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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 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.

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!



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