Bachelor in International Business Administration

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Program Description

Studying Business Administration?
Are you curious about other cultures? Looking to create a platform for your future business success? At the heart of business is people. So by studying International Business Administration (IBA) at VU Amsterdam, you’ll combine a comprehensive study of all the essential business disciplines in a genuinely international context with a strong focus on people in a cross-cultural environment. Not only the businesses you’ll study are international, but also the faculty staff and your fellow students are from a wide variety of backgrounds.

The programme is multi-disciplinary, which means you’ll study everything from management and organisation to cross-cultural marketing, and from information technology to international strategy. And you’ll get to work with real businesses – in IBA, companies meet classrooms to give you practical experience that will set you up for a career in international business.

This is what you will be doing
The first half of the IBA programme allows you to explore a broad range of business disciplines, while the second half is about making choices and deciding what your future holds. Along the way, you’ll acquire research and analytical skills, as well as learning to deal with real-world business problems.

First year - VU Amsterdam is the only university in the Netherlands to offer a course that takes a holistic approach to businesses and the people who run them. The international dimension of IBA is reflected through key courses on topics like global economics, cross-cultural marketing and global supply chain management.

Second year - In the first semester, you’ll continue your core education with courses like International Strategy: a globally operating company will present a business problem to you at the start of the course, which you’ll need to solve by using SWOT analyses, proposing your strategy, and working with their feedback. In the second semester, you can choose from electives that suit your preferences – the first step in selecting a specialisation.

Third year - The first half of the year you’ll spend on an international exchange with any one of our partner universities across the globe. When you return, you’ll specialise in business discipline of your choice and write your Bachelor’s thesis – this is your chance to tailor your studies to your future field of work, or to prepare yourself for a Master’s programme in your chosen specialisation.

Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 150 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to 23,00 ... Read More

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 150 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to 23,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff of 130 nationalities create a dynamic international academic community. The University distinguishes itself in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World and Governance for Society. Read less