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International Business

  • 4 years
  • English
  • Bachelor
  • Full-time
Starts February and September | Eindhoven, Venlo

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Graduates of Fontys International Business (IB) are young entrepreneurial and multifunctional professionals, trained to be interculturally proficient and globally oriented. The IB study programme provides a solid understanding of international business aspects, such as marketing, finance, supply chain and human resources. It prepares students for leading a company, managing one of its departments or starting their own business.


At IB, students work in both in the classroom setting with case studies, workshops, assignments and exams, and in team projects of 4 to 8 students supervised by a project coach. For their projects, students learn to analyse problems, gather information, use this information in solving problems and consult real companies. Several skills will be developed, including applying research, problem-solving and consultancy abilities in real-life situations. In years 3 and 4, students further deepen their knowledge through internships, a minor and a choice of elective subjects.  With this variety of approaches, the programme strengthens teamwork as well as individual development.

Why this study in the Netherlands?

  • The course focuses on both practical and theoretical knowledge.
  • You will be paired with a personal and professional development coach to support you during your study
  • You will be immersed in an international environment.

What are you going to learn?

During the course of the programme, you will consider all aspects of international business. In particular, you will learn skills that are highly relevant for your future career. The study programme aims to prepare you for a management position within an international business environment.

  • Experience: good mix between projects, lessons and practice
  • Skills: communicating, presenting, researching, collaborating
  • Subjects Eindhoven: e-marketing, economics, law, statistics, management, international law, ethics
  • Subjects Venlo: marketing analysis, accounting & finance, HR & strategy, supply chain, effective communication, business intelligence

Watch the 20-minute webinar about the International Business programme in Eindhoven

“My International Business experience in Fontys has given me apportunity to finally create my own path.”


What does studying at Fontys look like?

Our international teaching staff combined with the international student population creates a dynamic, inspiring and motivating environment in which you get to know many different cultures. What’s unique about studying at Fontys is our open door policy - it’s very easy to ask questions to lecturers and ask for their feedback.


Student Kateryna about studying at Fontys:
"Fontys is really diverse, collaborative and future oriented.”



This study programme is available in two different locations: Eindhoven or Venlo. Each location has its own course programme, you can find more information about the courses per study year below.
Year 1

The first semester of the International Business study programme is called ‘Soft Landing’ and introduces you to both the programme and student life. During the first year, the subjects taught include:

Business Communications Focus on writing and reading in an intercultural environment. You will do a variety of different assignments which focus on how to structure a report.
Macro Economics Examines the external environment of an organisation, by focussing on the economic environment, as well as the political, social and technical factors and their effect.
Micro Economics Covers the basics of management and the function of marketing in an international organisation.
Intercultural Proficiency This helps you to recognize what influence culture has on one’s (professional) behaviour and that of others. How do culture influences human thought, feeling, and behaviour?
Business Research Get in your role as an International Business Manager. Research skills are essential, and research planning, execution and analysis are topics considered to be very important within the IB Bachelor, and we start immediately with these in semester 1.
Finance & Accounting This offers a basic foundation on financial topics, where the main emphasis will be on understanding financial statements.
Law & Ethics Teach you how to identify and apply basic elements of law and ethics related to international business. In addition you will be able to recognize, analyze and reflect on ethical dilemmas in an international business context.
Business Proces Management In this module the lecturers will make you acquainted with an aspect of business that will be new to most of you, namely the ability to understand and explain Operations, Supply Chain, Logistics and Human Resource Management (HRM) of a company.
Actionable Market Intelligence Focus on how to conduct commercial market intelligence research by defining a concrete business goal, identifying sources by conducting desk research, and reporting at a consultancy level actionable strategic insights to a client.

Apart from the subjects above there are several assignments and group projects. These are present in every period throughout the 4 years. You are expected to apply the theoretical learnings from the classroom and develop tangible skills such as project management, time management, leadership, adaptability in working with people with different backgrounds and communication.

You’ll be supported by study assistants – International Business students from higher years – who offer study sessions and personal contact.

Year 2

During year 2 of your study programme, you’ll deepen your knowledge of the foundations of business. More classes are taught on Marketing, Business Process Management, Law and Ethics, Finance and Accounting and Business Research. In addition tothese compulsory subjects, you have the opportunity to choose an elective subject.

On top of the regular programme, it is possible to apply for the Honours Programme at the end of year 1. If you are selected, you will follow an individually tailored programme at the Talent Academy. The Honours Programme starts in year 2 and continues through year 4.

Year 3

Year 3 consists of the minor (6 months) and an internship in an international company (6 months). You’re free to choose which component you complete first. You also have total freedom in choosing the country in which to follow the minor and undertake your work placement. In other words, if you wish, you could spend the entire year abroad!


The minor allows you to acquire knowledge in a different field from your major. You can complete the minor at Fontys, at one of our partner universities in the Netherlands, or at one of our 125 partner universities across the world.


You’ll complete a work placement in a company or industry of your choice. As an upcoming professional, applying for the placement allows you to practice job application skills. During this placement, you’ll deepen your knowledge of the real world of business.

Year 4

In semester 7, you prepare for your graduation. Subjects include crafting a business proposal and ethics. You’re also expected to pick a specialisation from Marketing and Sales, Finance and Accounting, or Business Processes.

The final semester involves a second internship, where you’ll work on a practical problem within a company. This starts by researching practical problems and is completed with a report of your recommendation for the company. Having concluded this final part of the study programme, you’ll receive the internationally recognised degree Bachelor of Business Administration.

Year 1

In both semesters you will have courses such as organizations & people, effective communications and languages. You will also work on two interesting projects where you will conduct market research and analyse your company.

Year 2

After the propaedeutic year, you will deepen your knowledge in the second year. You will have courses that are more focused on your future job as an international manager. You will also apply the theory learned in practice. In Venlo, you can set up your own company in the 'Start-Up Factory'.

Year 3

Year 3 consists of the minor (6 months) and an internship in an international company (6 months). You’re free to choose which component you complete first. You also have total freedom in choosing the country in which to follow the minor and undertake your work placement. In other words, if you wish, you could spend the entire year abroad!


The minor allows you to acquire knowledge in a different field from your major. You can complete the minor at Fontys, at one of our partner universities in the Netherlands, or at one of our 125 partner universities across the world.


You’ll complete a work placement in a company or industry of your choice. As an upcoming professional, applying for the placement allows you to practice job application skills. During this placement, you’ll deepen your knowledge of the real world of business.

Year 4

In the fourth year of International Business in Venlo you can choose two specialisation courses, for example consumer behaviour, leadership and coaching and business psychology.

You will graduate in the last semester. This can be done at a company from our own Fontys Venlo database or at a company of your own choice. In your graduation assignment, you will show what you have learned over the past four years through a concluding assignment.


Get to know the International Business programme in Venlo

Learn more about the content of the study programme, our courses and the career opportunities!



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      The amount to be paid may vary in accordance with the following situations:

      • If you have enrolled in more than one course programme (at Fontys and/or elsewhere), it is possible that you may only be obliged to pay one set of statutory tuition fees.
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      • If it later transpires that you do not meet the requirements for statutory tuition fees, you will be obliged to pay the (higher) institutional tuition fees and if this is the case, you will be notified accordingly.

      Some Fontys study programmes offer the Holland Scholarship to their students. Check out the link to see if this study pogramme participates and for more information.

      You might also be eligible for other scholarships not provided by Fontys. These can be found on Grantfinder.nl.

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      Collection will take place in a maximum of ten equal instalments on or around the 26th of the month. Depending upon the processing time required after your enrolment, the direct debit may need to be moved to the following month. If so, the amount outstanding will then be divided and added to the remaining instalments to be executed until and including the June instalment.

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      If you commence your studies on 1 September, the direct debit pertaining to your Tuition Fees will be executed on or around 25 September. If you commence your studies after 1 September, the direct debit will be executed on or around the 26th of the month in which you commence your studies.

      Non EU students

      Incoming Non EU students will receive a payment letter from their study department which must be paid before the deadline. In the following academic years payment can be done by direct debit.


      If you have a Bank account number, of which the bank is not situated in one of the SEPA countries, and you are a national of a country outside the EEA without an address in The Netherlands, then you will receive a paymentletter from Fontys via your course department.

      The Dutch currency unit is the Euro (i.e. abbreviated to ‘EUR’ or ‘€’).

      The average living expenses per month for a foreign student living and studying in Holland are between EUR 900 and EUR 1,100 per month. These living expenses cover rent, insurance, food, public transportation, books, clothing and other general costs. 

      Dutch Immigration Service (IND) requires non-EEA students to proof they have access to € 11,520 per year (€ 5,760 per semester)

      Costs within the first months upon arrival will be higher than all other months due to a housing deposit, intro week and books. Study books are usually bought at the start of the semester and therefore it is wise to reserve and have direct access to an amount at the start of the semester which can cover the price of all study books and the living expenses for the first two months. 

      Before starting your study at Fontys, you must find suitable housing. Unfortunately, it is not easy for international students to find accommodation in the Netherlands due to the housing crisis. Start your accommodation search early. Please be aware that finding a place to live is your own responsibility. However, we are happy to assist in any way we can.


      Career opportunities

      As an International Business graduate, you have excellent opportunities in internationally operating companies. These can be multinationals or international companies in any exciting place in the world. 

      The programme has a broad scope, offering you a wide range of professional perspectives. Our alumni work in different fields:

      • Business and Management
      • International Marketing
      • Sales
      • Global Product Management
      • Operations Management

      Meet our International Business alumna Andra

      In this video, she talks about her current job and the skills she acquired during her time at Fontys that have helped her excel in her career.

      How to apply

      All applications for our programmes have to be conducted via www.studielink.nl. Studielink is an online portal that allows applicants to apply and maintain their registration whenever they want to. Please note: International Business in Eindhoven does not have a February intake. February intake does only apply for International Business in Venlo.

      The application process may differ for EU and Non-EU students, please read below what applies for you.



      Sign up for one of our events. There's no better way to find out if this study programme is right for you! Visit a webinar from the comfort of your home or meet us live on campus. Whichever you choose, we hope to meet you soon.

      Experience Day International Business - 1 June 2023 | Eindhoven
      01 Jun 2023 09:30 - 15:00 CEST
      8 spots available

      The Experience Day is an opportunity for students to literally experience what it's like to be an
      International Business student at Fontys Eindhoven. The day starts with an information session followed by 2 live lectures, a campus tour, a delicious lunch and Q&A session, along with a chance to participate in a business-based assignment with other attending students.

      Any questions about the programme and life at Fontys as a student are welcome throughout the day
      to our students and lecturers!

      Open day International Business | Venlo
      10 Jun 2023 10:00 - 14:00 CEST
      Get to know our study programmes and explore our campus at Fontys Venlo during this day. In the morning, we will be having lots of fun activities on campus. Additionally, presentations and workshops will be held by your future lecturers. In the afternoon, we will head out to the city centre to learn more about the accommodations we offer and to do a city tour of Venlo. Of course, you will also get to know other international students during these activities!
      Open Day
      November 4 and 5, 2023

      Save the date, so you can experience our campus atmosphere during our upcoming Open Day. Whether you prefer informative presentations or campus tours by our teachers and students, there will be something for everyone. Interested? Let us know, and we will notify you as soon as registration opens.

      Save the dates below for our Open Days:

      • November 4: Eindhoven and Venlo
      • November 5: Tilburg
      • November 25: Extra Open Day exclusively for Physiotherapy and Medical Imaging & Radiation Therapy in Eindhoven.

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