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International Business Management hbo

Engels 6 jaarISAT-code 34144

Admission

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.

Admission requirements

Admission process

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.

Admission

After applying for admission to Tio (by sending a signed copy of the registration form), Tio will contact you about the admission proceedings.

Application deadline

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.

Insurance

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.

Need help?

The student administration can be reached by telephone Monday through Friday from 09h00 to 17h00, +31 (0)30 799 90 00 or by email: internationaloffice@tio.nl.

Housing

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.

Admission

After applying for admission to Tio by sending a signed copy of the application form, Tio will contact you about the admission proceedings.

Visa requirements

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).

The visa application is completed by Tio 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.

Required documents

  • 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.

Application deadline

The application deadline for the academic year starting in January for students needing a visa is the 1st of November and for enrolment in September it is the 1st of July.

Housing & insurance

Tio arranges housing and will apply for the required insurance for non-EU/EEA students.

Need help?

The international office can be reached by telephone Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 17h00, +31 (0)30 799 90 00, or by email: internationaloffice@tio.nl.

Package fee

Tio has put together a package fee for students requiring a visa. This fee has to be paid upfront so Tio can proceed with the visa application and housing arrangements.

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.

Introductory interview
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 (Monday, January 6th, 2020) or in September (Monday, August 24th, 2020).
Tio’s various bachelor 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.

Do you need a visa?

The application deadline for the academic year starting in January for students needing a visa is the 1st of November and for enrolment in September it is the 1st of July.

Monday 24 August 2020

When you start your bachelor programme in September, the first two semesters you will attend lectures at the Tio location followed by a 13 week internship during the summer. This applies for the three and four-year programme.

Monday 6 January 2020

You can also enrol in January; however this does mean that the total duration of the bachelor programme will be 3,5 or 4 years (including an extended registration). 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 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, for students starting in January it will take place on 19 December 2019 and for students starting in September on 25 August 2020. Students of all Tio locations 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 between 24 and 28 August 2020.

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Pre-university education

For students with a pre-university education (vwo) attending a bachelor programme is not crazy at all. Tio offers plenty of challenges for students with a pre-university education. The percentage of Tio students with pre-university education who are enrolled in the English bachelor courses is one of the highest in the Netherlands.  

Challenging programme

Have you completed pre-university education? Tio’s bachelor programmes can still offer you plenty of challenge. Tio offers accelerated, intensive programmes that allow you to earn a bachelor’s degree in just three years. All bachelor programmes include a multitude of international opportunities and an honours programme. Furthermore, you can opt for a leadership position during projects, management development internships, an extra language, an extra minor, and the option to gain management experience in Tio’s student society.

Bachelor's & master's degree in 4 or 5 years

If you want to continue studying after earning your bachelor’s degree, you can choose an international master’s programme at one of Tio’s many partner universities all over the world. What about the US, Dubai, or Switzerland? In just four or five years, you can earn both your bachelor’s and your master’s degree. Having both degrees gives you a major advantage on the job market. Employers value the practical attitude that you picked up during your bachelor programme and the analytical skills you gained during the master’s programme.

Learning by doing

Tio stands out due to the practical nature of its degree programmes. You attend classes from lecturers with a wealth of practical experience, apply your knowledge during projects and gain valuable practical experience of your own during two internships and a final thesis project. With this practical approach, Tio sets itself apart from university programmes, which are primarily theoretical in nature.

Widely employable

Your bachelor’s degree at Tio prepares you for a management position within and outside the industry. You can end up working in a wide variety of positions and for many different organisations. All this serves to maximise your opportunities on the labour market.

Pre-university education and Tio

The percentage of students with a pre-university education (vwo) enrolled in Tio’s English-language bachelor programmes is among the highest in the Netherlands. The national average of first-year students with a pre-university education enrolled in a bachelor programmes is 8%. For Tio’s Englishlanguage bachelor programmes, it is 20%.

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Personal approach

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;
  • Coordination;
  • Gripping;
  • Lifting;
  • Tempo;
  • 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.  

Parent/guardian policy

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.


Practical information

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.

Lecture times

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:

Lecture hour

Lecture times

1st lecture hour

09:00 - 09:50

2nd lecture hour 

09:50 - 10:40

Break

10:40 - 10:55

3rd lecture hour

10:55 - 11:45  

4th lecture hour

11:45 - 12:35

Break

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

Break

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

Holidays

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. 

Examination

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.

Study materials

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.

Extended registration

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

E-learning

  • Digital learning environment (Blackboard)
  • Online exam training
  • Digital library with 120.000 titles
  • Simulation games

Housing

Tio can refer new students to housing used by other (former) students and student housing organisations. 

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