International Business Administration (IBA) is the English-taught Bachelor's track of the Bachelor's programme Business Administration. When studying IBA, you will examine all aspects of international business and the role of culture and communication, providing excellent preparation for an international career.
Best Bachelors in Administration in Netherlands 2016/2017. Are you interested in management, culture and international trade? Do you want to know more about the business strategies of multinational corporations in various countries? If so, then International Business Administration might be the right track for you. You will look at the ins and outs of how a business operates and how businesses deal with internal and external changes. You will learn to analyse what can be improved in corporate management and what international business involves. You will learn, for example, how cultures and business cultures in different countries play an important role in having contact with people from abroad and they might influence the outcomes you aim to achieve when doing business. This programme is suited for people with a broad interest in conducting business and managing organisations. Does this describe you? Check to see if you meet the admission requirements for the IBA Bachelor's track.
International Business Administration offers you a broad range of topics, with consideration not only for international management, but also for psychology, sociology, communication, economics, and law. For example, there is ample consideration given to the role of social and cultural aspects within organizations. After all, conducting good business is a job involving extensive human interaction. You will look at the interaction between all stakeholders involved, such as managers, employees, shareholders and clients; a framework that is even more complex and interesting within international interactions.
From this perspective, companies need employees who can generate solutions. This is why you receive a thorough scientific education in Nijmegen. Analysing business cases and generating solutions to problems and executing these in your future career are fundamental. You will regularly receive examples of practical situations during lectures and be presented with the question: what could be improved? In the third year you will go abroad for six months, either to study or for an internship.
Why study at Radboud University
You will be taught a wider range of perspectives than 'just' economics or IT in organizations.
More focus on acquiring research skills than in other business programmes in the Netherlands
Six months of studying or internship abroad as a fixed part of the programme
A green campus in the centre of Nijmegen, with excellent study and sports facilities
Housing offered to admitted students who do not live in the Netherlands and applied before the deadline (see details);
A personal approach to education and small-scale teaching
Three-year Bachelor's studies with guaranteed direct admission to a Master's programme after completion
Access to top-level careers, including support and advice regarding the job market
In order to gain international experience, you will spend six months abroad in the third year of your study. During this period, you can take courses of your interest at partner universities (for example to prepare for a Master's specialisation) or you can participate in an internship at a foreign organisation (for a maximum of 12 out of the 30 ECTS-credits awarded for this semester). Whichever you choose, this experience will provide you with the perfect opportunity to gain international experience and prepare you for a future international career.
Graduates of this track often find employment all over the world, in fields varying from financial institutions and the business world to non-profit organizations and governments.
Graduates are well-qualified for filling managerial positions in the international business world, at consultancies, and in government. Many graduates combine consultancy and research tasks into one career. One graduate becomes an entrepreneur, whereas another may opt for a career as policy advisor, manager, or business consultant.
Study association Synergy
Synergy is the study association for Business Administration students. Synergy has approximately 2000 members and is consequently one of the largest student associations in Nijmegen. Synergy aims to provide the best possible service to its members by pursuing the following objectives:
- to bridge the gap between theory and practice;
- to establish contacts between students;
- to promote the interests of Business Administration students
You need to have received sufficient previous education in the Netherlands or abroad, proven by a diploma, and you need to be proficient in English, in some cases proven by a certificate:
If you have completed, or will complete a study programme abroad, then your previous education will be assessed to determine whether it is of sufficient level. If the level is sufficient, then you could be directly admissible or additional conditions may apply (such as taking an English or Mathematics test). For accepted English tests, please see below. For Mathematics tets: we accept the Mathematics A or B tests from the CCVX and Boswell-Bèta.
Should you obtain a German diploma, one from the UK or USA, an International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate, please download the diploma-specific admission requirements (pdf, 489 kB).
Should you be admissible or conditionally admissible, then your application will be included in the selection procedure.
You should have sufficient proficiency in English. This requirement is fulfilled when you meet one of the following conditions:
obtained a Dutch VWO diploma;
obtained a German Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife, including Grundkurs or Leistungskurs Englisch in the Abitur;
obtained an International Baccalaureate diploma;
obtained a European Baccalaureate diploma, in which at least the course English Language 1 has been taken;
obtained a diploma in which English has been part of the final examinations from European countries mentioned in the list of diplomas (pdf, 507 kB);
obtained a diploma equivalent to or higher than the Dutch VWO level by completing education at an institution in one of the member states of the EU/EEA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the United States of America, where the language of instruction is English;
you are a citizen of Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, or the USA.
Students who do not meet one of the above conditions must satisfy one of the following conditions:
obtained an IELTS Academic certificate with a result of at least 6.0 on the overall band, as well as on all four sub-bands;
obtained a TOEFL iBT certificate with a total score of at least 80, as well as scores of at least 20 on all four parts;
obtained a Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English with a mark of at least C;
obtained a Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English with a mark of at least C.
There are only 60 places available in this track. Therefore, only the applications of students who are admissible or conditionally admissible are included in a selection procedure. Based on the documents submitted, you can be selected for direct admission, be placed on a reserve list, or be refused admission. You will be informed about the selection result within four weeks after the receipt of all required documents. Please find out how to apply and what documents to send at Application and enrolment.
The selection is based on a review of the letter of motivation and CV, high school grades (in particular Mathematics and English) and level of proficiency in English.
Letter of motivation
In the letter of motivation, you should introduce yourself, explain why you would like to study IBA and why you think you are suited for it. The letter of motivation should not exceed two pages of A4-paper.