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Finance & Control - International Finance & Control

Programme in brief

Are you interested in figures and company strategies and would you like to learn to make decisions on a corporate business level? With our Bachelor programme International Finance & Control (BSc) you will acquire general management knowledge and skills. This degree will give you many career opportunities at national and international companies.

Content of the programme

In the first year, you will gain knowledge in areas like financing, organisational theory and writing reports. In the second year, you will expand your expertise in the areas of accounting, controlling and management. From the beginning, there are projects where you can put your gained knowledge into practice. The StartUp Company project in the second year is one of the largest. You get to choose between four projects, one of which you establish your own start-up company. In the third year, you will do an internship at a company of your choice. You will also have the opportunity to learn more (abroad) during our minor programme. In the fourth year, you will further expand your knowledge with a range of strategy-related subjects. Lastly, you will work on a practice-related problem at a company during another internship. Here, you write your Bachelor thesis.

What to expect from us

You will acquire business management knowledge in the core areas of controlling, financing, accounting, risk management and strategic management. You will also gain knowledge that will prepare you to work as a general manager, like marketing and human resources. Soft skills like problem-solving, communication or team management will also be taught as well as foreign languages.

This is a small-scale programme, with a small internationally experienced team of readily approachable lecturers. You will study with people from different cultural backgrounds. You will also gain practical experience and build a network through a range of projects for and two internships at companies.

What do we expect from you

We expect you to be curious and pro-active. To be an analytical thinker who is interested in numbers and who is always looking for the best solutions to problems. To be communicative, open to other cultures and willing to work in an international environment.





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The Fontys way of studying

“The Fontys way of studying” is likely different from studying in your home country. We expect students to not merely study from books, but we expect them to look for solutions to problems themselves (which we call Problem Based Learning). This also means that lecturers expect you to actively participate during discussions. Moreover, you’ll need to write reports, solve problems in groups, conduct research and learn how to present solutions. This could mean that you have to adapt to the local culture, as this is likely different than what you are used to. Our approach does require some responsibility and initiative from your side. Nevertheless, in the end you’ll see that this approach prepares you very well for the job market after your studies.

Why study at Fontys?

We offer education which prepares you for the job market. We do so by staying in constant contact with the working field. While teaching we provide you with the required theory, consequently we will ask you to implement this theory into practice by means of different projects, such as writing a business plan. We do so, since you’ll need to put your knowledge into practice too when you’re ready with your studies. Special about studying at Fontys and appreciated by students is our open door policy. This means that it is easy for you to ask lecturers questions and ask for their feedback.

Career prospects

There are several jobs you can fulfil after graduating from your IFC study programme:

  • Auditor
  • Tax Consultant
  • Business Controller
  • Financial Manager
  • Information Manager
  • Business Consultant

Additionally, you can top-up your bachelor with a master’s degree. A master’s degree allows you to pursue your interests in more depth and to expand your network.

Study costs and living expenses

EU/EEA students
€1,104 (year 1)
€2,209* (years 2, 3 and 4) 

Non-EU/EEA students
€8,330* per year

*Tuition fees will increase with about 7% annually. Costs for books and readers are not included. These tuition rates are without engagement.

Monthly living expenses
Accommodation: €450
Food: €200
Other costs: €150
Visa costs: €315 annually (if needed)
All-in insurance (optional): €442 (annually)

Every EU/EEA bachelor student can get a loan to pay its tuition fees. EEA/EU students that work next to their studies are entitled to further loans. More information can be found on www.duo.nll

Admission requirements

As a prospective bachelor's student you must have a diploma of higher secondary education that is equivalent to Dutch standards. Some equivalent international diplomas are the senior high school diploma GCE, British GCE A-levels, or the French Baccalaureat. Nevertheless, since every country has its own school system we will check your diploma once we have received it from you. For the language requirements please refer to

Open days

We organise several open days throughout the year. On this day you can visit the campus, meet lecturers, and learn about the different study programmes.
They are organized on the following dates:

  • Saturday 16th of November 2019
  • Sunday 19th of January 2020
  • Saturday 21st of March 2020


Fontys Venlo has enough places to accommodate all its international students if they meet the application date: 15th of June. It is one of the few Dutch universities with own student dormitories. The 3 dormitories are ideally located between the city center and the university. All rooms are furnished. Additionally, Fontys has good contacts with several landlords that offer furnished student rooms in Venlo.