International Business (4 years)

SubjectBusiness , Management


Type of DegreeBBA

EU FeesEUR 2,314

Cost non-EUEUR 8,570

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About the course

You are responsible for a foreign branch of an international organisation, with a different work ethic, culture and language. You are an entrepreneur about to set up your own business in a market that is governed by completely different legislation than what you are used to. Or you have been commissioned to introduce a new product to a market in which the media landscape, consumer behaviour and your competitors are entirely different in comparison to your home country. Are you the sort of person who relishes challenges like these? If so, prepare yourself to take them up by completing the International Business programme at the Amsterdam School of International Business (AMSIB).

International Business offers students a rich insight into managing or setting up a company in today’s competitive global marketplace. We give you the opportunity to specialise in functional areas, such as supply chain management, finance, leadership and marketing.

Additionally, you may opt for a regional specialisation, for example, Asia, Latin America or Europe and up to two additional foreign languages. In addition to the knowledge you will acquire, the programme pays great attention to your personal and professional development.

The International Business programme offers you an innovative educational experience with a global mindset. Live in the vibrant city of Amsterdam, a true hotbed of ambitious entrepreneurs and multinationals. Tailor your learning journey, immerse yourself in a different culture through a global exchange and internship and set yourself up for a truly global career.

Why study with Amsterdam School of International Business?

Personal attention

What makes our programme really stand out is the personal attention given to students. You will attend classes with your own group of 30 students maximum. Students also benefit from a lot of class time contact with their lectures: about 20 hours a week. Every student is assigned to a mentor and each programme has its own study advisor.

Curriculum: in short

First year

The foundation year starts with essential modules, including Principles of Economics and Marketing.

Alongside with academic modules, you will follow a personal and professional development track. This is designed to help you build teamworking and intercultural skills.

The second semester is centred on project-based learning. You will launch and run a startup as part of the Co-Creatively Entrepreneurship module.

Second year

You will enjoy great freedom to customise your degree by choosing four elective modules in according to your personal interests and careers goals.

Language skills are great assets in an international business career. In this year, you are encouraged to study a foreign language. Available options include French, Spanish, Chinese Mandarin and Japanese.

One of the highlights of the second year is the International Business Challenge module. You will work in a close-knit team to deliver a project and compete for the Best Business Case prize.

Third year

You will start building in-depth technical knowledge by completing a specialisation. For this academic year, there are six options available:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance and Control
  • Global Trade and Supply Management
  • Organisation Leadership and Change
  • International Marketing and Sales
  • Business Language, Communication and Cultural Immersion

The "Business Language, Communication and Cultural Immersion" track enables you to develop an international outlook and strengthen your cross-cultural communication skills. You will learn a second foreign language, as well as gaining international experience through an exchange semester with an international partner university. Alternatively, you can complete a minor to deeper your knowledge of a economics and trade in a particular region. Building Partnerships in China and Latin American Business Studies are two very popular minors amongst third year students.

Fourth year

In addition to finishing your academic studies, you will start an internship at a company overseas or at a multinational corporate in The Netherlands, such as Google, Nike or

For your graduation project, you can choose between writing an in-company thesis and complete an applied business research assignment at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Dynamics and International Strategy.

International experience

Career Opportunities

As an International Business graduate, you are a valuable asset to employers. You have acquired a solid understanding of business administration and will be able to convert these theories into practice and actual products. By the time you have completed the programme, you will be an international business professional with around 1.5 years of international experience.

During your studies you will have already built a valuable network and will be able to fulfil an international function at management level in the business-to-consumer or business-to-business sector.

What your future business card might look like:

  • Business Development Manager at Shell, Belgium
  • International Product Manager at Cinemotion, Bulgaria
  • Import and Export Assistant at Philips, France
  • International Marketing Assistant at Deutsche Bank, USA
  • Export Manager at Bosch, Denmark
  • International Marketing Manager at Mercedes, Dubai
  • International Marketing Researcher at Deloitte, Netherlands
  • International Publicity Agent at United Nations, USA and Rwand

Admission Criteria

In order to be admitted to the International Business programme you will need to have completed secondary education at a level equivalent to the Dutch havo, vwo or International Baccalaureate. In some cases additional requirements may be requested.

We require evidence that you have passed the standardised examinations for university entrance of your nation of origin. These include but are not limited to International Baccalaureate, Abitur, A-Levels in two subjects plus GCSEs in 4 additional subjects grades A*-C or BTEC Level 3.


Make sure to apply by 1 May on for September start. The Study Check is a mandatory part of the enrolment procedure for all students.

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