International Business Administration

Your pathway to international business success

International Business Administration (IBA) aan de VU is een unieke bacheloropleiding waarin je de zakenwereld bestudeert vanuit een menselijk perspectief. Met een uitdagend, breed curriculum is deze bachelor bij uitstek geschikt voor de hoogvliegers van de toekomst: ambitieuze, wereldse professionals die verder kijken dan traditionale grenzen.

IBA stelt je in staat om bedrijven waar dan ook succesvol te maken, en zo een internationale carriére op te bouwen.

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

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Develop an integrated perspective

We take a truly integrated approach to today’s global marketplace. IBA combines a comprehensive study of all the essential business disciplines in a genuinely international context with a strong focus on people. You will learn to understand and manage cross-cultural challenges on the world business stage. Alongside a thorough understanding of professional theory and practice, you will develop strong academic and research skills as well as the personal qualities required of a modern global citizen.

IBA is a three-year programme taught entirely in English. Upon enrolment, you will join a multicultural community of students, tutors and researchers drawn from every continent. As you learn to solve international corporate and societal challenges, you gain a rigorous grounding in business theory and in the practical subjects at the heart of business administration, including strategy, marketing, finance, accounting, organization, human resources, logistics and technology. You will also develop your social and quantitative abilities, an important part of the personal skill set essential for success in today’s business environment.

The international dimension of IBA is further reflected through keynote courses on such topics as global economics, cross-cultural marketing, emerging economies and global supply chain management. The programme features a mandatory semester of study abroad, at one of our many partner universities all over the world. And a wide choice of elective and specialization modules gives you plenty of freedom to shape your own learning pathway to success.

Upon successful completion of this programme, you are awarded the title Bachelor of Science (BSc) in International Business Administration. With this prestigious degree to your name, you have a wide range of options to continue your studies in our faculty. Or at other academic institutions throughout the world.

If you decide to go straight into the job market, you will have an exciting range of choices. The broad range of training you have received is the perfect basis to start building a career in any aspect of business with an international dimension: strategy, marketing, finance, organization, HRM, supply chain management, technology and so on. Our graduates find great jobs with all kinds of employers, from leading multinationals to ambitious start-ups, and in just about every sector: manufacturing, distribution, financial or business services, media, non-profit and many others.

This programme also provides an ideal springboard for budding entrepreneurs inspired to launch their own international businesses.

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 are also 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


Online Summer Prep-Campus
Even if you meet the mathematics requirements, some students find it difficult to know what is expected of them once they begin the IBA programme. To address this, we have developed the Online Summer Prep-Campus. A university jury unanimously voted this course as the most innovative educational project in 2017, and it will ensure that you are more than ready to begin your studies!

Take a sneak peek on the Online Summer Prep-Campus website. You will always take part in the diagnostic test during the IBA matching process. The test helps determine your own maths level and gives you advice on how to proceed. If you need some additional help, take courses through the online summer prep-campus and freshen up your mathematics - and meet your new fellow students early! If your level is up to par, you can still get a head start on the topics that will be discussed during the mathematics course!

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 Wednesday June 6 or Friday June 8, 2018 (you can choose).

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.

Study programme, courses, and other programme-specific matters
If you have questions on general matters or application details, write to contact@vu.nl!

If you have specific questions about the contents of the programme, such as courses, contact the programme coordinators:

Mirella Kleijnen
Mirella Kleijnen (Director.IBA.SBE@vu.nl)

Amanda Porter
Amanda Porter (Coordinator.IBA.SBE@vu.nl)

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 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 will 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.

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

People in Business and Society
Engage with different cultures and 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. Challenge yourself 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. To do business, you need vision, but also 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. Simple business calculations also require basic skills in setting up and handling spreadsheets and typesetting formulas. This course therefore also addresses such general skills.

Organization Theory
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. We will discuss 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.

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.

As you progress through the IBA programme, Career Services and Alumni Relations offers coaching and workshops to help you make the next step in your studies or career. You can utilize their network of alumni and company contacts to find internships and other personal and professional development possibilities.


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

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.

International Business Administration


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