University of Applied Sciences

International Applied Business Administration

(B International Applied Business Administration)

Full-time Bachelor’s Degree

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In summary

Would you like to start this course in February 2018? Then please use the 'Apply now'-button above.

As of September 2018, this course will be offered by NHL Stenden as International Business Administration. If you wish to start this course in September 2018, please start your application on the new website.

Do you like to take initiative, keep an eye on the bigger picture, and do you see chances where others do not? Would you like to learn to understand businesses and how to keep them running? Then this bachelor course is perfect for you!

  • Learn to understand and improve organisations, and make all the difference as a manager or advisor.
  • Outstanding job prospects in the Dutch and international job markets.
  • Become an all-round professional with a specialisation in the area of your choice.
  • English-taught programme, preparing you for a job anywhere in the world.
  • Complete part of your course on Bali.

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.



As a business expert, you are a valuable addition to organisations. You have no problem diving into the inner workings of any business. You know how to recognise and make use of opportunities when they present themselves, and you are able to convince others of your views when necessary. Those are exactly the qualities expected from a manager, leader or advisor. 

With your knowledge and skill-set, you are ready to work for a variety of different companies, including large commercial corporations, governmental institutions, and non-profit organisations, anywhere in the world. With the skills you have gained during your studies, you will be able to keep growing on both professional and personal level.  

An exciting profession 

Working in business administration promises an exciting job with a high level of responsibility. It is diverse as well; you will organise events, give advice on personnel, look for international opportunities and/or help with the launch of a new product or service. From your vantage point you advise management or make strategic decisions yourself, while making sure employees and departments work well together.


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. You will also learn to give advice, organise events, draft action plans and take part in management teams.

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.

Student experiences

Want to know what other students think of this course? Head over to the testimonial by German student Lea.



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.

Stenden University of Applied Sciences and NHL University of Applied Sciences are merging. Would you like to start your studies in February? Then continue your application process on

Would you like to start your studies in September 2018? Then continue your application process on the new website You can apply now for academic year 18/19!