University of Applied Sciences

International Applied Business Administration

(B International Applied Business Administration)

Full-time Bachelor’s Degree

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In summary

Are you a born organiser, not afraid of responsibilities and are you looking for a management course that provides a wealth of professional opportunities? Then International Applied Business Administration is perfect for you!

  • Outstanding job prospects in the Dutch and international job markets.
  • Broad training that prepares you for a variety of professional fields.
  • Join one of the best ranked Business Administration and Business Management courses in the Netherlands (according to the Keuzegids HBO 2013, a guide to Dutch institutions of higher education for students and parents).
  • Acquire practical work experience at Stenden’s own training venue and through a work placement in a company.

Vlogs about this study programme


Grand Tour
Annelies is a third year International Applied Business Administration student. She vlogs about her experiences while studying in South Africa, as part of the Grand Tour programme.

You can find more vlogs by Annelies on this page.




Graduates in International Applied Business Administration have excellent career opportunities in their chosen field, finding work in the corporate sector, consultancy firms and NGO's. Your training will provide you with the tools you need to successfully grow to a strategic management position.

Exciting job

Working in business administration promises an exciting job with a high level of responsibility. With your professional knowledge and management and organisational talent, you will ensure that organisations run smoothly and that organisational objectives are achieved. You will advise management or make strategic or tactical decisions yourself, while making sure employees and departments work well together. You effectively solve any issues you may come across.


Careers open to you after graduation include:

  • Branch Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Business Consultant
  • Head of Internal Organisation
  • Relationship Manager

About the course

Key subject areas in this course include business economics, marketing, communications, HR management, strategic management and leadership. You will be trained as a specialist in these areas over the course of the four-year programme. You will learn theory as well as accepting practical assignments from businesses in the Netherlands and internationally and will learn to draft opinions, organise events, draft action plans and take part in the management team.

First Year

Introduction to the industry

The first year is designed to provide you with a solid foundation in business administration: discovering how business processes work and learning about different management styles. You will also take a closer look at customers and their identity, needs and requirements. First-year subjects include economics, information and communication technology, and law.

Second Year

More in-depth study

In your second year, you will develop more focused and detailed knowledge, building on what you have learned so far. You will translate this knowledge to perform duties and resolve issues that you may encounter as a manager. Practical simulations, games and a management position at our training venue will give you a taste of your future career, allowing you to expand your knowledge of an organisation’s business operations.

Third Year

Becoming a professional

You will gradually develop a set of management skills and learn to operate at a strategic level. Finance, human resource management, and customer relations are some of the issues you will focus on. In the second semester, you will take a number of electives. You can take these either in the Netherlands or abroad, at one of our international campuses.

Fourth Year

Final stage

As you get ready to complete the course, you will take part in an extensive internship and carry out an independent final-year project at a business or organisation in the Netherlands or anywhere else in the world. You will be expected to provide advice on current issues, and if you and the company are a good fit, the company may end up offering you a position within their ranks.


Problem-based learning (PBL) is a style of active learning in which you learn by solving problems, as well as develop your practical abilities, including verbal and written communication, conceptual thinking and English. You will chair meetings, take minutes, learn to think critically and come up with solutions together, which will give you the experience you need by the time you are ready to enter the job market.

Additional information

To view the full course programme, please feel free to download the International Applied Business Administration course catalogue.



In your third year, you will have the option to specialise by taking a number of minors: these are electives in which you focus on a specific subject or expand your knowledge by taking an additional subject. This will allow you to truly take charge of your career by ‘customising’ your course.

Click here for additional information and details on applying for minors

Admission requirements

Academic Requirements

To be admitted to one of the Bachelor programs you have to meet certain admission requirements. Stenden University of Applied Sciences recognizes 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 or Master Degree 

Furthermore, some of our Bachelor programs demand additional entry requirements. These can be found in the list of admissible diplomas. If your diploma is not mentioned in this list, please contact our Information and Registration Centre.

Language Requirements

All non-EER 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 EER students are the same as for Dutch students. If your diploma is mentioned in this list the additional English language test is not required.

Stenden University of Applied Sciences accepts three kinds of official language tests: IELTS, TOEFL and the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.

  • 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 Stenden. The TOEFL institution code for Stenden is 9215.
  • Cambridge ESOL score CAE-C.

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


If you are aged 21 or older and would like to enrol, but do not currently meet the admission requirements, you are invited to register for the entrance examination.

For the 21+ test, you are required to pay €80.00 and this will be processed during your registration.

For more information contact iStudy (


Short Track 

Did you previously follow a programme in the field of Business Administration, or do you have experience in this area? Then you can qualify for a shorter programme. For more information, please contact

Practical information


Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

Course start

February and September

Application deadline 

EU students: 17. January and 15.  August
non-EU students: 1. November and 31. May 


Leeuwarden (the Netherlands), Bali (Indonesia) 

Language of instruction


Fees and costs

types of fees amountperiod
tuition EU students€2,0062017/2018
tuition NON-EU students  €7,9002017/2018
books and handouts €900 one-time fee

Please note: No additional financial contribution is required from students to obtain credits.