Develop your entrepreneurial mindset in an intercultural environment

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International Business - Fundamentals

Start: September, February
  • Business and Economics

Are you interested in internationally oriented companies and would you like to learn how to collaborate in an intercultural setting? Would you like to deepen your knowledge and skills into key business areas and help companies with sustainable and innovative solutions? The International Business – Fundamentals programme is the right fit for you!

About this minor

In the International Business – Fundamentals programme you will learn about core areas of business, but you will also develop your professional skills, including intercultural sensitivity, information management and communication. You can participate in one or two semesters and each semester is divided into two blocks. Each of the blocks is centred around a business project in which you will receive skills training and apply theoretical knowledge in practice right away.

Semester 1 (September)

The first semester of this programme focuses on finance, logistics and supply chain management. You will participate in a simulation game in which you compete within several domestic and international markets. The simulation requires you to make internationally focused decisions in the areas of Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management, Finance and Marketing. Moreover, throughout the semester you will partake in a research project centred around a real-life business case. You will analyse current business issues in regard to law, economics, ethical and social responsibility, sustainability and innovation.

Semester 2 (February)

In the second semester of this programme, you will dive deeper into Human Resource Management, Intercultural Competence, and Marketing. You will participate in two projects: Talent Management in the context of cross-border expansion and Market Entry. In the Market Entry Project, you will take on the role of student consultant and collaborate with real company stakeholders to create a market entry strategy. Besides focusing on key business areas, you will also work on your career development and professional communication. Promoting effective and appropriate behavior and communication in intercultural situations is a critical objective in our current world and the modern workplace. Therefore, you will develop a Global Mindset by learning about cross-cultural differences, enhancing intercultural competence and facilitating diversity and inclusion.

At the end of this programme you will better understand the complex interrelationship between the principal areas of business in a dynamic, uncertain and internationally oriented environment. In addition, you will be able to produce actionable business plans, develop creative and innovative business solutions, and understand the effect of cultural differences on organizational behaviour and business results. You will also greatly improve your English and professional communication skills.


Semester 1 (September-February):

  • Core Areas of International Business - 10 ECTS
  • Financial Statement Analysis of a Multinational Enterprise - 5 ECTS
  • Business Simulation Supply Chain - 5 ECTS
  • Flexible Research Project - 5 ECTS
  • Dutch Language - 5 ECTS

Semester 2 (February-July):

  • Core Areas of International Business - 10 ECTS
  • Project Talent Management - 5 ECTS
  • Project Market Entry - 5 ECTS
  • Career Development and Professional Communication - 5 ECTS
  • Intercultural and Professional Skills in Business - 5 ECTS

Before you can start

This programme is open to exchange students and it is part of the regular International Business bachelor (year 2). You should have some prior knowledge of international business subjects and a good English language proficiency. You also have to be in the main phase of your study.

Admission & application

Please check with your home university whether there is an agreement set up with the Hanze School that is offering the exchange programme of your choice. To apply for and be admitted for our exchange programme you should take the following steps

  • 1. Be nominated by your home university

    Once you have been nominated, your nomination will be checked by us and confirmed to your home university by email. You will receive your application link during our application period.

  • 2. Submit your online application

    Once you have been nominated by your home university you will receive a personal application link and the application instructions during our application period. The application is fully digital and documents do not have to be send by email or postal mail. Make sure you do not miss our application deadline!

  • 3. Letter of Acceptance

    Once you have submitted your application we will check your documents. If you have to re-submit any documents, we will let you know. We will be sending out Acceptance Letters from the beginning of May when you start in September and from the middle of October when you start in February.

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Fields of interest

  • Business and Economics
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