Business Administration

(B Business Adminstration), Bachelor’s Degree (4 years), Full-time

Are you a born leader, eager to learn how companies function and what you can do to keep things running smoothly? Does international business appeal to you? Do you see yourself being a vital addition to a company, regardless of the sector or country in which it operates? Your journey starts with International Business Administration!

  • Learn to understand and improve businesses as a manager or advisor.
  • You develop a broad skill set, which makes you a valuable addition to any organisation in any country.
  • Expand your horizon with our Grand Tour, and spend part of your study at our campus in Bali.
  • Gain real-world experience: we have strong ties to the field.
  • Your personal study coach offers you guidance whenever you need it.

This study programme was previously offered as International Applied Business Administration.

Overview

Degree

  • Bachelor of Science

Study start

  • February
  • September

Location

  • Leeuwarden

Language

  • English

Standard duration

4 years

Credits

This course amounts to a total of 240 ECTS.

Fees

  • EU students (per year)€ 2060
  • NON-EU students (per year)€ 7975
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Application deadlines

EU: 17 January/15 August
Non-EU: 1 November/31 May

Career

The International Business Administration programme prepares students for positions in senior management. As business administrators, graduates are required to ensure that the part of the organisation they are responsible for performs well. Whether they work in ICT, purchasing, finance, facilities management or administration, these managers have to know what is needed and how the department can contribute successfully to the overall company objectives. A typical graduate of this programme is able to identify problems quickly and enjoys solving them effectively.

International Business Administration is an ideal all-round management programme focused on a company’s internal organisation. Graduates are eligible for careers such as:

  • Branch manager
  • Project manager
  • Business consultant
  • Manager of internal organisation
  • Account manager for a company or non-profit organisation

Admission requirements

Academic Requirements

To be admitted to one of the bachelor programmes you have to meet certain admission requirements. NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences recognises the following general international qualifications: 

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or European Baccalaureate Diploma
  • High School diploma from an accredited institution
  • Four GCSE/GCE ‘O’ level passes (final grade A, B or C) and two ‘AS’ level passes. These six passes combined must all be in different subjects.
  • Associate, Bachelor or Master Degree

Furthermore, some of our bachelor programmes demand additional entry requirements. These can be found in the list of admissible diplomas. If your diploma is not mentioned in this list, please contact our Information and Registration Centre.

21+

If you are aged 21 or older and would like to enrol at NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, but do not currently meet the admission requirements, you are invited to register for the entrance examination. 

For more information, please contact the admissions office at toelating@nhlstenden.com.

All non-EEA applicants are required to submit an English proficiency test with their application. Exceptions are made for students, who have had their preparatory education in a country where English is the official working and educational language. The language requirements for EEA students are the same as for Dutch students. If your diploma is listed here, the additional English language test is not required.

NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences accepts three kinds of official language tests: IELTS, TOEFL and the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.

  • Academic IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 for each skill).
  • TOEFL 550 (paper based), 213 (computer-based) and 80 (internet based). Original test results must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Stenden. The TOEFL institution code for NHL Stenden is 9215.
  • Cambridge ESOL score FCE-C (169, or higher).

    View the comparison between the different scores.

Please note: If you do not have the appropriate level, it is possible to enrol in our English Preparatory Language Course

About the course

Do you like to take initiative and enjoy discovering where new opportunities lie? Do you want to learn about how the internal part of an organisation operates and how to keep it running successfully? If so, the International Business Administration course could be for you!

Year 1

In the first year, you learn the basic skills any business expert should master. How do organisations function? You also get to know the operational side of management. This means learning about the day-to-day business of a company, including customer contact. Internal communications are just as important, so this area is highlighted as well. You discover the (international) field, so you know what to expect from your future line of work.

A special focus is Dutch regional business ventures: almost every assignment you and your fellow students take on together will be for an actual company.

First-year subjects include: Business Law, Marketing, Finance, and Organisational Behavior. 

In the second year, you will expand on the knowledge you have gained in the first year. Tactical decisions and long-term planning are foregrounded during this stage. You will revisit a lot of the subjects from the first year, but this time around you will really dive into the specifics.

You gain in-depth knowledge of business processes and crisis management: how do you handle yourself under pressure and within a team? Additionally, you will conduct research for a company, for instance on customer satisfaction.

The final two years of the programme are geared towards your field of interest. You will choose a specialisation (minor) and do an internship at a company where you will further develop your skills. You also have the option to do your minor or internship in a different country, ensuring you of plenty of international experiences.

The final stage of your course is concluded with a final-year assignment for a company of your choosing. On completion, you will have proven yourself to be a valuable addition to any organisation!

‘OndernemenNu’ research unit

This research unit collaborates with students from Human Resource Management and International Business Administration. Students analyse real-world issues together with a researcher. They contribute to knowledge about value-driven professionals in organisations. The goal of this unit is to get a grasp of the ethical way in which these type of professionals work.

Results are applied in the professional field and in higher education. This unit tries to find answers to questions like:

  • What is the definition of professionalism in the ‘new economy’?
  • What options do organisations have to facilitate their professionals and optimise company results?
  • How can professionalism be made accessible to vulnerable populations such as refugees, volunteers, and people who have lost their manual labour job to digitalisation?

Specialisations

During the third year, students can choose in which area they would like to specialise in. This allows students to further develop themselves. Students can choose from a variety of minors that are offered in the Netherlands and abroad.

The minors that are available to International Business Administration students are:

  • Beyond Better Business
  • Change and Innovation Marketing
  • Communication
  • Sport Management
  • Event Management
  • Heritage Tourism
  • E-business
  • International Marketing Orientation
  • Financial Retail 
  • International HRM
  • Interpersonal Communication Skills

Practical learning

International Opportunities

Design Based Education (DBE)

With Design Based Education (DBE), ideas are turned into practical solutions, often in an international context. You will work in small interdisciplinary groups on assignments from actual clients. This is the best way to prepare for your future field. DBE places a strong emphasis on the personal development of our students. Guided by the academic staff, students will take charge of their own learning path. Our new educational concept will be used in a selection of our study programmes, starting in September 2018. It will also be implemented in all of our study programmes in the years to come.