Fast Track International Business

Course typeBachelor
Course sectorBusiness
Course duration3 years
Starting dateSeptember 2017
DegreeBBA
LocationDeventer
Tuition fee (EU/EEA students) € 2,006
Tuition fee (NON-EU students)(specification) € 7,800

To optimally prepare you for a career in the world of global commerce, Fast Track International Business (FTIB) is an English-taught programme.

If you are eager to launch your career in business and you love a challenge, then we have good news for you: at Saxion you can obtain your Bachelor of Business Administration in just 3 years (check the specific entry requirements for more details)!

A recent change in the law means that various universities are now allowed to offer special, accelerated learning opportunities for undergraduates. The Fast Track International Business is affiliated to Saxion’s International Business & Management Studies course in Deventer. 

Fast track vs. Regular course

See the table below for the differences between the regular International Business programme and Fast Track International Business.

Fast Track vs. Regular Course
  International Business & Management Studies Fast Track International Business
Duration 4 years 3 years
# of ECTS 240 180
Level Challenging Very challenging
Study load Slightly above average for a university of applied sciences (25-30 study hours per week) Comparable to a research university (32-38 study hours per week)
Ratio of lectures to self-study 50:50 30:70
Indication of average results in secondary education Average to high: 65% (e.g. GPA 2.20 or higher) Highest: 75% and up (e.g. GPA 3.43 or higher)
Entry requirements Click here for IBMS entry requirements See 'Requirements'

Profile selection
After your first year you can choose from a number of profiles: Hospitality, Human Resource Management, International Business, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Business Administration or University Preparation (preparation minor for admission to university).

Your second year includes a mandatory internship abroad. In the third year you follow a number of courses and work on your thesis. Fast Track International Business achieves the same educational level as a regular four-year undergraduate programme. The only difference is that the whole four year programme is intensified into three years. The qualification you receive at the end of the three years is equivalent to a normal bachelor diploma.

This accelerated track is only offered to students who have demonstrated in pre-university education that they learn faster and have a higher analytical ability. To be accepted into this accelerated route, you will need to show commitment, ambition and an ability to work effectively. This will be assessed in advance during the application procedure (study check).

Facts & Figures about Fast Track International Business
Start date: September
Theory: 70%
Practical and group work: 25%
Study career counselling: 5%

Programme
During the Fast Track International Business programme, you will learn to work in an international setting. You will follow modules relating to various business disciplines and develop your social and communication skills as well as your research and management skills. Furthermore, there is significant focus on independent, hands-on learning and project work, both individually and in groups.

First year (orientation year)
You will become familiar with business-related fields and work on real-life projects that allow you to deal with economic affairs, legal practices and organisational studies. Other subjects include: Law and Cultural Management , Auditing and Process Management , Business law , Financial and Management Accounting and Research.

Second year
You will follow a half-year course in line with your chosen profile. The other half year will be taken up by your international internship. 

You can choose from: 

  • Hospitality
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business 
  • Finance  
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Administration
  • University Preparation

Third year
In the third and final year, you will study strategy and management-related courses for half a year.
You will spend the other half of the year on your graduation thesis, meaning you work independently on a graduation assignment. This concludes with you defending your thesis, which is when you prove that you are ready for the next step: the world of work or further study at a university.

First of all, you have to meet our general entry requirements to enroll in this programme. Besides the general entry requirements, your high school diploma needs to be of a comparable level of the Dutch VWO-diploma. Please check this list to see the accepted diploma for your country.


After having successfully completed this study route, you can work on and solve interdisciplinary business issues. That means that you will be a versatile and flexible future business professional. If you prefer to continue learning, this study route also enables you to progress to study for a university master degree.

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