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Acceleration Academy

September, February
20 weeks
Contact hours
15-20 hours per week

  • Intro
  • Programme
  • Requirements
  • How to apply
  • Practical information
  • Recognition
  • Contact

Programme in brief

The Acceleration Academy (Fall and Spring semester) is a program based around six intensive courses/modules of three weeks. The topics covered in these modules may vary per semester, but we promise you that they are always connected to your development of the important skills in global business; and trends in the world of international business, e.g. business & artificial Intelligence, branding and advertising, just-in-time logistics and global supply chain management, cyber security in business or international trade.

What makes you suitable to apply for the Academy?

It doesn’t matter what you are studying, everybody can participate in the Academy. It is important that you are ready to be open to new ways of learning and to invest in your personal development. Skills that you will definitely need are flexibility, proactivity, adaptability and you should not be afraid to make your own decisions.

You don’t expect a formal ‘school’ structure, but you are prepared to work like you would in the real business world. For that you probably need courage, critical thinking and enthusiasm. Are you that person? Please: apply for the Acceleration Academy.

Why should you apply?

Our research has shown that most global businesses currently value creative, self-starting and flexible young professionals. The Acceleration Academy is meant to develop both these skills and help you in applying these skills in the context of the latest business trends. As such the Acceleration Academy makes an excellent preparation for your career. In addition, you have the opportunity to go abroad for a limited amount of time, which again helps you in developing your skills for global business.

What will you do?

The Acceleration Academy has six modules. Please download the programme here. This means that you can decide to follow all courses here at Fontys. However, if you would like to, you are allowed to travel abroad to do one or more modules* at one of our partner universities, such as BBA INSEEC in Bordeaux (France), FIU Miami and Alnwick (US and UK), University of Ottawa (Canada), Stanford International University in Bangkok (Thailand), North Park University in Chicago (US) etc. This gives you the opportunity to travel abroad for a short term period.

In general (international partners may divert), a module consists of three weeks. These three weeks are meant for you to dive ‘deep’ into a topic and deliver a product, to either a Fontys expert, a foreign expert or a business professional from very well-known companies.

Furthermore, doing a module (either at home or abroad) provides you with evidence you need to show your development on the critical business skills as indicated above.

*The subjects at the partner institutions can vary from those of the Acceleration Academy and not all courses will be assessable because some will not fit in the time frame of the Acceleration Academy. We will try to have as many courses assessable for you. When you pass the course abroad you can transfer the credits in the Acceleration Academy (1 course = 5 credits)


The program will have no written exams (except abroad) and is based on your personal development on leadership, proactivity but also Solution Orientating thinking. The overall coach will follow and discuss your personal development. He is the one who will grade you and give you the credits.


Exchange students are expected to have a good command of English. It is not compulsory to provide us with a Proof of English proficiency.

How to apply as an exchange student

Applications should always be submitted via the International Exchange (or Erasmus) Officer at the home university. If several versions of the programme are offered, please indicate for which version you would like to apply to (Programme I, Programme II, Programme III, etc.) This officer will send your application request (nomination) to Fontys. Once Fontys has accepted the application, your Fontys study department will send you a link to a web application called Mobility Online. Added to the link you will receive all necessary information and a manual. Please take a look at this website to see how it works.

Deadline for application:

Fall semester15 May
Spring semester15 November

How will your course programme be recognized by your home university?

Fontys will provide you with a so-called ‘Transcript of Records’, which will clarify the results that you have achieved. Depending on your results, you will receive a maximum of 30 ECTS credits. ECTS credits are recognized throughout Europe. The agreement between your home university and Fontys University of Applied Sciences will usually include a condition whereby the credits that you obtain will be recognized and transferred into the records kept by your home university.

mr. Maurice Cuypers


Get in touch with Joris

Questions about this programme? Joris is glad to help you out. Just send him a message via Whatsapp or send him an e-mail.

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Program Manager Maurice Cuypers

+31 8850 74939