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International Business

You dream of an international career, you are curious about other cultures and you are interested in economics, management and sales. The English International Business course will allow you to get to work anywhere in the world.

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? The International Business programme at the HZ will train you to become an enterprising and international business professional.

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

During your first year of study you will choose a specialisation.During the first two years of the International Business programma, you will, next to your specialisation, follow courses, such as Economics, Business Ethics, Marketing, Business Law, Sales, Finance and Accounting, HRM, Intercultural Awareness and Business English.


  • Supply Chain Management
    You develop your abilities to assess processes. Special attention is given to logistical aspects such as customer relationship management, IT tooling, 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 at the heart of this specialisation. 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 to use appropriate sales and negotiation techniques, 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 learn to deal 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 the third year you choose a minor and an internship that match both your interests and your educational and professional objectives. You can spend this year abroad, with one semester at one of our partner universities and one semester of internship at company or organisation. 

The first semester of the fourth year is dedicated to the completion of the knowledge and skills related to your field of specialisation and to preparations for the graduation internship, which you will carry out in the last semester of your studies at HZ. 

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. 

You spend 25% of your studies working at a company and gaining practical experience: one semester in the third year and one semester in the fourth year. This gives you the opportunity to develop the practical skills that are the most valued in the professional field today. You are expected to follow least one semester abroad for your minor, internship or graduation.

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.


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 qualification equivalent to a Dutch secondary education diploma, which gives you access to higher education. You can find a list of admissible diplomas on our website:
  • A good command of written and spoken English. Your level of English should be equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.0. 
  • Affinity with numbers.

Read more about the admission requirements

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.

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,-.

Read more about the fees and finances here.  


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.  

Get a copy of your diploma here.

International Business graduates found employment at Google (recruiter), IBM (consultant), EF Education First (sales coordinator), OSRAM (Business Development Manager), Dow Chemicals (strategic manager). 

With a HZ diploma you can continue with a Master’s programme. Based on your international experience and sound knowledge of business and management, your chances of being selected at an international Master’s programme abroad will be reasonably good. 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.

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