Content of the programme
IB is a broad business study programme covering all departments of a company: from general management to human resources, marketing and finance. The programme aims at preparing you for a management position within an international business environment. Examples of projects you will work on are; writing a business plan for a company, managing the acquisition of a foreign company or advising organisations on whether to stay or leave a market. After your studies you will be able to either lead a company, manage one of its many departments or start up your own company.
Why study at Fontys
We offer education which prepares you for the job market. We do so by staying in constant contact with the actual business environment. 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 finished 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 questions to lecturers and ask for their feedback.
Our international teaching staff combined with the international student population creates a dynamic and motivating environment in which you get in contact with many different cultures.
IB – Eindhoven campus
Fontys campus Eindhoven is located in the so called Brainport area. An area chosen as the smartest region in the world and known for its emphasis on technology and innovation. The combination of business and (economic and technical) education attracts many businesses and students. At this moment the IB department hosts more than 43 different nationalities speaking 28 different languages. We also have an international teaching staff.
IB – Venlo campus
Fontys International Campus Venlo is located closely to the German border. Consequently, the university counts a high number of German students, which makes it a good location for you as an international student to learn some German during your time at our campus in Venlo. As Venlo is located so close to Germany, and has a lot of highways, a river and 6 airports within a radius of about 100 km, a lot of logistics companies are located in the city. Even better, Venlo was rewarded as being the number one logistical hotspot in the Netherlands. Since Venlo is so centrally located, it is very easy for you to travel to different European destinations like Paris, Brussels, Dusseldorf and Amsterdam. We are very proud that in the period 2013-2015 Venlo was awarded for having the best city center in the Netherlands.
Come and see what it's like to study International Business at Fontys Venlo. Online you can experience a typical day of an International Business student.
Fontys way of studying
At Fontys you study in various ways. There are lectures in classrooms with about 25 other students, sometimes classes are combined in a lecture hall. In practical lectures you work independently or with a project team on your assignments. The campus offers a wide array of facilities to study alone or with a group.
Regularly you are in touch with your study career manager / tutor who supports you and guides you during your studies. In the second year you will work on group projects, such as the mini company, in which you gain practical experience in the field of marketing, finance and economics.
In the third year you specialise in an area of your choice in a minor or semester abroad. After that you will do an internship at a company. In the fourth year you come back to Fontys to specialise more and you end your 4-year study programme with a bachelor thesis which you write during your second internship.
During the whole study programme you will work in projects and on individual assignments, a method which will stimulate a hands on, independent way of working. At Fontys we believe in interaction. We like it when you ask questions during lectures and also outside lectures we are there for you.
Study coach / tutor
Your personal development is key to us. That’s why every student has its own study career manager / tutor. Together you discuss study results and any problems you might face, whether they be personal or study-related. During your internship and the graduation phase you will be guided by a lecturer in the role of an internship supervisor. He or she can help you with questions on your assignment, your tasks or writing your thesis. We have deliberately chosen to teach in small classes instead of large lecture halls as much as possible, because we would like to know you personally. Our lecturers and study career managers / tutors especially want to support you the best they can during your time at Fontys.
In the third and the fourth study year you will do an internship. You can choose the company yourself, but we also provide a list of companies we work with. Internships can be done in the Netherlands or abroad. The choice is up to you.
In both internships you will solve a problem within the company. You experience what it’s like to work at a bachelor-level position. In the meantime you build your professional network. Not rarely an internship leads to a job. During both internships you will be supported by a lecturer. You will finish your study at Fontys with a bachelor thesis.
There are numerous internship companies where our International Marketing students have worked: Philips, Minatra, Lely, Thetford, Claranet, ASML, Bosch Rexroth. These are some of the more well-known ones.
How to prepare
Studying abroad is a big step. For many students it is the first time they live on their own. Suddenly you have to cook for yourself, buy groceries, open a bank account. Besides this you have to speak English all the time. For this reason it is essential that you are well-prepared when you start at Fontys. Every student needs to have an English level of at least IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 550, but to fully understand the literature and theory in class it is advised to train your English skills. There are several preparatory courses to boost your English level.
The Dutch education might be different from the system at home. We stand for interactive lessons in which you actively participate. Key to successful studying is self-study. Do your homework, attend all lectures and make notes during lectures.
With the right study mentality and motivation we believe every student who starts at Fontys is able to graduate.