​​​​​Prepar​ing professionals with an international mind-set, who are ready to add value to business and society

From the moment you walk down our hallway you immediately experience the international atmosphere. You meet students from all over the world and are taught by lecturers with strong international backgrounds. Cultural diversity is valued by all in this open-minded setting, where we speak and teach in English. IBS is truly international, with approximately 1,500 students representing more than 70 nationalities. This number increases considerably when you incorporate our faculty, alumni, university partners and international business networks. 

​​​​​During the International Business and Management (IBMS) three-year bachelor's programme, students will gain knowledge in complex business issues and achieve a global understanding and awareness. The programme is taught in the English language: a valuable asset for those seeking international career paths. Add to this the adventure of a year abroad that includes a semester at a partner university and an international work placement. The​ IBMS three-year programme gives young, ambitious students the experience and skills to successfully enter a rapidly changing international business world. 

International Business and Management Studies graduates obtain an internationally recognised degree: Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA).​​

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Programme structure

Programme structure

The IBMS three-year year programme is worth 180 ECTS. Each year consists of two study semesters and each semester is divided into two ten-week periods. The programme is designed for students with a higher secondary school education, such as a Dutch VWO level, International Baccalaureate or an international equivalent. The first year of the IBMS three-year programme is tailored-made, bringing together students with similar academic backgrounds and abilities. It prepares students for the full second year abroad: study semester and international placement. The second and third years of the IBMS three-year programme are the same as the third and fourth years of the IBMS four-year programme.

The first year

The first year

Students are introduced to the principal areas of business. Knowledge is acquired and assessed through classes, group work, research and business labs, assignments and written examinations. A strong commitment to self-study is also needed. The curriculum has a clear international focus and direction, including Global Citizenship. Throughout the year students will demonstrate their growing professional and personal competencies in a dedicated portfolio.

Academic Advisor

Academic Advisor

IBS offers valuable study mentoring throughout all phases of the IBMS programme. Each student is assigned a dedicated Academic Advisor during the  introduction period. In the first year, academic advice concentrates on following study progress and assists you in adjusting to the IBMS programme and higher education in general. In the second and subsequent years, the Academic Advisor continues to monitor study progress. You will also get expert support when writing your study plan, as well as help and guidance in other student matters.

Study abroad

Study abroad

During the third year, you spend a full semester studying at one of our many partner universities around the world. This is a unique opportunity to broaden your knowledge and experience of different cultures and develop your foreign language skills. Studying abroad is mandatory for all Dutch students. International (non-Dutch) students may choose the minor European Business at IBS or a minor from another Hanze UAS school.

International placement

International placement

The other semester in the third year is spent working in a company outside your home country, where you can apply all of the theory that you have earned during the first two years of your study. Students acquire the placement themselves, making use of the information available at IBS, such as regular placement offers, previous student reports and shared experiences of fellow students. Recent placements have included Hugo Boss, New York; Shell, Kuala Lumpur; AC Nielsen, Jakarta; Philips, Hong Kong; L’Oréal, Auckland; Saatchi & Saatchi, Moscow; Club Med, Brussels and Sara Lee/Douwe Egberts, Shanghai.



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. The IBMS programme offers the following minors.

Internat​ional Strat​egy and Business
International Marketing
International Management
International Finance and Accounting



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.

​Career opportunities

Career opportunities

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.

​Master's programmes

Master's programmes

After successful completion of your Bachelor of Business Administration, you can continue your university education at Hanze UAS by enrolling in one of our professional master’s programmes. More information here. IBS currently offers a Master in International Business and Management (MBA), which allows direct-entry to IBMS graduates.



IBS has carried out a comprehensive social media research to track its alumni in the global job market. The research was conducted on the LinkedIn professional network in Autumn 2014, with the findings published in January 2015. The results showed that IBS alumni are in employment in a wide range of business-related roles. The popular peaks of marketing, finance and accounting, management, business development and consultancy are supportive of the IBMS minors and graduation specialisations. This is a firm indication that IBS graduates have built the appropriate knowledge and skills to successfully enter their chosen field of expertise. Since the early 1990s, IBS has seen over 3,000 business students graduate from its bachelor’s (88%) and master’s (12%) programmes. More information here.


Year 1

  • Principal Areas of Business
  • Business Labs
  • Integrated Cases
  • Global Citizenship
  • International Marketing
  • International Finance and Accounting
  • International Supply Chain Management
  • International HRM/Organisational Behaviour

Year 2

  • Study abroad (partner university)
  • International placement

Year 3

  • Minor
  • Graduation Project

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