International Business - English - 3 years - Full-time

The IB programme will prepare you for a successful international business career. Anywhere in the world. You’ll build strong foundations in economics, marketing, sales, finance and management. Lectures and workshops in the various modules aim will provide you with in-depth knowledge and experience working in a global team. You’ll get to put knowledge into action during a semester-long internship at an international company.

Structure of International Business - English - 3 years - Full-time


20 - 24

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in year one

Year 1

The first year is the introductory (propadeutic) year

Year one in the three-year accelerated programme is the introductory year (propadeutic year). The first year brings everyone up to the same speed in modules that you’ve probably already covered in your final years of secondary education during a Dutch pre-university level (VWO), or a similar foreign diploma.

The first two semesters in year one, will give you the theoretical basis you need to understand international business in its various forms.


Semester 1
Marketing Fundamentals
Management & Organization
International Business Environment
Thinking in Action II
Accounting I
Integrated Project: Creating a Business Plan
Finance I
Statistics & Research I
Semester 2
International Business Law
Operations & Sales
Integrated Project: Global Business Solutions
Personal & Professional Development
Ethics, Compliance & Sustainability
Statistics & Research II
Information Management

Year 2

Delve deeper

In years two and three, you’ll build on the knowledge and practical skills you gained in the first year. Not only will you gain a deeper understandings of subjects, you’ll add new skills to your business management tool kit.

IB works closely with a Business Advisory Council, a committee of international business professionals, alumni and industry experts to evaluate and update the curriculum.

Courses you can expect in year 2 and 3


Semester 1
Supply Chain & Operations
Accounting II
Finance II
Advanced Marketing & Sales
People & Organization
Integrated Project: Intercultural Business and Inclusivity
Optional course: Foreign language
Semester 2
Minors / International Exposure
Business Intelligence
Personal & Professional Development
Integrated Project: Advanced Business Research
Optional course: Foreign language

Year 3

Final thesis

It’s year of the daunting thesis! Well, that might be the case if you were to write a 30,000-word masterpiece on a boring subject. But what if we told you that your thesis could possibly save an SME or international company thousands of Euros? And what if your thesis can land you a well-paid job after graduation? On IB, most students write their thesis about their internship company. One student analysed the Dutch consumer market to see if it was ready for Tom’s of Maine’s natural toothpaste. Another student researched RealeGroup’s cybercrime insurance market potential in Turin. Other graduates have landed themselves jobs at Karl Lagerfeld, Nike, BlueLynx, BMW and Boston Consulting Group on the strength of their final thesis.


Our students are offered four specializations to choose from. Having gained expertise in one of these, our graduates often become generalists with a wide range of duties in small and medium-sized companies. In larger, internationally operating companies or multinationals, they often have a more specialist role; listed opposite are the specializations offered at IB THUAS and examples of roles in the different functional areas that our graduates help fulfil.


Semester 1
Specialization: People & Organisation
Specialization: Finance & Accounting
Specialization: Operations & Supply Chain
Specialization: Marketing & Sales
Semester 2
The Internship
The Final Thesis


Students at IB THUAS complete their journey through the curriculum by applying what they have learned in the real world. The internship is an opportunity to taste professional life in the student’s area of specialisation, even before graduating. During their internship students work with international organizations, engaging in the management of people and processes. Every student’s internship is overseen by an in-company supervisor as well as a supervisor from the IB program. Together these supervisors ensure the internship is a fruitful and constructive combination of experiential learning and exposure to industry. 

Below are some figures illustrating the internship completed by IB students in 2018-2019:

Number of students who completed their internships in 2018-19: 170 

Geographical distribution

• Number of students who did their internship in NL: 65% 

• Number of students who did their internship abroad: 35% 

  • China: 25% of internships abroad
  • EU (including UK): 53% of internships abroad
  • Latin America: 6% of internships abroad
  • Africa: 4% of internships abroad
  • Asia (excluding China):  2% of internships abroad
  • Other Europe: 2% of internships abroad
  • USA : 4% of internships abroad
  • Australia : 2% of internships abroad

Business sectors in which the above internships were completed:

  • Hospitality
  • Automobile
  • Professional Services (B2B)
  • CPG / Retail
  • Industrial (all sectors)
  • Telecom / IT / Electronics
  • Oil & Gas
  • Health / Pharma
  • Agriculture
  • Real Estate
  • Engineering
  • Banking
  • Finance
  • Leasing
  • Insurance
  • Logistics
  • Government (Dutch / Foreign)

Your lecturers

Clair Moore

Deputy Head of Academic Staff

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Armand van Oostrom

Deputy Head of Academic Staff

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Rishma Radjie

Deputy Head of Academic Staff

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Elena Olivera

Deputy Head of Academic Staff

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Hongli Joosten-Ma

Principle Lecturer Marketing

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Lilian Volker

Lecturer, People and Organization

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Jonathan Barnett

Senior Lecturer Operations & Supply Chain

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Sara Pikaar-Xu

Coordinator Year 3

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Golam Robbani

Lecturer Finance & Accounting

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Maria Martina

Lecturer Finance & Accounting

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Poornima Verboom

Senior Lecturer Business Communications

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Ozcan Demir

Senior Lecturer Mathematics & Statistics

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Lou Smeding

Chair of the Exam Board

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Celso Meiller-Salinas

Internship Coordinator

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Juliy He

On her internship at Microsoft

Min Liu

On her internship at BMW

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Shape your degree

Our minors give you the time to dive deep into a business subject, specialise and broaden your expertise. They are made up of lectures, workshops, projects and guest spots by industry experts. 

We offer a wide range of IB minors that get updated every year.

Examples of minors include:

  • Business and Service in Marketing
  • Branding and Trends in Marketing
  • Finance
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Sustainable Business
  • Business in Asia - Business in Africa - Business in Latin-America


Working methods

Lectures, seminars, study visits, self-study, group activities and project work

Each semester CFO’s and CEO’s from the business world give guest lectures. Last year, Niels Vink, a manager of data analytics at PricewaterhouseCoopers, gave an inspiring talk on how to influence human behaviour.
The curriculum is focused on developing you as a business professional. You’ll progress steadily from lectures and workshops to internships and work experience. From theory to practice. To do this we run courses such as Management Skills, Intercultural Competency, Communication in International Business and Personal and Professional Development throughout the programme.

Contact the programme

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Assistance during your studies

Mentoring, coaching and advice

As an IB student you’ll be paired with a mentor to support your personal and professional development on and off campus. In year one, your mentor can act as a sounding board and help you settle in as you leave home and get used to an international classroom and the Dutch culture. Later on, mentors can support your academic growth, help you face any challenges and be on hand during semesters abroad and internships.

Collect ECTS

Binding Study Advice (BSA)

To continue your degree programme after the first year, you need to earn 50 of the 60 credits (ECTS). Some degree programmes also set other requirements to pass onto the second year of the course. This could, for example, be a specific subject that you must pass and that counts towards the 50 credits. We call this a qualitative requirement. If you meet the credit requirements as well as the qualitative requirement where applicable, you will receive a positive binding study advice (BSA) from the Examination Board at the end of your first year. 

If you earn less than 50 credits and do not meet the qualitative requirements where applicable, you will receive a binding negative study advice and will have to leave the degree programme. This is why this advice is called a Binding Negative Study Advice (NBSA).

Your academic progress may be affected by personal circumstances such as illness or the professional practice of a sport. It is important that you inform the Examination Board immediately of any personal circumstances that might apply to you. The Board can take these into account when issuing its study advice.

Read all the rules for the binding study advice in Chapter 7 of the  Programme and Examination Regulations  (PER) for your degree programme.

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