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International Business and Languages fulltime

Four-year bachelor in English, starts in September

International Business and Languages (IBL) is a broad English-taught study programme focused on European languages and international marketing and communication.

IBL 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 IBL 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 foreign languages. You make and maintain contacts with a company or organisation's international relations; particularly in the areas of purchasing, sales-, accountand export management. IBL graduates are much sought after as skilled communicators who, with an excellent command of at least three modern foreign languages (English, Spanish, French or German), can play a key role in the entire business communication. The IBL graduate operates 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.

This programme will be part of the new Rotterdam Business School.

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    This programme
    National average
    student satisfaction
    This programme 3.8
    National average 3.8
    number of first-year students
    This programme 303
    National average 100
    contact hours in the first year
    This programme 18-24
    National average 18-24
    advancement to second year
    This programme 63%
    National average 60%
    bachelor's degree obtained within 5 years
    This programme 32%
    National average 35%
    follow-up education
    This programme 14%
    National average 13%
    job opportunities
    National average 60%

    Programme structure

    A view of the study programme
    Your educational experience

    We think it’s important for you to enjoy a study programme that runs smoothly and leads to your success. To encourage this, our study programmes are taught in the form of clearly defined, practice-oriented blocks focused on a single theme that include a limited number of subjects per block. You will also have a coach who will personally assist you in areas such as study skills, career planning and personal development. Other important elements in our study programmes are applied research and critical self-reflection. And, especially during your last two years, you will have plenty of opportunities to structure your own personalised study programme.

    First year

    The first year is designed to give you a good impression of the study programme and the professional field. It comprises practical projects supported by modules such as business economics, research, communication, marketing and management. You will also follow two modern foreign languages (choose from Spanish, French or German).

    After the first year

    In the second year of the programme you will increase your knowledge of economics and international law. You learn to identify and analyse economic and legal problems. The third year includes an internship abroad and a specialisation once you return to Rotterdam. In the fourth year you will study for one semester at one of our partner schools abroad. The last half year is devoted to your thesis.

    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

    In the third year you do a placement of one semester abroad. In the first two years of your study programmes you will already get hands-on experience through several projects.

    Specialisation

    In the second half of year 3 you will deepen your knowledge in a specific area, by following a specialisation. You can choose from the specialisations: International Business Communication, Doing Business in Latin America, Doing Business in Central and Eastern Europe.

    • International Business Communication
    • Doing Business in Latin America
    • Doing Business in Eastern Europe
    Fast track

    Aside from the regular four-year programme, IBL 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 IBMS and IBL 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 IBL 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

    Honours programme

    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.

    Honours programme

    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 school 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 school per week
    16 self-study hours per week
    • Practice
    • Knowledge
    • Choice
    • Coaching
    • Practice
    • Knowledge
    • Choice
    • Coaching
    Legend
    Practice
    Choice
    Knowledge
    Coaching

    After your graduation

    Various possibilities
    After your graduation

    After your graduation, you will receive your Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree. 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

    IBL 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. IBL 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: 

    Current labour market

    Source: national figures HBO-Monitor 2015

    Location

    Where will you study?
    • Kralingse Zoom

    • Study in R'dam (in Dutch)

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