Bachelor in International Business and Trade (English)


Program Description


  • Differences and similarities between international cultures tend to trigger you.
  • You have entrepreneurship in your blood and you see worldwide business opportunities.
  • During your studies, you are willing to grab your suitcase and go study abroad.
  • With many tools, models and lots of practice, you will be able to develop commercial activities anywhere in the world.
  • Unique in this study is that you can add Chinese to your curriculum.
  • Is Asia not your main focus? Then why not choose German, Spanish, French or Dutch?

Phase 1

During the first year, our focus will be on building your business fundamentals through courses such as international trade, intercultural communication, global economics, marketing and emerging markets. On top of these mandatory courses, you choose a foreign language: German, French, Spanish, Chinese or Dutch. We don't offer the language of your dreams? No problem, you can study a language of your choice with another certified language institution and we’ll add it to your diploma.

Phase 2

The first semester of your second year focuses on management skills, financial management, entrepreneurship and emerging markets. During the 'International Project' course, second-year students go abroad to a dynamic city to analyze the local culture, work on a cross-border project and look at opportunities to export a unique business model. In the second semester, you will study a semester abroad at one of our partner universities around the world.

Phase 3

Your third year consists of first-semester courses with a focus on practice and cases for real companies, followed by a second semester abroad for your traineeship. During this 3-month internship abroad, you will work on different international projects for real customers.

Practical courses

During the first year, the business game is your initial test to put the theoretical knowledge into practice. In the second year, you will get a taste of how business is conducted abroad. Finally, when you are studying abroad during the final year you’ll get immersed in an entirely different environment.

During the third year, you are abroad for 12 weeks on an international internship. Some of our partners in education offer great internship opportunities in Europe and South Africa. Flanders Investment & Trade, our preferred partner, actively hire our interns each year. They have offices all over the world, from Tokyo to Los Angeles. Where to go and what company to work for? The choice is entirely yours!

Personal coaching

You can always count on personalized counselling and coaching at Thomas More. The program manager Astrid Druyts will help you answer all of your questions related to your field of study. All questions related to your individual study program, exemptions or credits can be addressed to the study advisor Pierre Vermeulen.

Your lecturers as well will always be available to give advice or answer your questions. Don’t hesitate to contact them by e-mail.

Go International

At International Business & Trade the world is small. Did you know that you can choose to study in South-Korea during your second year and do an internship in the USA during the third?

Our business school has partnered with several top-notch universities worldwide. Some of the possibilities include Quimper and Paris (France), Seville (Spain), Eindhoven (Netherlands), Vilnius (Lithuania), Budapest (Hungary), Bloemfontein (South Africa), Daejeon (South-Korea), Chile, Mexico, China, Taiwan or Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).

Finding a job

After graduation, the world will be at your feet. Both SME and multinational companies with international ambitions are potential employers. With good training in international entrepreneurship, some of our students even start their own company. Last year a Thomas More-alumnus won a prize for the best start-up of the year.

Consultancy or advisory functions for companies linking investors to different cultures are also within your reach. A few examples of potential employers: Brussels airport, DB Schenker, DHL, Flanders Investment & Trade, CS&A, Chambers of Commerce or P&G.

Last updated Jul 2019

About the School

Welcome to the international website of Thomas More! Thomas More is the largest university of applied sciences in Flanders, offering over 31 Dutch-taught and 5 English-taught bachelor degree programs ... Read More

Welcome to the international website of Thomas More! Thomas More is the largest university of applied sciences in Flanders, offering over 31 Dutch-taught and 5 English-taught bachelor degree programs in the province of Antwerp. Next to that, Thomas More offers exchange programmes in English, for students from partner universities. Read less