Below, you will find an overview of the admission requirements for the bachelor programme International Business Management, with which you can determine whether you can start this unique bachelor programme.
- Havo, vwo (any profile), mbo4-diploma.
- CEFR: ≥ B2. TOEFL: iBT ≥ 75-80 points (Institutional TOEFL code Tio: 4764). IELTS academic: ≥ 6.0. Cambridge exam: ≥ 160 points / Cambridge First Certificate.
Comparable international diplomas
Below you will find an overview per continent / per country what the admission requirements are for this Bachelor's programme.
Eswatini / Swaziland
Must be evaluated individually.
Senior Secondary School Certificate (at least 6 subjects with a score of A to C) or West African Senior School Certificate (at least 6 subjects with a score of A1 to C6).
Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (at least 6 subjects with A, B or C).
West African Senior School Certificate from the WAEC if the student has passed at least 6 subjects with grade C6 or higher or Senior School Certificate from the NECO if the student has passed at least 6 subject with grade A1, B2 or B3.
National Senior Certificate, which states that the graduate has met the minimum requirements for admission to bachelor’s degree programmes or National Senior Certificate, obtained after completion of the IEB exams, which states that the graduate has met the minimum requirements for admission to bachelor’s degree programmes have been met.
Certificate of Secondary Education (an A, B or C) in at least 6 examination subjects + the Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education with a principal pass for at least 1 subject.
Uganda Certificate of Education (Ordinary level) in 6 subjects with a final result of 1 to 6 + Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education with a Principal pass in 1 subject (6 different subjects in total).
Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education at Ordinary Level (at least 5 examination subjects with final result A-C) + the Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education at Advanced Level with at least 2 subjects.
12th Grade graduation certificate, issued by the Ministry of Education.
Must be evaluated individually.
Must be evaluated individually.
Higher Secondary Certificate (humanities/ sciences) / Alim Certificate.
Senior middle school graduation certificate.
General Education Diploma.
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) in 5 subjects with grades 2-5**, including English and Chinese.
- Standard XII diploma (or an equivalent) with a pass grade in 5 relevant subjects,
- Vocational Standard XII diploma (or an equivalent) with a pass grade in 5 relevant subjects,
- All India Senior School Certificate with a pass grade in 5 relevant subjects,
- All India Senior School Certificate with grades A1, A2 or B1 in 5 relevant subjects,
- Indian School Certificate with a pass grade in 5 relevant subjects,
- Migration Cum Transfer Certificate of the Senior Secondary School Examination with a pass grade in 5 relevant subjects.
Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Atas (SMA).
High School Certificate of Graduation (卒業証明書 Sotsugyoshomeisho)
Жалпы Oрта білім туралы, аттестат/Аттестат об, общем среднем образовании / Certificate of completed general secondary education, Nazarbayev, Intellectual Schools (NIS) Grade 12 Certificate.
Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia, Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia/Matriculation Certificate, Unified Examination Certificate.
HSEB (Migration) Certificate (Humanities/Sciences), HSEB (Migration) Certificate (Management/Education).
Must be evaluated individually.
Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’-level in 2 H2 content-based subjects + Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ level in 4 subjects with A-C grades (6 different subjects in total).
GCE O/L and GCE A/L if the GCE O/L is obtained in 6 subjects with marks ranging from A to C; and the GCE A/L is obtained with at least an Ordinary Pass (S) for 3 subjects and a score of at least 30% for the Common General Test.
High School Certificate (general high school), High School Certificate (science high school).
Senior High School Diploma.
Certificate of Secondary Education / Matayom 6.
United Arab Emirates
Students from the UAE have usually completed a US, UK or IB curriculum. Other diplomas must be evaluated individually.
Must be evaluated individually.
Bang Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Hoc / BangTrung Hoc Pho Thong/Bang Tu Tai / Baccalaureate, Bang Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung obtained at a high school for the gifted.
Diploma za sredno obrazovanie - Диплома за средно образование.
Svjedodžba o zavrsnom ispitu / Svjedodžba o državnoj maturi.
Studentereksamenbevis (STX) / Bevis for Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF).
Baccalauréat Professionnel, Baccalauréat Technologique, Baccalauréat Général.
General Education Diploma
Fachhochschulreife, Abitur (Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife).
Apolytirio Genikou Lykeiou
Gimnáziumi Érettségi Bizonyítvány, Szakközépiskolai Érettségi Képesítö Bizonyítvány.
Leaving Certificate (LC), the LC has been obtained in at least 5 subjects of the established programme; the student has at least grade 6 at Ordinary Level or grade 7 at Higher Level for those 5 subjects; and a minimum of 200 CAO points have been achieved.
Diploma di Superamento dell’Esame di Stato Conclusivo dei Corsi di Istruzione Secondario Superiore.
Atestāts par vispārējo vidējo izglītību.
świadectwo dojrzałości (maturity certificate) or świadectwo ukończenia liceum ogólnokształcącego (certificate of completion of the general lyceum).
Diploma/Certificado de qualificação profissional de nivel 3, Diploma/Certificado do Ensino Secundário.
Título de Bachiller.
Svidotstvo pro zdobuttja povnoj zagalnoj serednjoj osviti - Свідоцтво про здобуття повної загальної середньої освіти, Atestat pro povnu zagalnu serednju osvitu - Атестат про повну загальну середню освiту.
At least 6 GCSE subjects, two of which should be AS of A levels. Subjects must be completed with a score of A-C or 9-4.
High school diploma from an English-speaking province (usually) or Diplôme d’Études Collégiales (DEC) with the addition 'préuniversitaire' (2 years).
Bachiller Modalidad General.
Caribbean Examinations Council Secondary Education Certificate.
High school diploma with a completed college preparatory programme.
- Higher School Certificate,
- Queensland Certificate of Education,
- South Australian Certificate of Education,
- Qualifications Certificate of Tasmanian Certificate of Education,
- Victorian Certificate of Education,
- Western Australian Certificate of Education,
- ACT Year 12 Certificate,
- Northern Territory Certificate of Education.
NCEA Level 2, NCEA Level 3 (with sufficient credits from general level 3 subjects).
Havo-diploma, vwo-diploma or mbo-diploma (EPI, niveau 4).
Certificado de Conclusão de 2º, Grau/Certificado de Conclusão de Ensino Médio.
Bachiller Académico, Tecnólogo.
Bachiller en Educación Media (rama académica).
Curacao, St Maarten and the BES islands
Havo-diploma, vwo-diploma, Certificate of Secondary Education (CXC-examen) or SBO-diploma (niveau 4).
Bachiller Técnico, Bachiller.
Certificado Oficial de Estudios.
Havo-diploma, vwo-diploma, Certificate for the Algemeen Vormende Fase.
After we receive your registration, Tio will send you a written confirmation of your admission (provided that you meet the pre-education requirements and there is no waiting list). If your pre-education is insufficient for the programme you wish to take, we will schedule an assessment. The assessment costs € 80. The admissions committee will decide whether you can be admitted into the programme.
Admission for EU/EEA students
Tio welcomes students from all over the world. The information on this page is meant for students from the EU/EEA.
After applying for admission to Tio (by sending a signed copy of the registration form), Tio will contact you about the admission proceedings.
You can apply for the Tio programmes until the start of the semester. However, the number of available positions is limited. Therefore, it is recommended to register on time. Positions are assigned in order in which students register.
Tio expects all its students to have third party liability insurance as well as health insurance. EU/EEA students can study at Tio based on insurance taken out in their home country.
The international office can be reached by telephone Monday through Friday from 09h00 to 17h00, +31 (0)30 799 90 00 or by email: email@example.com.
Once all the required documents have been received and you have been accepted to Tio, you need to find yourself a place to live.
Campus accommodation is not common in the Netherlands. Most students rent a room in a student house. If you need help finding a place to live, Tio will assist you. Since both Amsterdam and Utrecht are very popular among students, we recommend letting Tio help you. Students requiring a student visa will automatically be provided a place to live. Average accommodation prices for student housing:
- Amsterdam between € 600 and € 800 a month
- Utrecht between € 450 and € 650 a month
Should you decide to try to find your own place to live, here are some helpful links:
Keep in mind that most student housing is not furnished unless otherwise specified and you will only be renting a room, and may have to share the other facilities like the bathroom and kitchen with other students.
Admission for non-EU/EEA students
Tio welcomes students from all over the world. The information on this page is meant for students requiring a student visa to study in the Netherlands.
After applying for admission to Tio by sending a signed copy of the application form, Tio will contact you about the admission proceedings.
In order for you to come to the Netherlands and to study at Tio, please check whether you need a student visa and/or a residence permit. Always check with the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service to see if you require an ‘Authorisation for temporary stay’, also known as an entry visa (MVV).
If a MVV and/or residence permit is required, Tio will apply for the MVV and/or residence permit, after the following conditions have been met:
- The student has been accepted by Tio.
- The student has sent all the required and legalised documents (see below).
- The student has paid the package fee to Tio.
- A copy of your passport (readable text and visible face).
- A copy of your residence permit (if applicable).
- A copy of your birth certificate, with an apostil or double legalisation.
- A copy of the original documentation of your Higher Education qualifications.
- A legalised copy of all previous educational qualifications translated into English.
- A legalised copy of recent mark/grade lists translated into English.
- A colour passport photograph - digitally (according to Dutch rules, taken from the front side of the face).
- Proof of English language proficiency: CEFR: ≥ B2. TOEFL: iBT ≥ 75-80 points (Institutional TOEFL code Tio: 4764). IELTS academic: ≥ 6.0. Cambridge exam: ≥ 160 points / Cambridge First Certificate.
In case the application is rejected, your study agreement will be terminated without liability for either party. Tio will refund the package fee within 14 days after termination, with deduction of the costs incurred with the application of the MVV and/or residence permit.
The application deadline for the academic year starting in January for students needing a visa is the 15th of October and for enrolment in September it is the 15th of June.
Housing & insurance
Tio arranges housing and will apply for the required insurance for non-EU/EEA students.
The international office can be reached by telephone Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 17h00, +31 (0)30 799 90 00, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register on time
Tio’s programmes are popular and the number of available positions is limited. Every year, this leads to waiting lists. If you are sure about your choice, you should enrol as soon as possible. Positions are assigned in the order in which students register .
Selection and draw
Tio’s selection process is based on whether students meet their prior education requirements and timely registration. Tio does not select students by lots.
You will be invited to an introductory interview with your study coach before the start of your education at Tio.
Enrolment in January or September
You can enrol two times during the academic year at Tio: in January or in September.
Tio’s various study programmes are popular and the number of available positions is limited. Every year, this leads to waiting lists. If you are sure about your choice, be sure to apply as soon as possible. Positions are assigned in the order in which students apply.
Enrolment in September
When you enrol in September, the first two semesters you will attend lectures at the Tio campus followed by a 13 week internship during the summer. This applies for the three and four-year programme.
Enrolment in January
You can also enrol in January; however this does mean that the total duration of the programme will take half a year longer. You will be attending many of the same lectures as the students from the September enrolment. This is possible given that the semesters within an academic year can be followed independently. Your internship will take place halfway through the first academic year.
Kick-off academic year
Prior to the academic year, the kick-off day and welcome days take place. Tio kicks the year off with an inspiring kick-off day. Students of all Tio campuses attend guest lectures by leading figures from the industry.
The welcome days are devoted to meeting fellow students, the student city and student society Cognatio. You take a look behind the scenes at companies in the industry and above all have a lot of fun. The welcome days take place in the week before the first week of classes.
Do you possess a pre-university diploma? Tio's bachelor's programmes have plenty of challenges in store for you. The percentage of Tio students with pre-university education who are enrolled in the English bachelor's programmes is among the highest in the Netherlands.
Tio offers you fast-track and intensive study programmes that let you obtain a bachelor's degree in just three years. Additionally, you can choose to play a leadership role during projects, go on management development internships, take an extra language course or an extra minor or gain administrative experience at Tio's student society.
Bachelor's & master's degree in 4 or 5 years
Once you obtain a Tio bachelor's degree, you will be in high demand on the employment market. If you want to move straight to a position in upper management, Tio's MBA (Master of Business Administration) programme is right for you. After completing your bachelor's programme, you can obtain the MBA degree in one year. If you dream of having an international career, you can choose an international master's programme at one of Tio's many partner universities. These are located all over the world: from America and Dubai to Switzerland. Having both degrees will give you a major head start when looking for a job. Employers will appreciate the combination of the practical attitude and the analytical skills you acquired.
Learning by doing
Tio sets itself apart with its practice-based study programmes. You attend lectures from lecturers with practical experience, apply your knowledge during projects and gain practical experience by completing two internships and a final thesis project. This distinguishes Tio's study programmes from those available at universities, which are primarily theoretical in nature.
Your bachelor's degree at Tio University of Applied Sciences prepares you for high-ranking (management) positions within and outside your chosen sector. That will open doors for you at many different companies and create more opportunities on the employment market.
Pre-university education and Tio
The percentage of students with a pre-university education enrolled in Tio’s English-language bachelor programmes is among the highest in the Netherlands. The national average of students with a pre-university education enrolled in a bachelor programmes is 10%. For Tio’s English-language bachelor programmes, it is 24%.
Due to its small scale classes and intensive supervision, Tio can offer you a programme tailored to your needs.
Studying with an impairment
Do you have an impairment (e.g. dyslexia, dyscalculia, a physical handicap or a chronic disease) which might inhibit you in your studies? Tio will do everything it can to keep the hindrance to a minimum. You can report your impairment during your application. Your study coach will discuss with you which adjustments Tio can offer. Tio’s guidance to students with an impairment is highly valued. In the national survey conducted by the Centre for Higher Education Information (CHOI), Tio has earned the highest overall score in the Netherlands, for five years in a row.
What is an impairment?
An impairment (or disability) involves one or multiple visible or invisible disabilities resulting from a long-term or permanent physical or psychological condition.
The following types of impairments are recognised:
- Visual disability (e.g. due to visual impairment, tunnel vision);
- Hearing disability (e.g. due to hearing impairment, deafness);
- Motor disability (e.g. due to paraplegia, posttraumatic dystrophy, RSI);
- Psychological disability (e.g. due to anxiety disorder, depression, eating disorder);
- Disabilities resulting from a cerebral impairment (e.g. dyslexia, dyscalculia, AD(H)D);
- Disabilities resulting from a chronic illness (e.g. rheumatism, diabetes, cancer, Crohn’s disease, asthma, CVS).
A disability is recognised on the basis of a statement (or any other form of evidence) supplied by a licenced professional.
Students with an impairment may experience limitations when conducting certain activities, for example:
- Walking, sitting, standing up;
- Stamina, concentration;
- Seeing, hearing, speech;
- Reading, writing, typing;
- Social skills, working together;
- Planning and organising.
The nature and severity of these limitations may affect the student’s physical and psychological wellbeing as well as their study career.
Specialist in disabilities
At Tio, the study coaches specialise in advising, supporting and counselling students with an impairment. They take part in external and internal training programmes about impairments .
After the student has announced themselves, the study coach conducts an information/intake meeting with the student. During this meeting, their impairment(s) are discussed and the student is informed about the available facilities. Together, the study coach and the student determine which facilities are required. The study coach is responsible for the coordination within Tio, e.g. with the location manager and the Board of Examiners. An evaluation meeting with the student is held twice a year.
Ranking list disabilities
For the fifth year in a row, Tio has earned the #1 position on the ranking list when it comes to facilitating studying with an impairment. Tio won by a significant margin, being awarded the highest overall score of all universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands.
“The appreciation for Tio, a private school, remains very positive,” says the survey report. On a national level, Tio has the highest score in provision of information, tools and customisation of educational programmes.
Source: Report studying with an impairment
This ranking list is based on the evaluations of students with a disability regarding the way they are supported, counselled and facilitated by their study course. These evaluations come from a separate handicap module that is part of the National Student Survey, a large-scale national survey among students of all universities and universities of applied sciences. The Centrum Hoger Onderwijs Informatie (CHOI, the Centre for Higher Education Information) researched the extent to which universities of applied sciences offer counselling for students with a disability such as dyslexia and dyscalculia.
Excellence & honours programme
Tio can offer you plenty of additional challenges. You can graduate in just three years or take the bachelor programme of your choice entirely in English. For talented students, Tio offers an honours programme worth 15 ECs per year. This programme gives you the opportunity to delve deeper into your chosen field, for example by taking (language) courses at a higher level or by participating in external competitions. You can also choose to expand your knowledge by taking an extra minor, or by following courses or language courses of another bachelor programme.
Programme for top athletes
Are you a professional athlete? It is possible for you to extend your studies and schedule projects flexibly. Athletes with an A or B status or a high potential status from the NOC*NSF and athletes with an international talent profile fall under Tio’s top sports policy.
For more information, please visit one of the open days.
Programme for entrepreneurial students
If you are an active entrepreneur in addition to being a student and if you have a Chamber of Commerce registration, you may be eligible for a customised programme, just like professional athletes. It is possible for you to extend your studies and schedule projects flexibly.
For more information, please visit one of the open days.
Tio’s contact with parent(s)/carer(s) is also tailored to everyone’s specific needs. When you sign up, you can enter your parents’/ carers’ email address, so Tio can keep them updated on e.g. your grades and attendance record. At least twice a year, you will have a study progress interview. With your consent, parents are welcome to attend these meetings. If you are a legal adult, we will not provide any specific information without your prior consent, in order to safe-guard your privacy.
For more information, please visit one of the open days.
What are the lecture times at Tio and when do the holidays take place? And how can you order your textbooks? For this information, and information about, inter alia, examinations and enrolment please read this section with practical information
Structure academic year
Depending on the selected programme of your choosing, an academic year generally consists of two fifteen-week semesters, a project week, two retake weeks and at least thirteen weeks of internship.
The lectures (1 lecture hour = 50 minutes) take place from Monday to Friday between 09h00 and 18h20, with breaks in between. Below you find a list of when the lecture hours generally take place:
1st lecture hour
09:00 - 09:50
2nd lecture hour
09:50 - 10:40
10:40 - 10:55
3rd lecture hour
10:55 - 11:45
4th lecture hour
11:45 - 12:35
12:35 - 13:05
5st lecture hour
13:05 - 13:55
6th lecture hour
13:55 - 14:45
7th lecture hour
14:45 - 15:35
15:35 - 15:50
8th lecture hour
15:50 - 16:40
9th lecture hour
16:40 - 17:30
10th lecture hour
17:30 - 18:20
You have a two-week Christmas holiday and a two-week summer holiday preceding or following your internship (if you have no retakes). If you are enrolled in a four-year programme, you will be off during the summer months of June, July and August (except during the first academic year). Study activities will be scheduled during the holiday periods in the autumn, spring and in May.
Every academic year has two regular exam periods, followed by two retake periods. During your final year, there will be an additional retake period at the end of the academic year. Furthermore, regular oral, practical and interim exams are scheduled throughout the year.
Terms for continuation
Depending on your grades, you will confer with your study coach after your first semester to choose either the three- or four-year programme. You have to make your final decision at the start of your second year. The enrolment requirement for the three-year programme is that you have earned most of the first year’s ECTS credits on 1 October of your second academic year. The enrolment requirement for the second year of the four-year programme is that you have earned 55 of the first year’s ECTS credits. You do not have to drop out if you fail to meet these requirements; you can still complete the first year via an extended registration.
Retake of an academic year
If you fail an academic year, for example due to illness, it is possible to retake that year’s classes. In that event, you will receive a 50% discount on the tuition fee.
If you start in September, you can order the first semester’s study materials in July. You can order the second semester’s materials in December. If you start in January, you can order the first semester’s materials in December and the second semester’s materials in July. For students who start their Tio programme as from January 2018 or later, all syllabi and books needed for the programme are included in the tuition fee. You can use Tio’s order module to order your study materials.
If you have not yet completed all exams at the end of an academic year, you may extend your registration. During an extended registration, you have the right to complete exams and assignments, take part in an internship and complete your final thesis. Furthermore, you have limited access to lectures (a maximum of 10 contact hours per week; further conditions may apply). You can also choose an extended registration that is solely intended for an internship or final thesis, starting in September or January. This type of registration is subject to a one-month cancellation period.
Digital learning environment
Tio supports you digitally via e.g. e-learning, Blackboard, Office 365, the digital library, email, course manuals, a database of internship companies and the Tio app. The Tio campuses offer free Wi-Fi and facilities for the live viewing of lectures, guest lectures and exam preparation sessions via web conferencing.
There is one computer per every 3.6 students, nationwide this is one computer per every 8 students. Tio is affiliated with SURF-spot, here you can, as a student, purchase software and hardware with special educational discount. At every Tio locations there are information screens with current news and departure times of trains.
Comprehensive information through app and student web
- Personal schedule of lessons and exams
- Push messages in case of a change in schedule and registration of study results
- Text message for any lesson cancellation
- Evaluate the lessons
- Digital learning environment (Blackboard)
- Online exam training
- Digital library with 120.000 titles
- Simulation games
Tio can refer new students to housing used by other (former) students and student housing organisations.