Bachelor IBA

International Business Administration BSc

3 years English Starts end of August

Together with students from all over the world, you learn how to become an international business professional who knows what it takes to thrive in the global market. The core of the program International Business Administration focuses on all functional aspects of business and integrates socially orientated courses. Through lectures and team work, you will gain all the necessary professional and practical skills to prepare you for a managerial career in an international environment.

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in Business Administration worldwide
international students

from all over the world

students in one mentor group

with guidance from a student mentor and a lecturer mentor.

Short overview of BSc International Business Administration

Program and courses

Program content

International Business Administration focuses on all aspects of running a large, global organization, as well as its relationship to the outside world. After the foundational phase, you can specialize in the topics of your choice during your exchange period and in your thesis.

  • During the first year you will lay a broad foundation in the core subjects of international management, marketing, finance, and accounting. You will also take supporting courses in mathematics and statistics, and apply your knowledge in the course 'Projectmanagement IBA'.
  • In the second year you will deepen your knowledge in the core subjects. In addition, you will broaden your knowledge by studying a wider range of business subjects in courses like Human Resource Management and Comparative & Cross-Cultural Management. And you will have the course  Philosophy of Science.
  • In the third year you can specialize in one of the core subjects by choosing electives, and possibly doing an internship. You can also choose to follow a semester abroad and follow electives there. You complete your Bachelor's degree by writing your thesis on one of the four core business topics: management, marketing, finance, or accounting.

Typical courses are:

  • Foundations of International Strategy
    Learn more about why multinationals exist, what they look like and what kind of decisions they have to make.
  • Comparative and Cross-Cultural Management
    Get acquainted with international differences in management and organizations. 
  • Finance & Investment
    Learn how companies take financial decisions: is it wise to invest, and where do they find the means to do so?

More on the program and courses

Why this Bachelor's program in Tilburg?

Study International Business Administration in Tilburg

  • Follow a high-quality program with high international ratings.
  •  Combine the broad foundation of the first two years of International Business Administration with a flexible approach in year three to prepare yourself perfectly for a specialized Master’s program in the Netherlands or abroad.
  • Become part of an international classroom in which many of your classmates come from abroad.
  • You will develop communication, writing, presentation, project management, and research skills that will be useful as you enter the international job market.

International Business Administration in a nutshell (video - 2:48 min)

What to expect when coming to Tilburg

Beyond your Bachelor's: Extracurricular Activities

Beyond your Bachelor's: Extracurricular Activities

  • Join one of our student organizations. A great way to meet like-minded students and make friends.
  • Challenge yourself by participating in one of the programs of excellence.

More on extracurricular activities

After your Bachelor's

Careers and subsequent Master's programs

After obtaining your Bachelor's degree in International Business Administration, you can choose to do a Master's program. After you have completed a Master's program, you will have favorable career prospects, for example as a consultant or business analyst.

Alumni found work at, for example, PwCABN-AMRO and Deloitte.

Discover what you can do after your Bachelor's

Application and admission

Please follow the national application and admission procedure (in Dutch) if you are applying based on a Dutch vwo or hbo-p diploma, regardless of your nationality. A general description of the national application procedure is also available in English.

Admission requirements

  • To be eligible for admission to a research university such as Tilburg University, you must have a high school diploma equal to the highest level of secondary education in the Netherlands (the Dutch vwo diploma).
  • As this Bachelor’s program is taught entirely in English, you must prove your English language proficiency
  • A good knowledge of mathematics is important for being successful in this Bachelor’s program. In order to be admitted, you must therefore prove that you have sufficient knowledge of mathematics.

You can find more detailed information about the admission requirements on this program's 'Application and admission' page.

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Tuition fees and monthly cost of living

Tuition fees

When you wish to study at Tilburg University, you must pay a tuition fee.

  • Tuition fees cover the cost of lectures and facilities provided by the university, such as the extensive university library, Wi-Fi on campus, and symposia and other meetings.
  • Tuition fees at Tilburg University are always for one full academic year.

More information on the tuition fees and rates

Estimated monthly costs of living

Besides the tuition fees, you will have living costs and other expenses. You will find life in Tilburg relatively inexpensive compared to life in other Dutch university cities, such as Amsterdam and Utrecht. The approximate cost of living is between € 925 en € 1.125 per month.

(Furnished) accommodation Starting from € 550 per month
Foods & Drinks € 200 per month
Books & Readers € 65 per month
Insurance € 100 per month
Sport membership + € 139.95 per year
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  • If you are interested in the big picture, and studying it through mathematical models, have a look at Economics as well. 
  • If mathematics and how to apply it to real life challenges is an exciting puzzle for you, Econometrics and Operations Research could be the right Bachelor's program for you.

Do you want more information on this Bachelor's program?

  • Alexandra


    Bachelor's student

    "One of the best things is the international environment. I get the chance to meet people from all around the world and discover new cultures."

  • Laura


    Bachelor's student

    "As a French, Italian and Belgian super-active second year student, I would be thrilled to share my experiences with you! Whether your questions are program related or are about sports, internationalization or student associations, I can certainly tell you something about it!"

  • Maciej Wieco IBA mailstudent


    Bachelor's student

    "The main reason why I love IBA is the holistic approach to the world of business it provides. By studying various aspects of international firms’ activities we can better understand the specifics of the global business, and consequently have a smooth start in our careers as TiU graduates."

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Are you and International Business Administration a match? If you...

  • are a critical thinker who is keen on (business) analytics and broadly interested

  • aspire to a career in an international business environment

  • are looking for a program with a top reputation

Then this is the program for you!