International Business Administration (IBA)

Push your boundaries and those of International Businesses

Met International Business Administration aan de VU zit je middenin de levendige zakenwijk van Amsterdam: de Zuidas. Met deze studie kies jij voor een succesvolle carrière in de wereld van de multinationals. Tijdens je IBA opleiding aan de VU zal je genieten van de zowel uitdagende inhoud en aanpak van de studie als de vele culturele activiteiten die de stad Amsterdam te bieden heeft. De studie is kleinschalig maar kijkt juist over de grenzen heen, het IBA-programma heeft een sterke internationale oriëntatie en wordt volledig in het Engels gegeven. 

Students with an international diploma can find more information on the international IBA page.

Develop an integrated perspective

The IBA programme at VU Amsterdam will give you the necessary theoretical knowledge to succeed in the marketplace and will introduce you to the practical application of disciplines that are at the very heart of International Business Administration: Strategy, Marketing, Finance, Accounting, Organization, Human Resource Management, Logistics and Technology. Our IBA programme will help you develop an integrated perspective to understand and influence international business issues. You will learn to think strategically and gain a balanced overview of diverse and interconnected organizational issues. You will also learn how to make decisions that can affect the various components of an organization. These studies will enable you to bring success to businesses anywhere – and hence also to your own career.

The International Business Professional looking further

Students from over 50 countries across all continents have already come to study in our faculty at VU Amsterdam, which is engaged in world-class research. Through the VU theme of Governance for Society you will connect with your fellow students, VU teachers and researchers to solve international business and societal challenges. The VU Amsterdam IBA curriculum is the result of a co-creation initiative involving four major stakeholders: academics, employers and recruiters, current students and alumni. This has resulted in a uniquely positioned curriculum with the three core elements of people, business and society, a programme that develops leading academics, professionals and citizens. Where will your ambition take you?

Want to become an International Business Professional? Come to a Taster day

Are you ambitious? Internationally oriented? Can you have fun and challenge yourself and others with new, out-of-the-box ideas? Do you want to enhance your business acumen and build your international network? Are you prepared to cross boundaries and borders? If so, we would be happy to meet you during one of our Taster days at VU Amsterdam in the Zuidas.
Graduating from this programme you will earn you the title of Bachelor of Science (BSc) in International Business Administration. Our faculty offers you a broad range of options for continuing your studies after you have completed your Bachelor’s. See www.feweb.vu.nl/masters.

You may also choose to go straight into the job market; you will have a wide choice. You are most likely to find work in any kind of organization that manages processes or works on performance improvements. You could work in the for-profit or non-profit sector, for a company providing services or products, for a small or large organization, either on the owner side or on the organization side of the business. You could find work in various disciplines you have been trained in, such as Strategy, Marketing, Finance, Accounting, Organization, Human Resource Management, Supply Chain Management and Technology.

The IBA programme is also an excellent start for those who want to launch their own business, because you will have gained an understanding of organizations, business principles and their underlying structure.

The aim of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is to make the IBA student population a balanced mix of international and Dutch students, thus creating an international study environment. IBA is therefore a 'numerus fixus' study programme. This means a maximum of 200 students will be selected to start.

Admission criteria
An education level at least equivalent to Dutch VWO is required (i.e., a diploma for secondary education that is at least equivalent to VWO, e.g. International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate) with Mathematics A or B (or other examination results which prove that the student has achieved this level). You can have a deficiency regarding these criteria at the time of application but the criteria should be fully met and the tuition fee (collegegeld) must be paid before 15 July 2017. Also upload a copy of your passport if you did not logon to Studielink with a DigiD; upload deadline for the copy of your passport is 30 January 2017.

Selection criteria 

a) International experience (max 40 points of 100)
b) Mathematics: A or B at Dutch VWO level or equivalent (max 30 points of 100)
c) English proficiency (max 20 points of 100)
d) Motivation (max 10 points of 100)

Required Selection Documentation

  • Motivation letter (one A4)
  • One qualified reference letter (signed, including contact details)
  • CV
  • Evidence of international experience, preferably mentioned in CV

Screening and selection
The selection for the IBA programme applies to 100% of the available 200 places. You may participate three times in the selection procedure, to offer you the opportunity to improve your Mathematics, English proficiency level, and/or international experience. The closing date for registration in Studielink is 15 January 2017. Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into consideration. After 15 January 2017 you have until 20 February 2017 to provide the required selection documents. Any documents uploaded after 20 February 2017 will not be taken into consideration and will lead to a zero score on the criterion concerned. 

The Faculty will ensure a careful screening and selection on the basis of the selection criteria. The outcome of the selection procedure will be communicated by email on 15 April 2017. You can score points on every selection criterion, with a maximum of 40 points for international experience/orientation, 30 points for mathematics, 20 points for English proficiency and 10 points for motivation (maximum score = 100). A ranking list will be created based on the sum of scores deriving from the four criteria.  

University of Applied Sciences (hbo-propedeuse)
In order to apply for the Bachelor International Business Administration you need at least a propedeutic certificate from a University of Applied Sciences and mathematics at pre-university (VWO) level. If you don’t have mathematics at pre-university (VWO) level you need to eliminate this deficiency first.

Dutch and 21 years or older?
Are you Dutch, 21 years or older and you don’t meet the above mentioned entry requirements? You could apply for the colloquium doctum.

Start September 2017?
Do you want to start the IBA programme in September 2017? Make sure to apply before the deadline of 15 January 2017. The application opens on 1 October 2016 via www.studielink.nl. After that you will receive a VUnet ID and password (in two separate emails). Be sure to complete your application in VUnet (our student portal) by uploading all the necessary documents.

Please check the application procedure and deadlines carefully.

How to apply for a Selection-based programme (General information; in Dutch).

Questions? Contact studiekeuze.feweb@vu.nl.

For students with a Dutch diploma: iba.feweb@vu.nl.

For students with an international diploma: admissionsiba@vu.nl.

For questions about your application call the IBA Helpline: Monday – Friday between 3 and 5 p.m.: +31 (0)20 5982144.

Bachelor information day

At the Bachelor information days there will be information rounds with practical information. Afterwards you can visit the information market to ask your questions to former and current students and an academic advisor. The information rounds will cover course and career options, what the course entails, entry pathways and how to apply.

Taster days
A Taster day will be organised on 12 April 2017. Register online >

Prefer to contact a student?
Feel free to contact the board members of Aureus at secretary@aureus-vu.nl. They will be more than willing to put you in touch with a student who is currently participating in this programme.

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How will you be spending your time?

The IBA is a full-time, English-taught programme that takes three years to complete. A year has six periods. During most periods you will work intensively on two courses simultaneously. Outside of class you will work on assignments in student teams. You will combine in-depth business subjects with academic skills, research methods and personal development, all with an international orientation.

Examples of courses:
People in Business and Society
During this course you are invited to engage in cultures, understanding people working in international organizations and to develop your own view. You will be encouraged to look beyond boarders and obtain an understanding of current events from a (cross-)cultural perspective and to learn how this transcends into managing people effectively in a cross-cultural setting. We will challenge you with a view on professional development in an international context, make you work together on creating your own IBA culture and critically reflect on business cases from a cross-cultural perspective.

Business Mathematics
Mathematics is a challenging but highly relevant topic for any international business student. Doing business for sure means having a vision, but it also means having the numbers right. You cannot develop a sound business plan without understanding and using mathematics, and you need mathematics in order to plan your stocks and trucks. In the business literature, we see many mathematical models, for scheduling, finance, and investments. Using such models requires a basic understanding of mathematical principles related to multi-variable calculus, optimization and expectation. Furthermore, today’s simple calculations require basic skills in setting up and handling spreadsheets and typesetting formulas. This course therefore also addresses such general skills.

Organization Theory
During this introductory course into organization theory we will start unpacking the theoretical tools with which you can understand what an organization is, how organizations function, and how different organizational structures influence various outcomes. The main part of the course deals with various theories that describe and explain the relationships between action in organizations and their outcomes. In addition, we start building the academic skills that you increasingly need when your studies progress. Along the way, we go through various examples of organizations - factories in 19th century industrial England, contemporary prisons in the US, the creative companies of the 21st century - to put flesh on the bones of organization theories. Though our focus is on general organization theories that can be applied across different organizational and national contexts, we explicitly discuss international business related issues, such as how managerial ideas spread across national contexts.

Cross-Cultural Marketing
This course provides you with a fundamental knowledge of the marketing field, while at the same time creating an intercultural sensitivity. Although the consequences of cultural differences are obvious, they are not simple to analyze, describe or categorize. We start again from a people perspective, building on your understanding of cultural differences and intercultural interactions and move from there to connecting this knowledge to international marketing. You will gain a basic knowledge and understanding of marketing strategy and tactics and the things you need to be aware of as a marketeer when practicing marketing across cultures.


Courses
Period 1
Business Mathematics I
People in Business and Society
Research Participation I
Tutor Programme IBA
Period 2
Organization Theory
Economics for the Global Era
Tutor Programme IBA
Period 3
Academic Skills
Tutor programme IBA
Period 4
Business Statistics
Global Supply Chain Management
Period 5
Accounting
Cross Cultural Marketing
Period 6Business Processes

More information about the first year can be found in our study guide.


Courses
Period 1Business Information Systems
HRM-OB
Period 2Finance
International Business Law
Period 3International Strategy
Period 4
BRM I – Quantitative
Research Participation II
One of the following electives, Developed Economics: 
Digital Innovation and Virtual Organizing in Global Setting
Accounting in Multi-National Enterprises
HRM Practices: A global Perspective
Period 5
BRM II – Quantitative
Research Participation II
One of the following electives, Emerging Economies:
Corporate Finance in Emerging Economie
Marketing in Emerging Economies
Supply Chain Management in Emerging Economies
Period 6Integrative Research Project

More information about the second year can be found in our study guide.


For all third-year IBA students who meet the exchange criteria there is a mandatory exchange semester in autumn. You are entirely free to select universities or courses.

More information about the third year can be found in our study guide.


Courses
Period 1
Business Mathematics I
People in Business and Society
Research Participation I
Tutor Programme IBA
Period 2
Organization Theory
Economics for the Global Era
Tutor Programme IBA
Period 3
Academic Skills
Tutor programme IBA
Period 4
Business Statistics
Global Supply Chain Management
Period 5
Accounting
Cross Cultural Marketing
Period 6Business Processes

More information about the first year can be found in our study guide.


Courses
Period 1Business Information Systems
HRM-OB
Period 2Finance
International Business Law
Period 3International Strategy
Period 4
BRM I – Quantitative
Research Participation II
One of the following electives, Developed Economics: 
Digital Innovation and Virtual Organizing in Global Setting
Accounting in Multi-National Enterprises
HRM Practices: A global Perspective
Period 5
BRM II – Quantitative
Research Participation II
One of the following electives, Emerging Economies:
Corporate Finance in Emerging Economie
Marketing in Emerging Economies
Supply Chain Management in Emerging Economies
Period 6Integrative Research Project

More information about the second year can be found in our study guide.


For all third-year IBA students who meet the exchange criteria there is a mandatory exchange semester in autumn. You are entirely free to select universities or courses.

More information about the third year can be found in our study guide.

Samenvatting International Business Administration (IBA)

Taal

Engels

Duur

3 years (fulltime)

Aanmelden voor

15 January 2017

Startdatum

1 September

Vorm

Voltijd

VWO profiel

CM/EM/NG/NT (with Mathematics A or B)

Interessegebied

Economie, Recht en Bestuur

Nadia Hassen

Third-year IBA student from Zimbabwe

The programs academic offering is very stimulating, in that you do not only get to learn theories, but actually get the chance to apply them to real-life situations and actual companies. Studying this wide array of subjects has given me the chance to explore a wide range of employment opportunities in different business sectors when I graduate.

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