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Would you like to study and work alongside students, faculty members and partners from all over the world? Are you interested in global business and intercultural communication? Does the idea of spending a year abroad during your studies excite you? International Business is the programme for you!
What makes studying at Hanze UAS unique is that you will work on projects for real clients and contribute to concrete solutions for current issues impacting society. Below, you can find some examples of projects our students engage in.
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The International Business bachelor's programme prepares you to become a business professional with a global mindset, who is ready to add value to international business and society. You will learn about core areas of business, such as marketing, finance, supply chain and HRM, but you will also develop your professional skills, including intercultural sensitivity, information management and communication.
To deepen your cultural awareness and broaden your international horizons you will learn an additional foreign language. You can choose between Spanish, French, German, Dutch or Mandarin Chinese. When you add the adventure of a year abroad, including a semester at a partner university and an international work placement, the International Business programme provides the perfect study environment for a business bachelor's student who has strong, international ambitions!
What does studying International Business at Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen entail? In this video, Head of Education for year 1 & 2 of the bachelors and one of the lecturers explain more about the content and structure of the programme, student support, and the year abroad.
The first year introduces you to core areas of international business and business skills. You will delve into the dynamics of a business from several perspectives, including organisational strategy, economics, finance, and marketing. You will gain hands-on experience by doing integrated, real-life projects and playing business simulation games. For example, you learn how to write an actual business plan. Besides theoretical knowledge and project work, you will also develop your professional skills, such as business communication and intercultural competence.
In the second year, you will deepen your knowledge and skills in human resource management, finance & accounting, operations & logistics, and international marketing. Each of the blocks is centred around business project, so you can apply your knowledge directly. For example, you will design a market entry strategy for a real company in the final block of year 2. The foreign language and professional skills classes continue in year 2.
During the third year, you spend a full semester studying at one of our many partner universities abroad. We have more than 100 partner institutions all over the globe. Non-Dutch students can also opt to stay in the Netherlands and follow a minor (elective semester) at Hanze UAS.
You will spend the other semester of your third year working in an internationally oriented company or organisation outside your home country, where you can apply what you have learnt during the first phase of your studies. Every student is assigned an internship supervisor who can guide and help you if you need advice.
You begin your fourth and final year with a semester in which you take modules relating to your minor. This enables you to gain an in-depth understanding of the specialisation you have chosen. You can choose out of four graduation minors in the IB programme:
In your final semester you complete a graduation project in which you are regarded as a consultant for an external company. You will be required to obtain, define, analyse and research a business-related problem, write a final report and present/defend your findings in an oral presentation.
After successful completion of the International Business programme, you can continue with a postgraduate study and pursue a Master of Business Administration or Master of Science degree.
As a business-related master you could choose the following programmes at Hanze UAS:
International Business graduates who choose to continue their studies also often choose for a master's programme abroad. For example, some of our alumni have completed the master's programmes below:
Our alumni are located around the world and work at top global companies, such as Amazon, Google, IBM, Rabobank, Volkswagen, PwC, and Philips. In addition, many alumni work at exciting start-ups or have set up their own company. The most popular jobs include:
Many graduates are offered jobs with their placement company or the company for which they did their final graduation project. We are even contacted directly by international companies that are specifically looking for our graduates.
Pick one out of five languages and improve your communication skills
Spend a semester abroad at one of our +100 partner universities
Apply what you have learned by doing an internship in an international company
Choose your specialisation and write a graduation report for a company of your choice
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