International Logistics Management

(B Logistics Management (Economics), Bachelor’s Degree (4 years), Full-time

Would you like to organize, solve problems and make decisions? Do you want to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development goals? Do you enjoy working in groups and are you looking for a hands-on programme? If your answer is 'yes', International Logistics Management may be exactly the programme you are looking for!

  • Excellent job prospects worldwide in companies of all sizes.
  • Focus on sustainable supply chain management. You will learn to design supply chains which contributes to the achievement of sustainable development goals.
  • Internships in companies such as Amazon, Nike, Zalando, Volkswagen, BMW, Audi, Porsche, Ikea, DB Schenker, Lufthansa, Unilever and PepsiCo.
  • Study in Emmen, the city that inspired the creation of Bluetooth technology.
  • Learn all about purchasing, inventory management, warehousing, production, planning and scheduling, transport and supply chain management.
  • Top 3 programme of this kind according to Keuzegids Hbo 2020.

What to expect?

Current supply chains are based on an approach to take, make and dispose products. This leads to the depletion of natural resources (materials, water and energy). In order to sustain our economic growth, supply chains will have to move away from this approach and adopt the circular economy. In the circular economy, purchasing, production and distribution requires less resources, products are made to last and can easily be reused. This requires a new design of supply chains which aim for People, Planet, Profit: social equity, less environmental impact and profitable business.

International Logistics Management by NHL Stenden is the only programme in Holland which is certified to focus specifically on sustainable supply chain management. The programme covers all areas of the supply chain: from purchasing, to inventory management, warehousing, production, planning and scheduling, and transport. Subsequently, these areas are interconnected via the course of supply chain management. In every course, the possible contribution of the specific area to sustainable performance of the supply chain is a key topic. Moreover, the programme pays attention to relevant themes within the supply chain profession:  risk management, lean six sigma, international logistics, e-commerce, innovation, change management and information technology.



  • Bachelor of Science

Study start

  • September


  • Emmen


  • English

Standard duration

4 years


This course amounts to a total of 240 ECTS


  • EU students (per year) € 2,143
  • NON-EU students (per year) €8,350
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Application deadlines

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


Graduates of International Logistics Management have excellent career prospects. Almost all graduates have an interesting and well paid job well before their graduation. There is a continuously great demand for graduates in supply chain management. Graduates from NHL Stenden International Logistics programme have an excellent international reputation.

A bachelor’s degree in International Logistics Management enables you to manage key business processes, which varies from purchasing to inventory management, warehousing, production management, planning and scheduling, transport and supply chain management.

Where do graduates work

Our graduates are working for companies such as: Google, Tesla, Ikea, Scania, Audi, Bosch, Timberland, MCS, Zalando, DHL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hellman Logistics, Daimler/Mercedes and DSM.

Careers open to you after graduation include:

  • Logistics Manager
  • Planner/Scheduler
  • Warehouse Manager
  • Transport manager
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Purchase Manager

Student Career Event Emmen

During your study you will get in contact with national and international companies at an early stage. This is partly done by real assignments from companies, but we organize together with many organizations an annual Student Career Event in Emmen. Do you want to know more about this event? Check this short video!


Admission requirements

Academic Requirements

To be admitted to one of the bachelor programmes you must 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 Center.


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 mentioned in this list and English is included as part of the final curriculum, the additional English language test is not required. The same goes for students who followed the English language programme of the European Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate and have subsequently received the EB-Certificate or IB-Diploma. 

NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences accepts five kinds of official language tests in accordance with the Code of Conduct International Student in Dutch Higher Education

  • 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 C652.
  • Cambridge ESOL score FCE-C (169, or higher).
  • TOEIC 670 (Listening and Reading) and 290 (Speaking and Writing).
  • We are aware that test centres around the world have cancelled and/or postponed exams. Together with governmental organisations and higher education institutions in the Netherlands, we are working on solutions. Please check our Corona Q&A for up to date information. 

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.


Short Track

Did you previously follow a programme in the field of Logistics, or do you have experience in this area? Then you can qualify for a shorter programme. For more information, please contact

After your studies

After graduation, you may want to continue your studies with a master’s degree. This is certainly possible. For example, you could choose to study Supply Chain Management at the University of Groningen or at Maastricht University.

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About the course

The International Logistics Management course focuses on marketing, production, logistics processes, internal organisation, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and purchasing. You will be trained as a specialist in these areas over the course of the four-year programme.

First Year

Introduction to the industry

you will become acquainted with your future profession in the first year. You do group work with fellow students on projects such as starting a business, giving advice on delivering goods or optimising processes. 

Each term you will get two main subjects. You gain basic knowledge to develop a fundamental basis from which to solve and answer logistical issues. Learn about key topics such as: 

  • Supply Chain Management 
  • Operational management 
  • Purchasing
  • Introduction logistics
  • Warehousing 
  • Transport and inventory management

During the entire study, you will work on your personal development. You participate in workshops every module. Of course, you will not be alone in this. Your study coach will be at your disposal whenever you need help. 


More in-depth study

You will gain more in-depth knowledge of relevant themes within the logistics field. In this year you will start with assignments in the field of Supply Chain Management, Export Management and E-commerce. This gives you insight into how organisations should act within a dynamic environment and what the importance is of collaborating with other organisations in the chain.


Internship and practical experience

Your internship will let you apply your knowledge and experience. It also gives you an idea of the various careers out there and helps you discover your best fit. You have the option to complete part of your course at one of our international campuses in Indonesia (Bali), Qatar, South Africa, or Thailand. We refer to this part of the programme as the 'Grand Tour'. 

You mayalso choose to study at one of over 150 of NHL Stenden’s partner universities (of applied sciences) around the world. In addition, you can also follow the minor Circular Start-up at NHL Stenden.  


Final stage

You will become familiar with the latest supply chain innovations. In the role of consultant as part of a project group, you will advise an external client on possible solutions to a practical problem. You will learn to analyse processes in a structured way, apply key innovations and provide creative solutions.

The final stage is a graduation project. You will work on a project at a company of your choice, applying your knowledge so as to provide a solution for the company while gaining practical work experience.


In your third year, you will have the option to specialise by following a minor at one of over 150 of NHL Stenden’s partner universities (of applied sciences) around the world. In addition, you can also follow the minor Circular Start-up at NHL Stenden. In the fourth year you expand your knowledge in Supply Chain Innovation and Change.    

Minor Circular Start-up 

During this semester you will work in international groups of about 4 to 5 students. As a project group you start up a new company based on your own circular product. The goal is to present a 3D printed prototype of your circular product together with a sound business plan for your start-up to potential investors. 

The study programme starts with a series of guest lectures of entrepreneurs in the circular economy. The aim of these is to inspire and motivate you to develop your own circular product. Subsequently, various courses will provide you with the latest developments on the circular economy: 

  • Sustainable Marketing: how to develop an innovative product that is consumer orientated and has value for environment and society. 
  • Circular Finance: methods to valuate reused materials and specific challenges and its solutions to finance circular businesses.  
  • Sustainable polymers: design and development of a prototype with state-of-the-art sustainable polymers 
  • Circular Supply chain: design and performance of the processes to make, deliver, use and reuse your product. 


Major Supply Chain Innovation and Change  
You become acquainted with the important trends in logistics and the manufacturing industry. In the role of consultant as part of a project group, you advise external clients on the solution of an issue. You learn to analyse processes in a structured way and use the knowledge in your project group to come up with creative solutions.  


The programme at NHL Stenden is the only one in the Netherlands that has a specialisation in Green Logistics. This means that the programme establishes a lot of links with the circular economy and that you can specialise in this. During the course, various subjects in the field of sustainability are treated and discussed. You will think of ways to make transportation of goods more environmentally friendly, for instance by co-designing sustainable warehouses, reusing raw materials and reducing packaging materials.  

In this programme, you have the opportunity to make assignments, do internships and conduct research all focused on making organisations and their business processes more sustainable.

International Opportunities

Design Based Education

All NHL Stenden programmes are working towards a system of Design Based Education (DBE), which puts co-creation with professionals in the field front and centre. You will be working in small teams of students, teachers, researchers, and industry professionals.