International Business

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

Are you curious about different cultures and the world of business? Would you like to find out how companies operate and what you can do to become a valuable addition to any corporation? Do you see yourself contributing to the international goals of organisations? Then International Business (IB) is the course for you!

The corporate world is a global one, which requires employees to have a strong business sense and intercultural skills. In this course, you will learn to bridge the gap between cultures and to realise a companies’ international ambitions. Businesses world-wide are eager to sign people with this skillset, which you will acquire.Go on international group projects, like WOW Berlin and Student Trade Mission.

  • Profit from our vast international network of partner universities (of applied sciences).
  • Study in an international environment.
  • Unique collaboration with VHL University of Applied Sciences, granting you access to even more expertise.
  • Real-world learning – put your knowledge to practice.
  • Receive personal attention in small study groups.

This new course is a combination of International Business & Languages (IBL) and International Business and Management Studies (IBMS).



  • Bachelor of Business Administration

Study start

  • February
  • September


  • Emmen
  • Leeuwarden


  • English

Standard duration

4 years


This course amounts to a total of 240 ECTS.


  • 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


With your bachelor diploma (BBA International Business), you are ready to make a difference in international trade. You know how organisations work and how to do business internationally. During your studies, you have worked to specialise yourself in a certain area, preparing you to work towards any of the following functions:

  • International marketing manager
  • Account manager
  • Export manager
  • Corporate communications manager
  • Branch manager
  • Product manager

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 programs 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.


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



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 NHL 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

In this English-taught course you will learn about the inner workings of organisations, and how they market their product or service. You will learn to recognise and seize business opportunities. Additionally, you will develop the skills needed to work in a variety of cultural environments. Collaboration with people from different backgrounds and international trade, play a big part in this course. That is why you will work together with Dutch and other international students right from the start. 

Year 1

In the first year you learn the basics of business management and cultural awareness. Marketing, sales, and logistics are some of the classes you will attend. In addition to English, you will also explore a different language which may help you later on in your career. Furthermore, you will get acquainted with our innovative educational concept: Design-Based Education.  

In the second year you will broaden your knowledge on business management themes. You learn to make tactical decisions, while considering ethical and social factors. In groups, you will tackle ever more challenging assignments from the field.

In the last two years of the study programme, you will gain in-depth business knowledge, and you are being prepared for the international business field. You will go on a half-year internship and do a minor, which adds to your development. Both of these aspects offer plenty of international opportunities. Your course concludes with a graduation assignment in which you apply your expertise to a complex international issue from the field.


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.