International Business

4 years
Bachelor of Business Administration
240 ECTS
Start: September

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!

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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  • Mohamad Abdul-Rahim

    Lecturer & Academic Advisor

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  • Daniela Naydenova

    Lecturer & GPJ Coordinator

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  • Hugh Liu

    Lecturer & Researcher

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  • Sabrina Orgiu

    Lecturer Spanish

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  • Tim Vriend

    Lecturer & Researcher

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About this programme

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!

International Business at Hanze UAS, Groningen

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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 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.

Year 2

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.

Year 3: Year Abroad

Study abroad

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.

International placement

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.

Year 4: Graduation Year

Graduation semester

In your fourth and final year you will work as a business consultant with companies to come up with solutions for real business issues. Moreover, you will engage in a multidisciplinary business simulation game covering all aspects of business operations, including mission, strategy, finance, and entrepreneurship. During your graduation year you can specialise in a business area of your interest by choosing two elective courses covering various aspects of international business, including marketing, finance, and human resource management.

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 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:

  • 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

  • Admissible depending on 1 extra subject

  • 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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