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


20 - 24

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Study credits


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
Business Math
Marketing Fundamentals
Business Communication
Management & Organization
International Business Environment
Thinking in Action I
Accounting I
Integrated Project 1
Semester 2
Statistics & Research I
Finance I
International Business Law
Public Speaking for Business
Operations & Sales
Language & Culture I
Integrated Project 2
Personal & 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 also have the opportunity to learn a foreign language. You can choose from Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish. 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.


Semester 1
Supply Chain & Operations
Statistics & Research II
Language & Culture II
Ethics, Compliance & Sustainability
Accounting II
International Business Law II
Integrated Project 3
Semester 2
Marketing & Sales
Thinking in Action II
Information Management
Finance II
People & Organisation
Personal & Professional Development
Integrated Project 4

Years 3 and 4


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.

Below are links to videos in which our lecturers describe the specialisations in more detail.


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

Study Abroad (International Exchange)

Through the IB exchange program students spend a semester abroad at one of our 170 partner universities. This experience allows them to interact with an as yet unfamiliar culture and context. They not only acquire knowledge and expertise that the partner university specializes in, but also immerse themselves in the new country and culture. To get the most out of the experience, they can rely on the awareness and understanding gained during modules on intercultural proficiency and personal and professional development.  

To read about some of our student experiences during their time on exchange please visit the links below:

Lotte spent her semester of Exchange in Peru and has shared her experience here.


To which countries can you go on exchange?

Czech Republic


South Korea
United Kingdom
United States

For a comprehensive list of our current exchange partners please visit the following link.



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. 

Internship partners

Student numbers

Average number of internships per year: 200

  • Government (Dutch / Foreign): 1.5% of total
  • Logistics : 7% of total
  • Banking / Finance / Leasing / Insurance: 13% of total
  • Hospitality : 6% of total
  • Auto : 6% of total
  • Professional Services (B2B): 14% of total
  • CPG / Retail : 16% of total
  • Industrial (all sectors) : 11% of total
  • Telecom / IT / Electronics : 11% of total
  • Engineering (all sectors) : 9% of total
  • Oil & Gas : >1% of total
  • Health / Pharma : 2% of total
  • Agriculture : 1.5% of total
  • Real Estate : 1.5% of total

Your lecturers

Manon Pieper

Program Director

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Sushyana Mangat

Deputy Head of Academic Staff

Armand van Oostrom

Senior Lecturer, Operations and Supply Chain

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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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Study visualised


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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