The International Business and Management Studies (IBMS) course lets you experience what it’s like working as a professional or (future) manager in an international business environment. You learn how to conduct business and manage a department. The course covers a broad variety of management and economics related subjects, like marketing, operations, accounting and logistics management.
This course is offered by a partnership of Leeuwarden’s three universities of applied sciences, Stenden University of Applied Sciences, NHL University of Applied Sciences and Van Hall Larenstein. You will spend the first two years at Stenden University.
- First Year
Introduction to the industry
During your First Year, you will discover what the work of an international manager entails, with the main areas of focus including English Business Communication, Marketing, Sales and Research. In addition, you will also attend classes in Dutch language and literature.
- Second Year
More in-depth study
You will spend a large part of your Second Year focusing on personal development, honing your foreign language skills and gaining insight in business operations. Subjects in this year include International Management and Organisation, Marketing and Sales Management, International Business Environment, International People Management and Export Management and Logistics.
- Third Year
You learn all about management at a strategic level and write an international business plan. To specialize further, you then choose a minor at one of the three participating universities of applied sciences.
- Fourth Year
International opportunities and graduation
You will embark on an (international) internship or spend part of your course studying abroad. In your fourth year, you will then be taking on a graduation project, resulting in a thesis. You will gain hands-on experience in researching for and giving advice to internationally oriented enterprises.
In IBMS, various ways of teaching and learning are used. One of these is Problem-based learning (PBL): 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.
To view the full course programme, please feel free to download the International Business and and Management Studies catalogue.