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Minor Doing Business In and With Europe

Discover the essentials of European business practices and learn how to work with international teams. You'll gain insights into the unique business environment of Europe, including its diverse cultures and economies. This program offers you practical skills and knowledge to thrive in an international business setting.

About this exchange programme

Europe is the largest single market in the world with a population of 500 million people in a culturally diverse patchwork of 28 countries. Every day, hundreds of millions of euros worth of goods are moved into and out of the region, totalling an amazing 16% of world imports and exports. Internationally active companies cannot afford to miss the opportunity to enter and penetrate the European market. How can they be successful in this culturally and geographically diverse business environment? This question is at the heart of this minor course of study in Venlo, a major logistic hotspot of Europe.

Why Business in and with Europe?

  • This program gives you an in-depth understanding of doing business in Europe's culturally diverse environment, enhancing your ability to navigate its complex market.
  • You will engage in hands-on projects and seminars, building practical skills in international business strategies and decision-making.
  • The course offers flexibility with a range of electives, allowing you to tailor your study focus to areas of interest within European business practices.

More about the exchange programme

We offer you exposure to business in and with Europe in a number of different ways. By taking part in seminars and lectures we can provide you with specific knowledge and build skills relevant to business in Europe. By completing a project on the internationalization of a company into Europe, you will learn how to research business data and apply it for decision making. Through fieldtrips you can experience the diversity of business practice and culture first hand. In all of this, you have a range of electives from which you can choose, allowing you to focus on your specific interests.





Business in Europe is made up of compulsory modules and electives which together give you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and understanding of the topic while building key researching and communication skills.

The following information is subject to change.

Fall 2024

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


Project: Establishing Business Opportunities in Europe 10 - ECTS
Seminar: European regions, clusters, culture and people - 5 ECTS


European economics, trade and law - 5 ECTS
International Taxation - 5 ECTS
Fresh supply chain and logistics (Euregion focus) - 5 ECTS
Sustainability in European Business 5 - ECTS
Current Affairs 5 ECTS

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

- Please note that all subjects will only be graded with a pass or fail, no grades are given
- The choice of electives is only a pre-selection. You will have to choose again in the first lesson week. You will likely be able to be allocated to the selected courses but it could also be the case that it is not possible.

Course descriptions



Entry requirements

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



How to apply as an exchange student

Applications should always be submitted via the International Exchange (or Erasmus) Officer at the home university. If several versions of the programme are offered, please indicate for which version you would like to apply to (Programme I, Programme II, Programme III, etc.) This officer will send your application request (nomination) to Fontys. Once Fontys has accepted the application, your Fontys study department will send you a link to a web application called Mobility Online. Added to the link you will receive all necessary information and a manual. Please take a look at this website to see how it works.

Deadline for application

Fall semester: 15 May
Spring semester: 15 November

Note: Not all exchange programmes are available every semester. To find out when this programme is offered, please check its specific details.


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

Fontys does not provide scholarships for its exchange students.
At Fontys you study in various ways. There are lectures in classrooms with about 25 other students. In practical lectures you work independently or with a project team on your assignments. The campus offers a wide array of facilities to study alone or with a group. During the whole study programme you will work in projects, a method which will stimulate a hands on, independent way of working. At Fontys we believe in interaction. We like it when you ask questions during lectures and also outside lectures we are there for you.
If you encounter problems regarding a certain subject, you can either speak to the lecturer involved or contact the exchange coordinator.



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