International Business

  • 4 year
  • English
  • Bachelor
  • Full-time
Eindhoven, Venlo

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.

About

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
 
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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.”

 

Courses

Year 1

The first semester is called ‘Soft Landing’ and introduces you to both the programme and student life. Subjects taught include Macro Business Environment, Micro Business Environment, Intercultural Proficiency and Business Research. In semester 2, subjects include Law and Ethics, Finance and Accounting and Business Process Management. You’ll be supported by study assistants – 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!

Minor

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.

Internship

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!

Minor

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.

Internship

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.

 

 

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
 

 

Costs

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• Low institutional tuition fees 
• High institutional tuition fees

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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.
    • If you believe that you may be eligible to pay only the statutory tuition fees on the basis of information that may be unknown to us, please report this to your Course Department.
    • 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.



    Fontys currently offers several scholarships for Non-Eu / Non-EEA students. You might also be eligible for other scholarships not provided by Fontys. These can be found on Grantfinder.nl

    Paying in instalments

    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.

    If paying the full sum in a single payment

    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.

    Non-Sepa

    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. 

    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. 

     
     

    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.

     

     

    More about International Business

    We are very sorry to inform you that due to the Covid-19 restriction in the Netherlands, Fontys unfortunately has had to cancel all 'Meet us on campus' activitiesin November. This Friday evening, the government will announce additional measures for education, events and meetings in large groups. Fontys takes its social responsibility seriously and follows government measures.

    Of course, we want to help you as much as possible in making the right study choice. Want to know when the next open days? will be? Click on the button below.

    Experience day International Business | Eindhoven
    09 dec 2021 09:30 - 13:30

    During this day a teacher and student will tell you everything about the study program Internationial Business.This includes the structure of the first year, the courses you take, the projects you complete, all about the internship and, of course, what you can ultimately become with the program. And if you have any questions there is a student who can answer them.

    The situation and guidelines resulting from the corona pandemic are constantly changing, also for higher education. One thing we know for sure: in the new academic year we will have to observe the 1.5 metre distance rule in our buildings and on campus for the time being. We are adapting our education accordingly so that a good mix of face to face education on location and online education is created.
    We carefully consider which form of education is best suited to each course, each subject and even each component.

    Scroll through the agenda and get a sneak preview of our programme and profession. You can take mini lectures and make some assignments. This will give you an idea if the programme suits you.

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    Do you have a specific question about this programme? We are happy to help you!

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