International Business

4 Years
Start date:
1st September.
Entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences
Tuition fees:
2168.00 € per year for EU citizens. For other nationalities different fees apply.
Special remark
The programme can be completed in 3 or 4 years.
What is this programme about

You dream of an international career, you are curious about other cultures and you are interested in economics, management and sales. The English International Business course will allow you to get to work anywhere in the world.

You learn how to streamline company processes, think commercially and work within a financial framework. Depending on your career motivation and interests, you specialise in Supply Chain Management, Management & Entrepreneurship, Marketing & Sales or Business & Languages. In every specialisation, you learn to write a sound business plan, concentrating on commercial feasibility, financial underpinning and personal planning. You also focus on how to provide thoroughly underpinned recommendations for development to companies and not-for-profit organisations.

You are a citizen of the world, you are open-minded, have an eye for other cultures and you love working with people. Would you like to get to work as a well-educated manager with international experience anywhere in the world? The International Business programme at the HZ will train you to become an enterprising and international business professional.

Programme Content of International Business

During your first year of study you will choose a specialisation. During the first two years of the International Business programma, you will, next to your specialisation, follow courses, such as Economics, Business Ethics, Marketing, Business Law, Sales, Finance and Accounting, HRM, Intercultural Awareness and Business English.

Specialisations International Business

  • Supply Chain Management
    You develop your abilities to assess processes. Special attention is given to logistical aspects such as customer relationship management, IT tooling, resources planning, operation management, control of good flows and warehouse management.
  • Management & Entrepeneurship
    Analysing and creating processes that enable companies to start or to grow is at the heart of this specialisation. You develop a keen eye for the role of personnel within organisations and the interaction between different internal and external stakeholders. You learn how to assess market opportunities and to set up a company.
  • Marketing & Sales
    This specialisation focuses on the main business and management factors that affect a company’s propensity to offer services or products that fit the demand of customers and clients. You learn to use appropriate sales and negotiation techniques, to develop a growth strategy and conduct market surveys in order to assess market opportunities and competition.
  • Business & Languages
    Here you concentrate on multi-lingual business environments in which intercultural communication is the main tool for achieving business and management goals. You learn to deal with ever changing business settings in an international context by acquiring business knowledge and a high level of communicative skills, not only in English, but also in two other modern languages (French, Spanish, German or Dutch).

In the third year you choose a minor and an internship that match both your interests and your educational and professional objectives. You can spend this year abroad, with one semester at one of our partner universities and one semester of internship at company or organisation.

The first semester of the fourth year is dedicated to the completion of the knowledge and skills related to your field of specialisation and to preparations for the graduation internship, which you will carry out in the last semester of your studies at HZ.

Three-year track of International Business

In the academic year 2018-2019 we start a three-year track that consists of 180 ec’s for students that are highly motivated and equipped for an intensive and challenging programme.

Job prospects after graduation in International Business

International Business graduates found employment at Google (recruiter), IBM (consultant), EF Education First (sales coordinator), OSRAM (Business Development Manager), Dow Chemicals (strategic manager).

With a HZ diploma you can continue with a Master’s programme. Based on your international experience and sound knowledge of business and management, your chances of being selected at an international Master’s programme abroad will be reasonably good. If you wish to do a Master at a research university in the Netherlands, you may be required to follow a pre-Master’s programme.

Here an experience report of Michaela and Svetlana (Video).


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HZ University of Applied Sciences
Edisonweg 4
4382 NW Vlissingen
The Netherlands


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