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International Business Administration

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Amsterdam
English

About this program

International Business Aministration

How do you introduce the people of India and engage them with a Dutch cheese brand? How do other cultures view topics like Corporate Social Responsibility and responsible finance? How can you respect diversity and establish trust in an international, virtual team?

Your Bachelor of International Business Administration degree from VU Amsterdam will not just prepare you to work in an international environment. It will immerse you in it.

Do you want to be successful in solving real-world international business challenges? The Bachelor of International Business Administration programme is designed for you to learn just that. You will broaden your horizons in and out the classroom as part of one of the most diverse student and lecturer populations in the Netherlands and become a critically and ethically thoughtful global citizen.

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Admission requirements

Applicants holding a non-Dutch pre-university diploma apply via the International Office. We check if your previous education meets a number of requirements*. If you do not yet meet the requirements but expect to do so in the future (such as obtaining your diploma), you can already apply. We will evaluate your application and inform you of our admission decision.

Requirements that apply:

1. A diploma equivalent to the Dutch pre-university VWO-diploma

See the Diploma Requirement List for examples of accepted diplomas per country.

Please note: this list is meant to give you an indication of admissibility; no rights can be derived from it. Applicants who do not meet this criterion may be asked to sit (an) entry exam(s) to prove they are eligible for admission.

2. Proof of sufficient proficiency in English

Although complete applications are preferred, you can begin your application before you have completed the test and then submit your passing score once you have been conditionally admitted. You can find all accepted tests and scores on our Language Requirements webpage.

3. Proof of sufficient proficiency in Mathematics

After you apply to the programme and upload the required documents in our student portal, your International Student Advisor will determine whether your diploma is equivalent to the Dutch VWO-diploma and whether your mathematics level is sufficient.


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Program content

1st year

  • SAM Programme IBA
  • Academic Skills
  • English Language Test
  • People in Business and Society
  • Research Participation I
  • Business Mathematics
  • Organization Theory
  • Global Sustainability
  • Business Statistics
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Accounting
  • Cross Cultural Marketing
  • Business Processes

2nd year

  • Business Information Systems
  • Economic Principles in a Global Era
  • Finance
  • Managing People: Psychological Foundations
  • Research Participation II
  • International Strategy
  • Business Research Methods - Qualitative
  • Business Research Methods - Quantitative
  • Integrative Research Project

3rd year

  • Thesis
  • Ethics

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition

  • Tuition fee for EU: € 2,209
  • Tuition fee for NON-EU/EEA: € 9,870

Career paths

At VU Amsterdam, you will learn to make crucial decisions for yourself, with plenty of exposure to the opportunities that await you.

While the majority of our students go on to pursue a master's degree – either at VU Amsterdam or elsewhere – you can take advantage of our support network to help you explore other possibilities as well. Either way, by the time you get your bachelor's degree, you will have a wealth of experience living, working, and applying your skills in an international environment, and you will be prepared to take on the challenges of tomorrow. With your understanding of multicultural environments and your international experience, a world of possibilities will be open to you. The only question is, which one will you seize?

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Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 175 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 26,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...


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Why study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

With more than 24,000 students, of which 4,088 are international, VU Amsterdam conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance.

They distinguish themselves in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes:

  • Human Health and Life Sciences
  • Science for Sustainability
  • Connected World
  • Governance for Society

As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world.

In addition, VU Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.

The Dutch higher education system has been ranked in the top 10 by Universitas 21. In the first Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking, VU Amsterdam is ranked 16th worldwide. In this ranking, universities are assessed based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to measure the impact of the universities on society. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 (Shanghai Ranking) VU Amsterdam holds the 104th position. The international QS World University ranking 2021 places the Vrije Universiteit at number 236 in the world, which means the Vrije Universiteit belongs to the top 20% of the world.

At VU Amsterdam, the teaching style can be described as student-centred: they encourage students to develop their own opinions through independent and creative thinking. This means that teaching is mainly conducted in small tutorials, where interactivity is the norm rather than the exception. At every opportunity, students are encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue with their professors.

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
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