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International Business Administration

Gain a solid foundation in marketing, management, accounting, and finance to pursue a career in an international organization or to start your own business.

What is International Business Administration?

  • Receive a solid educational foundation in the four core pillars of business: marketing, organization and management, accounting, and finance.

  • Unlike economics, which focuses on relations in the economic environment, International Business Administration focuses on all aspects of running a large, global organization, as well as its relationship to the outside world.

  • After a foundational phase in which you rapidly immerse yourself in all aspects of a global organization, you can specialize in the topics of your choice during your exchange period and in your thesis.

  • Develop business skills in the areas of teamwork, communication and (intercultural) communication, systematic research, planning, writing, presenting, reporting, and entrepreneurship.

What can you do after International Business Administration?

Graduates from the International Business Administration program at Tilburg University have ended up in a range of careers:

Field of work IBA alumni

Why study International Business Administration in Tilburg?

  • Follow a high-quality program that is listed as number one in the field of business administration in the Netherlands (Elsevier 2016 and Keuzegids 2017).

  • Get your feet on the ground in your first year by helping a company solve a real-life problem in our course ‘Project IBA’.

  • Develop the skills to navigate an international business landscape in our course ‘Comparative & Cross-Cultural Management’.

  •  Combine the broad foundation of the first two years of International Business Administration with a focused 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.

Our students about their program

Carl, student

"International Business Administration provides the perfect opportunity to combine global interests with an ambition to work in the economic business environment."

Semra, student

"What attracted me most to Tilburg University was its slogan “Understanding Society”. If you really do aspire to creating any type of social impact, you can incorporate this way of thinking in what you study. I met purpose-driven people that share this same interest as myself and as cheesy as it might sound, it really is empowering to know that you are not alone and can actually make a change together."

Ainars, student

"A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for." - We can be safe and comfortable at home, but the point of life is to experience adventure and live it to the fullest.

Tuition fees and monthly cost of living

  • Tuition fee for EU/EEA students: € 2,060 per year.
  • Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: € 8,500 per year. One time immigration fees: € 317.

Life in Tilburg is relatively inexpensive compared to other student cities in the Netherlands, such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam or Utrecht. The overview below gives an indication for your monthly cost of living (including rent, food and drink, books and insurance), of course depending on your lifestyle.

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The tuition fees mentioned above are the tuition fees for 2018-2019. Please note that this is an indication, slight differences in the exact tuition fees are possible.

Quality assurance

Tilburg University and Tilburg School of Economics and Management hold excellent positions in international rankings:

  • # 11 in the world in Economics & Business according to the THE University Rankings (2016)
  • # 18 in the world in Economics & Business according to the US News Best Global Universities ranking (2016)
  • # 29 (World) in the UT Dallas Top 100 Business School Research Ranking (2015)
  • # 5 in the world in Business Administration according to the Shanghai Global ranking of Academic Subjects (2017)

Study in Holland AACSB NVAO Best study Elsevier and Keuzegids 2016

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Get to know this program

Whether in person or online, there are plenty of ways to experience Tilburg University. You can visit our Open Day, become a student for a day or plan an individual visit. You can also meet us abroad or online.


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Meet us abroad

Meet us in your own country! Throughout the year we will visit education fairs around the globe.


Meet us online

  • Get in touch with an International Business Administration student via e-mail
  • Watch our video lectures
  • Take a virtual campus tour

Apply for International Business Administration

View the admission requirements and application procedure for International Business Administration. You can apply for the academic year 2018-2019 from October 1, 2017.

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