Bachelor of Business Administration - International Business and Management Studies, B.B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
Bachelor of Business Administration - International Business and Management Studies programme from HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht focuses on the international aspects of marketing and sales, management, finance and logistics and leads to a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.


The Bachelor of Business Administration - International Business and Management Studies undergraduate programme offered by the HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht is the ideal preparation for an international career in business and management. You will gain real-world learning experience during two internship periods and have the possibility to spend a semester and/or an internship abroad.

Specialization in International Management, Marketing or Finance:

You will have the opportunity to choose one of three specializations from your second year onwards:

  • International Management and Enterprise
  • International Marketing and Sales
  • International Finance and Markets

Career perspectives in business and management

After your graduation, you will be qualified to work as Product Manager, Marketing Manager, Area Sales Manager, Human Resource Manager, General Manager, Controller or Consultant. Click here to learn more about career prospects.


In the Netherlands, a guaranteed standard of higher education is maintained through a system of legal regulation and quality assurance. All of the programmes at HU University of Applied Sciences are tested and approved within the accreditation system. This means that they meet the quality requirements set for approved higher education by the Ministry for Education, Culture and Science. Therefore HU can assure you that our programmes are of a high standard.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    240 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The first year

The programme in International Business & Management Studies (IBMS) is taught entirely in English. It focuses on international aspects of marketing and sales, strategy, finance, management,and business logistics. The first year of the programme provides a general foundation. You will be introduced to subjects like marketing, finance, business administration, management & organization, economics, logistics and international law.

After the first year

In the main phase of the programme, you build on the foundation laid in the first year. You can specialize in International Management, International Marketing or International Finance and choose from a range of electives.

Our student exchange programmes enable you to spend a semester at one of our partner universities throughout the world: possible destinations include the United States, Great Britain, Thailand, France, Spain, Germany and New Zealand. If you went to secondary school in the Netherlands, an exchange is mandatory. Studying abroad will be one of the richest and most unforgettable experiences of your life. The International Office looks forward to helping you set this up.

The binding study advice

In order to be admitted to the second year, you need to obtain a certain number of credits during your first year of study. Each year you can get a total number of 60 ECs. However, if you fail too many subjects, and end the year with less than 50 ECs, you will receive a binding negative study advice, and will therefore not be allowed to continue your study.


Nothing compares with the real-world learning experience of an internship! During your two internship periods, you’ll get a real taste of the business world outside school. You can make your internships as challenging and diverse as you wish. Our internship coordinators are on hand to give you all the guidance you need. You have to complete at least one of your internships abroad. Internship 1 is in the second year and lasts 11 weeks; Internship 2 is in the fourth year and lasts 20 weeks. Your second internship could well be an important step towards finding your first job after graduation!

Graduation year

During your second internship in year 4, you will complete your graduation project.

You are required to work at graduate level in the subject area of your studies. This internship could well be the first step towards your first job after graduation. Companies often hire interns who have proven their worth. Australia? Honduras? Indonesia? You can do your internship anywhere in the world or opt to tackle an equally exciting job in the Netherlands.

Catherine Rau, internship coordinator, receives feedback from companies where HU students do their work placements: “Managers often compliment our students on their broad knowledge and excellent intercultural skills.”

IBMS fast track

The FastTrack programme is a specially designed, intensive programme (within the IBMS) for ambitious students that wish to complete their BBA degree in 3 years, rather than the usual 4 years. It incorporates study and emphasizes application in real management situation.

You will join other like-minded students who are highly motivated that wish to study in an international, multi-cultural and challenging environment. If you have a pre-University high school diploma (A-level) or an equivalent diploma or if you have a couple of years of work experience, we welcome you to contact us.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 550

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 80

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Students applying to our international Bachelor’s programmes must have a secondary-school diploma at sufficient level (comparable to the Dutch havo-diploma).

Speaking the language is essential to succeeding in your study! International students who enrol in one of our English-taught Bachelor’s or Master’s programmes must show proof of English proficiency through an English-language test. In a limited number of cases, exemptions can be granted. Students who apply for a Dutch-taught programme must pass the Staatsexamen NT2 programme II.

Student Visa

Students from United States need a visa in order to study in the Netherlands.
Read more about visa information and requirements for this country.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 8090 International
  • EUR 1984 EU/EEA

*the fee for non-EEA students: 8.090 €


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