Stenden University of Applied Sciences is merging with NHL University of Applied Sciences. Continue to the new (International Business) course page on for the latest information. 

Stenden University of Applied Sciences is merging with NHL University of Applied Sciences. Continue to the new (International Business) course page on for the latest information. 

University of Applied Sciences

International Business and Management Studies

(B International Business and Management Studies)

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 merged with International Business and Languages and offered by NHL Stenden as a new course: International Business. If you wish to start this course in September 2018, please start your application on the new website.

Are you enterprising and do you like to expand your horizons? Would you like to be part of an exciting international business environment? Are you not one to be daunted by the prospect of being in charge of a whole department, branch office or company? Then you would be a great asset to our International Business and Management Studies (IBMS) programme!

  • Your ticket to a job in international business, management or business administration anywhere in the world.
  • Be part of an international course with students from all over the world.
  • Learn how to set and achieve organisational objectives in internationally oriented organisations.
  • Option to do your internship and part of your programme outside the Netherlands.
  • The course is a unique partnership of Leeuwarden’s three universities of applied sciences.


The Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Management is your pathway to a career in business administration or management anywhere in the world. You may find yourself working in the banking industry, property sector, manufacturing or retail companies and multinationals, among a host of other careers and industries.

Different cultures

As a professional and (future) manager, you will learn to communicate and work with all the different cultures you may encounter in a company. You know how to take charge, are unafraid to take responsibility and have strong organisational skills. By making tactical or strategic decisions you assure business operations run as smoothly as possible.


Careers open to you after graduation include:

  • Export Manager
  • Area Manager
  • Account Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Product Manager

About the course

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.

Additional information

To view the full course programme, please feel free to download the International Business and and Management Studies catalogue.

Student experiences

Stenden students would like to share their experiences with studying at Stenden. Are you curious what other International Business and Management Studies students have to say about the study programme? Head over to the testimonials to find out. 


In Third Year, you will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge by taking several minors at one of the three participating universities of applied sciences. You can choose from the following options: Innovation & Leadership (NHL University of Applied Sciences), Retail Management (Stenden University of Applied Sciences), Business to Business (NHL University of Applied Sciences) and International Sustainability Management (Van Hall Larenstein). 

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 (


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

Language of instruction



Types of feesAmountPeriod
tuition EU students€2,0062017/2018
tuition NON-EU students€7,9002017/2018
Books, handouts and field trips €1,300 First and Second Year

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!