Bachelor in International Business & Languages

Course typeBachelor
Course sectorBusiness
Course duration4 years
Starting dateSept. 2017
DegreeBachelor in Business Administration
Tuition fee (EU/EEA students) € 2,006
Tuition fee (NON-EU students)(specification) € 7,800

Do you have a strong affinity with foreign languages and cultures and do you aspire to an international career? Saxion’s International Business and Languages higher education programme offers a varied roster of courses to introduce you to the international professional field.

The International Business and Languages programme

Did you know that in Japan, it is a sign of respect to bring a small present to a business meeting? The International Business and Languages programme will provide you with in-depth knowledge of other cultures and languages. A solid foundation in economics, marketing and communication will make you a global citizen who feels at home in the business world. With your talent for building bridges between different cultures, you can instantly identify the needs of business partners from, for example, Sweden, so that you can capitalise on it.

What will you be learning?

The International Business and Languages higher education programme offers a solid basis for realising your international ambitions. A mixture of languages, intercultural management, economics and export marketing will turn you into a commercial specialist. During your studies, a lot of the focus will be on personal development and an agreeable balance between lectures and project-based learning. We maintain close ties to the business community and our partner institutions abroad. As a result, you have the opportunity to study abroad for as many as three semesters, one of which is mandatory.

International Business and Languages (English) in figures

Starting date September 2017 (English)
Theory 65%
Practical and group work 30%
Study career counselling 5%


You start by acquiring a solid theoretical basis, after which you choose a specialisation. You are obliged to spend at least one semester abroad. 

Year one

The first year is all about gathering information. Subjects include Intercultural Management, International and Private Law and Finance and Control. In addition, you will develop a broad skill set, including the ability to carry out market research. In addition to English, you will select two foreign languages from Spanish, French and German.

Year two 

The second year will focus on International Accountancy and International Marketing and Communication. Subjects include Market Research, Purchasing and Sales, Online Marketing and Intercultural Management and Consumer Behaviour.

Top Talent Programme
From the second year, you will have the opportunity to qualify for the Saxion Top Talent Programme. This will allow you to develop your talents even further in order to speed up your progress to a university programme.  

Years three and four

The final two years will see you complete your internship, study Export Marketing and International Law for one semester and study abroad for one semester. You will select a specialisation from Export Marketing, International Law or International Economics and conclude your studies with a final year project for a company with an international outlook.

Curious about the subjects you will be studying? Sign up for a taster day and ask us anything. To sign up, go to the Orientation tab.

It is recommended that you have studied subjects such as Economics and it is required to score a minimum of TOEFL 550, IELTS 6 or similar English language qualification. Beside these, there are general entry requirements. Click on the link to check the general entry requirements.

Draw up communication strategies, maintain ties with contacts abroad and carry out international market research.

Careers in the professional field of International Business

We are living in an increasingly globalised world with increasing international trade. With your extensive knowledge of languages, cultures and economics, you take up a pivotal position. You understand cultural barriers, speak multiple languages and have a thorough knowledge of economics and exports.
After your International Business and Languages studies, you can become employed as

  • an export manager (e.g. for DHL)
  • a relations manager
  • an account manager with an accountancy firm
  • or as a communications advisor with a bank.

What type of company will employ you?

After your International Business and Languages studies, you will have excellent international career prospects. The types of company that you could end up working for include financial institutions, banks, transport companies and accountancy firms. You could also become a marketing or communications advisor or work abroad.

Continuing your studies after the International Business and Languages programme

Do you want to continue your studies after the International Business and Languages programme? It is possible to progress to related university programmes with an economic or international character.