BSc International Business


Program Description

Are you interested in management questions? And would you like to work in an international environment? Then this program might just be what you are looking for.

The Bachelor's degree program in International Business prepares you for a management position in an international environment. You will combine courses in Business Management with courses in Sociology, Economics, and Law.

The program has an international focus. It uses international cases and you will study abroad for one semester. In addition, the entire program is taught in English.

International Business in Groningen is challenging and fast-paced. You need to be hard-working, have a good command of English and be able to understand mathematical expressions, quantitative research methods, and economics. Most importantly, however, you need to be deeply interested in the very broad range of issues that make doing business different from country to country. Learning from lecturers and fellow students of diverse nationalities is therefore essential.

Important to know: The BSc in International Business is a fixed quota program accepting only 550 students. All students have to apply in Studielink before 15 January 2020 in order to enter the selection procedure.

Why study this program in Groningen?

International Business is an internationally accredited program, ensuring a high-quality education that meets both the AACSB and EQUIS standards, which only one percent of universities reach worldwide. The program is about business theories as well as organizations and their settings.

It is the intellectual understanding and their sensitivity to differences in perceptions and approaches that equips international business students to correctly analyze situations and to determine effective responses. You will be challenged to approach various business cases from different economic, cultural, legal and political perspectives. In your 3rd year, you will spend a semester abroad at one of our international partner universities.


Year 1

The first year starts off with an intensive introductory program, in which you attend your first classes and obtain important study information. The course units cover the fundamental disciplines of International Business, such as International Management, Economics, Financial Accounting, as well as International Marketing and International Business Law. You will also be provided with a solid foundation in statistics. The first year features training in reading and writing academic English.


  • Economics for IB (5 EC)
  • English for IB (5 EC)
  • Financial Accounting for IB (5 EC)
  • Global Supply Chain Management (5 EC)
  • International Business Environment (5 EC)
  • International Marketing for IB (5 EC)
  • Introduction to International Business (5 EC)
  • Management Accounting for IB (5 EC)
  • Organizational Behaviour for IB (5 EC)
  • Organizational Structure (5 EC)
  • Research Methodology for IB (5 EC)
  • Statistics I for IB (5 EC)

Year 2

In the second year of the program, you will take further course units in Cross-Cultural Management, Comparative Country Studies, as well as Research Methods and Statistics. You will do a lot of reading and independent study. You will attend classes and lectures by guest speakers, participate in small discussion groups, work on team projects, attend workshops and seminars.


  • Comparative Country Studies (5 EC)
  • Cross-Cultural Management (5 EC)
  • Ethics and International Business (5 EC)
  • Finance & Risk Management for IB (5 EC)
  • Foreign Direct Investment, Trade & Geography (5 EC)
  • Global Business History (5 EC)
  • Global Political Economy (5 EC)
  • Information Systems Management (5 EC)
  • Innovation Management in Multinationals (5 EC)
  • International Business Law (5 EC)
  • Qualitative Research Methods for IB (5 EC)
  • Statistics II for IB (5 EC)

Year 3

Once you have met the requirements of the first part of the program, ideally by the end of the second year, you will spend a semester abroad at one of our many partner universities in Europe, Latin America, Australia, North America, or Asia. This is a major opportunity to further develop your cross-cultural and language skills and you will be able to take courses in which your host institution has particular expertise. The final stage of the Bachelor's program is the writing of a thesis.


  • Bachelor's Thesis IB (10 EC)
  • Empirical Research Project for IB (5 EC)
  • International Financial Management (5 EC)
  • International Strategic Management (5 EC)
  • Managing Int. Business Organizations (5 EC)
  • Study abroad (= foreign minor) (30 EC)


International Business in Groningen is a challenging and fast-paced program requiring a hands-on approach. You need to be hard-working and have a good command of English. Most importantly, you need to be deeply interested in the broad range of issues that make doing business different from country to country. Throughout the program, we balance large lectures with small-group tutorials and mentoring to help you succeed in your studies.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is required
  • Maximum of 30 EC

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirements More information
additional subject Mathematics should have been passed as a standard/methods level subject in your secondary school education. Please note that the level of mathematics will need to be assessed by the Admissions Board.
language test IELTS Academic overall score 6 (Speaking 6, Writing 5.5); TOEFL internet-based overall score 90 (Speaking 20, Writing 20); C1 Advanced (with minimum score 169); University of Groningen Language Centre Test B2 overall.
previous education To meet the general entry-level requirements, you will need an educational background equivalent to the Dutch pre-university education (VWO).

Registration procedure

Students have to apply online via Studielink and the Online Application System (OAS) of the University of Groningen. All students have to apply in Studielink before 15 January 2020 in order to enter the selection procedure. After you apply for the program of your choice, the Admissions Office will evaluate your educational background and assess your eligibility. Your application will be assessed on an individual basis.

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students 15 January 2021 01 September 2021
EU/EEA students 15 January 2021 01 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students 15 January 2021 01 September 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 9500 full-time

The Dutch government intends to halve the statutory tuition fees for specific groups of first-year bachelor's students starting from the 2018/19 academic year.

Job prospects

International Business is a broad program that forms a solid foundation to pursue a broad range of Master's degrees. You might choose to specialize in Marketing or Operations, for example. Or you could build on your Bachelor's with a Master's degree in International Business & Management, which will give you the credentials to work for a multinational firm, governmental institutions, and international organizations. You can work in export, marketing or sales for example.

If you were to choose a two-year Research Master's you could move into academia, perhaps decide to go further and earn a Ph.D. Because all our programs are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, a standard achieved by only one percent of universities worldwide, your degree will be highly valued in the labor market.

Plenty of multinationals will be interested in students with an academic degree in business. Your position within this kind of organization can vary from export manager or international marketer to international sales manager, product manager or human resource manager. But numerous other career opportunities will lie ahead of you. This, of course, depends on the choices you make during and after studying. Many organizations also offer traineeships and junior positions which will introduce you to different types of activities.

FEB Career Services

To support you in developing your career and strengthen your employability skills, FEB Career Services empowers you to achieve lifelong success through various career services during your studies.


Linking education to research and career preparation

Our education is strongly rooted in business practice and society. Also right from the start of your degree program attention is paid to academic research and pre-professional development. Since an analytical and critical mind and problem-solving capabilities are important qualities in any career our students aspire.

In collaboration with external partners, we conduct research projects on banking, local government, customer insights, leadership, energy, healthy aging, and lean operations.

Last updated Jun 2020

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