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Curriculum of International Business Administration

International Business Administration helps you to kick-start your career in international business. The main fields covered by the program are accounting, finance, marketing and management. Throughout the program you will get skills courses, in which you develop information processing, presenting and writing skills which are applicable in all the courses and your future career.

After two foundational years, you will specialize during the third year of the program as well as during your Master’s, which most students pursue after finishing their Bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration

First year

International Business Administration is designed to increase your knowledge and improve your skills in the main fields of business administration, by offering courses in marketing, organizational behavior, international strategy, and more. You will be able to apply some of the gained knowledge right away with “Project IBA”. In this course, you will work on a problem case for a real business. It is the perfect way to combine the knowledge you gained in the different subjects and see how they apply in practice.

You can find the full curriculum below. Click on the courses to read the course descriptions. We’ve made some updates in the curriculum this year, as soon as the course guide for the next academic year has been published, the links here will be updated as well.

Semester 1 (August – January)

Total 30 ECTS

Semester 2 (January – August)

Total 30 ECTS

Second year

In the second year of the program you will further build on the work you did in the first year. This is the year to deepen your knowledge and to discover where your strengths and interests lie. The international aspect of doing business keeps playing a large role in all the courses, and there is a special focus on intercultural communication and management in the course Comparative and Cross-Cultural Management.

Semester 1 (August - January)

Semester 2 (January - August)

Total 30 ECTS

Third year

In the first semester of the third year, you are encouraged to study a semester at one of our numerous partner universities abroad. During this period, you will have the opportunity to improve your foreign language and intercultural skills. During the second semester of the third year, you will focus on writing your Bachelor's thesis and take two final courses. At Tilburg University, we have a focus on understanding society, as is reflected in our motto. We believe ethics in business, we all have a responsibility in our relations with others, and as such there is a course on the Morality of Commercial Life.

Semester 1 (August - January)

Or:

Or:

  • Internship

Total 30 ECTS

Semester 2 (January - August)

One of the following thesis topics:

Total 30 ECTS



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