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Exchange programme International Business Management

The hot seat from an international manager is yours in this programme! Globalization brings many opportunities for all kinds of companies. Investment in innovation is and remains a fixed item on the agendas of many companies. Concepts such as internet of things and big data are hot topics in business nowadays.

About this exchange programme

The world is changing so fast that your future job probably does not exist right now.

We prepare you for these new jobs. In International Business Management you will experience more than just an exchange programme. After completing IBM you will be able to differentiate yourself from your peers, and you will boost your career opportunities in the increasingly competitive labour market.

Would you like to be the qualified manager who is able to make the best possible decisions for your company in these turbulent times? In the minor International Business Management, you develop your knowledge, skills and attitude so you can excel in your field of expertise.

Why International Business Management?

  • The minor is a one-semester programme, new for every student involved. Therefore all the classes are new for every student.
  • We made the minor suitable for students of different studies and levels. You will make new contacts soon and adapt easily to life in the Netherlands!
  • Students will develop skills to work effectively in diverse teams and adapt to global business environments.

More about the programme

In this minor you experience globalization in real life: students from all over the world are represented in the minor programme. Moreover, students from various majors participate in IBM. Students value our international and interdisciplinary classroom setting. Highly trained and experienced lecturers guarantee our expertise and state-of-the-art courses, where the latest developments will be discussed. Students valued the minor International Business Management extremely well in the previous years.





The following information is subject to change.

Spring 2025

Create your individual programme (available places per course are on a first come first serve basis)

Level of English: minimum IELTS 6.0
The foundation year should be rounded off

International Management 12 ECTS (max 16 students)
International Marketing 12 ECTS (max 16 students)
International Customer Insights 6 ECTS (max 24 students)
International Events Management 6 ECTS (max 24 students)
Global Sports Marketing 6 ECTS (max 24 students)
Business Psychology 6 ECTS (max 24 students)
Leadership & Coaching 6 ECTS (max 12 students)

Additional courses (provided they fit your timetable)
Dutch for beginners 2 ECTS
Business English 2 ECTS
German for beginners 2 ECTS

Course manual



Entry requirements

  • Level of English: equivalent to IELTS 6.0
  • Foundation year should be rounded off


How will your course programme be recognised by your home university?

Fontys will provide you with a so-called ‘Transcript of Records’, which will clarify the results that you have achieved. Depending on your results, you will receive a maximum of 30 ECTS credits. ECTS credits are recognised throughout Europe. The agreement between your home university and Fontys University of Applied Sciences will usually include a condition whereby the credits that you obtain will be recognised and transferred into the records kept by your home university.


Practical information

Start moment(s)
September, February

Applications should always be submitted via the International Exchange (or Erasmus) Officer at the home university. This officer will send your application request (nomination) to Fontys. Once Fontys has received the nomination, your Fontys study department will send you a link to a web application called Mobility Online. Please take a look here to see how it works.

If you want to come as a freemover, we also need your university to send us a nomination e-mail. Once we have received this we will send you our application information.
As a freemover the fees are €75 per ECTS. If you are not sure if your university is a partner of Fontys Venlo University of Applied Sciences, the international office of your home university can tell you more about this.


Spring semester:

Nomination deadline November 1st

Application deadline November 15th

Fall semester:

Nomination deadline May 1st

Application deadline May 15th

For more information concerning the start date, please get in touch with the contact person of the study department of the concerned exchange programme.

English language requirements

For most English taught exchange programmes a minimum level of English language proficiency of CEFR* B2 or an equivalent of IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 80 is required. However there might be programmes where a higher level is required and submitting evidence might be necessary.

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  • For more detailed information about practical matters, such as financial matters, residence permit, health insurance and accommodation, please click on the button below.

    More information on practical matters

      Doing a study abroad most certainly means a lot of excitement and perhaps also a bit of anxiety. Getting used to everything may be a challenge at times. You may have language difficulties or be unfamiliar with certain aspects of life in the Netherlands and at the university.

      We receive around 100 international exchange students each semester. To give them a warm welcome into Dutch culture and at our campus, the International Office has set up a buddy programme. A buddy is a Fontys bachelor student who is familiar with the campus and who can give practical help with administrative systems, timetables etc. They know their way around the city of Venlo and can also help students to better understand Dutch traditions and habits and feel at home real soon!

      What else can students expect from a buddy? A buddy will:

      - meet you at the Venlo train station and accompany you to your room.

      - help you get settled during the first weeks by answering practical questions related to living in Venlo and by showing you around town.

      - help you with questions about campus life, teaching styles, campus set-up, how to prepare for exams, etc.

      - help you with practical questions such as how to print documents, how to get connected to Wi-Fi, get acquainted with the Fontys portal, etc.

      - introduce you to Dutch culture.

      - be able to join you during social activities.

      The programme seeks to give students the best possible start to their study abroad in Venlo and at our campus!