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International Business and Management Studies

Zugangsvoraussetzungen: Your command of the English language should be at Proficiency level [e.g.TOEFL 550 or IELTS 6.0] to allow you to interact and participate successfully in coursework. Foreign students wishing to follow a programme in Dutch must take a Dutch language proficiency exam.

Dauer: 4 Jahre

Studienbeginn: 1. September (Studiengänge mit Studienbeginn Februar)

Sprache: Englisch

Land: Niederlande

Hinweis: Studienbeginn: 1. Februar und 1. September

Programme in brief
In times of increasing global competition many companies operate globally or consider doing business internationally. But how do you decide on which markets to operate? How do you finance such undertakings? How do you hire the right internationally qualified employees? How do you make your product or service stand out from the crowd? These are some of the issues that managers at international companies face and for which you will be prepared during International Business and Management Studies (or IBMS). The studies International Business and Management Studies is offered at either the Venlo Campus or the Eindhoven Campus.

What can you expect from us
We will provide you with all necessary knowledge, skills and attitude enabling you to operate in an international company. Besides (management) skills, you will develop a other professional skills such as dealing with cultural differences, learning how to be a leader, how to cooperate and communicate with international people but also how to plan and organise within a company. Two internships and a semester abroad are part of the IBMS programme and will provide you with the opportunity to apply the mentioned skills in an international and intercultural environment.

What do we expect from you
As a future student of IBMS you should be open to challenges and have a critical mind. Both being able to work independently and willingness to work in multicultural teams are preconditions for a successful study career. Here, an affinity to foreign languages with a special focus on English is desirable. What’s more, as a future IBMS student you should be particularly interested in different cultures and have a special desire to explore all facets of an organization. Most will therefore be striving for a career in internationally oriented companies.

Content of the programme
IBMS is a broad business study programme covering all departments of a company: from general management to human resources, marketing and finance. The programme aims at preparing you for a management position within an international business environment. Examples of projects you will work on are; writing a business plan for a company, managing the acquisition of a foreign company or advising organisations on whether to stay or leave a market. After your studies you will be able to either lead a company, manage one of its many departments or found your own company.

In the third and the fourth study year you will do an internship. You can choose the company yourself, but we also provide a list of companies we work with. Internships can be done in the Netherlands or abroad. The choice is up to you.

In both internships you will solve a problem within the company. You experience what it’s like to work at a bachelor-level position. In the meantime you build your professional network. Not rarely an internship leads to a job. During both internships you will be supported by a lecturer. You will finish your study at Fontys with a bachelor thesis.

There are numerous internship companies where our International Marketing students have worked: Philips, Vodafone, BMW, Tesla, KPN, Océ-Canon, T-Mobile and many others. These are some of the more well-known ones. Many students have conducted their internships at small and medium-sized companies.

Fontys way of studying
At Fontys you study in various ways. There are lectures in classrooms with about 25 other students. In practical lectures you work independently or with a project team on your assignments. The campus offers a wide array of facilities to study alone or with a group.

Regularly you are in touch with your study career manager who supports you and guides you during your studies. In the second year you will gain practical experience with your own Mini Company. Together with around ten other first year business students you will run your own company for ten months. In the third year you specialise in an area of your choice in a minor or semester abroad. After that you will do an internship at a company. In the fourth year you come back to Fontys to specialise more and you end your 4-year study programme with a bachelor thesis which you write during your second internship.

During the whole study programme you will work in projects, a method which will stimulate 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.

Study coach
Your personal development is key to us. That’s why every student has its own study career manager. Together you discuss study results and any problems you might face, whether they be personal or study-related. During your internship and the graduation phase you will be guided by a lecturer. He or she can help you with questions on your assignment, your tasks or writing your thesis. We have deliberately chosen to teach in small classes instead of large lecture halls as much as possible, because we would like to know you personally. Our lecturers and study career managers especially want to support you the best they can during your time at Fontys.

Professional perspective
The International Business and Management Studies degree programme offers excellent opportunities in internationally operating companies. These can either be multinationals or international companies in your own country. You will have a great many possibilities to start a career in any exciting place in the world.

The programme has a broad scope, which offers you a wide range of professional perspectives. You can think of positions in the field of:
  • business and management
  • employee in an international marketing or export department
  • export manager
  • international project manager
  • management assistant within a multinational company
  • international key account manager
  • global product manager
  • operations manager
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Further information on the application process can be found here:

Here you find testimonials of:
Fabienne Schäfer and Jil van den Hövel

Fontys International Business School

Visit address
Tegelseweg 255
5912 BG Venlo

post address
Postbus 141
5900 AC Venlo

phone: +31 (0)8850 76022


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