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 School 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.

A Taster day will be organised on Thursday 14 December 2017.

Graduating from this programme you will earn you the title of Bachelor of Science (BSc) in International Business Administration. Our School offers you a broad range of options for continuing your studies after you have completed your Bachelor’s. See www.sbe.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.

Admission with a Dutch pre-university school diploma or equivalent
You must hold a Dutch pre-university school diploma (VWO) or an equivalent to this (e.g. English taught International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate), with a Mathematics A or B qualification or its equivalent. 

Admission with a Dutch HBO (propaedeutic) degree
You will be eligible for admission to IBA with a HBO (propaedeutic) degree, provided you supply proof of sufficient proficiency in Mathematics (Mathematics A or B at pre-university level).

If you don’t have Mathematics A or B at pre-university (VWO) level, you need to eliminate this deficiency first.

You may also be required to provide further proof of your proficiency in English. Check Examinations and language requirements (in Dutch) for more information.

Dutch and 21 years or older?
Are you Dutch, 21 years or older and you don’t meet the entry requirements listed above? You can apply with the Colloquium Doctum. You must obtain the following certificates:

  • English
  • Mathematics A or B
  • History

Start September 2018? 
Do you want to start the IBA programme in September 2018? Make sure to apply before the deadline of 1 May 2018. The application opens on 1 October 2017 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 and answering the questions.

Please check the application procedure and deadlines (in Dutch) carefully. 

Applicants holding a pre-university diploma from another country must meet a number of requirements. Read the information on the international Bachelor's programmes >

We expect Dutch applicants to complete the mandatory VU Matching programme. VU Matching consists of a questionnaire in VUnet and a matching activity. You need to participate in the matching activity in person on in the week of June 4 to June 8, 2018 (the exact dates will be published as soon as possible).

The matching activity will give you a realistic impression of the specialization and helps you check whether this programme meets your expectations. You'll get an invitation for the matching activity via e-mail beginning in mid-April (please note that you need to log in to VUnet at least once to recieve this invitation) For more information, please take a look here.

If you are an international student please take a look at our international IBA page here.

Questions? Contact contact@vu.nl

For students with an international diploma: bachelors.sbe@vu.nl.

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 Thursday 22 February 2018. 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 spend your time?

IBA is a full-time programme, taught in English, and takes three years to complete. With a 40-hour study week and your active participation expected at all times, as a student you need to be highly motivated, determined and self-disciplined. Your progress is reviewed at the end of each academic year and you are only allowed to remain in the programme if this is satisfactory.

The academic year is divided into six teaching periods. During most periods, you work intensively on two courses simultaneously. Outside the classroom, you work on assignments in student teams. The curriculum combines in-depth study of business subjects with the acquisition of academic skills, learning research methods and personal development, all with an international orientation. At the end of the programme you write a bachelor thesis on an international business topic.

To further build your international experience and cross-cultural awareness, IBA includes a mandatory semester (three teaching periods) of study at a VU Amsterdam partner university outside the Netherlands. Most students participate in this international exchange at the beginning of their third year. You have a wide choice of destinations and subjects you can study during your time abroad.

Keynote courses
Throughout the programme, the core themes and values of IBA are embodied in our keynote courses. Here are some examples.

People in Business and Society
This first-year course invites you to engage with different cultures and to understand people working in international organizations. Looking beyond borders, you acquire a cross-cultural outlook and learn how to apply this to manage people effectively. You are challenged to view professional development in an international context, to work as a group to create your own IBA culture and to reflect critically on business cases from a cross-cultural perspective.

Cross-cultural Marketing
This course provides fundamental knowledge of marketing at the same time as it builds your intercultural sensitivity. Whilst cultural differences may seem obvious, they are not easy to analyse, describe or categorize. Approaching this challenge from a people perspective, you gain a basic understanding not only of international marketing strategy and tactics but also of what to be aware of when applying them across cultural boundaries.

Business Mathematics
Mathematics is a challenging but highly relevant topic for any international business student. Doing business means having a vision, but it also means getting the numbers right. The business literature features mathematical models for scheduling, finance, and investments. Such models require 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
In this course we will start unpacking the theoretical tools with which you can understand what an organization is, how organizations function, and how different organizational structures and actions influence various outcomes. 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.

Extracurricular activities
As an IBA student, you are part of an active international community outside as well as in the classroom. Faculty student association Aureus organizes a host of extracurricular activities, some designed to complement your studies or enhance your career prospects, others purely recreational or social. You are also welcome to become involved as an event organizer or board member of a student or study association.

Highly talented and motivated students can apply for our Honours Programme, allowing you to choose additional courses to broaden your academic horizons. Other options include summer courses for extra study credits and holiday internships to bolster your credentials in the jobs market.


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

For more information, see our study guide.


Courses
Period 1Business Information Systems
Human Resources Management - Organizational Behaviour
Period 2Finance
International Business Law
Research Participation II
Period 3International Strategy
Research Participation II
Period 4
Business Research Methods I – Quantitative
Research Participation II
One of the following electives (Developed Economies)
  • Developed Economies: Digital Innovation and Virtual Organizing in a Global Setting
  • Accounting in Multinational Enterprises
  • HRM Practices: A Global Perspective
Period 5Business Research Methods II – Quantitative
One of the following electives (Emerging Economies)
  • Corporate Finance in Emerging Economies
  • Marketing in Emerging Economies
  • Supply Chain Management in Emerging Economies
Period 6Integrative Research Project

For more information, see our study guide.



Courses
Period 1Study abroad
Period 2Study abroad
Period 3Study abroad
Period 4
Ethics
Two specialization courses
Period 5Thesis
Two specialization courses
Period 6Thesis

For more information, see our study guide.


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

For more information, see our study guide.


Courses
Period 1Business Information Systems
Human Resources Management - Organizational Behaviour
Period 2Finance
International Business Law
Research Participation II
Period 3International Strategy
Research Participation II
Period 4
Business Research Methods I – Quantitative
Research Participation II
One of the following electives (Developed Economies)
  • Developed Economies: Digital Innovation and Virtual Organizing in a Global Setting
  • Accounting in Multinational Enterprises
  • HRM Practices: A Global Perspective
Period 5Business Research Methods II – Quantitative
One of the following electives (Emerging Economies)
  • Corporate Finance in Emerging Economies
  • Marketing in Emerging Economies
  • Supply Chain Management in Emerging Economies
Period 6Integrative Research Project

For more information, see our study guide.



Courses
Period 1Study abroad
Period 2Study abroad
Period 3Study abroad
Period 4
Ethics
Two specialization courses
Period 5Thesis
Two specialization courses
Period 6Thesis

For more information, see our study guide.

Samenvatting International Business Administration (IBA)

Taal

Engels

Duur

3 years (fulltime)

Aanmelden Voor

1 May

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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