Saxion Digital Discovery Days

Digital Discovery Days: International Finance and Accounting

The Digital Discovery Days provide you with all the info you need about your preferred study programme, from the comfort of your home! Join the online session about International Finance and Accounting: meet lecturers, talk to current students and ask all your questions. You can get ready by watching the videos below and consulting the FAQ.

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 bookshop. 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 types 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. Lecturers will explain their preferences and expectations to you. In the Netherlands, we are used to open communication and we expect it from students in return, which means: giving feedback if you have different expectations or needs, asking for help when you have questions and giving 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 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 finalise the legalisation at your local district court or the Consular Service Centre. More information can be found at

Continue in a Master's programme, or find a job in the Netherlands or in their 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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