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 Maths
Marketing Fundamentals
Management and Organisation
Business Communication
International Business Environment
Thinking in Action I
Accounting I
Integrated Project I: Creative Business Solutions
Semester 2
Statistics and Research I
Finance I
International Business Law I
Public Speaking for Business
Sales and Operations
Language and Culture I
Integrated project II: Business Plan
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 also 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.


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

Years 3 and 4

In Year 3 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.

People & Organisation

Ability: Draft the strategic cycle for part(s) of the organization in terms of process and content. Assess the impact of change on the organization.

• Process management

• Project management

• Business development and innovation management

• Business intelligence

• HR/ Recruitment

• Consultant

Finance & Accounting

 Ability: Evaluate the financial performance of organizations from the perspective of different stakeholders. Recommend financing possibilities in a dynamic international environment.

• Financial analyst

• Financial management

• Financial specialist/advisor

• International treasury management

• Consultant

Operations & Supply Chain

Ability: Evaluate and manage the operations processes within and between organizations.

• Logistics and inventory planning management

• Lean and material flow management

• Operations management

• Process management

• Procurement Management

• Quality Management

• Consultant

Marketing & Sales

Ability: Develop a well-founded marketing plan to support the creation of value for international customers. Use appropriate sales techniques in support of durable customer relationships. Incorporate developments of the digital landscape in a marketing strategy.

• Export management and import management • Sales management and account management • Internal sales/purchase department employee

• Marketing management

• Product management

• Communication, PR and event management

• Online, social media management

• Product/business development management • Foreign trade advisor/consultant

• Procurement management

• Consultant

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. 

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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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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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.

News and Events

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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