Finance & Control (international)  fulltime programme

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In the English taught International Finance & Control bachelor you learn how companies can improve their financial health and how they can grow internationally by decision-making based on information.

Your employer wants to set up a production facility in Taiwan. It is your task to calculate future revenues, production costs and the net present value of the project.

Or, your company wants to take over one of its competitors and it's your task to determine the value of this company.

As an international financial specialist, you know how to create profitability, take investment decisions, apply risk management and present a business or export plan.

You will acquire knowledge about finance, accounting and data management. You will work in small groups on international business assignments. Your lecturer is your coach. You will spend 6 to 18 months abroad for an internship or exchange. Upon graduation you will be granted the degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc).

Finance & Control (international) is taught in English and many fellow students and lecturers come from abroad. 'International' also means learning about matters like dealing or investing in foreign currencies and recognising and bridging cultural differences.

The 4-year Finance & Control programme is also offered in Dutch.

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Programme features

You will become fluent in English and study with people from all over the world

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What will you be trained to do

Your job

Upon your graduation, you will be ready to play a financial role in an international business. Financial professionals are in high demand. Every business worldwide needs to produce the financial results of their operations and have them audited for accuracy and legality. Your ability to understand finance, accountancy and business operations ánd your ability to cope with cultural differences, will allow you to add value to any business you encounter. It is those particular skills that companies are looking for.

Potential careers after the programme

Financial Controller

Financial controllers run the accounting function and are responsible for the company's books and records.

Management Accountant

Management Accountants perform analysis to assist management with investments, risk management, budgeting, planning, strategizing, and decision making.

Business Controller

Business Controllers provide the management of a company with input and advice aimed at making (strategic) decisions and optimizing the structure of the organization.

Financial Business Analyst

Financial Business Analysts analyse the business model and finances of an organisation and use their findings to advise for improving businesses budgeting, management, and overall operations.

Assistant Controller

Financial Business Analysts analyse the business model and finances of an organisation and use their findings to advise for improving businesses budgeting, management, and overall operations.

Junior Accountant

Junior accountants manage daily accounting and financial tasks.

What is expected of you

You are open to other cultures and you would like to work with students from all over the world. You are interested in financial courses and economics. And you are convinced that information is key and the future is about data analysis. Your future career will start in an international organisation, inside or outside the Netherlands.

Follow-up education

After your studies you can do a master's in the Netherlands or abroad, such as Accounting & Finance, Financial Economics, Urban, Port and Transport Economics, Health Economics, Marketing Management, Information Management or Financial Management. Or you can take a post-graduate MBA programme.

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Programme structure Finance & Control (international)

Study programme

From day 1, you are introduced to the life of the financial business professional by completing real-life projects for companies. You also gain professional knowledge and relevant skills and apply the theory you learned during training sessions and workshops. In year 2, you work at an international company and in years 2 and 3, you can choose electives to tailor your future career. Year 4 consists of 2 semesters where you work at an organisation to improve finance and control-related issues.

Year 1

In quarter 1 you start with a broad orientation. From quarter 2 onwards, you focus on your role as an international financial professional. You discover what it takes to control an organisation, learn how to keep records, identify risks, draw up budgets and set up the administration for a start-up company. You also develop general skills such as digital skills, English Business Communication and personal development.

Examples of courses in year 1:

  • Strategic management
  • Performance- and risk management
  • Finance
  • Business administration
  • Information management and administrative organisation

Year 2

You spend the first semester on a work placement at an international company. In quarter 3 of year 2, you can customise your career path by opting for an elective offered at Avans. In quarter 4 of year 2, you set up the administrative organisation focused on process control and risk management. For example, you recognise operational risks that impact information provision and business processes, consider regulations and identify pragmatic solutions for optimising business processes.

Examples of courses in year 2:

  • Work placement
  • Elective
  • Financing
  • Annual reporting
  • Risk Management

Year 3

The first semester of year 3 consists of an elective that tailors your career even further. You can choose one at Avans or perhaps take part in an exchange programme at another university in The Netherlands or abroad. In quarter 3, you prepare (external) financial reports to advise a company on financial issues. Finally, in quarter 4 of year 3, you have another opportunity to deepen or broaden your knowledge of finance by choosing an elective.

Examples of courses in year 3:

  • Electives
  • Exchange
  • Annual Reporting
  • Finance

Year 4

In year 4, your graduation year, you spend your time working as a finance professional. During your time at an international company, you show that you have mastered the final level of the programme and that you are ready to work as an international financial business professional. In semester 1, you support the organisation in achieving strategic goals by providing management information. In semester 2, you set up the administrative organisation focused on process control and risk management.

Freedom of choice in your study programme

For the first 1.5 years of your full-time programme at Avans, you will take courses within your own study programme, so that you have a steady home base and gain the necessary fundamental knowledge. After that, you have the opportunity to customise a quarter of your remaining programme by opting for elective modules from your own programme or other programmes that are best suited to what you want to learn.

You can also opt for more depth in your own field by charting a course that closely follows your home programme. You do not have to make these decisions alone; you will receive guidance from study and career counsellors and lecturers.

Admissions requirements Finance & Control (international)

  • Exam

  • Score

  • IELTS overall band
  • TOEFL computer based
  • TOEFL internet based

Read the detailed information on English language admissions requirements.

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Prior education

The level of your prior education has to be equivalent to the Dutch havo, vwo or mbo 4 level. English must have been one of your courses. If your prior education is equivalent to the Dutch havo, you should have graduated in mathematics and accounting or economics. If we are not familiar with your foreign diploma, NUFFIC, the Dutch organisation for international recognition of diploma, will check the level for us.

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Practical Information Finance & Control (international)


If you have decided to pursue this study programme you will need to register for it. Before you do, make sure you have informed yourself about our rules and regulations. Please apply via our Dutch website if you are a Dutch student.

Application procedure

You must apply for this bachelor's degree programme via the Studielink website. In addition to the application procedure via Studielink you must also send us several documents.

Be sure to keep an eye on the enrolment deadlines.

Start month Location Application deadline
September EEA 31 August 2024
September Non EEA 1 May 2024

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Please note: applicants with a Dutch diploma must have applied by the 1st of June. Non- EEA students with a non-Dutch diploma must have applied by the 1th of May. The deadline for EU students with a non-Dutch diploma is 31 August. When you meet the deadline you give Avans enough time to process your application and, if applicable, apply for a visa.

After application we will contact you to inform you on the further procedure.  


Scholarships are much sought after nowadays: nearly every student who decides to study abroad considers applying for one. Information about scholarships specific to Avans University of Applied Sciences can be found on our scholarship page

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For more information please contact Student Info on +31 (0) 88 525 75 50 or via this contact form.

Tuition fees

In the overview below you will find the tuition fee amounts that have been set for new students at Avans University of Applied Sciences.

Which of these 3 fees applies to you depends on the category you are in. In general, students from the European Economic Area (EEA) pay the statutory fee, while other students pay the institutional or non-EEA fee. Exchange students generally pay their tuition fees to their home institution and not to Avans.

Please check the tuition fees page for detailed information.

Fee Amount Year
Statutory fee € 2,314,- 2023 - 2024
Non-EER fee € 8,852,- 2023 - 2024
Institution fee € 8,852,- 2023 - 2024
Statutory fee € 2,530,- 2024 - 2025
Non-EER fee € 9,680,- 2024 - 2025
Institution fee € 9,680,- 2024 - 2025


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