An academic Bachelor’s programme focussing on the management of companies and organisations operating in global markets and on the effects of culture and communication.
Bachelors in Business Studies in Nijmegen in Netherlands. During this three-year programme, you will learn all aspects of international business from a social perspective. In Nijmegen, the programme focusses on the cooperation between people involved in the organization and with the outside world, instead of other Business programmes with a financial or technical focus.
After first common year, providing you with a thorough introduction to the field and to research methodology, you will have to choose from three tracks to continue your studies in the second year. You will have to choose from Business Administration, Business Economics or International Business Administration. In all tracks, there are close links with companies and professionals, to ensure a link with the practice of businesses. Studying abroad is encouraged and even obligatory in the track International Business Administration.
Attention for social processes
While other business administration programmes focus on economics or technology, the Nijmegen business administration programme focuses on studying social processes in organisations. The accent is on how social processes affect the behaviour in and of organisations, and how they impact the performance and the realisation of organizational goals. This is especially important for today’s world where organisations need new insights to deal with the increasing diversity in employees, consumers and markets.
The Nijmegen School of Management, the faculty that offers Business Administration, maintains a network of over 150 partner universities all over the world. This will enable you to get even more intercultural experience and an excellent preparation for an international career!
The Business Administration programme starts every year in September and takes three years to complete. It is characterized by its small-scale education and a personal approach. The lecturers are easily accessible: they will know you personally after a while and they are always willing to help you with any questions you might have.
Through its focus on social processes, the courses in Business Administration include bits and pieces of the fields psychology, sociology and communication. You will study all aspects of Business Administration, such as Strategic Management, Marketing, Organisation Structures, Human Resources, Accounting and Finance, etc. This range of courses is completed by courses specifically offered in the track of your choice. Due to the fact that Radboud University is a research university, you will also take on some courses in research methodology and you will finish your Bachelor’s studies with a Bachelor’s Thesis. The Bachelor’s programme is the best preparation for a Master’s specialization in Business Administration at Radboud University, and you will have guaranteed access to one after completing the Bachelor’s programme.
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
Your previous education will be assessed on individual basis 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). Please check www.ru.nl/bachelors/business/admission for more information about the requirements concerning previous education and English language certificates.
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.