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.
  • Best International Logistics Management programme according to Keuzegids Hbo 2021.

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) € 1.084,-
  • NON-EU students (per year) €8,350
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Application deadlines

EU: 17 January/15 August
Non-EU: 1 November/31 May
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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 our 4-year bachelor programmes, you will need to meet the admission requirements as outlined in Dutch Higher Education law. For a 4 -year bachelor programme at NHL Stenden, you need a diploma that is at least equivalent to an NLQF 4/EQF 4 level (Dutch/European Qualifications Framework)* and comparable to the required Dutch diploma.

The Central Student Administration at NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences carries out an assessment on every individual application to our 4-year bachelor programmes. It generally recognises the international qualifications listed here**

If the qualification you will obtain or have obtained is not listed as a recognised qualification, you may still be eligible to study at NHL Stenden and should also apply for the programme through Studielink. Your qualifications will be assessed by an Admissions Officer at the Central Student Administration (CSA) department at NHL Stenden once you have submitted your application.

If it is unclear what the equivalent level of your secondary school diploma is within the Dutch education system, NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences will have your diploma evaluated by Nuffic, a Dutch organisation specialised in the assessment of international qualifications. For an indication of how your educational system compares to the Dutch system, please visit the Nuffic website.

* The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) is a tool for understanding and comparing qualifications awarded in different countries and by different education and training systems. Its eight levels are described in terms of learning outcomes: knowledge, skills and competences. The levels of the Dutch Qualification Framework (NLQF) are linked to the levels of the EQF.

** All applications are assessed on an individual basis by the Central Student Administration (CSA) even if your diploma is listed as a recognised qualification. Although this document has been composed carefully by NHL Stenden, rights cannot be derived from this overview.

All non-EU/EEA applicants are required to submit an English proficiency test with their application to show that their English language skills are at a high enough level to succeed in their studies.

Exceptions can be made for students who have had their preparatory education in a country where English is the only official educational language.

If you are applying for a bachelor degree and hold a diploma from a European institution listed here, and English was included as part of the final exam curriculum, then the additional English language test is not required. The same applies to students who have attained General Certificates of Secondary Education (enough O and A/AS levels with the sufficient score), the European Baccalaureate Certificate, International Baccalaureate Diploma, or an IB career-related programme taught fully in English.

All other applicants need to submit a valid and adequate English language test result with their application.

NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences accepts four kinds of official language tests in accordance with the Code of Conduct International Student in Dutch Higher Education:
• Academic IELTS 6.0 ** (with an advised minimum of 5.0 for each skill) 
• TOEFL 550 ** (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 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 only accept TOEIC® certificates from public programs and not from institutional programs. Public programs are organized in public centers and delivers an official score report which is recognized worldwide.
** IELTS, TOEFL and TOEIC certificates more than 2 years old (at the start date of the study), will not be accepted. 

View the comparison of the different scores.

Please note: If you do not yet have the necessary level in English, you may enrol in our Preparatory English 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.