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Study programme International Business Management

Practical is the keyword: learning by doing! Circa 60% of the International Business Management bachelor programme has a practical focus. The curriculum was designed in collaboration with trade associations such as Sales Management Association, Thuiswinkel.org and experts with a wealth of practical experience. With the professorship, Tio stays ahead of the competition when it comes to e-business. This ensures the study programme ties in well with the sector’s needs and the latest trends.

Curriculum

Below, you will find an overview of the courses and projects you will attend at Tio’s International Business Management bachelor’s programme. The curriculum is divided into four components: financial expertise, business & entrepreneurship, international management, communication and internship & final thesis.
Given the importance of having international experience, you complete at least one component of your study programme abroad (e.g. an internship, graduation project or an international exchange programme).

Financial expertise

You learn to negotiate and you keep a close eye on global trade. You learn to understand macro-economic changes during a management game held in a real-life environment. You will also create your own portfolio of stocks and shares during the Stocks & bonds project. The student with the highest returns compete in the finals. You visit domestic and foreign listed businesses such as banks or car manufacturers. The management game helps you make decisions pertaining to finance and HR.

Company visits

Visits to, among others listed companies, banks, insurance companies and trade fairs.

Finance week

In teams you take a close look at the entire financial management of a major player. During the finance week, you take a look behind the scenes, follow workshops and compete with other teams to create the best possible financial concept.

Finance & accounting

The ambition level of the Finance & Accounting course is to teach students the theoretical and practical principles of business economics. The course outlines financing a company and costs of the company. You will also gain insight into financial reporting.

Management game

You compete with your management team against other teams to run the best company. Financing, purchasing, yield management, marketing, management skills, everything will be handled.

Financial analysis

You learn to efficiently collect financial information, analyse and report this information.

Stocks & bonds

In a real life environment you learn to understand and predict stocks and shares.
Step by step, the students learn about the matters which are important for being able to make the first steps themselves as an investor. The overall objective is to obtain a broader knowledge of the investment world and how that forms part of the financial world. The main objective is that students have a better understanding of the financial news that becomes available via the media. In Semester 1, insight will be gained into the steps that have to be taken before you can begin investing and the theory behind various concepts will be dealt with. In Semester 2, students will put together a portfolio and on the basis of a profile, make use of a stock exchange game. At the end of Semester 2, they will defend the results and the policy conducted towards the investor.

Guest lectures

Three guest lecture days, workshops given by experts from within the industry.

Trading & securities

Trading & Securities adds the use of forex, options, short selling and margin trading. Moreover, there is a American League, where the choice of funds is much more extensive.

International finance

You learn to formulate a strategy for your business and look at the potential of the international sales of your product or service.

Management accounting & funding

You learn more about managing the cash flow of a financial institution.

CoursesProjects
Company visits0
Finance week2
Finance & accounting2
Management game4
Financial analysis4
Stocks & bonds4
Guest lectures1
Trading & securities2
International finance6
 
Management accounting & funding2
 
Courses
Company visits0
Finance & accounting2
Financial analysis4
Guest lectures1
International finance6
Management accounting & funding2
Projects
Finance week2
Management game4
Stocks & bonds4
Trading & securities2

* EC stands for European Credit. One EC equals a workload of 28 hours. Subject to changes.

Business & entrepreneurship

You master the art of sales and giving product presentations with the help of role-playing scenarios. You learn to conduct business with other cultures.
You set up a business together with your team: you brainstorm about market opportunities, conduct market research and sell your product both on- and offline so you can pay out a nice sum in revenue to your shareholders. You draw up a business plan for your own international business. 

Corporate social responsibility

Corporate social responsibility is a form of doing business in which People, Planet and Profit are central.

Sales week

For the implementation of this project, there is close collaboration with the trade association Sales Management Association (SMA). In collaboration with SMA, various events are organised during the sales week. For example, a guest lecture from the Young Sales Professional of the Year, a behind the scenes at a company affiliated with SMA and a speed date event with SMA members. A great opportunity to get acquainted with potential future employers.

Sales week project @ Tio University

Creative concept design

The creation of a business concept. Devise and present an unforgettable experience.

Student company

Together with your fellow students you set up their own company. Jointly devise a product, conduct market research to see what the odds are, prepare a business plan, sell shares and then really get to work!

Every entrepreneur has a dream: to get the highest market share, to be appreciated by his customers, and to make a tremendous turnover; in short, entrepreneurs enjoy challenges. To make this dream come true, you require: perseverance, internal motivation, a range of skills and in particular much practical experience. This is precisely what the ‘Student Company’ project offers students. By taking part in the ‘Student Company’ project, you will discover what challenges and opportunities entrepreneurship offers.

In this project you will become acquainted with entrepreneurship and develop important skills. In the student company, you can get experience on numerous aspects of entrepreneurship. In the company you will carry out all the activities yourselves: the purchasing, the preparation of the production, the manufacturing of the product or having it manufactured or imported, the marketing, the sales, the financial administration and the personnel administration. For this purpose, you can use the knowledge and skills that you learned in other courses, such as Marketing, Methods and Techniques, Corporate Social Responsibility.

Digital marketing

Knowledge and application of digital marketing, with which the marketing objectives of the company are realized through online and interactive media.

E-commerce

Buying and selling of goods and services over the internet. Think selling products through a webshop.

Export management

Traditional borders disappear. To be ahead of the competition and to remain ahead, a systematic approach to export requires the necessary knowledge.

Information management

During and after your bachelor programme you will get to work with CRM, CMS and other information systems. Together with the IT department you convert information needs and wishes into information applications, in which you as key user play a big role in the design and improvement of these systems.

Marketing

Analysis of trends and developments, competition analysis, swot-analysis, confrontation matrix. Purchaser’s behaviour, market segmentation, positioning, marketing mix, promotion. Strategic analyses, operational marketing plan, strategic plan.

Master classes

Divers master classes in finance, marketing and business.

Operations management

Efficiency and effectiveness of business processes in the business industry. Design and analyse processes, quality care.

Supply chain management

Make or buy, vendor rating, benchmarking, purchasing processes, contracting, negotiating.

CoursesProjects
Corporate social responsibility2
Sales week2
Creative concept design2
Student company8
Digital marketing4
 
E-commerce4
 
Export management2
 
Information management4
 
Marketing12
 
Master classes0
 
Operations management2
 
Supply chain management2
 
Courses
Corporate social responsibility2
Creative concept design2
Digital marketing4
E-commerce4
Export management2
Information management4
Marketing12
Master classes0
Operations management2
Supply chain management2
Projects
Sales week2
Student company8

* EC stands for European Credit. One EC equals a workload of 28 hours. Subject to changes.

International management

You will be broadly educated at Tio. That means that besides professional knowledge you also acquire general knowledge in the field of human resource management, management skills and entrepreneurship. During the international study trip, you visit a partner university and various international businesses. You are taught by international guest lecturers and the schedule includes several lectures and excursions.

Advisory skills

As part of a team, you analyse the organisational elements of a company and then draw up a plan of action.

International week

You will visit a partner university and international companies abroad. You will attend lectures by international guest lecturers and the programme will include readings and excursions.

Hotel, Event and Business students on a study trip to Prague

International advertising & media

You will learn how a media campaign for a particular product in another country can be done.

International business

International strategic policy, analysing business problems, trends in international trade and finance.

International business law

International law, private law, public law, tax law, company law, employment law.

International human resource management

Recruitment, selection, personnel planning, performance reviews, career guidance.

International management

Convert trends to possibilities, determining policy and objectives, intercultural management en communication.

Management skills

Leading meetings, motivating others, conflict management, conversation techniques, management styles.

Organisational behaviour

Management process, information flow, organisational culture, organisational models, decision-making process, management change.

Professional development

Careers counselling, competence development, job interview training.

Project management

Working together, taking initiative and participating in the project team.

CoursesProjects
Advisory skills2
International week2
International advertising & media2
 
International business4
 
International business law2
 
International human resource management4
 
International management2
 
Management skills2
 
Organisational behaviour4
 
Professional development2
 
Project management2
 
Courses
Advisory skills2
International advertising & media2
International business4
International business law2
International human resource management4
International management2
Management skills2
Organisational behaviour4
Professional development2
Project management2
Projects
International week2

* EC stands for European Credit. One EC equals a workload of 28 hours. Subject to changes.

Communication

Learning how to communicate gets much attention. Through role-playing you practice your languages and learn to do business with other cultures.

Business correspondence

Writing business letters, commercial texts, reports.

Commercial skills

During the Commercial Skills course you will work on your commercial skills. You learn to recruit prospects, conduct a structured sales call, negotiate and deal with complaints.

Communication

Presentation techniques, providing advice, interview techniques, bad news interviews, meetings, assertivity.

Corporate communication

Corporate identity, image, brochures, advertisements, press communication, dm, annual reports.

Cross-cultural communication

Intercultural interaction, communication and conflict management, cultural sensitivity. Dealing with cultural differences within a team, to use cultural differences to achieve optimal results.

English

Industry-oriented communication at management level, listening, reading and writing of social as well as work related texts.

German, Spanish

Industry-oriented communication with guests and colleagues paying attention to grammar, pronunciation, presentation, listening skills, reading and writing professional texts.

In addition to English, one other language is mandatory.  

Courses
Business correspondence4
Commercial skills2
Communication1
Corporate communication2
Cross-cultural communication2
English10
German, Spanish4
Courses
Business correspondence4
Commercial skills2
Communication1
Corporate communication2
Cross-cultural communication2
English10
German, Spanish4

Internship & final thesis

During the two (international) internships, you will apply what you have learned into practice. Everything comes together in your final thesis.

Data analysis

Applying business models, gathering information and drawing conclusions.

Final thesis

You are going to do research independently or within a company.
Graduation plays an important role within the bachelor programme. During your final thesis project you work as a professional to bring your knowledge and skills into practice. You will be working on developing the latest skills you need for your future profession. Graduation takes place through the successful execution and completion of a final thesis. This thesis assignment is usually done for an organisation with a problem. Students can also do a final thesis assignment at the one of the professorships of Tio, or graduate independently. During the graduation, the student carries out applied research. That means deliberate and methodical search for knowledge and understanding concerning practical problems, in the form of answers to previously asked questions.

Preparation for the final thesis

The aim of this course is to prepare for the final thesis assignment by laying the foundations for the independent research assignment and writing a final thesis proposal.

Market research

Working in groups of two, students will complete a sector-related research assingment (qualitative research, quantitative research, or a combination of the two). Students must formulate a research problem, set up an investigation, assemble data, analyse the data and draw conclusions. A research report will be submitted as an end product.

Research methods

The research methods course aims to teach students various research skills. In particular the practical aspects of research. The research proces is discussed in all its aspects, such as the preparation of a problem statement, the choice of a research method, questionnaire structure, fieldwork and reporting.

Minor

Besides the major, during which you attend the subjects of the curriculum, you can choose a minor of 30 ECs or two minors of 15 ECs to specialise and further expand your knowledge. Which minor suits you best?

(International) Internships

Chose an (international) internship to gain your first work experience. The two internship periods are at least 13 weeks.

CoursesProjects
Data analysis2
Final thesis30
Preparation for the final thesis2
Market research4
Research methods4
Minor30
 
(International) Internships40
Courses
Data analysis2
Preparation for the final thesis2
Research methods4
Projects
Final thesis30
Market research4
Minor30
(International) Internships40

* EC stands for European Credit. One EC equals a workload of 28 hours. Subject to changes.

Optional

The subjects and courses listed below are optional and therefore not mandatory. Exceptions are the Introduction to Economics and Introduction to Finance & Accounting courses, which are mandatory for students whose prior education does not include Economics and Management & Organisation.

Additional language

German 1-2 and/or Spanish 1-2. Only German 1 and Spanish 1 are at beginner’s level.

Company emergency response

Topics covered include First Aid in Accidents and your responsibilities at fire casualties and evacuation and communication.

This course is only offered in Dutch.

Cooking 2.0

Based on eight gourmet chefs you will go through the gourmet kitchen. Every week, a gourmet chef is central and his philosophy and way of life is discussed and finally you cook a recipe that characterizes this chef.

This course is only offered in Dutch.

Introduction to economics

Get introduced to economics in the field of micro and macro economics, monetary economics and international economics. For those who did not attend economics lectures in their preliminary education. Optional, but mandatory for students without Economics in their prior education.

Excel

Being able to work well with Excel has a great added value in execute your study assignments and in your future career.

Introduction to finance & accounting

Introduction to business economics, where you learn important basic principles of business economics. For those who did not attend business economics in their preliminary education. Optional, but mandatory for students without Management & Organisation in their prior education.

You can organise 4 ECs completely free. For example help at one of the edcation fairs Tio participates in or assist on the open day.

Photography

Do you want to be more creative with photography? Insight into photography and the technology behind it not only helps you personally but also on a business level. You learn what diaphragm is and what you can do with it, what the influence of the shutter speed is on your photos. And do not forget the ISO: that indicates how quickly the sensor responds to the light that passes through the lens on the sensor.

There is so much to learn!

This course is only offered in Dutch.  

Search engine marketing

Search engine marketing is the specialty that makes web pages findable in search engines. You learn digital analysis through Google Analytics, advertising in search engines and how to reach high rankings in search engine search results (SEO).

Study coaching

Introducing structure, study methods, completing homework together.

Wine study

Wine knowledge, food & wine combinations, vinification, gastronomy, wine tasting and optional wine trip.

Optional coursesSeminars
Additional language4
Company emergency response0
Cooking 2.02
Introduction to economics0
Excel2
Introduction to finance & accounting0
Free choice4
Photography0
Search engine marketing2
Study coaching0
Wine study2
 
Optional courses
Additional language4
Cooking 2.02
Excel2
Free choice4
Search engine marketing2
Wine study2
Seminars
Company emergency response0
Introduction to economics0
Introduction to finance & accounting0
Photography0
Study coaching0

* EC stands for European Credit. One EC equals a workload of 28 hours. Subject to changes.

(International) internships and final thesis

Tio believes in education with a practical focus. Besides the projects, the best examples of this approach are the internships and your final thesis. These have you put all your knowledge into practice and develop your communication and research skills. Many students therefore view the internships as one of the best parts of their education. 

Where will you be going for your internship next year?

Gain work experience during your internship at top organisations all over the world
Will you put your sales skills to good use at a major international retail organisation? Or would you rather show off your knack for numbers and figures in the financial sector? The sky is the limit during your internship. At Tio, you complete two thirteenweek internships and a twenty-week research project at top organisations all over the world. Think of e.g. Oxfam in London, IQI in Kuala Lumpur or Armada Music in Amsterdam. This is the best way to discover all the ins and outs of your field. It is not only great for your personal development, but it also looks fantastic on your CV!

Internship period

Depending on whether you are taking a three or four-year programme, you either take part in two internships during the summer (three-year programme), or your second internship is scheduled during the third academic year (four-year programme). Internship positions automatically become available to Tio students as a result of Tio’s long-standing relationships with major companies in the industry. Students can also suggest their own internship positions. You complete your bachelor programme with a final thesis project at a company. After graduating, many students are offered a job at the company where they did their final thesis. 

Guidance

At the start of the academic year, your study coach will tell you everything you need to know about your internship. You can look into hundreds of available positions via Tio’s student web. Before you apply for an internship position, you must inform your internship coordinator about your preferences. Every internship organisation must demonstrate its ability to offer students the necessary guidance and supervision. You will be visited by your internship coordinator. Most students who take their internship abroad can also expect a visit. Every student will also receive guidance and supervision via telephone, Skype and email.

Exellent network

Tio maintains intensive contacts with companies and multinationals in the hotel, event, tourism and business industry. From ID&T and the Ritz-Carlton to ABN AMRO and from fonQ and TUI to Unilever.

Career event

Every year, Tio organises the Career Event for all its students. This is the perfect opportunity to look for an internship at the well-regarded companies that are present. You can also attend guest lectures and take part in workshops hosted by professionals from the industry.

Internship compensation

As a guideline for the compensation you will receive from your internship organisation, Tio has set a gross sum of €62 per week. However, there are also organisations which do not offer any internship compensation. 

Contribution

The internship organisation pays a fee for mediation and supervision to Tio (€23 per week). In some cases, the internship organisation will not pay this fee. In that case, these costs will be charged on to the student. The contribution will not be charged to students who graduate on their own. Foreign internship organisations (and the students who do their internship or final thesis project there) are exempt from this contribution.

Benefit from international experience

International experience on your CV is a plus. You learn to solve problems on your own, meet new people and improve your language skills. Tio therefore offers you plenty of opportunities to develop yourself on an international level. At several stages during your studies, you will have the opportunity to go abroad. 

International experience

All of Tio’s bachelor students gain international experience abroad, e.g. via an international internship, a final thesis project or a period spent studying abroad. You learn to solve problems on your own and to take initiatives. You come into contact with new cultures and improve your language skills. An internship lasts at least 13 weeks, although they can go on for a longer period of time in countries outside the Netherlands. Students are often required to be at least 18 years old to be eligible for an internship abroad.

Costs for an international internship

In Europe, you can live off of around €675 per month; €375 for housing and €300 for household expenses. A return ticket can be as cheap as €125. Outside Europe, the costs are often higher; the return ticket usually costs at least €1,500 and a visa costs another €320. These amounts are estimates. Students who receive student finance are eligible to receive compensation for the duration of their foreign internship in return for temporarily cancelling their public transportation card. Combined with the optional Erasmus Scholarship, this sum may be more than €400 per month.

The costs for an international internship are not included in the tuition fees.

Erasmus+ scholarship

The Erasmus+ Scholarship is a scholarship for bachelor students who want to study or take part in an internship abroad (within Europe). Whether or not a student can receive a scholarship depends on the sum allocated to Tio. Depending on the country, the Erasmus scholarship varies from €430 to €910 per application.

Visa

If a non-EU/EEA student completes a part of the study programme outside the Netherlands (e.g. internship, minor international exchange, international study trips), additional visa and/or work permits are required. Obtaining a visa and/or work permit is the student's own responsibility including the costs for these documents.

Excursions

Every year, you can take part in several intra- and extracurricular study trips, international excursions and excursions hosted by the Cognatio student society, including a winter sports trip.

Study abroad

Tio works together with various partner universities in and outside of Europe. During the minor phase, students can spend a semester studying abroad at one of Tio’s partner universities. With this, Tio offers students a perfect opportunity to develop themselves and prepare for an international career. Of course, a time spent studying abroad is also a wonderful personal experience. Students often live on a campus and study in an international class with students with different nationalities.

Grand international tour

If you take part in the four-year bachelor’s course, you can choose to participate in the grand international tour. Your second-year internship is replaced by an extra semester spent studying abroad. You can then spend a year studying at one or two of Tio’s partner universities.

Do you want to study abroad?

International cooperation

Tio has extended and professionalised the international network in the last few years. This has led to partnerships with several partner institutions. Institution that, like Tio, believe in the power of personal attention for each student. The expectations for the future growth of the network are big. This way Tio offers students the chance to prepare well for the international work field. With a Tio degree, the world is at your feet!

Selection of partner universities

Tio has selected the partner institutions on a number of criteria:

  • The education of the partner needs to be in the field of business, marketing, hospitality, event management or tourism.
  • The offered courses at the partner are attractive for Tio students and the language of instruction needs to be in one of the foreign languages taught at Tio.
  • The semesters need to be more or less equal, the education is practice-based and the degree programme has been accredited.
  • The city and area are of importance, as well as the supervision the partner can offer.
  • Arranging housing for incoming students and the facilities are also factors in the final decision.

In other words, these universities – like Tio itself – have real added value!

Choose your minor

In addition to your major, in which you follow the courses from the curriculum, you can choose a minor of 30 ECs or two minors of 15 ECs to expand your knowledge. Which minor suits you best?

Digital Marketing

Develop your own website and come up with the ultimate online strategy to sell your product or service. Learn all there is to know about SEA, SEO and content building. You can put your knowledge into practice straight away during an extra internship.

Marketing communication

A mixture of marketing communication and concept design & media: you learn to reach out to consumers with your communication strategy.

Minor Marketing Communication @ Tio University

Event management

This minor teaches you how you can strategically use an event to promote a brand or business.

Event Management Minor @ Tio University

Practical minor

Put into practice what you have learned at the International Business Management programme during this extra practical internship.

Practical Internship Minor @ Tio University

Grand international tour

Instead of a second internship, you will study abroad for two semesters at one or two of Tio’s partner universities. 
Only available as part of the four-year programme.

Research

This minor is the perfect preparation for an academic master’s programme  and teaches you more about conducting research.

Research Minor @ Tio University

International financial management 

You analyse the international, business and financial risks of corporate acquisitions.

Minor Financial Management @ Tio

Sales

Develop your sales skills: familiarise yourself with the ins and outs of customer relationship management, social selling and co-creation within the B2B sector.

Management development internship

An intensive management internship for exceptional students that has you developing and applying your management skills.

Study abroad

Enrich your language skills and international contacts by studying one semester at a partner university abroad. 
Because the start and end dates of the academic year at some universities do not match those at Tio, you may miss out on several weeks of lectures at Tio or possibly incur one or several months of study delay.

MinorsMinors
Digital Marketing15
Marketing communication15
Event management15
Practical minor15
Grand international tour50
Research15
International financial management15
Sales15
Management development internship30
Study abroad30
Minors
Digital Marketing15
Event management15
Grand international tour50
International financial management15
Management development internship30
Minors
Marketing communication15
Practical minor15
Research15
Sales15
Study abroad30

* EC stands for European Credit. One EC equals a workload of 28 hours. Subject to changes.

Which minor suits you best?

Bachelor’s degree in 3 years

Ambitious students can obtain a bachelor’s degree at Tio in just three years. If you achieve satisfactory results in the first year, you may qualify for the accelerated bachelor course. In the three-year course both internships will take place during the summer and this will shorten your summer holiday. Upon completion of the bachelor’s degree you may carry the internationally recognized title Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA).


September-January

January-May

June-August

Year 1

Lectures 1

Lectures 2

Internship 1

Year 2

Lectures 3

Lectures 4

Internship 2

Year 3

Lectures 5

Minor

Final thesis

Bachelor’s degree in 4 years

Students who opt for the four-year programme will be able to enjoy summer holidays (with the exception of the first year) and can also participate in the grand international Tour, which gives students the opportunity to study abroad at Tio’s partner universities for two semesters. Upon completion of the bachelor’s degree you may carry the internationally recognized title Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA).


September-January

January-May

June-August

Year 1

Lectures 1

Lectures 2

Internship 1

Year 2

Lectures 3

Lectures 4

Holiday

Year 3

Lectures 5

Internship 2

Holiday

Year 4

Minor

Final thesis


Enrolment in January

If you want to spend a few months backpacking after earning your general secondary or pre-university diploma or if you chose the wrong study course, Tio gives you the option to start in January and still earn your bachelor’s degree in 3.5 years. You will not suffer any delays in your studies.

You can also enrol in January; however this does mean that the total duration of the bachelor course 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.


januari-mei

juni-augustus

september- januari

Year 1

Lectures 1

Holiday

Lectures 2

Year 2

Lectures 3

Internship 1

Lectures 4

Year 3

Minor

Internship 2

Lectures 5

Year 4

Final thesis



Campuses

The locations in Amsterdam and Utrecht offer the bachelor’s degrees in English. As of September 2020, the bachelor programme International Business Management will be offered in English at our campuses in Eindhoven and Rotterdam.
All bachelor’s degrees and vocational training courses are available in Dutch at all five campuses. 

Tio University of Applied Sciences has campuses in:

Study load

The study load is ± 24 to 26 contact hours and ± 16 to 21 hours of home study per week, dependent on whether you are following the 3 or 4-year programme. In the final year, dependent on the minor(s) selected, you have fewer contact hours and more home studying.

Division of education time


What do you do at the bachelor programme International Busines Management?

Internships in the business world
Internships in the business world
Projects @ International Business Management programme
Internship in London at ManpowerGroup
Business and Marketing in the Big Apple
Doing a minor study abroad at Tio
Sales week project @ Tio University
Paris - a beautiful city to study in
Marketing & Sales internship in London
International possibilities at Tio University
Internships abroad during your bachelor
Internship at a non-profit organisation in LA
Minor Financial Management @ Tio
Research Minor @ Tio University
Event Management Minor @ Tio University
Minor Marketing Communication @ Tio University
Workshops @ Vesting Finance
Digital marketing minor @ Tio University
Practical Internship Minor @ Tio University