Study track

IB: International Business

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International Business

IB: International Business

Have you got a real head and heart for business but are not that keen on languages? Then International Business without additional languages is the right study track for you. Within this study track, the additional languages are replaced by two additional international business modules. In other words: you delve deeper into the world of business.

Each study track includes Business English modules. With these you have a C1 level command of the English language after you graduate. In addition, each study route also includes several primary modules, to be completed by every student. In the first year, these include modules such as Market Research, Company Health Check, Export Plan, Sustainability, Business & Innovation. Each study year is divided into four blocks of ten weeks each.

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This is the International Business (IB) study track

Year 1

You can design part of the International Business study for yourself. For example, you decide what language or languages you learn and what business projects you participate in. In addition, you get to visit various major companies during your first year. Themes that will be addressed during the first study year include:

  • Market Research
  • Information Skills
  • Qualitative Research
  • Intercultural Awareness
  • Human Resources Management
  • Financial Management
  • Sustainable Business Development & Innovation
  • International Trade & Supply Chain Management
  • Business Ethics
  • Business English
Year 2

As in the first study year, in the second year you also participate in a few business projects. You also continue to focus on one or more languages. This study year will focus on themes such as:

  • Organisational Behaviour & Performance
  • International Marketing Planning
  • Business Accounting
  • Quantitative Research
  • Client Relations Management
  • International Sales & Sales Techniques
  • Socially Responsible Entrepreneurship
  • Business English

Your own company
During the second study year of International Business, you set up your own company, together with some of your fellow students, a so-called Student Company. Together, you brainstorm about the product or service you be bringing to market. You write a business plan and, of course, you should not forget about the financial picture and marketing.

Year 3

The third study year of the International Business course at the HZ is all about your minor and your internship abroad. What country you go to is entirely up to you.

Year 4

The fourth and final study year of the International Business course consists of two parts. In the first semester, you will be in school, preparing for your graduation project. The second semester will focus on the implementation: you will perform in-company research at a Dutch or foreign company.

International Business

Go global

Do you dream of an international business career? With the English-spoken International Business degree course at the HZ, you gain a lot of international experience. In addition, even during your studies, you start building up a strong network and you spend one to three semesters abroad.

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Your future

After graduation

Bachelor's degree

Congratulations, you have graduated! From now on, you can put the title of ‘Bachelor of Business Administrations’ behind your name.

Career prospects

After your graduation, you can find work anywhere in the world. There is an increasing demand for well-educated managers with international experience, so you’ve got great career prospects. Some positions you could consider:

  • Marketing Professional
  • (International) Market Researcher
  • Export Consultant
  • Procurement Manager

Further studies

Do you want to continue studying after completing the International Business course? Then you have various options at your disposal. It might be that prior to a master’s degree, you will be required to complete a pre-master. At the University of Tilburg, various Masters’ degrees are being offered that are a great match for graduates of the International Business course at the HZ. These include:

  • Master’s in information management
  • Master’s in international management
  • Master’s in marketing management
  • Master’s in marketing research
  • Master’s in strategic management
  • Master’s in supply chain management
Student stories

What our students say

Do you want to know what our students think of the International Business study track and why they chose this track? Read the various experiences of our students.