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International Business

International Business & Languages fulltime

Four-year bachelor in English, starts in September

International Business & Languages, part of the International Business programme, is a broad English-taught study programme focused on European languages and international marketing and communication.

International Business & Languages trains students to become professionals who are well equipped to do business in several foreign languages, with business partners from different cultural backgrounds. As a graduate of the International Business & Languages programme you will act as the link between a company and the international business environment; mapping the interests of a company or organisation, setting goals and translating these into plans. Your expertise in business and marketing is given greater reach through your proficiency in at least three languages. Your role is particularly in the areas of purchasing, sales, account management and export management.

International Business & Languages graduates are much sought after as skilled communicators who can play a key role in the entire business communication. They operate in different countries and cultures. Ethical and responsible business is a key concept. Graduates have a thorough understanding of cultural foundations, quickly feel at home in other cultures and understand the (inter)cultural context in which international business is being done.

Other International Business profiles

International Business is an English-taught business study programme with an emphasis on international trade and commerce.

International Business & Languages is one of the four profiles (differentiations) of International Business. Choose your own profile to focus on the aspects of international business that suit you best. The other profiles are:

Whichever profile you choose, you may expect to join an international classroom with students from all over the world. From day one, you will be trained to be business minded, interculturally aware and to have an entrepreneurial attitude.

This programme is part of Hogeschool Rotterdam Business School.

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    Nation wide 3.9 average, 1882 respondents
    Aantal 1e jaars
    Number of first-year students
    This programme 315
    Nation wide 106
    Contacttijd 1e jaar
    Contact hours in the first year
    This programme 18-24
    Nation wide 18-24
    Doorstroom 2e jaar
    Advancement to second year
    This programme 54%
    Nation wide 56%
    Diploma
    Degree obtained within 5 years
    This programme
    This programme 31%
    Hbo-bachelor's degree or higher 39%
    Nation wide
    27%
    34%
    Doorstuderen
    Follow-up education
    This programme 21%
    Nation wide 16%

    Remarks by the Course Management

    Students experience the programme as relevant, with the international component properly reflected in the often complex classes from various nationalities. The atmosphere in the programme is highly valued by students.

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    Job opportunities

    1.5 years after obtaining degree

    3%

    Unemployment

    80%

    Suitable work

    Programme structure

    A view of the study programme
    Vision on education

    Everyone is welcome at the study programmes of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool Rotterdam). Students and lecturers all know each other and everyone is easy to find. Lecturers work very hard at guiding the students in their studies in a way that fits the student. This demands a sense of commitment and active participation. All of us shape our education.

    Characteristic for the education of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences is the attention that is paid to:

    • A solid theoretical foundation for your profession
    • Working in the professional practice
    • Your own professional identity

    All these elements will be part of your study programme. Starting out the focus will be on your development and competencies, but then the professional practice will be introduced as well. You will learn to handle actual issues of the professional practice together with other students, lecturers, applied researchers, and professionals. At the start you will also receive plenty of guidance from your lecturer, but later you will work in a much more independent manner. During your studies you will learn a lot about yourself and discover your unique qualities as a professional.

    Language selection

    Languages are an important part of the programme. You will learn two languages, one language that you will study in an intensive track and one in a regular track. The intensive track starts at the beginning of A2 level, which means that you must already know the basics of that language (A1).  

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    First year

    The first year is designed to give you a good impression of the study programme and the professional field. In five clearly structured blocks you will be introduced to business, the international business environment, corporate social responsibility (csr), the organisational environment and marketing and communication. It comprises practical projects supported by classes in business economics, research, communication, marketing and management. You will also study two languages (choose from Spanish, French or German).

    During this year you will also take the first steps towards developing your own professional identity and acquiring important skills for your future career by focusing on subjects like international business communication, collaboration and intercultural proficiency.

    After the first year

    In the second year of the programme you will increase your knowledge of economics, marketing communication and sales. You learn to identify, analyse and solve international business problems. During the main phase of your studies you will either do an international placement or go on exchange for one semester at one of our partner schools abroad.

    The last half year is devoted to your graduation assignment in a company abroad. The international experience you will gain during your studies, will equip you with the skills to handle cultural differences and use these to your advantage.

    Electives and support

    Electives

    During your studies, you can choose several elective subjects. This gives you the opportunity to look beyond the boundaries of your own study programme and to give substance to your specific learning needs. Part of the programme is a placement in a company of your choice. Through a specialisation in the main phase of studies, you choose a specific profile that allows you to differentiate yourself. With your graduation assignment you give a personal touch to your education.

    Support

    Every student is unique and has his own ideas about what he wants to achieve during his studies. We will support you by making you aware of your abilities, opportunities and challenges. Sometimes, during or even before the start of your study programme it becomes clear that you are struggling with a particular subject. It will be useful to brush up your knowledge in that area. As a student you will be assigned a coach (a lecturer) who will guide you and who will monitor your progress. It is also possible to ask for a peer coach, a senior student who trains younger year students.

    Studying with a disability

    If you have a disability and therefore require some extra facilities, we offer various options (information in Dutch).

    Placement

    Do you have the courage to explore new horizons? The International Business & Language programme gives you the possibility to spend two semesters abroad. In the third year, you start the first semester by studying abroad or doing an international specialization in Rotterdam. The second semester you will do your compulsory internship abroad. In the fourth year you can choose to do part of your graduation portfolio in a company abroad.

    Fast track

    Aside from the regular four-year programme, International Business & Languages offers a three-year learning track specifically for students with previous education at Dutch pre-university level (VWO) or a similar foreign diploma. Both the propaedeutic phase as well as the second year of the programme will be offered in one year. After this year, you continue on to the third-year of the regular four-year programme.

    For this three-year Fast Track, the programmes International Business & Management and International Business & Languages work together, resulting in mixed classes. The Fast Track programme consists of intensive English-taught courses, in which theory is discussed in the context of the business practice.

    International opportunities

    Do you have the courage to explore new horizons ? The International Business & Languages programme has two compulsory semesters abroad. In the third year, you do a placement and in the fourth year you study a semester at a partner school. Preparation for your study abroad, which can also be a project in cooperation with a partner school, starts in the sixth semester (third year) in the form of a specialisation. You can opt for International Business Communication, Doing business in Latin America or Doing Business in Eastern Europe. In the first two years of the programme you take part in many projects, either abroad and/or in cooperation with international companies.

    Subjects

    An indication of the subjects you can expect

    You have the opportunity to graduate with the endorsement 'Excellent Professional' on your diploma by taking part in the Honours Programme.

    This programme deepens and broadens your understanding by working on complex issues from the professional field. It requires you to be creative, have good communication skills, show initiative, perseverance and leadership, and know how to work with a diverse group of people.

    From the third year onwards you take part in a community of practice, in which Honours students, lecturers, researchers and other professionals share their knowledge.

    You complete the Honours Programme by successfully taking the final assessment at the end of year four.

    You have the opportunity to graduate with the endorsement 'Excellent Professional' on your diploma by taking part in the Honours Programme.

    This programme deepens and broadens your understanding by working on complex issues from the professional field. It requires you to be creative, have good communication skills, show initiative, perseverance and leadership, and know how to work with a diverse group of people.

    From the third year onwards you take part in a community of practice, in which Honours students, lecturers, researchers and other professionals share their knowledge.

    You complete the Honours Programme by successfully taking the final assessment at the end of year four.

    Type of education

    Structure of the study programme
    • Practice
    • Knowledge
    • Choice
    • Coaching
    5 days classes per week
    16 self-study hours per week
    • Practice
    • Knowledge
    • Choice
    • Coaching
    • Practice
    • Knowledge
    • Choice
    • Coaching
    • Practice
    • Knowledge
    • Choice
    • Coaching
    • Practice
    • Knowledge
    • Choice
    • Coaching
    5 days classes per week
    16 self-study hours per week
    • Practice
    • Knowledge
    • Choice
    • Coaching
    • Practice
    • Knowledge
    • Choice
    • Coaching
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    Practice
    Choice
    Knowledge
    Coaching

    After your graduation

    Various possibilities
    After your graduation

    After completion of your studies, you will receive an International Business diploma, issued by Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. You will also receive a supplement: a DS-label. With this English document, you can show the value of your degree abroad when you apply for further study or when looking for a job.

    If you participated in the honours programme, you will also receive an honours degree.

    Career opportunities

    International Business & Languages graduates have a broad professional perspective. Graduates may work in positions such as: Export and Import Manager, (International) Sales Manager, Account Manager, and Communication Manager. They often work in commercial functions at companies that do business internationally. International Business & Languages graduates may also choose to continue their studies at a university in the Netherlands or abroad.

    Continue your studies

    Many students start working after finishing their bachelor studies. However you may also choose to continue your studies at Master level. For example: 

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