“If I would describe the programme in three words it would be: analytical, challenging and definitely international.”
The degree programme is divided into 3 major sections, which represent independent study phases both in terms of content and time: Foundation Studies, Main Studies and Final Studies. Each of these study sections consists of a combination of block and skill modules. Within the block modules, the core contents of the study programme are taught through a project-based approach. The core contents are combined to form a holistic picture, in order to make the interrelationships of business administration clear and internalise them. To ensure that you don't just learn theory, all the content of a block is combined in a large, overarching project in addition to classic exams. This project takes place in a real professional environment and is carried out in cooperation with partner companies of Fontys Venlo. The skills modules round off your general management profile by providing you with relevant soft skills, foreign languages and skills in the field of scientific work.
Year 1 forms the basis for your further studies and is headlined "the company and its environment". You learn about the structure, the functions and their interaction within a company. After the first year, you’re already familiar with the basics of business administration. Your specialised knowledge in the field of business administration will be expanded through the development of relevant skills – including time and project management as well as Excel, PowerPoint and Word – and through learning a foreign language. In addition, you’ll be introduced to scientific work and learn how to conduct research, for example in the context of practical projects. A Personal and Professional Development Coach will supervise and support you in your personal and professional development at all times to ensure the best possible course of studies and success.
Year 2 is the entry into the main study programme. This phase is entitled "Handling Management Challenges". Building on the knowledge and skills you acquired in the first year, you’ll now move on to the concrete challenges that modern business management has to deal with. You’ll deepen and expand your specialised knowledge in the areas of financing, controlling and accounting. In addition, you’ll learn about the main topics of modern management. You’ll gain deep insights into practice through projects that are an integral part of your studies from day 1. The largest practical project is the StartUp Factory, where you have the opportunity to choose 1 of 4 projects and, for example, found your own start-up company. You not only prove your creativity, but you also realise innovative ideas.
In year 3, you’ll complete an internship of approximately 6 months in a company and industry of your choice to deepen your professional knowledge in a real working environment. This internship can be completed in Germany, the Netherlands or any other country in the world. You can also further develop your knowledge and skills in the minor programme. The minor represents a further deepening of your studies, in which you can choose between the following options: Special semester at Fontys, semester at another Dutch university or worldwide semester abroad at one of over 125 partner universities worldwide. The optional semester abroad also offers you the opportunity to further develop your language and intercultural skills.
Year 4 is holistically designed to complete your general management profile. Therefore, this phase of the programme is entitled "Becoming a Business Professional". The 7th semester focuses on strategic aspects of corporate management, strategic corporate management, business intelligence and big data, as well as the legal framework. In the final semester, you’ll complete another internship in which you’ll work on a practice-related problem in a company of your choice and write your bachelor’s thesis. After successfully completing the internship and your bachelor’s thesis, you complete your studies with the internationally recognised Bachelor of Science degree.