Programme

Course highlights

The rapid changes in the business environment – including globalisation and digitisation – challenges managers of national and international companies. Every day, they need to make the right decisions to secure their company's long-term existence. Which strategies, products and business models are suitable for a company to stand out from the competition? How can risks and opportunities be assessed and consequently be responded to proactively? How can the existing resources in a company be used to reach the company's value, risk and sustainable objectives?

Our study programme International Finance & Control will prepare you for these and other challenges of management and controlling. 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, in areas like marketing and human resources. Soft skills like problem-solving, communication or team management will also be taught as well as foreign languages.

What makes our programme unique?

  • We focus on strategic decision-making based on controlling, financing, accounting and risk management.
  • You will acquire knowledge which supports you in becoming a general management professional at an international company. Think of subjects like human resources, marketing and relevant soft skills.
  • You will participate in the StartUp Factory project. You can either start your own business, become a consultant for a company in the Netherlands or Germany, join a social enterprise, or take part in our film project. This project collaborates with students from different study programmes.
  • We have an international team of lecturers with experiences in international business.
  • Our lecturers are readily approachable.
  • You will study in an international classroom, and therefore learn how to cooperate with people from different backgrounds.
  • You will learn how to make management dashboards.
  • You will do two internships at companies of your choice.
  • You have the opportunity to spend a semester at one of more than 125 partner universities located all over the world.

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  • Course description per year

    Year 1 (Semester 1 and 2)

    From the start, the study program International Finance & Control will prepare you for management and controlling challenges. You will immediately gain in-depth knowledge in the areas of financing, accounting, marketing, organisational theory and project management. You will also learn to write reports and give presentations. On top of that, you will develop relevant soft skills and acquire further foreign language skills.

    Year 2 (Semester 3 and 4)

    In the second year, you will expand your expertise in the areas of financing, controlling and accounting. The focus of this year is on general management. You will gain a lot of practical experience through numerous projects that are an integral part of your studies from day one. The largest practical project in your second year is the StartUp Factory. You will get to choose one of four projects: start your own business, become a consultant for a company in the Netherlands or Germany, join a social enterprise, or take part in our film project. During this project, you will not only be able to demonstrate your creativity and innovativeness but also to improve your cooperation and communication skills with people from different backgrounds and disciplines.

    Year 3 (Semester 5 and 6)

    In the third year, you will do a six-month internship at a company and industry of your choice to expand your professional knowledge in a real working environment. You will also apply for an internship position, allowing you to practice your application skills for the future. You can complete this internship in the Netherlands, Germany, or in any other country.

    You can also expand your knowledge and skills during our minor programme. You can choose between the following options: a specialisation semester at Fontys or another Dutch university or a semester abroad at one of more than 125 partner universities worldwide. The optional semester abroad will allow you to acquire further language skills and to experience a new culture.

    Year 4 (Semester 7 and 8)

    The fourth-year is designed to complete your general management profile. The first semester of this year focuses on strategic aspects of management, controlling, business intelligence & big data and legal frameworks.

    In the final semester, you will complete another internship at a company of your choice. Here you will work on a practice-related problem and write your Bachelor thesis. This combination of internship and Bachelor thesis completes your internationally recognised Bachelor of Science degree.

  • Curriculum

    In year one, you receive basic knowledge in finance, control, marketing, organisational studies, project management.
    After year one, you dive into the specifics and you will focus on the main project StartUp Factory.
    In the first semester of year three, you do a work placement in a company and industry of your choice. In the second semester of year three, you deepen your knowledge in a specific theme within a minor programme.
    During your last year you are back at Fontys to deepen your knowledge in finance and control. You do another work placement and work on a practical problem within a company. You report the solutions to this practical problem in your final product: the graduation report.

  •   Year 1
    Semester 1 Semester 2
    Business Basics External Analysis
    Business Operations Internal Analysis
    Foreign Language & Skills Foreign Language & Skills
    Qualitative Research Qualitative Research
    Study Career Management Study Career Management
  •   Year 2
    Semester 3 Semester 4
    Finance & Investments Accounting & Taxation
    Internal Control New Business Developments
    Start-up Factory Start-up Factory
    Quantitative Research Quantitative Research
    Study Career Management Study Career Management
  •   Year 3
    Semester 5 Semester 6
    Workplacement Minor e.g. study abroad
    - Internship
    - Project & Research
  •   Year 4
    Semester 7 Semester 8
    Strategic Management Graduation Project
    Corporate Governance & Compliance Study Career Management
  • Accreditation of this programme
  • Partner companies

    During your study programme you have contact with companies on multiple occasions.

    • You have projects in cooperation with companies,
    • You have the opportunity to network with companies during our career day,
    • And you have both your work placement and graduation placement at companies.

    Fontys Venlo has cooperation with many large, medium-sized and small companies. The overview below shows a few of the companies we cooperate with.

    Ambience photo Fontys
  • Exchange programme

    During the third year of your studies you have the opportunity to specialise by means of a minor programme. You can choose to do this minor at Fontys, at one of our partner universities in the Netherlands, or at one of our 125 partner universities all over the world. Doing your minor abroad at one of our partner universities allows you to acquire further language skills and experience a new culture.

    The map below shows the partner universities of Fontys Venlo University of Applied Sciences. The blue pins are the universities you get to choose from in this programme.

    Map