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International Finance & Control

Learn to manage finances in a global context, focusing on cost control and profit maximization. Gain both theoretical insights and practical skills through projects and internships, preparing you for a successful career in the financial sector.

About this exchange programme

During International Finance & Control you will learn how to deal with all kinds of money-related questions within companies. How can we raise our profits? How can we finance the new machinery we intent to buy? How do I keep track of all the money flows which enter and exit the company both on national and international level? Do the different departments in the company work according to their budgets? Companies are constantly looking for professionals who can help them answer questions like these. As an International Finance & Control student you will learn how to answer these questions.

Why International finance & control?

  • In-depth understanding of financial management within companies, focusing on profit maximization and cost control.
  • A combination of theoretical knowledge and practical application, including projects and internships to prepare students for the financial sector.
  • An international perspective, teaching students to navigate global financial markets and work effectively in multicultural environments.

More about this exchange programme

During your study at Fontys you can expect us to educate you about different economic topics such as accounting, international financial markets, stock exchange, management skills. Simultaneously you will learn how to put this theory into practice by means of diverse projects. However, we will not only teach you skills needed for jobs merely focused on for example accounting, consulting, financing or controlling. We will also teach you how you as the specialist can easily work together with other departments within the company. You will, amongst others, acquire these skills through management classes, the Mini Company project and through the two internships you’ll do.





As a student of International Finance & Control it is important that you are able to provide financial figures including forecasts, profit and loss accounts, and budgets. You will be broadly educated regarding the economic background of companies through a range of subjects such as business administration, business information systems, accounting, controlling and taxes. Besides being able to draw up financial figures you need to be able to communicate financial information to other departments or companies (for example potential customers).

In the programme you will learn how to answer the following questions:

  • - How do I manage an enterprise?
  • - Where can I make high profits?
  • - How can I keep the costs in control?
  • - How do I behave in an international context?
  • - Which influence does the international tax law and the worldwide finance- and commerce market have?

A combination of courses from different semesters or another programme is not possible. The following information is subject to change.

Fall 2024

Semester 1

PBBT1 Accounting
PBBT2 Cost Accounting & Finance
PBBT 3 Entrepreneurship & Legal Frameworks

(mandatory to take together, 5 ECTS)

PBBP Project Business Basics 5 ECTS

PBOT1 Logistics & Procurement
PBOT2 Accounting & Sales
PBOT3 Business Ethics & Human Resource
(mandatory to take together, 5 ECTS)

PBOP Project Business Operations 5 ECTS

PQR Research Methods 2 / Report Writing 3 ECTS

PPD 1 Personal & Professional Development 1 - 2 ECTS

PBBP needs to be taken together with PBBT 1/2/3
PBOP needs to be taken together with PBOT 1/2/3
PQR and PPD1 can only be chosen if you follow the complete semester

Course manual semester 1

Semester 3

HFI1 Finance (project) 5 ECTS
HFI2 Investments (theory) 5 ECTS
HAT1 Financial Reporting (project) 5 ECTS
HAT2 Taxation (theory) 5 ECTS
HQR1 Quantitative Research 3 ECTS

PPD3 Personal & Professional Development 1 - 2 ECTS


HFI1 needs to be taken together with HFI2
HAT1 needs to be taken together with HAT2
HQR1 and PPD3 can only be chosen if you follow the complete semester.

Course manual semester 3

Semester 7

ALA2 Finance III 5 ECTS
ALA3 Controlling & Cost Accounting 5 ECTS
ALA4 Financial Reporting 4 ECTS
ALA5 Strategic Management 5 ECTS
ALA6 Governance & Risk 5 ECTS
ALA7 Business Intelligence 5 ECTS

Additional courses available to all semesters:

Dutch for beginners 2 ECTS
Business English 2 ECTS
German for beginners 2 ECTS

Course manual semester 7



Entry requirements

You love working with numbers, and you have a talent for it. You are an analytical thinker, and you like to approach your problems systematically, or put differently, step by step. Moreover, you need to have a good command of the English language. We ask you to be open for other cultures, since we prepare you how to work in an international environment.

Semester 1

English: equivalent to IELTS 6.0
Basic knowledge, the student’s major should be business-related

Semester 2

English: equivalent to IELTS 6.0
The student’s major should be business-related
The foundation year should be rounded off

Semester 3

English: equivalent to IELTS 6.0
The student’s major should be business-related
The foundation year should be rounded off

Semester 4

English: equivalent to IELTS 6.0
The student’s major should be business-related
The foundation year should be rounded off

Semester 7

English: equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (a higher score is preferred)
The student’s major should be business economics-related
The foundation year should be rounded off The level of this programme is advanced


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!