Bachelor in International Business

Course typeBachelor
Course sectorBusiness
Course duration4 years
Starting dateSept. 2018
DegreeBachelor in Business Administration
LocationDeventer, Enschede
Tuition fee (EU/EEA students) € 2,083
Tuition fee (NON-EU students)(specification) € 7,800

Do you have a strong affinity with international business and do you aspire to an international career in business? Saxion’s International Business offers a varied line-up of courses and specialisations to introduce you to the international professional field.

When you enrol for International Business, you will have the opportunity to make a choice from one of the following specialisations after the first semester:
- IB/L: Languages
- IB/T:  Technology and Innovation
- IB/E:  Entrepreneurship

This specialisation includes approximately 10% of the total study load of the IB programme.

In the first semester, you will get acquainted with the three specialisations and you will definitively select the programme which suits you best. This offers you the possibility to use the first six months as an orientation to your specific interest and future role in the international business arena.
During years three and four of your IB course, you will have an additional opportunity to specialise in the business domain that suits your preferences. Our expertise lies in finding the study route that matches your specific talents and ambitions.

IB core programme

Do you want a career in international business and would you like to learn how to conduct business around the globe? The English study route International Business prepares you for a managerial position in an international business environment. You will work with peers from 35 nationalities and you will learn how to become a conscious business professional who really can make a difference. We expect you to spend at least one semester abroad and you will be able to start your career anywhere in the world after your graduation. During the first two years, you will gain a solid theoretical basis and hands-on experience in real business assignments.

What will you be learning?

The bachelor programme covers all four essential domains of Business Administration, both theoretical and practical including:
- Marketing & Sales
- Finance & Accounting
- Supply Chain Management
- People & Organisation

During the four-year course, we expect you to acquire thorough theoretical knowledge and practical experience in all four business domains, and you will become the expert in connecting and balancing the different interests and roles within companies in practical cases.

During years three and four, we expect you to choose one of the four business domains with the aim to graduate on specialist level in your business domain of choice (Marketing & Sales, Finance & Accounting, Supply Chain Management and People & Organisation).

Real-life business cases in close cooperation with real companies form the heart of the programme starting on day one. IB at Saxion is unique due to its hands-on work experience and the possibility to tailor your specialisation to your own talent and interests; the perfect preparation for your international career.

International Business in numbers

Start September
Theory 40%
Practical- and group work 50%
Study career coaching 10%


How to enroll

You will have to enrol for the degree programme International Business in  Studielink.
After the first semester, you can make your selection from IB/L, IB/T or IB/E.

Within the International Business School, we believe that today’s society is ready for a renewed consciousness of doing business. We see a contradiction in international society: the greedy world of business, which gets to do whatever it wants versus the world of ordinary citizens, which gets to bear the negative side-effects of business focused on profit maximisation.

The International Business School is there for tomorrow’s international business. Our staff consider it to be their goal to instill awareness in our students of how to do business in a different way. We do this by educating and training a new generation of business people, global citizens, who will bridge the gap between businesses and citizens, and who will restore the balance between self-interest and that of other people and the planet at large.
Thus, our students will contribute to a flourishing, responsible, sustainable and conscientious world of business. The consciousness (the ethics) we instill in them will make the outside world want more of it; our graduates will be able to get more things done and will create advocates of conscious business and profit for the companies they will work for. They will make sure that doing business not only feels good but does something good, too.

Career prospects IB/L

We are living in an increasingly globalised world with increasing international trade. With your extensive knowledge of languages, cultures and economics, you will play a pivotal role. You will be able to understand cultural barriers, speak multiple languages and have a thorough knowledge of business administration.

After your International Business / Languages studies, you can become employed as, for example:

  • An export manager
  • A relations manager
  • An account manager
  • A communications advisor

The types of companies that you could end up working for, may include financial institutions, banks, transport companies, consultancy firms and NGOs. 

Career prospects IB/T

After finishing the International Business / T programme, you will be able to contribute to innovation and product development projects. You will be able to understand the impact of technological development for the future of business models. You will contribute to change projects and work in multi-disciplinary business development teams.

Possible careers 

A variety of positions will be within your reach, mostly in organisations who are acting in a technology-driven context:

  • New business development, online or offline
  • Product & service development technical company
  • Innovation/ project manager in tech developments
  • Change manager ICT or other areas

The types of companies that you could end up working for, may include internet businesses, production firms, transport companies, consultancy firms.

Career prospects IB/E

You will work on building a feasible and sustainable business with real potential. Anything is possible; you are in the lead and we will facilitate your plans as a critical partner. 

Kubilay Isik

International Business / Languages  offers you the opportunity to determine your own 
study career within an international framework. My passion for international marketing, management and languages made the IB/L subjects and projects all the more interesting and enjoyable for me. After my initial studies, I completed an internship in New York, one of the greatest cities in the world. Right now I’m an exchange student in Shanghai

Year one

In the first year, you gain a solid theoretical basis of international business and management. You will acquire knowledge of Marketing & Sales, Financial Accounting, Supply Chain Management and People & Organisation.

The approach is very practical, as real company assignments form the heart of the education. Furthermore, you will have courses for orientation to your specialization (Languages, Technology & Innovation, Entrepreneurship) during the first semester. You will start with your specialisation in the second semester. In addition, you will also work on developing your professional skills.

Year two

In the second year, your knowledge and experience of Marketing & Sales, Financial Accounting, Supply Chain Management and People & Organisation will be deepened and you will work on increasingly complex and integrated company cases. Depending on the specialisation you have chosen, you will have specific courses and projects related to your specialisation.

Third and fourth years

The last two years will deepen your knowledge and will refine your skills in application in various practical business situations. You will work on developing and fine-tuning your personal brand and choose a business domain where you will acquire the specialist level.  You can spend your minor abroad and deploy your theoretical knowledge in an interdisciplinary, practical environment. The conclusion of your study programme consists of a final assignment.

Continuing your studies after the International Business programme 

Do you want to continue your studies after the International Business programme? After completing IB, you can advance with an academic or professional master degree: for example, a Master of Business Administration.

Saxion cooperates extensively with partner universities all over the globe.

Top Talent Programme
From the second year, you will have the opportunity to qualify for a 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.

IB/L (start in semester 2)

Do you have a strong affinity with foreign languages and cultures and do you aspire to an international career? Saxion’s International Business / Languages higher education programme offers a varied line-up of courses to prepare you for a role of connector between cultures and disciplines.

International Business / Languages

Did you know that the French avoid giving gifts at the first business meeting? The Language specialisation in the International Business programme will provide you with in-depth knowledge of other cultures and languages. A solid foundation in the core IB programme will make you a global citizen who feels at home in the business world. With your talent for building bridges between different cultures and disciplines, you can instantly identify the specific needs and habits of business partners from all over the globe so that you can use it to your advantage.

What will IB/L add to your IB programme?

You will have the choice to become a fluent business partner in Spanish, German, Dutch or French. Besides learning to use the language in specific business situations you will become a specialist in intercultural management and bridge differences between cultures and disciplines. IB/L offers a perfect start for an international commercial career.


IB/T (start is semester 2)

Do your professional ambitions lie in an international business development context, and are you interested in the impact of new technology on international business?  Then International Business / T is the right specialisation for you.

New technology is changing the world very fast. The internet of things, big data, robotics, machine learning and many other new tech trends force companies to modify their business models and become smart businesses. Traditional business models will disappear and new models and businesses will change the world. Do you want to play a role in making these changes? Do you want to understand the impact and creative possibilities of the tech revolution that is going on? Then the IB/T could be your specialisation.

What will IB/T add to your IB programme? 

You will get inside information about the trends in technology and learn about the possibilities and threats these new technologies offer to existing and new business models and companies. You will learn to work with Technology Road mapping and learn to contribute to change management and business- or product innovation processes in international companies.


IB/E (start in semester 2)

Do your professional ambitions lie in being an entrepreneur and starting your own business?  Do you have an idea how to improve the life of your potential customers and do you have the attitude and mindset to create your own success? Then International Business / E might be the right route for you.

Many businesses start as one person's idea. The creator is often an entrepreneur who spots a gap in the market or a commercial opportunity. They turn the idea into a marketable product or service.
Entrepreneurship is an attitude. What is important is that you are you prepared to take risks and are driven by achievement. It is also important to learn to understand your motivation. Are you not put off by failure?
During the IB/E specialisation, you work on building your own business. You investigate your potential market and your competition and make a financial plan for your company. All this comes together with an intensive (personal) development package.

New businesses are agile and change the business landscape. Where large companies often fail to make changes, small start-ups are agile and make change happen in business.

What will IB/E add to you IB programme?

You will learn and practise to put together your own offer to your potential customers and learn and practice to your own company. A lot of emphasis will be put on developing your skills and self-knowledge as an entrepreneur.
Although this specialisation is aimed at students who want to start a company, this course is also very interesting for developing your skills as an “intrapreneur” in existing companies. This programme is the most hands-on course in the IB programme.  

For studying at Saxion you will have to pay a tuition fee. How much tuition you will have to pay depends on your personal situation. Below you will find the default statutory tuition fee.

Year 2018-2019

Full-time € 2,060 (EU/EEA students)
Full-time € 7,800 (NON-EU students) (specification)

Study materials

  • Expect to pay a total of around € 700 on books, handouts and other materials during your whole study
  • First year costs are usually higher; books are needed for the entire programme

Visas and residence permits for NON-European students

Please clik here to find information about visas and residence permits 

Costs when going abroad for study, work placement and/or final assignment

  • Housing
  • Travel costs 
  • Insurance 
  • Pocket money 
  • Study materials