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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.

The International Business course will optimally prepare you for an international career. The programme is entirely in English and you will form part of a class with students from all over the world. 

You learn how to streamline company processes, think commercially and work within a financial framework. Depending on your career motivation and interests, you specialise in Supply Chain Management, Management & Entrepreneurship, Marketing & Sales or Business & Languages. In every specialisation, you learn to write a sound business plan, concentrating on commercial feasibility, financial underpinning and personal planning. You also focus on how to provide thoroughly underpinned recommendations for development to companies and not-for-profit organisations.

You are a citizen of the world, you are open-minded, have an eye for other cultures and you love working with people. Would you like to get to work as a well-educated manager with international experience anywhere in the world? Start your international career with the International Business programme at HZ.

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You learn how to streamline company processes, how to think commercially and how to add value to an organisation. 21st Century business skills are at the heart of the programme: these are the professional skills many industries require these days. You learn how to write a sound business plan, concentrating on commercial feasibility, financial underpinning and personal planning and you set up your own Student Company. You learn how to provide to companies and to not-for-profit organisations recommendations for further improvement. You do this in an intercultural context in which you learn how to work with and respect people with different backgrounds. The International Business programme is a four-year fulltime bachelor programme taught entirely in English, which is supported by the classes of Business English. Depending on your career motivation and interest you choose one of the four specialisations. 

Depending on your career motivation and interest you choose one of the four specialisations: Supply Chain Management, Management & Entrepreneurship, Marketing & Sales or Business & Languages. For all specialisations, you can spend the third year abroad, with one semester at a partner university and one semester of work placement at a company


  • Supply Chain Management
    During this specialisation you develop skills to streamline processes, with a focus on logistical aspects such as customer relationship management, IT, resources planning, operation management, control of good flows and warehouse management.
  • Management & Entrepeneurships
    Analysing and creating processes that enable companies to start or to grow is what this specialisation is about. You develop a keen eye for the role of personnel within organisations and the interaction between different internal and external stakeholders. You learn how to assess market opportunities and to set up a company. 
  • Marketing & Sales
    This specialisation focuses on the main business and management factors that affect a company’s propensity to offer services or products that fit the demand of customers and clients. You learn how to use appropriate sales and negotiation techniques, how to develop a growth strategy and conduct market surveys in order to assess market opportunities and competition.
  • Business & Languages 
    Here you concentrate on multi-lingual business environments in which intercultural communication is the main tool for achieving business and management goals. You prepare yourself for dealing with ever changing business settings in an international context by acquiring business knowledge and a high level of communicative skills, not only in English, but also in two other modern languages (French, Spanish, German or Dutch).

In your third year you choose a minor. With a minor you can deepen or broaden your knowledge and skills. You can follow a minor at the HZ or at another university in the Netherlands or abroad. 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.

You spend 25% of your studies working at a company of your choice gaining practical experience: one semester in the third year and one semester in the fourth year. We expect each International Business student to spend at least one semester abroad during the minor, internship or graduation. The first semester of the fourth year is dedicated to the completion of the knowledge and skills related to your field of specialization and to preparations for the graduation internship, which you will carry out in the last semester of your studies at HZ. You can also carry out the graduation research anywhere in the world.

Three-year track

This programme is also available as a three year track for students that are highly motivated and equipped for an intensive and challenging programme. 


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, German, Dutch or Spanish at A2 level (good basic knowledge). You can start Spanish, German or Dutch at 0 level.

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Language requirements

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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.

Three-year track

In the academic year 2018-2019 we start a three-year track that consists of 180 ec’s for students that are highly motivated and equipped for an intensive and challenging programme.

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,-.

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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.


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

After graduation

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 diploma.  

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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.  

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 preMaster’s programme. 

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