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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.

Finance & Control 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

The 4 years are divided into 4 quarters of 10 weeks each or in 2 semesters of 20 weeks each. You will spend the second semester of years 2, 3 and 4 on a company internship or study exchange at a partner university.

From day one, you will take on the different roles of financial business professionals, such as financial analyst, financial consultant or financial administrator, during project assignments. You apply the theory you learn in class directly in order to deliver a successful project.

Year 1

Foundation year

In the foundation year, you acquire the basic knowledge needed for your subsequent studies. The first year consists of 4 10-week blocks. In addition to the group project you work on, you attend classes. Courses are centred around finance, accounting, management accounting, corporate culture and international business. You take English classes and practise your digital skills. Every year you can obtain 60 ECTS credits. In the first year you must obtain 52 ECTS to be able to continue to year 2.

Examples of courses in year 1:

  • Financial Accounting Accounting Information Systems
  • Finance
  • Management Accounting Business Communication
  • Intercultural Management

Year 2

In year 2 you will study at Avans physically during the first semester. You study the topics of risk management and master budget. You work on three projects together with your fellow students. In the second semester of year 2 you will do a 5-month work placement in an international organisation. This can be in the Netherlands or abroad, that is up to you.

Examples of courses in year 2:

- Financial accounting

- Management accounting

- Process (re)Design Statistics

- Business Communication

Year 3

During the first semester of year 3 you will attend classes at Avans. Together with the year 4 students you run a project on International Merger and Acquisition and Strategic Risk Management. You study courses like operational auditing and strategic finance and control. In the second semester of year 3 you will study at a partner university for 5 months, your exchange. You can do this at Avans, another university in the Netherlands or abroad.

Examples of courses in year 3:

- Strategic Control

- Strategic Finance

- Operational Auditing

- Financial Risk Management

- Business Communication

Year 4

In this year, you attend classes as Avans during the first semester. Together with the year 3 students, you work on three different projects and you follow classes in the field of Integrated Reporting, Data Management and Process Mining. At the end of year 4, you will individually carry out a graduation project in an international organisation, working on advice or improvement ideas. You are free to decide where you want to do your graduation project.

Examples of courses in year 4:

- Financial Accounting

- External Reporting

- Data analytics

- Business Research Methods

- Business Communication

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 deadline. You will find the deadline on the page 'Admissions requirements' of this programme.

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

Please note: applicants with a Dutch diploma must have applied by the 1st of May. Non-EEA students with a non-Dutch diploma also apply by the 1st 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

More information

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


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