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International Business

Do you dream of an international career in business? With our English 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. Start your international career with the International Business programme at HZ.

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Programme

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 & Entrepreneurship
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).

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.

Entry requirements

To be admitted to the International Business programme you need certain entry requirements. If you do not meet the entry requirements HZ offers you the possibility to follow an extra course (schakelcursus). 

Entry requirements
21+ 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.

Schakelcursus

Zonder Economie 1  of Management & Organisatie in je pakket kun je niet starten aan de opleiding. Heb je als vooropleiding havo of vwo en heb je geen economie in je pakket? Dan kun je de schakelcursus Economie volgen waarmee je toch kunt starten aan de opleiding.

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.

Practical information

Read everything about applying, fees and finances and studying in Zeeland.

Fees and finances

Next to the tuition fees 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? Read all about our application procedure or apply directly through Studielink.

Studying in Zeeland
Contact

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

After graduation

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

Did you participate in the Honours Programme? You will get an extra certificate with your diploma.

Get a copy of your diploma here.

 

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 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

Student experience

Domique followed the International Business & Management Studies programme and in this video she shares her experience.
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