison to a degree in a local language such as Hungarian, obtaining a degree in English – today’s  lingua franca – significantly enhances your career prospects by opening up further opportunities in the global labour market. Even if you wish to find a job in your home country, multinational companies often prefer applicants who completed their studies in English because experience suggests that such employees can work more effectively in an international and multicultural environment.

Completing all your courses in English means that you will spend a lot of time reading, writing, and speaking in English as well as listening to lectures given in English. You will also socialize in English as many (or most) of your peers may not speak your mother tongue! As a result – if English is not your native language – completing this programme will greatly improve your command of English: by the time you graduate, you will speak English with increased confidence and fluency and your vocabulary will also be greatly expanded.

You can study in an international environment with a group of students who come from all over the world. This will greatly improve your intercultural skills as well as provide excellent opportunities for building international relationships for your future career.

Attending our English programme provides you with the same benefits as studying at a Western European university except at a far more reasonable price. It is not only our tuition fees that are attractive but accommodation and the costs of everyday living are also much more affordable in Hungary than in Western Europe. In addition, if you are from Hungary, you can combine the advantages of an international educational experience with the “luxury” of going home to your family every day or every weekend.

Last modified: 2016.07.28.

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