Digital Discovery Day: International Finance and Accounting

Do you want to learn all the ins and outs of the Saxion study programme International Finance and Accounting? Then please watch our videos of students and lecturers in which they explain all you need to know about the study programme and join the Q&A live stream sessions. Take a look around and let yourself be inspired by what Saxion has to offer!

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Frequently asked questions about International Finance and Accounting

A good command of the English language is important to be successful in our international programme. Therefor you will have to fulfil our English language requirements: 

  • IELTS: we accept Academic IELTS certificates with a minimum Band score of 6.0;
  • OEFL: we accept TOEFL Internet Based certificates with a minimum score of 80 and TOEFL Paper Based certificates with a minimum score of 550;
  • Cambridge language assessment: we accept Cambridge Language Assessment certificates with a minimum score of 169 – First, Advanced, Proficiency.

We advise a laptop or PC with webcam and microphone. Besides a calculator (non- programmable during exams) is helpful.

The books can be bought at the Studystore or any other book shop. The book price is approx. € 500 per year. You don’t need books in year four of your study. For the availability of study books check

At IFA we have online classes and on side classes. Every class and course have their own objectives. In general the largest groups are with 32 students, the smallest groups are with 6 – 8 students, depending on the type of class and the way classes are being presented. 
For example a lecture where a lot of theoretical information is being presented can have 32 students but training sessions or projects are often offered to groups of 16, 8 or 6 students.

Our staff consist of many different type of teachers who all have their own style of teaching. In general we can say that all teachers expect you to participate actively in group work, join interactions between students and teachers, ask questions when things are not clear enough and ask for help when you need it.
Teachers are very approachable: you can ask them questions during class, after class or by e-mail. Some teachers prefer a more formal approach, others also appreciate an informal approach. The teacher will explain his or her preference and expectations to you. In the Netherlands we are used to open communication and we expect it from students in return, which means: give feedback if you have different expectations or needs, ask for help when you have questions and give your opinion in a way that is helpful and contributing to a professional learning environment.

In the first year of our programme we offer a wide range of courses to students, such as: business English, business communication, computer skills, financial accounting, financial management, international law, international taxation, management accounting, management information systems/ICT, research skills, sociology and cultural anthropology.
Every student has a personal study career counsellor, who offers study coaching, helps you with time management and planning and who helps you work on your personal and professional development.

Yes, for more information check

In this academic year (2020/2021) 38% of our first year students are from abroad. In total 51% of the IFA students are international students.

The IFA programme will not offer work placement companies, because it is important for the student to find a company that best suits his or her interests. Until now, most students managed to find a suitable work placement company.

Yes, financial support is possible from the Erasmus fund, for example for an internship and/or study abroad. More information is available at

Yes, there are a few possibilities to study abroad / in your home country. This is possible when you do a minor abroad (if our School has an agreement with a school in your home country), during your internship or for your Research and Advisory Report (RAR; thesis writing).

After graduation you will receive our Bachelor degree with the title Bachelor of Science (BSc.)

Yes, but you will often need to have your Dutch educational certificates, such as your diploma or list of grades, legalised. You have to apply to DUO for this legalisation. After that, you will need to finalize the legalisation at your local district court or the Consular Service Centre. More information can be found at

Continue in a Master study or in the Saxion Connect Forward programme or find a job in the Netherlands or your home country.  

 IFA students often get jobs as:

  • business analyst
  • business controller
  • financial accountant
  • financial advisor
  • financial controller
  • financial manager
  • stock market analyst
  • treasurer

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