International Business - English - 4 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 - 4 years - Full-time


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in year one

Year 1

The first year is the introductory (propadeutic) year

Year one is the introductory year (propadeutic year). 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
Management and Organisation
International Business Trends
Finance and Accounting
Business Communication
Critical Thinking
Integrated Project I
Business Game
Semester 2
Operation and Sales
Law and Ethics
Statistics and Research
Language and Culture
Public Speaking
Personal and Professional Development

Year 2

Delve deeper

In year two, you get to build on the knowledge and skills you acquired during your first year courses, but that’s not all. You can also attend courses like E-business, Sustainability and Business Ethics and Management Information Systems. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to learn a foreign language. You can choose from French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Russian. International Business (IB) students know the importance of working alongside other cultures in our international classroom and language electives. This intercultural approach adds value to everything we do.

Years 2 and 3 (semesters 3 to 6)

In years two and three, you get to build on the knowledge and practical skills you acquired during your first year courses. While some course in year two will help you gain deeper understandings of subjects that were covered in the foundation year, others will add 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 semester 3 and 4

  • Innovation and Creativity
  • International Business Awareness
  • Management of Information as Ditigal Citizens
  • Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • Intercultural Proficiency
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Organisation and People
  • Business Research

Year 4

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.

Study Abroad

You’ll get to spend a semester on an exchange as an IB student. You won’t be stuck for choice with 170 partner universities in around 43 countries to choose from. During this semester you’ll experience different cultures, teaching and learning styles and take new business modules. This year, over 200 of our students took their exchange semesters in the USA, Canada, Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, South- Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, France, Germany and Sweden.
One of the IB students tells about the five-month period of studying in Peru.


Once you have some theory under your belt and practical training in classroom projects, you are ready to put these to the test in the professional field on an internship. You can complete your internship at a company abroad or in The Netherlands. You’ll engage in the day-to-day running of a global business while developing your intercultural, personal and professional skills.
Min’s internship at BMW
Juliy’s internship at Microsoft

Your lecturers

Clair Moore

Deputy Head of Academic Staff

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Rob Laas

Deputy Head of Academic Staff

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Poornima Verboom

PR and Communications Manager

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Celso Meiller Salinas

Internship Coordinator

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Sara Pikaar-Xu

Lecturer Business

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Lou Smeeding

Lecturer Information Systems

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Maria Martina

Lecturer Finance & Accounting

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Jonathan Barnett

Lecturer Operations Management

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Renee Veldman

Lecturer Ebusiness, Social Media & Marketing

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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

If you have any further questions about admission requirements, enrollment or about following International Business, please make use of our contact form.
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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 (EC or Credits). In some cases, the degree programme may also require that you pass a specific subject as European art of the credit requirements. 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 and you will be able to continue your degree programme.

If you earn less than 50 credits or don’t meet the qualitative requirements where applicable, you will receive a negative binding study advice and will have to leave the degree programme. This is why this advice is called a Negative Binding 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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