International Business - English - 4 years - Full-time

How do you bring Dutch products to international markets, or make your business more profitable and efficient? Global companies are looking for commercial talent to get results. With the financial meltdown of 2008, the Volkswagen’s exposé in 2015 and a declining newspaper readership, it’s safe to say that the world is in need of business experts who can turn ideas into businesses. And that is where you’ll come in as a prospective student of International Business (IB) at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS). This four-year programme will help you gain knowledge, skills and proficiency in international markets to prepare you for a future in the world of international trade.


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On global citizenship

Arthur van Dam

On the Business Game

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Let’s be clear about it up front. To keep up with the IB programme (former IBMS) you will need to be good at maths and have a good command of English. To qualify for the four-year programme, you will need a secondary school diploma equivalent to a Dutch HAVO.

Admission requirements

You have a non-Dutch diploma

Before we can decide on your eligibility, we’ll need to assess your secondary school certificate. To make sure your certificate is evaluated fairly, we work with NUFFIC, an organisation that specialises in the assessment of international education qualification

This programme is taught entirely in English. You’ll need a good command of the English language, both spoken and written.

Bachelor’s candidates who are educated in the Netherlands, UK, Ireland, USA, Canada (Quebec only when the education language is English), Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or Malta, or students holding a diploma (including English as an exam subject) stated on this diploma list, don’t need to take an English proficiency test.

All other prospective students are required to hand in a valid and sufficient language test.

Please check our Admission requirements for more information.

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

  • you have an American or International High School Diploma, or
  • you have an 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 an the Prep School programme, which takes six months or one year. On completion of this, you will not only be ready to join a Bachelor class, but you’ll also have learned a lot about the Netherlands, The Hague and our university.

If you don't meet the minimum entrance requirements and you are 21 years or older, the Admission Test 21+ offers you the opportunity to qualify for this bachelor programme. This tests your command of Dutch and English and includes a programme specific section.

More information on the Admission Test 21+.

You have a Dutch diploma

To begin the four-year bachelor's degree programme in International Business (former IBMS), you'll need a HAVO or VWO diploma with the appropriate profile. 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*
    *As of the academic year of 2020-2021, additional entry requirements will apply for the Havo C&M profile. You will need one of the following subjects: economics, management & organization, maths A or maths B.


  • 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


English and mathematics are strongly recommended for MBO students. The most suitable profile for either HAVO and VWO is E&M.
If you want to take a degree programme but you don’t have the required subjects in your HAVO or VWO profile, THUAS may offer you an opportunity to take an exam.
If you received a HAVO diploma before 2009, or VWO diploma before 2010, your diploma will be assessed individually to see if you qualify for admission.
If you have any questions about this, you can contact the Enrolment Office by completing the contact form.
If you don't have the diploma that qualifies your for admission and you will be 21 or older when the new academic year begins, you can take the Admission Test 21+. If you pass this test, you can still begin the degree programme of your choice. The admission test for degree programmes offered at The Hague University of Applied Sciences tests your command of Dutch and English and also includes a programme-specific section.
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.

Student for a day

Get a taste of student life

3 February 2018

Open Day

An open day is a great way to see our campus and meet current students, lecturers and our team of study advisors. You can also attend presentations by our lecturers to help you get into a business 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 study’s 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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