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Bachelor of International Business (BBA)

VHL University of Applied Sciences
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Program description

Study International Business 

Your future in International Business

A different approach in business! Be part of the future by studying International Business at the most sustainable university in the Netherlands.

Do you like to operate across borders? Are you entrepreneurial and do you love to work together with others to achieve goals? Then International Business for the Future might be the perfect choice for you. You must be aware that international trade is expanding across the world. At the same time, the need to look after the future of the earth is becoming more evident. Companies are therefore facing a huge challenge. They need practical people who are capable and daring. Will you become the creative business professional that will help these companies innovate successfully?

Planet, People and Profit

The Netherlands are renowned for their expertise in export and international trade. For our university international and futureproof entrepreneurship is an obvious combination. The strength of this study programme lies in problem-solving. You will not only find smart solutions for one product, you also understand the bigger picture and coherence. This allows everybody to profit and enables your company to innovate in a sustainable way. So Planet, People and Profit. This is what makes International Business for the Future so different.

International Business at van Hall Larenstein distinguishes itself from other International Business programmes in three ways:
1: We see sustainable trade as an opportunity
2: We emphasise personal development and leadership 
3: We focus on the English language; it is not mandatory to learn another language 

Content Programme

You will be following objective specific courses, doing practical periods and preparing an exciting graduation assignment. The programme is competency-based: each theoretical subject supports workgroup situations in which students tackle practical problems and explore workable solutions. This means that you will be active from day one, learning to work independently as you collaborate with others. The programme culminates in practical placements and a thesis project conducted in an international setting.

Career opportunities

Potential professions

  • Logistics or supply chain manager
  • Marketing manager
  • International sales manager
  • Account manager
  • Sustainability manager
  • International Business Manager
  • Export manager
  • Quality manager
  • Innovation consultant

With this Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, you will become an active professional for future companies and current international businesses.

Admission requirements

HAVO-equivalent secondary school diploma
One of the general admission requirements for all our 4-year Bachelor study programmes is a secondary school diploma, which is equivalent to the Dutch HAVO diploma. Examples of equivalent levels are the International Baccalaureate diploma or A-Levels. Your diploma will be evaluated after VHL has received your complete application. 

It is highly recommended that Mathematics or Economics are covered until the end of secondary school, but this is not a mandatory admission requirement. 

English proficiency

All international students must provide proof of their English proficiency by submitting one of the following documents:

  • Academic IELTS-test with overall band score of 6.0 and no sub-scores below 5.0;
  • TOEFL test with a score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based), 78-80 (internet based);
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English* (CAE): pass at grade C or above;
  • Cambridge First Certificate (FCE)*: pass at grade B/C or above.

Please note that tests results older than two years cannot be accepted.

The following students are exempt from providing proof of their English language proficiency:

  • Native English speakers (USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and Canada (English-speaking areas).
  • Applicants with a sufficient Dutch diploma
  • Applicants from Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Norway, Romania, Slovakia and Sweden who have obtained a specific diploma (see our website for details), including a final examination in English.

For more information on the requirements and the application process, please complete a request form.

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Tuition fees

Bachelor EEA                      € 2.143 / per year*
Bachelor non-EEA              €  9.000 / per year

* The government recently agreed to cut tuition fees in half for first-year students as of the 2021-2021 term. This will apply to students starting a bachelor at Universities of Applied Sciences. For more information, please visit our website.

Scholarships & funding

There are several options for acquiring scholarships and grants that cover some or all of the costs of a study programme at Van Hall Larenstein. In general, candidates should bear in mind that official procedures require several months. It is therefore advisable to make a request for a scholarship as early as possible.

For a general list of sponsoring agents specifically targeting Dutch programs a web-tool has been developed by Nuffic (the grantfinder).

Master and Certificate Programmes

Most of our Master and Certificate programmes are eligible for an OKP scholarship. For more information, please go to our website or complete a request form.


All study programmes of VHL University of Applied Sciences are accredited by the NVAO, the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

You will receive a Bachelor of International Business (BBA).


Van Hall Larenstein, that has locations in both Leeuwarden and Velp, has been rated the most sustainable University of Applied Sciences! Our University is the only institution in the Netherlands that has received three AISHE stars for all of its bachelor programmes (for all thirteen programmes). AISHE (Auditing Instrument for Sustainability in Higher Education) is an assessment tool for sustainable developments in higher education. A positive assessment leads to a qualification for Sustainable Higher Education. Van Hall Larenstein's CSR-audit was rated at 'Approved' level. CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) is a special qualification standard regarding sustainability for Higher Education, based on ISO26000 - the international guideline for social awareness of organizations. Van Hall Larenstein is the first University of Applied Sciences to receive this qualification.

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Larensteinselaan 26a
The Netherlands

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