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.
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.
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
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
Semester 5 Semester 6 Workplacement Minor e.g. study abroad - Internship - Project & Research
Semester 7 Semester 8 Strategic Management Graduation Project Corporate Governance & Compliance Study Career Management
Studying at Fontys Venlo gives you a head start in your professional life. In addition to good grades, employers value that our graduates already have some practical work experience. To meet the expectations of future employers, the programme is very practical orientated. During two integrated internships and numerous practical projects with renowned companies, you gain relevant professional experience and establish your first vital contacts with potential employers.
Here are some examples of practical projects of the International Finance & Control programme.
Organisation of Businesses
Right at the start, the Organization of Businesses project gives you an introductory understanding of the real world of business. In small groups, you and your fellow students will interview a company of your choice regarding its strategies. You will learn about internal and external analysis tools, such as the 7-S model from McKinsey or Porter's Five Forces. Based on your analysis, you will draw up your findings and come up with recommendations for the company for further strategic direction.
Our students are very enthusiastic about the Business Plan project. At the start of this project, you and your group will develop an idea for a start-up company. Of course, you will need investors who believe in your idea and are willing to invest in your company. For this, you need to write a business plan. At the end of the project, you pitch your business plan to a small panel of actual business representatives.
In the second year of your study programme you participate in the project StartUp Factory. Together with students from other study programmes you establish your own StartUp Factory. Over ten months, you experience the real challenges of a company. You develop knowledge and skills which are necessary for all business fields. We call these business fields in short “TEC” (Technology, Entrepreneurship and Creativity).
For this project you choose out of 4 possibilities:
- Mini company/ StartUp Factory: in this project you establish your own company! Within a group of around ten students you write a business plan, and you develop an own product. You organise production and sales activities and motivate your colleagues to cooperate in a fruitful way.
- Commercial Film: Within this project you lead the production of a commercial movie for a real company. The grand final of this project will be a self-organised Oscar night!
- X-Lab: You participate in workshops in which you, both individually and in groups, work on creative solutions for problems of real companies.
- Social Enterprise: The goal of this project is to create a sustainable and long-term organisation together with students from another country (currently Zambia).
Best StartUp Factory of the province of Limburg
Five start-up companies of Fontys Venlo participated in the competition “Best Mini Company of Limburg”. The final was in the Centre Ceramique in Maastricht. Once again, one of Fontys Venlo’s start-up companies won this title. Start-up company 24Sounds won the first price with their product PhoneCone. This product amplifies sounds from an iPhone or iPod up to two-and-a-half times. The alderman of Maastricht handed over the price to the students.
The Finance 3 project focuses on the appraisal of different investment strategies for companies in an international environment. Building on this knowledge, students will develop an investment strategy that aligns different investment objectives with real products from the stock market.
In the Strategic Management module, students will take over the executive roles of a manufacturing company. With the help of a computer-based business simulation, students will be able to make reality-based operational and strategic decisions for the company’s management and compete for a dominant market position in direct competition with their fellow students.
Whether it concerns practical projects, internships, Bachelor thesis, or direct entry into the world of business, Fontys Venlo’s network of more than 500 partner companies offers you great future perspectives.
- Accreditation of this programme
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.
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.