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International Business (3 year)

3 years
Bachelor of Business Administration
180 ECTS
Start: September

Are you ambitious, independent and motivated to learn about internationally oriented companies? Would you like to learn how to collaborate in an intercultural setting? Does the idea of spending a year abroad during your studies excite you? Do you have a vwo diploma and do you want to complete your bachelor within 3 years instead of 4? International Business 3 year bachelor is the programme for you!

Projects with impact

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.

We are International Business

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  • Louisa Penton

    IBS Info Desk Coordinator

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  • Junyu Wang

    Lecturer & Coordinator 3-year bachelor

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  • Ian Fitzgerald


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  • Ning Ding

    Lecturer & Researcher

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  • Houke Holswilder


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  • Rosalind Gibson

    Lecturer & Internationalisation Coordinator

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About this programme

The International Business programme prepares you to become a business professional with a global mindset, who is ready to add value to international busines and society. Besides learning about principal areas of business such as marketing, finance, supply chain, and HR, you will also develop your professional skills, including intercultural sensitivity, information management and communication skills. 

To deepen your cultural awareness and broaden your international horizons you have the opportunity to spend a full year abroad, which includes 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!

Difference between 3- and 4-year programme

What sets the International Business three-year programme apart from the four-year track is that it is designed for students with a higher secondary school education, such as the Dutch vwo level, International Baccalaureate or an international equivalent. This allows you to complete your study faster. Compressing the IB programme in 3 years instead of 4, requires ambition and a strong commitment to self-study. From the second year onwards, you will follow the same programme as the four-year bachelor.

Video year 1 and 2 by Karin Vegter and Mohamad Abdul-Rahim

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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.

Course overview

Year 1

The first year introduces you to the principal areas of business: Marketing & Sales, Finance & Accounting, Supply Chain Management and Human Resource Management. You will experience how these areas are interrelated through Business Labs and integrated cases. The Business Labs are simulation environments in which you work in groups in a business-like set up. Next to the principal areas of business, you will work on Economics, Law, Research and Career Training Development in Global Citizenship modules.

Year 2: Year Abroad

Study abroad

During the second year, you spend a full semester studying at one of our many partner universities around the world. We have more than 100 partner institutions all over the globe. This is a unique opportunity to expand your knowledge of different cultures and develop your language skills. Non-Dutch students can also opt to stay in the Netherlands and follow a minor (elective semester) at IBS or a minor from another Hanze UAS programme.

International placement

You will spend the second semester of your second year working in an internationally oriented company or organisation outside your home country, where you can apply what you have learnt during the first year of your studies. Every student is assigned an internship supervisor who can guide and help you if you need advice.

Year 3: Graduation Year

Graduation minor

You begin your third 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:

  • International Finance & Accounting
  • International Management
  • International Marketing
  • International Strategy & Business Development

Graduation project (GPJ)

In your final semester you complete a graduation project in which you act 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 your studies

Pursue a master's degree

After successful completion of the International Business programme, you can continue with a postgraduate study and pursue a master's degree, such as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Science (MSc).

 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:

  • Master International Management/CEMS at Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
  • Master Managing People, Knowledge & Change at Lund University School of Economics & Management, Sweden

Career prospects

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:

  • marketing & sales manager
  • finance & accounting manager
  • business consultant
  • project & account manager
  • entrepreneur

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.

Admission requirements

  • Directly admissible

  • Not admissible

Admission & application

Application & enrolment

Once you have made your final choice of degree programme, apply for the degree programme via Studielink before 1 May. If you apply before that date, you will have so-called right of admission. This means that you have the right to be admitted to the degree programme, provided that you meet the statutory (and any additional) admission requirements. In addition, everyone who applies before 1 May is entitled to a matching procedure (Study Choice Check). If you apply after 1 May, participation in the matching procedure is compulsory. If you do not participate in the compulsory matching procedure, the degree programme may refuse your enrolment. To be enrolled from the beginning of the academic year, you must apply before 1 September at the latest.

Matching procedure (Study Choice Check)

The Study Choice Check allows us to assess if you and the study programme are a good match. The test will result in an individual advice. The check consists of a short multiple choice test (mandatory for those students who applied after the 1st of May) and the option to watch two online lectures.

The Study Choice Check is non-binding. You have the final say in whether or not you wish to start the programme. If the test results conclude that this programme is not suited to you, Hanze Study Choice Support can help you make a better choice.

Start of the degree programme

The degree programme will start in September. It is not possible to start in February.


Fields of interest

  • Business and Economics
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