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International Business

Are you interested in understanding the challenges international companies face, and how they deal with such challenges? Then this programme might just be what you are looking for.

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 centers on real-world examples of international business 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.

Important to know: The BSc International Business is a fixed quota programme (numerus fixus) accepting 550 students. The application deadline is 15 January 2021. You will need to take part in the selection procedure.

Facts & Figures
BSc in International Business
Course type
36 months (180 ECTS)
Croho code
Language of instruction
Economics and Business
AACSB AccreditedStudie in Cijfers
Why study this programme in Groningen?

International Business is an internationally accredited programme, ensuring a high-quality education that meets both the AACSB and EQUIS standards, which only one percent of universities reach worldwide.

The programme is about linking theories of management to the reality of international business. It is the intellectual understanding and their sensitivity to differences in perceptions and approaches that equips international business students to correctly analyse situations and to determine effective responses. You will be challenged to approach various business cases from different economic, cultural, legal and political perspectives.

In your 3rd year, you will study abroad for one semester at one of over 200 exchange partners in 50 different countries.


The first year starts off with an intensive introductory programme, in which you attend your first classes and obtain important study information. The course units cover the fundamental disciplines of International Business, such as International Management, Economics, Financial Accounting, as well as International Marketing and International Business Law. You will also be provided with a solid foundation in statistics.

The first year also features training in reading and writing academic English.

CoursesCourse Catalog >
Economics (5 EC)
English (5 EC)
Financial Accounting (5 EC)
Global Supply Chain Management (5 EC)
International Business Environment (5 EC)
International Marketing (5 EC)
Introduction to International Business (5 EC)
Management Accounting (5 EC)
Organizational Behaviour (5 EC)
Organizational Structure (5 EC)
Research Methodology (5 EC)
Statistics I (5 EC)

In the second year of the programme, you will take additional course units in Cross-Cultural Management, Comparative Country Studies, as well as Research Methods and Statistics. You will do a lot of reading and independent study. You will attend classes and lectures by guest speakers, participate in small discussion groups, work on team projects, attend workshops and seminars.

CoursesCourse Catalog >
Comparative Country Studies (5 EC)
Cross Cultural Management (5 EC)
Ethics and International Business (5 EC)
Finance & Risk Management (5 EC)
Foreign Direct Investment, Trade & Geography (5 EC)
Global Business History (5 EC)
Global Political Economy (5 EC)
Information Systems Management (5 EC)
Innovation Management in Multinationals (5 EC)
International Business Law (5 EC)
Qualitative Research Methods (5 EC)
Statistics II (5 EC)

Once you have met the requirements of the first part of the programme, ideally by the end of the second year, you will spend a semester abroad at one of our many partner universities in Europe, Latin America, Australia, North America, or Asia. This is a major opportunity to further develop your cross-cultural and language skills and you will be able to take courses in which your host institution has particular expertise. The final stage of the Bachelor's programme is the writing of a thesis.

CoursesCourse Catalog >
Bachelor's Thesis (10 EC)
Empirical Research Project (5 EC)
International Financial Management (5 EC)
International Strategic Management (5 EC)
Managing Int. Business Organizations (5 EC)
Study abroad (= foreign minor) (30 EC)


International Business in Groningen is a challenging and fast-paced programme requiring a hands-on approach. You need to be hard-working and have a good command of English. Most importantly, you need to be deeply interested in the broad range of issues that make doing business different from country to country. Throughout the programme, we balance large lectures with small-group tutorials and mentoring to help you succeed in your studies.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is required

You will spend one semester (30EC) in the third year studying abroad at one of our exchange partners. For an overview of university partners, please visit

Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • Natuur & Techniek
  • Natuur & Gezondheid
  • Economie & Maatschappij
  • Cultuur & Maatschappij

    wiskunde A of wiskunde B;The profile Culture & Society must be complemented with mathematics A or B.

  • HBO propedeuse

    With a HBO propaedeutic certificate it is also possible to enter the programme, on the condition that you meet the required level of mathematics. You must at least have taken mathematics A or B at Dutch VWO level.

  • academic propedeuse

    You can enroll, as long as you have a finished VWO-degree with mathematics A or B.

Registration procedure

The BSc International Business is a fixed quota programme (numerus fixus) accepting 550 students. The application deadline is 15 January 2021. You will need to take part in the selection procedure.

Numerus Fixus

This programme has a numerus fixus with a maximum of 550 attendees a year.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 January 202101 September 2021
EU/EEA students15 January 202101 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students15 January 202101 September 2021

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

Mathematics should have been passed as a standard/methods level subject in your secondary school education. Please note that the level of mathematics will need to be assessed by the Admissions Board.

language test

IELTS Academic overall score 6 (Speaking 6, Writing 5.5); TOEFL internet-based overall score 90 (Speaking 20, Writing 20); C1 Advanced (with minimum score 169); University of Groningen Language Centre Test B2 overall.

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previous education

To meet the general entry-level requirements, you will need an educational background equivalent to the Dutch pre-university education (VWO). For an overview of VWO-equivalent qualifications, please check If you have any questions concerning admission to the programme, please contact our Admissions Office:

Registration procedure

Students have to apply online via Studielink and the Online Application System (OAS) of the University of Groningen. After you apply for the programme of your choice, the Admissions Office will evaluate your educational background and assess your eligibility. Your application will be assessed on an individual basis.

The BSc International Business is a fixed quota programme (numerus fixus) accepting 550 students. The application deadline is 15 January 2021. You will need to take part in the selection procedure.

Numerus Fixus

This programme has a numerus fixus with a maximum of 550 attendees a year.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 January 202101 September 2021
EU/EEA students15 January 202101 September 2021
non-EU/EEA students15 January 202101 September 2021
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2020-2021€ 2143full-time
non-EU/EEA2020-2021€ 9500full-time

The Dutch government is halving tuition fees for first-year students in higher education.

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

International Business is a broad programme that forms a solid foundation to pursue a broad range of Master's degrees. You might choose to specialize in Marketing or Operations, for example. Or you could build on your Bachelor's with a Master's degree in International Business and Management, which will give you the credentials to work for a multinational firm, governmental institutions and international organisations. You can work in export, marketing or sales for example.

Plenty of multinationals will be interested in students with an academic degree in business. Your position within this kind of organisation can vary from export manager or international marketer to international sales manager, product manager or human resource manager. But numerous other career opportunities await. This, of course, depends on the choices you make during and after the International Business programme. Many organisations also offer traineeships and junior positions which will introduce you to different types of activities.

If you were to choose a two-year Research Master's you could move into academia, perhaps decide to go further and earn a PhD.

Because all our programmes are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, a standard achieved by only one percent of universities worldwide, your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.

FEB Career Services
To support you in developing your career and strengthen your employability skills, FEB Career Services empowers you to achieve lifelong success through various career services during your studies.


Linking education to research and career preparation

Our education is strongly rooted in business practice and society. Also right from the start of your degree programme attention is paid to academic research and pre-professional development. Since an analytical and critical mind and problem-solving capabilities are important qualities in any career our students aspire to.

In collaboration with external partners, the faculty conducts research projects on e.g banking, local government, customer insights, leadership, energy, healthy ageing and lean operations.

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						Testimonial of Sara Parenti

    International Business- the best choice for my interests and my future.

    – Sara Parenti
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    I chose to study International Business because I always thought that it would be the best choice for my interests and my future, and indeed it is. This program allows you to have a broader understanding of both the international environment around you and the changes that are continuously happening to our global economy. This program provides you with a broad background in a lot of fields, such as economy, human behaviour and many more.
    What I like about living in Groningen is that it looks like a smaller, cuter and safer Amsterdam. Also, despite the size, there is always something to do and somewhere to go. The canals are amazing and the people as well, also because it is mainly a student city.

						Testimonial of Josephine Cartens

    The perfect place to study.

    – Josephine Cartens
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    After spending a semester abroad in the USA, I was sure that I want to study business and that I would like to continue studying in English. When I visited Groningen, I knew that this would be the perfect place to study. The International Business programme met my expectations. The programme is challenging in a positive way. I believe that it is important to have variety in your studies. Both the lectures and tutorials help us to get a broader understanding of the subjects. The students here are talking English in their daily life and are surrounded by people from all over the world. During tutorials, we work in multicultural groups and this prepares us for succeeding in an international company surrounding. For one of the presentations, I worked together with students from Cyprus, Russia and the Netherlands. In short, beautiful, exciting, loving and in my opinion, the perfect place to study.

(Binding) study advice
  • A minimum of 45 EC in the first 12 months (binding)

You will be offered study advice after first year of study. You can expect a positive result if you have earned more than 45 ECTS credit points (out of a total of 60 ECTS). If you have earned fewer than 45 ECTS and are issued a negative result, you will not be allowed to continue with your degree programme.

You will receive preliminary study advice in December to make sure that you know where you stand. Please contact your study advisor as soon as possible if you have any questions about the BSA system.

N.B. Some degree programmes use a tutoring system; please check with your study advisor.

Study support

Studying means working independently and planning your studies yourself, but of course, the faculty will help you do so. Together with other first-years, you will participate in a mentor group. The mentor, a senior student, will help you quickly learn the ins and outs of the faculty. In addition, you will discuss your study progress with your tutor (a lecturer-supervisor) at regular intervals. The study advisors are available to help you with specific study problems.

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