International Financial Management and Control - English - 3 years - Full-time

During IFMC you’ll break the stereotype of 'boring accountant’. You’ll see finance from both entrepreneurial and socially responsible perspectives and learn all about management and marketing. But the main focus will be on financial and cost accounting, using economic data to make a difference.

In year 1, you’ll start with organisational costs and business administration. In individual and group projects, you’ll set up investment plans for regional, national and international companies.

In your second year, you’ll hit the ground running with a 10-week finance internship at a company of your choice and pick a 15 ECTS-points minor which interests you. The second semester of year 2 covers Strategic Management and Risk Management.

In your final year we’ll prep you for the Masters in Accounting and Control at Erasmus University, Rotterdam and you’ll do a second internship researching current business issues at your chosen company.

Structure of International Financial Management and Control - English - 3 years - Full-time



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in year one

Year 1

The first year is the introductory (propadeutic) year

In the very first semester you’ll find out why finance is the beating heart of a business. You’ll get a crash course into the financial and non-financial impact of company operations and understand the crucial role of a financial controller. Looking at the numbers, you’ll learn how to improve a company’s performance. 

In the second semester you’ll take a wider look at an organisation, analysing numbers and learning how to turn advice into profits. You’ll work in project groups and use IT tools, such as Excel and SAP, to get a better understanding of a company. It’s not just about cash. You’ll discover how a company can impact the social environment and break cultural barriers.



Term 1
Financial Accounting
External Reporting
Finance and investments
MOS certificate Excel
Research Skills
Term 2
Cost Accounting
External Reporting
Term 3
Investments project
Corporate Finance
External Reporting
Term 4
Internal Control project
Accounting Information Systems and Internal Control
Operations Management
International Business Law
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Year 2

Delve deeper

In your second year, you’ll hit the ground running with a 10-week finance internship at a company of your choice. You can do this right here in the Netherlands, or anywhere in the world. You’ll get the chance to apply all the things you learnt in year 1. 

Our IFMC students make a real difference at our partnering internship organisations. IDEXX, a US company responsible for the health and well-being of people, pets and livestock, gives our IFMC students glowing references: "The students from the IFMC programme at The Hague University of Applied Sciences that have interned with IDEXX have shown excellent attitudes and capabilities. Being eager to both learn and contribute, they bring a contagious positive energy to the team. It’s enjoyable to watch them grow in skills and confidence as their time with us progresses. We’re very happy with our experience with them."

During the first semester of year 2 you also choose a 15 ECTS minor. During the second semester, you’ll explore Strategic Management and Risk Management in depth with interactive group projects and related courses.


Year 3

Internship and graduation

In your final year, the pre-master minor will prepare you for the Masters in Accounting and Control at Erasmus University, Rotterdam. And you’ll save a year in the process!

You’ll finish off with a second internship researching current business issues at a company of your choice. You could follow in the footsteps of Deniss Korotkovics, one of our first IFMC graduates. He researched how to improve the cash flow at Nutricia, a subsidiary of the Danone Group. His recommendations are still having a positive impact on the financial results of Danone.


Daan Klein Schiphorst

On the professional environment

Arnoud van der Ark

On the variety in internships

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Shape your degree

In the first semester of year two, you can choose a minor at THUAS - or another international university - and get a head start as a financial controller. 

Our minor in Risk Management equips you with tools to help an organisation meet its long term goals with minimal risks. You’ll learn why some businesses have failed in the past and how to prevent this from happening. 
Or, you might want to choose our Controlling minor and find out how management oversees an organisation. You’ll be able to help managers implement the right strategy to keep them on track.

We also offer two brand new minors which support the foundations of the IFMC programme - technical innovation and multiple value creation. Our popular Blockchain minor will give you invaluable knowledge about this revolutionary technology and how to use it. You’ll learn that there’s much more in the world than making money in the Circular Business minor, which prepares you to become a groundbreaking finance professional, aware of your surroundings.


Working methods

Lectures, seminars, study visits, self-study, group activities and project work

Each term we invite specialists from the business world to be guest lecturers. Recently, we organised a forum on Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility where professionals from renowned companies, like C&A, Shell and Signify, shared their knowledge. We like to get things done and that’s what makes IFMC stand out from an academic university. For example, year one will make you an Excel wizard with an Advanced Microsoft Office diploma. Hands-on learning in new technologies will give you a head start and could land you that dream job.

Contact the programme

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Assistance during your studies

Study coaching and advice

We assume your time at IFMC will run smoothly. However, we do offer personal assistance if you are experiencing any problems. You’ll be allocated a mentor who can help you keep track of your progress. They can help you improve your time management skills, or find the right people within the programme to answer more complicated questions. They’ll also support you if you have any personal problems that can impact your study.

Collect ECTS

Binding Study Advice (BSA)

To continue your degree programme after the first year, you need to earn 50 of the 60 credits (ECTS). Some degree programmes also set other requirements to pass onto the second year of the course. This could, for example, be a specific subject that you must pass and that counts towards the 50 credits. 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. 

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