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You will become an expert in doing business in a cross-cultural setting and learn how companies can grow internationally. International Business is taught in English.

A Dutch company produces cereals for people with food allergies and exports its products to various countries in Europe. Unfortunately, its market share in Eastern Europe is not growing as planned. As the company's international market intelligence officer, you analyse the current market, the cereal industry and the economic environment to identify factors that could be limiting its growth.

As an enterprising individual, you like to set your own learning goals. You are open-minded, independent, self-motivated and adventurous. You take an interest in international businesses, how they are organised and how they can improve. Your work makes an impact and also respects people and planet. Discerning and creative, you are a born communicator. And you embrace challenges and enjoy working in an international team.

You will acquire broad knowledge of international management, marketing, organisations, finance and sustainability. And you will develop relevant professional skills, such as intercultural teamwork, leadership, languages and business communication. You will work on real case studies involving real companies.

You will graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (BBA).

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Typerend voor deze opleiding

You work on assignments for real companies
You learn several foreign languages
You go abroad at least 2 times for an internship, minor or graduation
All our teachers have international work experience

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Waar word je voor opgeleid

Jouw baan

The world of international business offers many opportunities, both in the Netherlands and abroad. These can be at multinational corporations with subsidiaries in the Netherlands, or with family-owned, mid-sized companies with ambitious goals in developing their international sales. Governmental institutions that promote trade or development, regional development agencies or large cities also offer opportunities for young international business professionals.

Depending on your talents and which areas you choose to specialise in during your studies, you may go on to a career in the fields of Sales and Marketing, Organisation management, Finance or Operations and Supply Chain Management. You could join an existing company or start a business of your own.

When recruiting, international companies often prefer candidates with experience abroad. Your solid foundation in International Business, combined with the experience that you will acquire abroad during your studies, will help you to stand out as a candidate.

Mogelijke beroepen na deze opleiding

Brand Manager

Brand managers develop strategies that determine how people perceive the brand. This can involve advertising, design and events. Brand managers are also responsible for making sure that branding is consistent across advertising and campaigns.

Market Researcher

A market researcher is responsible for collecting and analysing data to make informed political, social and economic decisions.

Buyer

Buyers are responsible for planning, selecting and purchasing merchandise for retail establishments. Their work includes researching the market, competitor analysis, product evaluations and testing, monitoring purchase orders and producing reports for the management team.

Business Development Manager

A business development manager helps to grow a business by finding new opportunities, researching leads, establishing relationships with potential clients and arranging appointments for sales executives.

International Trade Officer

An international trade officer coordinates credit and financial activities and obtains payments for import/export operations. They act as advisors regarding tariffs, markets, and federal and foreign regulations.

Export Manager

An export manager plans and coordinates the shipment of goods across international borders.

Country Manager

A country manager oversees operations in a specific country or region of the world, developing the business and increasing profitability for a company.

Wat wordt er van jou verwacht

You take an interest in international businesses, how they are organised and how they can improve. As an enterprising individual, you like to set your own learning goals. You are open-minded, independent, self-motivated and adventurous. Your work makes an impact and also respects people and planet. Discerning and creative, you are a born communicator. And you embrace challenges and enjoy working in an international team.

Verschillen tussen beide locaties

In Den Bosch you can create your own learning path by choosing specialisation profiles. The programme is fully project-based and you will have the opportunity to build your own professional profile. The lecturers act as coaches who will guide you in your learning development. You will focus on marketing, (intercultural) communication and sales. Assessments are integrated in projects. Assessments are integrated in projects.

In Breda you focus on international trade, supply chain design and marketing. The structure of the programme is predetermined. You attend classes and apply the knowledge in group projects. The international community is large with over 40 nationalities.

Bekijk alvast vervolgopleidingen

After you graduate, you can choose to complete a Master's degree at a Dutch research university or a university abroad. Such as International Management, Master of Science in Management, Marketing Management, Financial Management, Logistics or Supply Chain Management. Or you can take a post-graduate MBA programme.

For Den Bosch, you could also consider the Master's in International Business at Tilburg University. This enables you to complete the pre-Master's programme as a minor.

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Vergelijk de objectieve cijfers en percentages van deze opleiding met het landelijke gemiddelde.

Het arbeidsmarktcijfer is alleen op landelijk niveau beschikbaar. 

Verhalen uit de opleiding

Philip-Peter Dietz

I felt it would offer me a valuable experience and the chance to learn a new language.

Verder lezen

Work placement in Valencia

Living with a Spanish family was a great experience for me.

Verder lezen

Sijanda de Boer

I understood the importance of the experience and understanding of other cultures I had gained.

Verder lezen

Opbouw

Studieprogramma

The IB programme takes 4 years. Year 1 is divided into 4 quarters of 10 weeks each. Years 2, 3 and 4 consist of 2 semesters, each semester lasts 20 weeks. In semester 1 of these years you will study at Avans. You will spend the second semesters of these years on a work placement, study exchange or graduation assignment in the Netherlands or abroad. Each quarter or semester, you attend classes, work on projects, train your professional skills and focus on your personal development.

Jaar 1

In year 1 you will gain basic knowledge on the central themes of the programme. You will study the basics of global marketing, supply chain management, international trade and identifying business opportunities. You will practise your professional skills such as business communication and negotiation skills. In quarter 1, you will attend taster sessions in Chinese, French, German and Spanish and you will then choose your preferred language, which you will study from quarter 2 onwards.

Important courses:

  • International Business Design
  • Supply Chain Mapping
  • Marketing Mix
  • Financial aspects of International Business
  • Import & Export Operations
  • Foreign Languages

Jaar 2

In year 2 you will focus on supply chain management, global and local marketing and trade activities. Like in year 1, you will attend classes and work on group projects. Additionally, you will further improve the language skills of the chosen foreign language and develop your personal and professional skills. In the second half of the year you will do your first internship at an international organisation in the Netherlands or abroad. An ideal chance to get exposure to the world of business.

Important courses:

  • Managing international marketing projects
  • Setting up sustainable trade activities
  • Managing international supply chain processes
  • Business communication
  • Elective course of your preference
  • Foreign languages

Jaar 3

During the first semester of year 3 you will work on the central topics Business Expansion and Business Opportunities. Like in the first two years, you attend classes and will work on group projects. You also further develop your professional skills and you improve your language skills in the language that you chose in year 1.

In the second half of year 3 you will do a minor programme at Avans or another university in the Netherlands or abroad.

Important courses:

  • Identify business opportunities
  • Manage international business expansion
  • International business expansion projects
  • Foreign languages
  • Elective course of your preference

Jaar 4

Year 4 is about graduation. In the first semester you will prepare the graduation project, that you will execute in the second half of the year. Your graduation project is about a problem for a real organization, related to at least two of the central themes: solving or redesigning supply chain issues, identifying international business opportunities, setting up and executing international trade activities or developing strategies for global or local delivery.

Important courses:

  • Masterclasses
  • Personal branding
  • Consultancy skills
  • Electives

Specialisaties

Tijdens je studie kun je je specialiseren. Zo kies je bij een aantal opleidingen meteen een richting in de vorm van een major. Bij álle opleidingen ga je, in jaar 3 of 4, je kennis verbreden of verdiepen met een minor. Hieronder vind je de specialisaties van deze opleiding. Je minor mag je ook bij een andere opleiding volgen, tenzij jouw opleiding een verplichte minor heeft. 

Minor International Entrepreneurship

This minor deals with setting-up, running and managing a start-up in an international setting.

If you are interested in finding out if you are a young entrepreneur, you are invited to come and start your business as part of the International Entrepreneurship minor. You will set up, run and manage a start-up in an international setting. You are expected to show a high level of proactivity and independence in this programme, as these are essential entrepreneurial behaviour characteristics. At the end of this 20-week programme, you will know if you have created a sustainable business.

Excellent programma Challenge programme

The Challenge Programme provides highly motivated and promising students with a challenging intellectual environment.

The Challenge Programme is intended for students who want to gain in-depth knowledge in a broad range of subjects in year 1. Participants are typically academically able, regularly want to know more about a specific subject or related topics, and are keen to look beyond their own professional domain. At a number of 'challenge meetings', students participate in 'Current Affairs' discussions, guest lectures, special projects, presentations and visits to companies. Students have joint responsibility for the content of the challenge activities.

Minor International Business Operations

This minor focuses on how businesses should organise their international operations.

International business is characterised by rapid changes and the growing importance of international markets. The continuous removal of barriers to trade and investment, the growth of international strategic alliances, major technological advances and falling communications costs, the growth of e-commerce, improvements in transportation and logistics, and the increasing globalisation of business are opening up new opportunities for businesses ranging from one-person operations to corporate giants. With a viable product or service, even the smallest business can now find potential customers and means of distribution across the globe. This programme will focus on how businesses should organise their international operations. You will analyse their environment and learn how and where companies can expand their activities. You will learn to take economic, legal, financial and management processes and decisions into account.

Minor International Public Affairs & Stakeholder Management

This minor deals with the application of processes, methods, skills, knowledge and experience to achieve specific project objectives according to the project criteria within agreed upon parameters.

A key factor that distinguishes project management from just 'management' is that it has this final deliverable and a finite timespan, unlike management which is an ongoing process. Because of this a project professional needs a wide range of skills; often technical skills, and certainly people management skills and good business awareness.

Public Affairs is used to describe an organisation's relationship with stakeholders. These are individuals or groups with an interest in the organisation's affairs, such as politicians, civil servants, customers and local communities, clients, shareholders, trade associations, think tanks, business groups, charities, unions and the media. Public affairs practitioners engage stakeholders in order to explain organisational policies and views on public policy issues, assisting policy makers and legislators in amending or laying down better policy and legislation.

This is how project managers and public affairs professionals describe their work. This exchange programme lets you step into this exciting world.

Opbouw

Studieprogramma

The 4-year programme consists of professional achievements to complete to become an IB professional. Based on your knowledge, experience and preferences you will develop your individual learning path while working on real-life projects, which you will carry out with fellow students and professional field representatives. You will be able to choose which projects, placements and training will help you to obtain the results expected in order to graduate.

Jaar 1

The first year is a general introduction to international business topics. There are 4 specialization profiles and each profile is linked to a project. Therefore you will complete 4 projects based on real-life assignments for companies. You will increase and develop your professional knowledge base, cross-cultural capabilities and professional and personal skills. You can also choose 1 foreign language besides English. At the end of year 1 you will complete a discovery internship.

Important courses:

  • Specialisation Creation
  • Specialisation Dealmaking
  • Specialisation Identification
  • Specialisation Connection
  • Personal Leadership
  • Foreign languages (English and French, German, Spanish or Dutch)

Jaar 2

In year 2 you have the opportunity to choose 2 out of the 4 specialisation profiles. This will enable you to develop your personal international business focus area. The year is divided in 2 semesters of each 20 weeks. In this year you will complete 2 more in depth projects related to the 2 chosen specialisation profiles. You will also have the ability to continue with your choice of year 1 foreign language or switch to another foreign languages.

Important courses:

  • Specialisation Creation
  • Specialisation Dealmaking
  • Specialisation Identification
  • Specialisation Connection
  • Personal Leadership Coaching
  • Foreign languages

Jaar 3

In year 3 you will have your internship in the first semester. In the second semester you will be able to choose between a minor or the semester “Future-Proof IB”. You can do your minor at Avans or another university in the Netherlands or abroad. We have partners all over the world. Also your internship can be abroad if preferred. You need to spend at least 2 out of 3 semesters abroad.

Jaar 4

Before you start your graduation internship you will complete your last semester at Avans “Future-Proof IB”. This semester consists of 2 modules to prepare you for graduation. Or you can do your minor if you have chosen to do the semester “Future-Proof IB” in year 3. Your graduation internship is in your chosen specialization profile. You will complete a business research project as well as an implementation project for your internship organisation. You can do your graduation internship.

Specialisaties

Tijdens je studie kun je je specialiseren. Zo kies je bij een aantal opleidingen meteen een richting in de vorm van een major. Bij álle opleidingen ga je, in jaar 3 of 4, je kennis verbreden of verdiepen met een minor. Hieronder vind je de specialisaties van deze opleiding. Je minor mag je ook bij een andere opleiding volgen, tenzij jouw opleiding een verplichte minor heeft. 

Minor International Entrepreneurship

If you are interested in finding out if you are a young entrepreneur, you are invited to join the minor programme International Entrepreneurship. We offer this programme in Breda and 's-Hertogenbosch.

You will set up, run and manage a start-up in an international setting. You are expected to show a high level of proactivity and independence in this programme, as these are essential entrepreneurial behaviour characteristics. At the end of this 20-week programme, you will know if you have created a sustainable business. You will develop a business concept and actually execute it in a team of 5 to 6 students: your Student Company. Together, you look for opportunities in the market, think of a solution and find a service or product that matches the needs of your target audience. Your team will pitch an idea in front of a panel, write a business plan, acquire seed money, purchase and/or sell products abroad and provide a financial overview. You will learn about Law, Finance, Sustainability and Ethics. As a business owner, you will need to explain, convey, convince and persuade – both verbally and in writing. Communication and sales skills are essential to acquire. As today's companies all have an online identity, social media and online marketing will also be addressed. You will discover your entrepreneurial talents in an intercultural setting and find out which role suits you best.

Minor International Business

This minor will help you enhance your international business skills. You will learn how to conduct international market research and help a company draw up a strategy for entering an overseas market.

You will gain knowledge of and develop skills in areas related to international business such as international market research and international marketing. You will learn how to create an export plan and you will advise small and medium-sized businesses on entering overseas markets.

The goal of this programme is to learn how to advise companies on opportunities in a particular industry in a specific country or region. To this end, you will learn how to draw up an international export plan. This plan describes a company's strategies for internationalisation and entry and the implementation of these. It also includes strategic and tactical advice on entering the new market abroad.

You will produce this plan with a small group of fellow students. The minor's other modules, such as International Finance, International Research, English and International Marketing, will help you to develop the plan.

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Proefstuderen

Je hebt al informatie verzameld. Je bent naar een Open dag geweest. En nu wil je checken of deze opleiding ook de juiste is. Kom proefstuderen en ervaar hoe een dag van een student eruit ziet en proef de sfeer van Avans.

Meeloopdag

Je hebt je al verdiept in een opleiding en meegedaan aan een proefstudeerdag. Nu wil je de knoop doorhakken en checken of deze opleiding de juiste is. Meld je dan aan voor een meeloopdag.

Na je aanmelding neemt een student contact met je op. Jullie spreken samen af wanneer je naar Avans komt. De student vertelt je vooraf wat je die dag te wachten staat. Je volgt bijvoorbeeld een college, schuift aan bij het werken aan groepsopdrachten en gaat mee lunchen. Stel deze dag al je vragen zodat je na afloop genoeg informatie hebt om te beslissen of de opleiding en Avans bij je passen.

 

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Toelatingseisen International Business

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  • Natuur & Techniek

  • Natuur & Gezondheid

  • Economie & Maatschappij

  • Cultuur & Maatschappij

    economie of m&o of be of wiskunde A of wiskunde B.

  • Vwo

  • Natuur & Techniek

  • Natuur & Gezondheid

  • Economie & Maatschappij

  • Cultuur & Maatschappij

  • Mbo en overige

  • Mbo-niveau 4

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Studiekeuzecheck

Bij Avans doen we de studiekeuzecheck in de vorm van een intake.

21+ Toets

Je voldoet niet aan de toelatingseisen en bent 21 jaar of ouder. Dan kun je een toelatingstoets doen. Meld je voor 1 mei via Studielink aan voor de opleiding. Na je aanmelding ontvang je meer informatie over de toets. Als je vragen hebt, neem dan contact op met de studieadviseur via:

Breda: study.ib.breda@avans.nl
Den Bosch: studyat.ib.denbosch@avans.nl

Praktische informatie

Aanmelden

Aanmelden voor een opleiding doe je via Studielink. Dit doe je door in te loggen met je DigiD. Het aanvragen van een DigiD duurt 5 dagen.

Uiterste aanmelddatum 1 mei

Je wilt in september met je opleiding starten. Meld je dan uiterlijk 1 mei aan.  

Startmaand Locatie Deadline aanmelden
september Nederland 1 mei 2022
september Buiten EU 1 juni 2022

Let op: 1 mei is de deadline voor studenten met een Nederlandse vooropleiding. 1 juni is een geadviseerde deadline voor studenten met een niet-EU-nationaliteit en een niet-Nederlandse vooropleiding. Voor EU-studenten met een niet-Nederlandse vooropleiding is dat 1 augustus. Dit geeft Avans voldoende tijd om je aanmelding te verwerken en waar nodig een visum aan te vragen. De officiële deadline voor studenten met een niet-Nederlandse vooropleiding is 31 augustus.

Na het aanmelden

Je hebt via Studielink een verzoek tot inschrijving gedaan. Je krijgt hiervan bevestiging op het mailadres dat je in Studielink hebt opgegeven. Daarna ontvang je van Avans Hogeschool een bericht over je aanmelding.

Je bent ingeschreven als je aan alle eisen hebt voldaan. Je dossier moet compleet zijn. Dit houdt in dat:

  • je persoonsgegevens zijn geverifieerd
  • je vooropleiding(en) zijn geverifieerd
  • je jouw betaling op Studielink hebt geregeld via een digitale machtiging

Bekijk in Studielink de status van je aanmelding en welke acties van je worden verwacht.

Studiekosten

Het ministerie stelt elk jaar het wettelijk collegegeld vast. Dat is het bedrag wat je meestal betaalt. Maar niet elke student heeft recht op het wettelijk vastgestelde collegegeld. Deze studenten betalen het instellingscollegegeld. Een tarief dat jaarlijks vastgesteld wordt door de instelling zelf. 
Lees meer over verschillen in studiekosten en halvering wettelijk collegegeld eerstejaars

Jij wilt weten wat jouw opleiding kost. Deze informatie vind je in onderstaand schema. Wat je daadwerkelijk betaalt is afhankelijk van je persoonlijke situatie en opleidingsvorm. Check hiervoor de collegegeldmeter.

Vanwege de coronamaatregelen hebben studenten 50% korting op het wettelijk collegegeld en de halvering collegegeld voor collegejaar 2021-2022. Voor het instellingscollegegeld geldt een korting van € 1.084,- op het eerder vastgestelde bedrag voor collegejaar 2021-2022. Algemene informatie over de korting op het collegegeld is te vinden op de website van DUO.

Tarief Bedrag Jaar
Wettelijk tarief € 1.084,- 2021 - 2022
Niet-EER tarief € 7.212,- 2021 - 2022
Instellingstarief € 7.212,- 2021 - 2022
Wettelijk tarief € 2.209,- 2022 - 2023
Niet-EER tarief € 8.452,- 2022 - 2023
Instellingstarief € 8.452,- 2022 - 2023

Aanvullende kosten

Wil je mee op een excursie, dan betaal je die zelf. Net als de extra uitgaven die je doet tijdens je verblijf in het buitenland.

Voor Breda geldt dat je naast je collegegeld zo'n €200 per jaar investeert in je studieboeken.

Locatie

Rondje Hogeschoollaan

Hogeschoollaan

Hogeschoollaan 1
4818 CR Breda

Studeren in Breda

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Rondje Stationsplein

Stationsplein 50

Stationsplein 50
5211 AP 's-Hertogenbosch

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Contact

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Tel. 088 - 525 75 50Contactformulier • Whatsapp 088 - 525 75 50

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