International Business

Do you dream of an international career in business? With our International Business programme, you gain extensive international experience with classmates from all over the world, strong connections to the international business world and the opportunity of spending one to three semesters abroad.

International Business prepares you for challenging management positions at companies anywhere in the world. You become equipped to do business with business partners from different cultural backgrounds.  As a graduate you will be a multifunctional professional with a set of interdisciplinary skills and a solid knowledge base, allowing you to perform as an intermediary across and within various business domains. You will be confident in expressing yourself fluently in two, three or even four of the most commonly used business languages worldwide.

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Student experiences

Do you want to know how students experience the International Business programme? Read it in their own story.

Raya International Business "The reason why I chose to study at HZ is the international family-like environment." Read her story

IB-tracks

Within our business programme, you can opt for three alternative tracks:

IB

The IB-track offers all major business courses plus Business English education that ensures you to master the world’s most important business language at C1 level.
In addition, you can customise your study programme by participating in a wide variety of business projects and guided MOOCs of your choice.

IB1L

The IB1L-track offers all major business courses plus Business English education that ensures you to master the world’s most important business language at C1 level.

In addition, you can choose to study one extra language (French, German, Spanish or Dutch) and customize your study programme by participating in various business projects and guided MOOCs of your choice.

IB2L

The IB2L-track offers all major business courses plus Business English education that ensures you to master the world’s most important business language at C1 level. In addition, you can choose to study two extra languages: French, German, Spanish or Dutch.

Programme

Read everything about the study programme, minor, internship and graduation

Depending on your personal IB-track, you are taking part in business projects and MOOCs or study additional business languages. In year 1 you focus on themes like:

  • Market Research
  • Information Literacy
  • Qualitative Research
  • Intercultural awareness
  • Human Resources Management
  • Financial Management
  • Sustainable Business Development & Innovation
  • International Trade & Supply Chain Management
  • Business Ethics
  • Business English

You visit renowned companies with a wide international network, such as Outokumpu, Your Surprise, Elopak, Lamb Weston and Kloosterboer. 


Depending on your personal IB-track, you are taking part in business projects and MOOCs or study additional business languages. In year 2 you focus on themes likes:

  • Organisational Behaviour & Performance
  • International Marketing Planning
  • Business Accounting
  • Quantitative Research
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • International Sales & Sales Techniques
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Business English

You start a Student Company whereby students form teams to start a true company that designs, market and sells a completely new product or service. 


Minor and work placement abroad.

  • IB-students will study and work abroad in a country free of choice.
  • IB1L-students will study and work abroad in a country where their extra language is one of the official languages.
  • IB2L-students will study and work abroad in a country where their extra languages are one of the official languages.

If you do a minor at one of our partner universities abroad, you can apply for an Erasmus- or HZ Scholarship. Here you can find all minors that HZ has to offer.

  • During the 1st semester you study at the HZ in Vlissingen and prepare your final graduation project.
  • During the 2nd semester you perform an in-company research in the Netherlands or abroad and accomplish your final graduation project.

Course description

Read more detailed course information in the Academic and Examination Regulation.

Shortened study tracks

This programme is also available as shortened track for students with more than 3 years relevant work experience, with a degree in professional education of two or three years, such as the French BTS, IUT, DUT; the German Berufsfachschule; an Associate Degree.

Requirements

Before you apply to the International Business programme, you have to meet a few admission requirements

Admission requirements

To be admitted to the International Business programme you need: 

  • A good command of written and spoken English (IELTS 6.0)
  • Elementary algebra, meaning you know how to deal with fractions, percentages and simple equations.
  • For the Business & Language specialisation: a second modern language, French at A2 level (good basic knowledge). German, Dutch and Spanish start at 0 level.

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Language requirements

Read all about the language requirements here

Alternative entrance exam

If you don’t have the appropriate secondary school diploma, and if you are at least 21 years old, you may be exempted from this requirement. The HZ provides the possibility of taking an alternative entrance exam.

Practical information

Read everything about the fees and finances, what it's like to study in the Netherlands, what you need to arrange when studying abroad and how to apply for a study programme. 

Fees and finances

Next to the tuition fees and cost of living there are extra costs for your study programme (study materials and books). In the first year these costs are approximately 500,- per year. You will also have regularly an activity or excursion. These costs are about €200,-.

Read more about the fees and finances here.  

Applying

Have you made your choice? Now you can start the application procedure.

Studying in the Netherlands

What it's like to study in the Netherlands? And what is Vlissingen like? Read all about Zeeland, the Netherlands and HZ.

Contact

Do you have any questions or do you need more information about the study programme? Please contact our admission office: ibs@hz.nl

After graduation

After completion of your studies, you can work anywhere in the world. There is an increasing need for well-trained managers with international experience, as such, you’ll be a desirable candidate for companies all over the world. You’ll be able to work in positions such as international marketing professional, international market researcher, export consultant, purchasing manager and logistics.

Congratulations, you graduated! From now on you may use the title ‘Bachelor of Business Administration’.

Did you participate in the Honours Programme? You will receive an extra certificate with your bachelor's degree.

Get a copy of your bachelor's degree here.

With a HZ diploma you can continue with a Master’s programme. If you wish to do a Master at a research university in The Netherlands, you may be required to follow a pre-Master’s programme.

Pre-master's programme
HZ offers students the opportunity to take part in a pre-master's programme, allowing you a faster track to enrol in a master's programme at Tilburg University. This way you can obtain your acdemic master's degree in 1.5 to 3 years. After the selection procedure you will start a bridging programme in the fourth year of your Business-MER programme. You do this in Tilburg in preparation for enrolling in the desired master. If you want to participate in this programme, you must have passed your propaedeutic phase and have a weighted average of all examination marks of 7.0 or higher.

Possible Masters with this Bachelor programme

  • Master in Information Management
  • Master in International Management
  • Master in Marketing Management
  • Master in Marketing Research
  • Master in Strategic Management
  • Master in Supply Chain Management
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