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International Business & Management Studies


European unification, trading blocs, communication technologies, Internet innovation and the rise of China and India have changed the world forever. The International Business and Management Studies (IBMS) full-time bachelor’s degree program will prepare you for meeting the challenges of the global workplace. With diverse methodologies, the program focuses on enhancing business fundamentals and developing the skills required to manage cultural, social and linguistic diversity. It is taught entirely in English. You will develop the global perspective, critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to manage effectively in an international environment.

Is this program right for you?
Our degree in International Business and Management Studies is ideal if you are planning a career in international business. You need to be prepared to work in a dynamic and highly competitive environment. If you have a flair for languages and communication and an interest in cultural diversity, and you are also energetic, competitive and independent, the IBMS program will provide you with the knowledge, skills and strategic insight necessary to do all this and more. It will launch you on a voyage of discovery, during which your creativity, intelligence and entrepreneurial spirit will be transformed into the makings of an international marketing manager.

Study programme

FHR School of Business strives to prepare its students to perform well in today’s ever changing and complex society. Working closely with our business partners, we have drawn up a skills profile that any budding professional ought to possess in order to find employment in an international business environment.

Like all bachelor’s degree programmes at FHR School of Business, International Business and Management Studies is based on the major-minor model. The programme consists of a major subject and a differentiation minor. The major focuses on Business and Management studies. It covers all the competencies necessary to be a professional in an international business environment. These courses will be covered in your first and second year of the programme. The differentiation minor will allow you to mould your study profile to suit your own personal interests and ambitions, enabling you to distinguish your degree from the rest.

Differentiation minor
Minors can include specialist business courses, a second language and cultural studies, such as:
– Doing Business in a Digital Age
– Global Economy in Transition
– International Business Cultures
– International Trade China
– Psychology at Work
– Strategic Management

Work placement
In your third year, you will do a work placement.
This will allow you to put the knowledge and experience you have gained over the previous two years into practice. Work placements can be completed anywhere in the world. You will work for a real inter-national company for five months. Your student advisors will stay in close contact with you and your employer to ensure that all parties involved are benefiting from the experience.

How is the programme structured?
The IBMS programme combines theory and practice. Classes are competency based and designed to support each term’s theme. As well as attending classes and participating in workshops, you will work intensively in small multicultural teams, solving real world business cases.

What subjects are taught?
The IBMS programme covers a wide range of subjects, including:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business Organization
  • Business Information Systems
  • Quantitative Analysis for Business
  • International Marketing
  • Introduction to Trade Law and European Law
  • Human Resource Management
  • European Business and Strategic Change
  • International Corporate Strategy
  • European Business Environment
  • Business Ethics

Alongside competencies in all the relevant fields of business, you will work intensively on so called generic competencies, such as:

  • multicultural communication
  • leadership
  • planning and organization

First year
The first year of the IBMS programme is designed to give you a sound foundation in business. The classes are essential not only to understanding how international business works, but also to understanding how to work in an international environment. There will
be large projects, including:

  • Go International
  • Manage the Challenge

As you progress through your foundation courses, you will develop basic business competencies as well as intercultural communication skills.

Second year
During this year, you will take a more in-depth look at the subjects studied in year one. You will continue to work on your knowledge of business, and your business skills will continue to improve.

Third year
In your third year, you will do a work placement. During the second half of your third year, you will e able to take a minor in the IBMS programme.

Fourth year
During the final year, you will focus on the specialization aspect of your degree. In the first semester, you will be free to select another minor course or to complete a placement in an international environment. In the second semester, you will work on your dissertation.



Professional profile
You will usually find employment in one of the many different positions ranging from account manager to international treasury manager. The business you will work for may be small or large, private or public, non-profit, non-governmental or even governmental. You might even decide to join the long tradition of entrepreneurs by setting up your own business.

Our graduate database shows that our graduates are currently employed in positions such as:
  • Account manager
  • Analyst (various positions and areas)
  • Consultant advisor
  • Managing director
  • PR manager
  • Product manager
  • Project co-ordinator manager
  • Sales manager (or assistant, co-ordinator, etc.)
  • Trader

Field of work
With the growth of the Internet and e-commerce, even the smallest of companies can have a global presence from day one. Working with people from around the world creates the need for knowledge of other cultures, their expectations, management styles, systems and languages. With your education, you will be able to fulfill these needs.

Graduation and continuing education

In order to graduate, you will need to pass all your courses, complete your work placement and success¬fully defend your dissertation. When you graduate from this programme, you will receive a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree. This internationally recognized degree will allow you to apply for master's degree programmes in the Netherlands and abroad.


Admission requirements for the bachelor programme International Business & Management Studies

Minimum requirements:

1. To get admission for this programme you have to be in possession of a diploma of secondary educational level (havo, vwo) or mbo -4. A Natin diploma and the IMEAO diploma are considered the equivalent of an mbo-4 diploma. Local secondary diploma’s:HAVO

  • VWO
  • MBO-4
  • Diploma’s equivalent to the Dutch MBO-level 4 according to the NUFFIC (zie
  • University  Bridge program (schakeljaar) certificate
  • AVF Kweekschool certificate

AND you must submit an official TOEFL score report demonstrating adequate knowledge of English.
Total score of the Paper-based test (PBT) for undergraduate admission is 550.

2. If you did not obtain one of these diplomas you can make the Admission Test 21+.
This test offers prospective students who are 21 years or older and don't meet the minimum entrance requirements the opportunity to still be admitted to the bachelor programme of their choice. In order to participate in the Admission Test 21+ for courses starting in October 2014, you'll have to be 21 years or older on October 1, 2014.

The Admission 21+ test for IBMS consist of two parts:

  • The FHR 21+ subject test to the IBMS programme Economics / Mathematics.
    - The subject exams cover two parts: Part 1 Basic Economics/Mathematics and Part 2 Business English Proficiency. The basic economics part of the exam is based on common knowledge in the field of economics and marketing. The basic mathematics part of the exam covers basic algebra.
  • An Ielts or Toefl test which is no older than two year on 1st of October 2014 and complies with the minimum requirements.
    - The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) measures the ability of non-native speakers of English to use and understand North American English as it is spoken, written and heard in college and university settings.

The 21+ test is finalized when you have obtained a minimum score of 5.5 for your subject test and a minimum score of 550 for the Toefl equivalent test at FHR or have submitted an Ielts or Toefl certificate with the required scores which is not older than two years

3. Completed Mathematics and Commercial sciences or Economics 1 / 2 at secondary educational level.
If you lack one or more of these requirements, then you have to attend the summercourse for two weeks. FHR School of Business will provide this summercourse free of charge.


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