Finance & Control - International Finance & Control

  • 4 year
  • English
  • Bachelor
  • Full-time
Venlo

Are you interested in business contexts, and would you like to learn how to make decisions as a future-oriented manager in terms of responsible corporate management? Then the International Finance & Control degree programme is just right for you.

About Finance & Control

You’ll follow a well-founded, practice-oriented study programme with a focus on strategic company tasks. Business management knowledge from the core areas of controlling, financing, accounting, risk management and strategic management enable you to master fundamental questions and challenges of corporate management and control. Knowledge from relevant areas such as marketing and human resource management, as well as developing relevant soft skills and learning foreign languages, complete your general management profile and allow you to master future management tasks.

The business studies programme thus prepares you for a variety of positions, so that you’ll be a perfect fit for a career in nationally and internationally operating companies, banks, auditing firms or management consultancies.

Why this study in the Netherlands?

  • Well-rounded business management training
  • Preparation for current topics and challenges of modern business management
  • Awarded the 3rd best degree programme nationwide in the Dutch Keuzegids university ranking
  • Project-based learning: projects take place either on the basis of practice-oriented problems or in cooperation with companies
  • 2 integrated internships (approx. 6 months each)
  • Small courses of max. 30 students and personal supervision
  • Flexible orientation and focus through various elective courses in the 2nd year of study
  • Optional semester abroad at one of more than 125 partner universities worldwide
 

What are you going to learn?

  • Understanding business management interrelationships and making decisions for sustainable corporate management and corporate control.
  • Theories, methods and instruments in the core areas of controlling, financing, accounting, risk management and strategic management.
  • Knowledge of relevant areas such as marketing and human resource management, as well as relevant soft skills and foreign languages.
  • Developing strategies and business models with which companies can differentiate themselves from the competition.
  • Using existing resources in a target-oriented way to achieve the company’s goals regarding value, risk and sustainability.
  • Developing problem-solving skills through a combination of theory and practice in a hybrid learning environment.
 

Gain practical experience

Take a look at one of our study programme projects

 

How does your week look?

Generally, there are 20 contact hours per week. The rest of the time (approx. 20 hours) is spent on practical projects and self-study.

Get to know our campus

Check out our classrooms, outside area, engineering labs, the city of Venlo and much more via our 360° tour.

Ambience photo Fontys
 

Alexandru shares his experiences in this video:

“If I would describe the programme in three words it would be: analytical, challenging and definitely international.”

 

Courses

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 and hybrid 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. 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.

 

Requirements

Diploma

As a prospective Bachelor's student you must have a diploma of higher secondary education that is equivalent to Dutch standards. In order to be admitted to Fontys University of Applied Sciences students must be eligible for higher education through a diploma of secondary education / high school diploma with good results. For international students this means that you can be admitted with one of the following diploma’s/certificates if you meet all the requirements:

  • senior high school diploma, which generally grants access to a Bachelor programme in the country of issue
  • General Certificate of Secondary Education in 4 subjects with marks ranging from A-C, plus a General Certificate of Education with 2 subjects at advanced subsidiary level
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Baccalauréat Général
  • American High School Diploma (AP courses are strongly recommended)
  • For German students specifically: Fachabitur or Abitur (Fachhochschulreife or Allgemeine Hochschulreife)

    Besides your diploma, please provide additional academic qualifications if available (especially in the field of mathematics and physics). E.g. additional courses, workshops, projects, participation in competitions. Your qualifications will be assessed by the Admission Officer of the specific study programme.

    If your diploma is not on this list, we still advise you to send us your documents (after you have submitted an application in Studielink) so that we can evaluate if you are admissible for the study programme.

    Language requirements

    For the English taught programmes, the minimum English language proficiency required is explained in the table below:

    TEST Bachelor's students
    IELTS 6.0 (academic level)
    TOEFL paper 550
    TOEFL computer 213
    TOEFL internet 79/80
    TOEIC* 670
    Cambridge ESOL CAE-C

    * only if the units 'Speaking and Writing' and 'Listening and Reading' have been passed succesfully.

    The level of English proficiency must always meet the entry requirements for the chosen Fontys course. Fontys always reserves the right to require a language proficiency test for all categories of applicants.

    Exemptions

    Some applicants can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test results:

    • Candidates with a Dutch mbo-4, havo- or vwo-diploma
    • EEA/EU candidates with diplomas from certain countries are exempted from the language test. Find the list of diplomas and countries here
    • Applicants whose previous education was English-taught, and taken in a country in which English is an official language
    • Applicants whose mother tongue is English.

    The level of English proficiency must always meet the entry requirements for the chosen Fontys course. Fontys always reserves the right to require a language proficiency test for all categories of applicants.

    Diploma

    As a prospective Bachelor's student you must have a diploma of higher secondary education that is equivalent to Dutch standards. In order to be admitted to Fontys University of Applied Sciences students must be eligible for higher education through a diploma of secondary education / high school diploma with good results. For international students this means that you can be admitted with one of the following diploma’s/certificates if you meet all the requirements:

    • senior high school diploma, which generally grants access to a Bachelor programme in the country of issue
    • General Certificate of Secondary Education in 4 subjects with marks ranging from A-C, plus a General Certificate of Education with 2 subjects at advanced subsidiary level
    • International Baccalaureate Diploma
    • Baccalauréat Général
    • American High School Diploma (AP courses are strongly recommended)
    • For German students specifically: Fachabitur or Abitur (Fachhochschulreife or Allgemeine Hochschulreife)

      Besides your diploma, please provide additional academic qualifications if available (especially in the field of mathematics and physics). E.g. additional courses, workshops, projects, participation in competitions. Your qualifications will be assessed by the Admission Officer of the specific study programme.

      If your diploma is not on this list, we still advise you to send us your documents (after you have submitted an application in Studielink) so that we can evaluate if you are admissible for the study programme.

      Language requirements

      For the English taught programmes, the minimum English language proficiency required is explained in the table below:

      TEST Bachelor's students
      IELTS 6.0 (academic level)
      TOEFL paper 550
      TOEFL computer 213
      TOEFL internet 79/80
      TOEIC* 670
      Cambridge ESOL CAE-C

      * only if the units 'Speaking and Writing' and 'Listening and Reading' have been passed succesfully.

      The level of English proficiency must always meet the entry requirements for the chosen Fontys course. Fontys always reserves the right to require a language proficiency test for all categories of applicants.

      Exemptions

      Some applicants can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test results:

      • Candidates with a Dutch mbo-4, havo- or vwo-diploma
      • EEA/EU candidates with diplomas from certain countries are exempted from the language test. Find the list of diplomas and countries here
      • Applicants whose previous education was English-taught, and taken in a country in which English is an official language
      • Applicants whose mother tongue is English.

      The level of English proficiency must always meet the entry requirements for the chosen Fontys course. Fontys always reserves the right to require a language proficiency test for all categories of applicants.

      Visa

      As a non-EU/EEA student, the Netherlands will require an Entry Visa* (MVV) and a Residence Permit. Fontys will apply on behalf of its students for these documents. We recommend you start the process early, i.e. approximately three months before you plan to enter the Netherlands.

      *except nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, the USA and Vatican City State.

      Diploma

      As a prospective Bachelor's student you must have a diploma of higher secondary education. For Dutch students this means: VWO-, HAVO- (NT/NG profile obligated) or MBO-diploma.

      Language requirements for Dutch students

      For the English taught programmes, the minimum English language proficiency required. As an applicant with a Dutch MBO-4, HAVO- or VWO-diploma you can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test.

       

      Career opportunities

      Studying at Fontys Venlo is an ideal preparation for your career. 95% of International Finance & Control graduates find a job within 2 months of graduation. Many graduates work at the company where they completed their internship or bachelor’s placement.

      Your specialisation in the core areas of business administration, combined with knowledge of interface areas such as economics, project management and supply chain management, will give you a holistic overview of the fields of business administration and their interconnections. Below you will find some possible professions that you can pursue after your studies:

      • Controller
      • Financial Manager
      • Internal Auditor
      • Investment Manager
      • Risk Analyst
      • Business Development Manager
      • Project Manager
      • Human Resource Manager
      • Sales Manager
       

      Agné:

      “Fontys offered a practical experience in accounting, by working with multidisciplinary groups on independent projects for real companies. I was able to apply theory to find solutions to corporate problems on many occasions, not only in group work, but also through internships.”

      Costs

      The tuition fees indicator helps you to determine the tuition rate for your situation. The information and tuition rates from this indicator are without engagement.

      For the 2021-2022 academic year, you can count on a one-time discount on tuition fees from the ‘Nationaal Programma Onderwijs’. Do you want to know what this means for you personally? Check the tuition fees indicator to see how high your tuition fees are for academic year 2021-2022.

      A distinction is made between statutory tuition fees and institutional tuition fees. Only if you satisfy all statutory requirements regarding your nationality and if you have not yet been awarded a degree, will you be eligible for statutory tuition fees. Via the tuition fees indicator, you can secure an indication of the type of tuition fees that will be applicable in your situation. To do so, please make use of the indicator above.

      Distinctions are made between the following types of Institutional Tuition Fees:
      • Low institutional tuition fees 
      • High institutional tuition fees

      These different types of tuition fees and the Exemption Regulations are fully detailed in the

        The amount to be paid may vary in accordance with the following situations:
        • If you have enrolled in more than one course programme (at Fontys and/or elsewhere), it is possible that you may only be obliged to pay one set of statutory tuition fees.
        • If you believe that you may be eligible to pay only the statutory tuition fees on the basis of information that may be unknown to us, please report this to your Course Department.
        • If it later transpires that you do not meet the requirements for statutory tuition fees, you will be obliged to pay the (higher) institutional tuition fees and if this is the case, you will be notified accordingly.



        Fontys currently offers several scholarships for Non-Eu / Non-EEA students. You might also be eligible for other scholarships not provided by Fontys. These can be found on Grantfinder.nl

        Paying in instalments

        Collection will take place in a maximum of ten equal instalments on or around the 26th of the month. Depending upon the processing time required after your enrolment, the direct debit may need to be moved to the following month. If so, the amount outstanding will then be divided and added to the remaining instalments to be executed until and including the June instalment.

        If paying the full sum in a single payment

        If you commence your studies on 1 September, the direct debit pertaining to your Tuition Fees will be executed on or around 25 September. If you commence your studies after 1 September, the direct debit will be executed on or around the 26th of the month in which you commence your studies.

        Non EU students

        Incoming Non EU students will receive a payment letter from their study department which must be paid before the deadline. In the following academic years payment can be done by direct debit.

        The Dutch currency unit is the Euro (i.e. abbreviated to ‘EUR’ or ‘€’).

        The average living expenses per month for a foreign student living and studying in Holland are between EUR 900 and EUR 1,100 per month. These living expenses cover rent, insurance, food, public transportation, books, clothing and other general costs. 

        Costs within the first months upon arrival will be higher than all other months due to a housing deposit, intro week and books. Study books are usually bought at the start of the semester and therefore it is wise to reserve and have direct access to an amount at the start of the semester which can cover the price of all study books and the living expenses for the first two months. 

        It is not always easy for international students to find accommodation in the Netherlands. Therefore, Fontys University of Applied Sciences (Fontys) offers a service to provide students with assistance in securing suitable accommodation (i.e. a student room) for the first period of their studies at Fontys. Fontys works with private landlords, but also offers their own accommodation in Venlo.

        How to apply

        All applications for our programmes have to be conducted via www.studielink.nl. Studielink is an online portal that allows applicants to apply and maintain their registration whenever they want to.

        The application process may differ for EU and Non-EU students, please read below what applies for you.

        Application deadlines

        September intake
        If you want us to arrange accommodation 15 June
        If you arrange accommodation yourself 1 August

        Start your online application

        • Log in to Studielink: www.studielink.nl.
        • Submit your personal details (please ensure that you enter your names as stated on your passport and/or identity card), ensuring that all details are entered correctly, i.e. capital letters where required.
        • Add 'New Enrolment Application': mind you choose the correct intake (September 2021).
        • Add your previous education and answer the supplementary questions.
        Educational institution Fontys Hogescholen
        Location of educational institution Venlo
        Programme Finance & Control - International Finance & Control

        Application deadlines

        September intake
        If you want us to arrange accommodation 1 June
        If you arrange accommodation yourself 1 June

        Start your online application

        • Log in to Studielink: www.studielink.nl.
        • Submit your personal details (please ensure that you enter your names as stated on your passport and/or identity card), ensuring that all details are entered correctly, i.e. capital letters where required.
        • Add 'New Enrolment Application': mind you choose the correct intake (September 2021).
        • Add your previous education and answer the supplementary questions.
        Educational institution Fontys Hogescholen
        Location of educational institution Venlo
        Programme Finance & Control - International Finance & Control

         

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