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Customs Management in International Business

Start moment
20 weeks

  • Programme in brief
  • Content of the programme
  • Admission requirements
  • Fontys way of studying

Programme in brief

The Western European countries with large ports, such as Rotterdam, Hamburg, Bremen and Antwerp, have become the most attractive locations for importing and exporting to the EU, including customs procedures as customs clearance and inspection. To remain a Gateway to Europe, it is very important that this part of international trade is facilitated so that the regulatory burden and the (logistics) time lost in the supply chain are as short as possible. This kind of trade facilitation is becoming extremely successful in the Netherlands because it is based on the -for the European situation- unique cooperation between customs and the business community.

What to expect from us

As global trade still increases and fast and reliable delivery is required by demanding consumers, it turns out that it is essential for companies involved in international trade to have knowledge over Trade Compliance and border crossing processes. This knowledge will enable businesses to improve their performance accordingly. Hence students with customs knowledge are crucial for this market and will have no problems in finding employment.

This programme provides basic understanding of the complex world of global trade and customs law. At first lectures are scheduled. This is followed by a project in which the student must bring the theory into practice within a company.

What do we expect from you

To be able to work in a group with other other students and to addapt to the international environment.

Content of the programme

The work load for this minor 30 European Credits, duration is 1 semester. The minor is divided into two periods in which both lecture is offered. These periods end with an examination period. During the first period the student will be working in daily customs operations in a company, in order to get acquaintance with the company and customs processes. During the second period, the student will be executing a project in this company to improve compliancy there and being in control.

Learning arrangments (LA) ECTS
CUS1 5
CUS2 5
Trade Compliance 5
Project 15

Admission requirements

For this exchange programme we have the following admission requirements:

  • English level: equivalent to IELTS 6.0;
  • The student’s major should be business/supply chain related

Fontys way of studying

At Fontys you will study in various ways. There are tutorials and lectures in classrooms with about 25 other students. In these sessions you will work in small groups or independently and depending on course choices, within a project team on your assignments. The campus offers a wide array of facilities to study alone or with a group. Here at Fontys, we believe that collaborative learning stimulates 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.


How will your course programme be recognised 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 recognised 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 recognised and transferred into the records kept by your home university.


Fontys does not provide scholarships for its exchange students.

Study coach

If you encounter problems regarding a certain subject, you can either speak to the lecturer involved or contact the exchange coordinator.