Are you interested in management questions? And would you like to work in an international environment? Then this programme might just be what you are looking for.
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The Bachelor's degree programme in International Business prepares you for a management position in an international environment. You will combine courses in Business Management with courses in Sociology, Economics and Law.
The programme has an international focus. It uses international cases and you will study abroad for one semester. In addition, the entire programme is taught in English.
International Business in Groningen is challenging and fast-paced. You need to be hard-working, have a good command of English and be able to understand mathematical expressions, quantitative research methods and economics. Most importantly, however, you need to be deeply interested in the very broad range of issues that make doing business different from country to country. Learning from lecturers and fellow students of diverse nationalities is therefore essential.
"It's everything I expected it to be"
'After I graduated from high school I took the time to figure out what to do next, and decided to go live in China for six months. I worked as an au pair and my time there made me realise I really wanted to study something with an international orientation. When I got back, I decided to do International Business in Groningen, because the study programme and city really appealed to me. It's everything I expected it to be. My study programme is fun and challenging.'
"Earn that entry ticket to a challenging and fast-paced international career"
During my BSc programme I studied in Nottingham for a semester. That's when I realised I can earn that entry ticket to a challenging and fast-paced international career, when I excel academically. I decided to attend two MSc programmes: International Management and CEMS. I live and work in Beijing, studying Mandarin. I established an internet business and started an intern ship at Siemens Wind Power in Shanghai, which grants me access to a challenging career in the energy or consultancy sector.
"I really enjoy stimulating our students to develop a cosmopolitan vision and attitude"
Prof. Luchien Karsten (57) Lecturer in International Business
‘What I think is unique in International Business is the way the programme looks at the world around us. We never confine ourselves to our own country but look at other countries and cultures as well. We are very fond of making comparisons. We use the terms cross-border, cross-cultural and cross-functional to refer to this.
By cross-border and cross-cultural we mean that we look over national boundaries and at other cultures, and by cross-functional we mean that we do not limit ourselves to one function within a company. This approach makes the programme properly international and differentiates IB from other programmes in the field.
The reasoning behind this is that more and more companies, including small and medium-sized businesses, are being confronted with internationalization. Managers need to know about other markets and have skills in the field of dealing with people and customs from other cultures.
I really enjoy stimulating our students to develop a cosmopolitan vision and attitude. But the students have to be open to this. You have to enjoy the confrontation with other dimensions. This means that IB is particularly suitable for students who want to broaden their career horizons.’