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International Business | HZ UNIVERSITY

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International Business | HZ UNIVERSITY

While it is obvious that huge multinational companies operate in an international context, it is becoming increasingly common for medium sized and smaller companies to also operate on the global market.

With our international business course, you gain extensive international experience, studying with classmates from all over the world, establish strong connections to the international business world, while having the opportunity of spending one or two semesters abroad.     

You will learn how to streamline company processes, think commercially and work within a financial framework. Depending on your career motivation and interests, you specialize in A. “Supply Chain Management”, B. “Management & Entrepreneurship”, C. “Marketing & Sales”, or D. “Business & Languages”.


Starting date: September 2018

You can apply until: August 15, 2018

Degree title: Bachelor of Business Administration 

Programme intensity: Full-time

Program duration: 4 years

Fast track: 3 years

Language: English

Program location: Vlissingen

Tuition fee per year: € 2.060

During your first year of study you will already choose a specialization.

These specializations are:

 - Supply Chain Management

You develop your abilities to assess processes. Special attention is given to logistical aspects such as customer relationship management, IT tooling, resources planning, operation management, control of good flows and warehouse management.

 - Management & Entrepreneurships

Analyzing and creating processes that enable companies to start or to grow is at the heart of this specialization.  You learn how to assess market opportunities and to set up a company.

- Marketing & Sales

You learn to use appropriate sales and negotiation techniques, to develop a growth strategy and conduct market surveys in order to assess market opportunities and competition.

- Business & Languages

Here you concentrate on multi-lingual business environments in which intercultural communication is the main tool for achieving business and management goals. You learn to deal with ever changing business settings in an international context by acquiring business knowledge and a high level of communicative skills, not only in English, but also in two other modern languages (French, Spanish, German or Dutch).

During the first two years of the International Business programme, you will, next to your specialization, follow courses such as Economics, Business Ethics, Marketing, Business Law, Sales, Finance and Accounting, Human Resource Management, Intercultural Awareness and Business English.

In the third year you choose a minor and an internship that match both your interests and your educational and professional objectives. You can spend this year abroad, with one semester at one of our partner universities and one semester of internship at a company, or organization. 

You can follow a minor at Zeeland University of Applied Sciences, at another university in the Netherlands, or abroad. You are expected to follow at least one semester abroad for your minor, internship or graduation. There are no additional costs for this semester abroad and if you do a minor at one of our partner universities abroad, you can apply for an Erasmus - or Zeeland University of Applied Sciences Scholarship. 

The first semester of the fourth year is dedicated to the completion of the knowledge and skills related to your field of specialization and to preparations for the graduation internship, which you will carry out in the last semester of your studies at Zeeland University of Applied Sciences.

Internship: You spend 25% of your studies working at a company and gaining practical experience: one semester in the third year and one semester in the fourth year. This gives you the opportunity to develop the practical skills that are the most valued in the professional field today.

Three-year track

This study programme offers a three-year fast track for excellent students. Apart from the English language requirements, you need a Greek high school diploma (Apolytirio Genikou Lykeio), with a general grade of at least 10 and a grade of at least 18 for economics.

The study coordinator will decide on your admission in this 3-year track after having reviewing your records.

All courses and examinations will be in English, so you need a good command of spoken and written English.

The level required for admission should be an equivalent of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.0, such as:

Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)

Cambridge Advanced (CAE) Grade C (180 - 184)

Cambridge Lower (FCE) Grade B (173-175)

Cambridge Lower (FCE) Grade C (169-172)

Greek high school diploma (Apolytirio Genikou Lykeio). with a general grade of at least 10 and economics as a subject.

Applying for the academic year of 2018-2019 will be possible from 1 October 2017 until the application deadline of 1 May 2018.

In case you have not obtained your secondary school diploma yet, you can already apply by submitting your current grade list.

Ultimate closing date for applications: August 15, 2018

We advise you to apply before May 1. Zeeland University of Applied Sciences has the right to refuse applications by students which meet the admission requirements, but which are sent after May 1.  



Zeeland University of Applied Sciences has partnered with housing cooperation APV to make it easier for students to find a place to live.

Once you have registered at Zeeland University of Applied Sciences, you can start booking a room with APV, which offers student accommodations in Vlissingen and Middelburg. Prices start from €250,- per month all in and increase depending on the size of the room and required comfort. Most student houses are near the city centre and within cycling distance of Zeeland University of Applied Sciences.

Make sure you book a room in time (preferably in the early spring), so you have the best chances to book the room that suits your wishes. You have several options regarding to renting a room. Accommodation varies from single units, to three to nine-bedroom apartments with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. 

The International Business course will allow you to get employment anywhere in the world, in the field of supply chain management, marketing & sales, or export management. Our International Business graduates found employment at for instance companies like: Google, IBM, OSRAM, Dow Chemicals etc.

With a Bachelors diploma from Zeeland University of Applied Sciences you can continue with a Master’s programme. Based on your international experience and sound knowledge of business and management, your chances of being selected at an international Master’s programme abroad will be reasonably good. If you wish to do a Master at a research university in the Netherlands, you may be required to follow a pre-Master’s programme.