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

 
 

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.

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

 

 

More about International Business

Experience what it's like to study at Fontys. Meet our students and lecturers at our Virtual open days (online) or 'Meet us on Campus' in the Netherlands.

Online webinar International Business
15 nov 2021 16:00 - 17:00
9997 spots available
During the webinar a teacher and student will tell you everything about the study program International 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.
Online webinar International Business
17 nov 2021 19:00 - 20:00
9998 spots available
During the webinar a teacher and student will tell you everything about the study program International 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.
Venlo (online)
18 nov 2021 19:00 - 20:00
100 spots available
In this session one of our lecturers will explain you more about the study programme. Also one of our current students is there to share his/her experience about studying at Fontys Venlo. Of course you'll also have the opportunity to ask questions. We are looking forward to welcoming you!
Venlo (online)
18 nov 2021 20:00 - 21:00
99 spots available
In this session one of our lecturers will explain you more about the study programme. Also one of our current students is there to share his/her experience about studying at Fontys Venlo. Of course you'll also have the opportunity to ask questions. We are looking forward to welcoming you!
Meet us on campus International Business | Venlo
26 nov 2021 08:15 - 23:59
Meet us on campus International Business | Eindhoven
27 nov 2021 12:00 - 16:00
Meet us on campus International Business | Eindhoven
28 nov 2021 09:30 - 13:30
Meet us on campus International Business | Eindhoven
09 dec 2021 09:30 - 13:30

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.
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