• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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All modules (4 per year) are centered around a real-life business challenge, presented to you by existing (international) companies and organisations. They will give you and your fellow students an actual business problem to solve. The solution to these problems will not just be ‘handed’ to you in traditional classes. You will have to find it yourselves, by carrying out research and finding the underlying theory in reliable (online) sources like books,  articles or video’s. You will learn through experience. And once you have gotten used to this way of working you will take on more responsibility and you get more freedom. Initially we will select the companies you work with, but as of the second year you will find your own clients.

Team work

You will work in teams with fellow students, many of  them from abroad, in one of the available ‘work spaces’.  IB’s business experts and coaches can be consulted there at all times for information, guidance or explanation. A limited number of expert lectures and workshops will be scheduled to kick-start your learning and to train your skills. And when the experts notice that a certain subject raises a lot of questions, they will organize a ‘just in time’ flash lecture; right at the moment when the student teams face the problem, not earlier when there is no obvious connection to the problem at hand.

Intercultural Business Line

An Intercultural Business Line - an ongoing four-year course - teaches you about the culture of the geographical region of your choice and how this affects business in that region. In the first year you will choose one out of the five. Your choice allows you to specialize yourself in a specific geographical region and to study the (business) culture in other parts of the world. Language classes are part of the line to enhance your language skills.

The options are:

  • Doing business in French speaking countries. (No prior knowledge required of French)
  • Doing business in German speaking countries. (Entry level: German A2)
  • Doing business in Spanish speaking countries. (No prior knowledge required of Spanish)
  • Doing business in the Euregion. (No prior knowledge required of Dutch. This line is only available for non-Dutch native speakers)
  • Doing business in Asia. (No prior knowledge required. In this line there is no mandatory second language).


In this International Business study programme at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences  you will be trained for a wide range of management positions in the fields of Commerce, Finance and Organization. As a result, you will have excellent job opportunities on the national and international labour markets, such as:

  • International Account Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Financial Manager / Financial Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • Sales Manager
  • Customer Relationship Manager
  • PR Officer 


EPAS accreditation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description

      3 year (fast) track programme available as well

  • Credits
    240 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

The subjects that will continuously come back during all the business cases are:

  • finance and accounting
  • marketing
  • sales
  • supply chain management
  • management and organization 
  • business research.

Furthermore, you will be trained in a wide range of skills:

  • conducting interviews
  • giving presentations
  • collecting and analyzing research data
  • collaborating in an international group
  • managing the process.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

Generally speaking, a secondary school diploma will give access to our study programme, for example: 

  • Abitur
  • Fachhochschulreife
  • international baccalaureate 

Extra requirements

  • Advanced knowledge (secondary school graduation level) of economics or mathematics. 
  • Prove of a good command of the English language. A secondary school graduation level is required for EU-students. Students from outside of the EU are required to take an IELTS (score at least 6) or TOEFL test (computer-based score at least 213).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8100 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8100 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Maastricht

  • 700 - 1170 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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