Bachelor in International Business Management (BBA)


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A glorious future: you close a deal with an American organization and research the possibilities of doing business in Asia. The business world is looking for you! After completing the International Business Management bachelor’s degree, you will excel at establishing international contacts and creating your own opportunities. This bachelor program brings you one step closer to international success.

You might, for example, work as an account manager, a financial manager or a sales or district manager. You can also start your own business.

Is this bachelor program right for you?

Tio’s International Business Management bachelor program is based on the International Business (IB) program and places additional focus on finance and e-commerce. This means you will also feel right at home in the finance and online world after completing this bachelor program. Do you recognize yourself in the following description? Are you:


Do you have the will to score? You stay on top of international developments and are always one step ahead of the latest trends. You have contacts all over the world and use your knowledge as the manager of a multinational, as an independent entrepreneur or an adviser during a corporate takeover. Your winner mentality ensures your organization is successful.

Interested in trading on the stock exchange?

Do you want to know everything about bonds, shares, options, and futures? Step by step, you learn everything you need to know to take your first steps as an investor in the stock market. In the spirit of competition, the three students with the best results can win a sum of money during the Stocks & Bonds project.

Good with numbers and figures?

How is it that this week’s revenue figures are so much lower than last week’s? You could not help but notice the decline in the statistics. Does it have to do with the season or is there something more going on? The International Business Management bachelor’s degree teaches you to understand these numbers and take appropriate action.

Internationally oriented?

Would you like to work in an international environment? This bachelor program allows you to see more of the world! During the international study trip, you visit a partner university and international companies. You gain international professional experience during your (international) internships.


Do you see opportunities wherever you go? Would you like to start up your own business? This business program lets you get started right away. Together with your fellow students, you set up your own business and advise other organizations regarding their strategy and operations.

Interested in other cultures?

The world runs on trade and you want to be a player on the international stage. Even during your studies, you will, therefore, come into contact with different cultures during the study trip, your international internship(s) or when you study abroad. You will learn how to successfully do business in other countries.

In control?

Do you like to be in charge? Do you see yourself in a leadership position? During this bachelor program, your leadership skills are developed during the Management Skills course. Of course, you want to take charge of the various projects you work on. You might, for example, become the general manager of your student company.

Excellent in networking?

Are you good at meeting new people? That is an excellent quality because it allows you to build up your network in no time. That will certainly be valuable in your professional future!

Do you recognize yourself by these descriptions? Take a look at the curriculum for more information about this bachelor program or attend an open day to experience the atmosphere and meet students and lecturers.

Why do students choose International Business Management?

  1. Tio offers the option of accelerated studying: complete a bachelor’s degree in just three years.
  2. International trade creates many jobs and opportunities for well-educated young professionals. In the Netherlands alone, international trade accounts for more than 50% of the gross domestic product.
  3. When you complete this business degree, you will also be a specialist in finance. You will learn everything there is to know about stocks, bonds, futures and securities and about cash flows during a corporate takeover.
  4. You study at the Netherlands’ best business degree program. Five years in a row, since this program’s introduction, as elected by the Higher Education Guide.
  5. E-commerce is an important component of the International Business Management program because a lot of trading is done online and cross channeling is becoming increasingly popular.
  6. You will have many career opportunities available to you after completing this bachelor program.
  7. At Tio, you are not a number; there is a strong focus on personal development and supervision.

Study Program

Practical is the keyword: learning by doing! Circa 60% of the International Business Management bachelor program has a practical focus. The curriculum was designed in collaboration with trade associations such as the Sales Management Association,, and experts with a wealth of practical experience. With the professorship, Tio stays ahead of the competition when it comes to e-business. This ensures the study program ties in well with the sector’s needs and the latest trends.


The curriculum is divided into four components: financial expertise, business & entrepreneurship, international management, communication, and internship & final thesis.

Given the importance of having international experience, you complete at least one component of your study program abroad (e.g. an internship, graduation project or an international exchange program).

Financial expertise

You learn to negotiate and you keep a close eye on global trade. You learn to understand macro-economic changes during a management game held in a real-life environment. You will also create your own portfolio of stocks and shares during the Stocks & bonds project. The student with the highest returns competes in the finals. You visit domestic and foreign listed businesses such as banks or car manufacturers. The management game helps you make decisions pertaining to finance and HR.

Business & Entrepreneurship

You master the art of sales and giving product presentations with the help of role-playing scenarios. You learn to conduct business with other cultures.
You set up a business together with your team: you brainstorm about market opportunities, conduct market research and sell your product both on- and offline so you can pay out a nice sum in revenue to your shareholders. You draw up a business plan for your own international business.

International management

You will be broadly educated at Tio. That means that besides professional knowledge you also acquire general knowledge in the field of human resource management, management skills, and entrepreneurship. During the international study trip, you visit a partner university and various international businesses. You are taught by international guest lecturers and the schedule includes several lectures and excursions.


Learning how to communicate gets much attention. Through role-playing, you practice your languages and learn to do business with other cultures.

Internship & final thesis

During the two (international) internships, you will apply what you have learned into practice. Everything comes together in your final thesis.


Some subjects and courses listed below are optional and therefore not mandatory. Exceptions are the Introduction to Economics and Introduction to Finance & Accounting courses, which are mandatory for students whose prior education does not include Economics and Management & Organization.

Your International Business Management bachelor’s degree will open many doors for you. You could become a commercial adviser at ABN AMRO or work as a manager of marketing communication at the US Chamber of Commerce. Would you like to know more about your potential career paths?

Take a look at your career perspectives

This International Business Management (IBM) bachelor program has been accredited by the NVAO and educates students in three or four years for the internationally recognized title of Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) (ISAT-code: 34144). IBM is partly based on the International Business (IB) profile level of professional competence, supplemented with e-commerce.


Below, you will find an overview of the admission requirements for the bachelor program International Business Management, with which you can determine whether you can start this unique bachelor program.

Admission requirements

  • Havo, vwo (any profile), mbo4-diploma.
  • Comparable diploma, e.g.: German Fachhochschulreife or Abitur (algemeine Hochschulreife), British GCE A-levels, French Baccalaureat, American High School (incl. a college preparatory program) or secondary business education.
  • CEFR: ≥ B2. TOEFL: iBT ≥ 75-80 points (Institutional TOEFL code Tio: 4764). IELTS Academic: ≥ 6.0. Cambridge exam: ≥ 160 points / Cambridge First Certificate.
  • For students who have not previously studied Management & Organization, the preparation course Introduction to finance & accounting (FA) is mandatory.
  • For students whose prior education did not include economics, the preparation course Introduction to economics is mandatory.

Admission process

After we receive your registration, Tio will send you a written confirmation of your admission (provided that you meet the pre-education requirements and there is no waiting list). If your pre-education is insufficient for the program you wish to take, we will schedule an interview and an assessment. The assessment costs € 80. The admissions committee will decide whether you can be admitted to the program.

Register on time
Tio’s programs are popular and the number of available positions is limited. Every year, this leads to waiting lists. If you are sure about your choice, you should enroll as soon as possible. Positions are assigned in the order in which students register.

Selection and draw
Tio’s selection process is based on whether students meet their prior education requirements and timely registration. Tio does not select students through lots.

Introductory interview
You will be invited to an introductory interview with your study coach before the start of your education at Tio.

After Graduation

A glimpse of your future

There are many roads open to you when you earn your International Business Management bachelor’s degree. What about working as a commercial advisor at ABN AMRO or a manager of marketing communication at the American Chamber of Commerce. You can also work as an account manager or marketing manager. Do you want to know more about your many options? Take a look at career opportunities and read interviews with alumni.

Do you want to continue your education after completing the International Business Management bachelor’s degree? This bachelor’s degree grants you access to many domestic and foreign master’s degrees.

Starting salary

The gross starting salary for recent IBMS graduates is around € 2,400 per month (Higher Education Guide 2019).

Employment opportunities

International trade makes up more than 30% of the GDP in the Netherlands alone. This results in a wealth of employment opportunities and excellent prospects for well-trained young professionals.

Successful in the business industry

The demand for highly educated managers with an international mindset is growing as a result of the ever-expanding global trade. The Netherlands is a true trade nation. It is in the top 10 in the world in terms of exporting goods and services (source: Statista). With professional knowledge and a good feeling for finance and e-business, you can also make it as an independent entrepreneur.

What can you do and where can you work?

What can you do once you complete the International Business Management bachelor program at Tio University of Applied Sciences?
Nearly every sector of the industry has a need for well-trained young professionals with excellent management skills. After earning this bachelor’s degree, you can, therefore, have your pick of many positions and areas of expertise.

Think of professions such as:

  • Financial manager
  • Account manager
  • Sales manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Marketing manager
  • Consultant
  • District manager
  • Managing director
  • Logistics manager
  • Product manager
  • Export manager

Where can you work? Examples include:

  • Multinationals
  • Banks
  • Stock exchange
  • Insurance companies
  • SME
  • Consultancy firms
  • Advertising and communication agencies
  • Telecom companies
  • Retail organizations
  • Government institutions
  • Real estate companies

Last updated Jul 2020

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