Bachelor in International Business


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Program Description

As an International Business graduate, the door to the global job market is wide open. Depending on your specialisation, your job title will be, for example, international marketing manager, account manager, export manager, corporate communications manager, branch manager, or product manager. Depending on your preference, you could work for a commercial major player or a small not-for-profit organisation. You will get to choose between all kinds of organisations, and where you will bridge the gap between cultures and across countries and languages.

The curriculum is based on our Design Based Education principles. This means you get to pursue your own interests in the field of international business while working on real-life cases. It also means you get to work in small study groups, ensuring you will receive personal attention and coaching.

We are an internationally orientated university of applied sciences, with a unique multi-campus concept, offering 5 campuses across the globe. On top of this, we have a vast international network of partner universities (of applied sciences). So it is safe to say, you will truly study in an international environment at NHL Stenden.

You can choose to study in Emmen or Leeuwarden. Both cities offer their own unique advantages. In Emmen, for example, you can specialise by learning a third language in your second year.

This new course is a combination of International Business & Languages (IBL) and International Business and Management Studies (IBMS).

Admission requirements

Academic Requirements

To be admitted to one of the bachelor programmes you have to meet certain admission requirements. NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences recognises the following general international qualifications:

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or European Baccalaureate Diploma
  • High School diploma from an accredited institution
  • Four GCSE/GCE ‘O’ level passes (final grade A, B or C) and two ‘AS’ level passes. These six passes combined must all be in different subjects.
  • Associate, bachelor's or master's degree

Furthermore, some of our bachelor programmes may demand additional entry requirements.


If you are aged 21 or older and would like to enrol at NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, but do not currently meet the admission requirements, you are invited to register for the entrance examination.

Language Requirements

All non-EEA applicants are required to submit an English proficiency test with their application. Exceptions are made for students, who have had their preparatory education in a country where English is the official working and educational language. The language requirements for EEA students are the same as for Dutch students. If your diploma is listed here, the additional English language test is not required.

NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences accepts four kinds of official language tests:

  • Academic IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.0 for each skill).
  • TOEFL 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based) and 80 (internet based). Original test results must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to NHL Stenden. The TOEFL institution code for NHL Stenden is 9215.
  • Cambridge ESOL score FCE-C (169, or higher).
  • TOEIC 670 (Listening and Reading) and 290 (Speaking and Writing).

Please note: If you do not have the appropriate level, it is possible to enrol in our English Preparatory Language Course.

Start date: February or September (depending on study location)

Duration: 4 years, full-time

Tuition fee (annual):

September start: EU students = €2,143
Non-EU students = €8,350

Application deadlines:

September start: EU applicants: 15 August
Non-EU applicants: 31 May

February start: EU applicants: 15 January
Non-EU applicants: 1 November

Last updated Oct 2019

About the School

NHL Stenden is an international multi-campus university of applied sciences. Its Dutch campuses can be found in Leeuwarden, Emmen, and Meppel. International campuses are located in Bali, Qatar, South ... Read More

NHL Stenden is an international multi-campus university of applied sciences. Its Dutch campuses can be found in Leeuwarden, Emmen, and Meppel. International campuses are located in Bali, Qatar, South Africa, Thailand. Students from over 80 different countries study at NHL Stenden in the Netherlands, which has a total of around 25,000 students. Read less
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