International Business - English - 4 years - Full-time

How do international corporations, banks, UN bodies and multinationals make profits? How can an organisation contribute to a truly global community? By taking the International Business (IB) degree you can make a difference to the world and earn a living. We call it business + impact. Break new ground in international business management in a classroom where fellow students and lecturers come from 40+ countries. Tap into our industry contacts who’ll prepare you to step into high-flying business management and consultant jobs as a ‘manager of change’.


Henrijs Kalnieks

On working while studying

Dilara Cabuk

On global citizenship

Arthur van Dam

On the Business Game

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International Business 4 years, 2019-2020

Niveau 4, middenkader- of specialistenopleiding

Admission recommendation

You have a non-Dutch diploma

Students with a secondary school diploma equivalent to a Dutch HAVO, MBO 4 or VWO diploma are eligible for this bachelor’s programme. We’ll assess your secondary school diploma using NUFFIC’s foreign diploma evaluation.

English and mathematics are strongly recommended for MBO students. The most suitable profile for either HAVO and VWO is E&M.

Pay attention: With effect from the academic year 2020-2021 there will be additional requirements for the HAVO C&M profile. One of the following subjects is required: Economics, Management & Organization, Business Economics, Mathematics A or Mathematics B.

This programme is taught entirely in English. Bachelor’s candidates educated in the Netherlands, UK, Ireland, USA, Canada (Quebec when the education language is English), Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Malta, or students holding a diploma (including English as an exam subject), don’t need to take an English proficiency test.

All other prospective students are required to present a valid and sufficient TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS (less than two years old at the start of the academic year) or Cambridge (CAE or CPE) certificate to the Enrolment Centre. See our language requirements for more information.

English proficiency test scores required:

  • IELTS Academic 6.0
  • TOEFL iBT 80
  • Cambridge FCE: Grade B scale 173-175 | Grade C scale 169-172

Please note: THUAS does not accept Institutional TOEFL scores, TOEFL ITP scores or any other language test certificates.

If you have taken the TOEFL English proficiency test, please let THUAS check your results online to verify your TOEFL certificate. Our institution code is 7042.


If you completed your prior education in another country than those listed, you might still qualify for exemption, if:

  • you have an American or International High School Diploma, or
  • you have a European or International Baccalaureate Diploma

Please contact the Enrolment Centre and ask for details.

If you have not quite reached the level you need to enrol for a degree, but your results are promising, we offer the Prep School programme. This can be taken for six months or one year. On successful completion of this course, you should be ready to join a bachelor’s and will know a lot more about the Netherlands, The Hague and our university.
For this programme, you are eligible with any "profiel", there are no required subjects
If you’re 21 before the 1 September 2019 but don’t have a diploma or a qualification that meets the entry requirements, you can take the 21+ Admissions Test. The 21+ Admissions Test will be offered at several dates in Spring 2019 and consists of a general capacity test. Please note that you can only participate if you have an EEA-nationality or residence permit for the Netherlands that is valid on the test date.

There are no exceptions to the official admission requirements. The Enrolment Office is the only party that can make decisions regarding your qualification for admission based on official regulations. You can’t rely on any other sources of information for your qualification for admission.

You have a Dutch diploma

To begin the four-year IB bachelor's degree programme, you’ll need a HAVO or VWO diploma with the appropriate profile. For some profiles, certain subjects are required. You can also gain admission with a MBO (level 4) diploma.


  • N&T Immediately qualifies for admission
  • N&G Immediately qualifies for admission
  • E&M Immediately qualifies for admission
  • C&M Immediately qualifies for admission


  • N&T Immediately qualifies for admission
  • N&G Immediately qualifies for admission
  • E&M Immediately qualifies for admission
  • C&M Immediately qualifies for admission


  • Level 4, middle management or specialised secondary education programme

Entrance advice

English and mathematics are strongly recommended for MBO students. The most suitable profile for either HAVO and VWO is E&M.

If you received a HAVO diploma before 2009 or a VWO diploma before 2010, your diploma will be assessed individually to see if you qualify for admission. If you have any questions, you can contact the Enrolment Office by completing the contact form.

Student for a day

Get a taste of student life

9 February 2019

Open Day

An open day is a great way to get inspired, check out our campus and meet our students, lecturers and study advisors. You can also pop into a few presentations by our lecturers to get you into the creative mind-set.

Student for a day

Shadow a current IBMS student and experience what it’s like to study at THUAS. You will join discussions with existing workgroups and attend useful lectures. These lectures could help you decide whether your main interest lies in financial management, or would you be better off giving an acclaimed company like Apple marketing advice for the new IPhone 7?

Need help making a decision

We would like to help you make the right decision

It takes a bit of thought and research to find the right programme. The Hague University of Applied Sciences organizes various activities throughout the year to give you the best possible idea of the various studies offered. You also learn what it’s like to study at THUAS. This way, you can click on the registration button without a doubt in mind. Or you’ll know for certain it’s not right for you. 
Contact our Study & Career Centre Contact us by phone (+31) (0)70 445 8595 or by email

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