International Financial Management and Control - English - 4 years - Full-time

During IFMC you’ll break the mould of the 'boring' accountant. You’ll discover finance from both entrepreneurial and socially responsible perspectives. This means you’ll 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 one, you’ll learn about organisational costs and business administration and how to set up an investment plan for regional, national and international companies. In your second year, you’ll hit the ground running with business issues, which you’ll have to solve in hands-on group projects. In year three, you’ll start your journey as a ‘manager of change’ in a small and medium-sized enterprise, a government institution or a multinational. Your thesis gets you ready for your dream career in year four.

Structure of International Financial Management and Control - English - 4 years - Full-time



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in year one

Year 1

The first year is the introductory (propadeutic) year

In your first semester you’ll learn why finance is the beating heart of a business. Learning by numbers. You’ll gain an understanding of the financial and non-financial impact of company operations. How a business controller is ‘across’ what happens in an organisation. You’ll crunch the numbers and understand how to improve a company’s performance.


Block 1
Financial Accounting (1)
Finance and investments
Marketing and Business Environment
IS-tools Excel (1)
Business Plan project
Business Communication
Block 2
Financial Accounting (2)
External Reporting
IS-tools Excel (2)
Project Management
Financial Accounting Project
Financial Accounting Tools
Business Game
Business Communication
Block 3
Financial Accounting (3)
Organisation and Management (O&M)
Research Project O&M/BIS
Business Processes and Information Systems
Business Skills (research, report writing and presenting)
Block 4
Financial Accounting (4)
Cost Accounting (1)
IS-tools Access (3)
Managing meetings
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Year 2

Delve deeper

In the second year you will take a wider look at an organisation, juggling figures and learning how to give advice that can turn into profits. Accountants can be creative too. You’ll use IT tools such as Excel an SAP to get a better understanding of a company. But it’s not just about money. You’ll see how a company can have an impact on the social environment and our world of cultural diversity.

Year 3

Specialisation and exchange

The third year kicks off with a 15-week internship. You’ll get the chance to apply all the things you learnt during the first two years. From experience, we know that our IFMC students make a real difference at our partnering internship organisations. IDEXX, the US company responsible for the health and well-being of people, pets and livestock, gives our IFMC students glowing references: "The students from 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 has progressed. We’re very happy with our experience with them."

Year 4

Internship and graduation

In year four, it’s time to put everything into practice and make a real difference to the world. You’ll be challenged to solve an important business problem and write your thesis at an international organisation. 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 four, you can choose a minor at THUAS - or another international university - that will give you a head start as a controller.

Our minor in Risk Management equips you with the right tools to help an organisation meet its long term goals without taking too many risks. You’ll learn why some businesses have failed in the past and will be able to prevent this happening again. 

Or, you might want to choose our Controlling minor and find out how management can keep an organisation in control. You’ll be able to help managers implement the right organisational strategy to keep them on track.

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 at IFMC. Recently, Anton Philips, the grandson of the Philips founder, gave students an inspiring lecture on how to successfully manage costs. The world needs ‘doers’ not philosophers. And that’s what stands IFMC apart from an academic university. For example, year one will equip you with an Advanced Microsoft Office diploma, which will make you an Excel wizard. Skills-based learning in new technologies will give you a head start and could land you a higher pay cheque than other graduates.

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Assistance during your studies

Study coaching and advice

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

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 Education and Examination Rules and Regulations (OER) for your degree programme.

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