International Business Administration

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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Deze opleiding

Are you curious about other cultures? Looking to create a platform for your future business success? At the heart of business is people.

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typeregulier, 180 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur3 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track
So by studying International Business Administration (IBA) at VU Amsterdam, you'll combine a comprehensive study of all the essential business disciplines in a genuinely international context with a strong focus on people in a cross-cultural environment. Not only the businesses you'll study are international, but also the faculty staff and your fellow students are from a wide variety of backgrounds.

The programme is multi-disciplinary, which means you'll study everything from management and organisation to cross-cultural marketing, and from information technology to international strategy. And you'll get to work with real businesses – in IBA, companies meet classrooms to give you practical experience that will set you up for a career in international business.

Waarom aan de VU University Amsterdam?

  • Unlike traditional Business Administration, IBA will give you a truly international training – our courses are customised for the international market.
  • VU Amsterdam organises Business Experience Days, during which companies are invited to give presentations, workshops and masterclasses (and to recruit their new hires!)
  • The university's top-class career services offer events, internships, workshops and career coaching.
  • Not only do you benefit from an exchange abroad; you'll also work in real cross-cultural teams with students from all over the world.
  • VU Amsterdam offers you the opportunity to make your own decisions and choices.
  • VU Amsterdam is a campus university, which means students actively participate and spend time together – both during the programme and in their free time.


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The first half of the IBA programme allows you to explore a broad range of business disciplines, while the second half is about making choices and deciding what your future holds. Along the way, you'll acquire research and analytical skills, as well as learning to deal with real-world business problems.

1e jaar VU Amsterdam is the only university in the Netherlands to offer a course that takes a holistic approach to businesses and the people who run them. The international dimension of IBA is reflected through key courses on topics like global economics, cross-cultural marketing and global supply chain management.
Business Mathematics I
6 EC
People in Business and Society
6 EC
Research Participation I
6 EC
Economics for the Global Era
6 EC
Organization Theory
6 EC
Academic Skills
Business Statistics
6 EC
Global Supply Chain Management
6 EC
6 EC
Cross Cultural Marketing
6 EC
Business Processes
6 EC
2e jaar In the first semester, you'll continue your core education with courses like International Strategy: a globally operating company will present a business problem to you at the start of the course, which you'll need to solve by using SWOT analyses, proposing your strategy, and working with their feedback. In the second semester, you can choose from electives that suit your preferences – the first step in selecting a specialisation.
Business Information Systems
6 EC
Organizational Behaviour - Human Resource Management
6 EC
6 EC
International Business Law
6 EC
Research Participation II
International Strategy
6 EC
Business Research Methods I - Quantitative
6 EC
Accounting in Multi-National Enterprises keuzevak
6 EC
Digital Innovation and Virtual Organizing in a Global Setting keuzevak
6 EC
Human Resource Management Practices: A Global Perspective keuzevak
6 EC
Business Research Methods II - Qualitative
6 EC
Corporate Finance in Emerging Economies keuzevak
6 EC
Marketing in Emerging Economies keuzevak
6 EC
Supply Chain Management in Emerging Economies keuzevak
6 EC
Integrative Research Project
6 EC
3e jaar The first half of the year you'll spend on an international exchange with any one of our partner universities across the globe . When you return, you'll specialise in business discipline of your choice and write your Bachelor's thesis – this is your chance to tailor your studies to your future field of work, or to prepare yourself for a Master's programme in your chosen specialisation.


taal van onderwijs100% en
case study, literature study, oral presentation, internship, computer exercise, research, research project, research proposal, tutorial, lecture, design project, working group, group assignment, poster presentation, individual assignment, practicum, self study, integration module
Our IBA programme will help you develop an integrated perspective to understand and influence international business issues. You will learn to think strategically and gain a balanced overview of diverse and interconnected organizational issues. You will learn how to make decisions that can affect various components of organizations. This will enable you to bring success to businesses anywhere – and hence also to your own career.
study abroad
Gedurende het eerste semester van het derde studiejaar.

bindend studieadvies
  • minimaal 42 EC in de eerste 12 maanden

plus kwalitatieve eis
honours-/excellence program VU Honours programme

The Honours programme offers several advantages to our students. Only a select group of motivated, talented students can participate in the programme.

Students participating in the VU Honours programme come from different faculties, thus broadening your academic horizon through interdisciplinary class discussions and team work. The programme draws upon the expertise of our top faculty members.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2020

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2020
collegegeld nog niet bekend

toelaatbare profielen
vwo C&Mwiskunde A of wiskunde BAangevuld met wiskunde A of wiskunde B
vwo E&Mtoelaatbaar
vwo N&Gtoelaatbaar
vwo N&Ttoelaatbaar
hbo-pHierbij gelden de volgende aanvullende eisen: Wiskunde A of B en Engels op 6 vwo-niveau (geldt niet voor de hbo-opleiding Toegepaste Wiskunde)

English language test

reference letter
Reference letter

Motivation letter, curriculum vitae

inbegrepen in collegegeld

estimated monthly costs

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424kamerhuur in Amsterdamboven landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1292totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


492 studenten volgen deze opleiding
47% daarvan is vrouw
141 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
46% daarvan is vrouw
22864 studenten aan de VU University Amsterdam
58% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


algemene studievereniging

Op kamers in Amsterdam

115129studenten studerend
47168studenten woonachtig   
€ 424gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête


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1/4 VU University Amsterdam
International Business Administration
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
141 eerstejaars
46% vrouw
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2/4 Erasmus University Rotterdam
International Business Administration
€ 342 gemiddelde kamerhuur
499 eerstejaars
46% vrouw
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3/4 University of Twente
International Business Administration
€ 250 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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4/4 Tilburg University
International Business Administration
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bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete
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De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

International Business Administration aan de VU University Amsterdam is beoordeeld door 174 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.0 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Whatever you choose to specialise in during your third year is likely to translate into a Master's programme.
IBA graduates have gone on to get Master's degrees in many business disciplines, including Digital Business & Innovation, Financial Management, Human Resource Management, International Management, Leadership & Change Management, Management Consulting, Strategy & Organisation, Transport & Supply Chain Management, Marketing, Finance, Accounting and Control, as well as related fields such as International Journalism, Creative Advertising, International Development Studies, and Sustainability. What's more, all these Master's programmes are open to you at universities abroad.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Many IBA graduates end up at international corporations or even go on to become entrepreneurs and run their own start-ups. Lots of our students find work abroad, for obvious reasons, and fields include business analytics, supply chain management, marketing, financial management and policymaking.
A Bachelor's degree in IBA will give you any number of employable qualities, including critical thinking, research skills, self-awareness, social/professional skills, and the ability to make the link between theory and practice.

current job market
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€ 2599gemiddeld bruto maandloon
77%kans op een vaste baan
9%kans op een voltijd baan
58%kans op een baan op niveau
56%spreekt van "goede aansluiting arbeidsmarkt"
72%is tevreden over de studiekeuze

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manager exportbedrijf
manager groot- en tussenhandel
manager importbedrijf
manager leasemaatschappij voertuigen
rayonmanager detailhandel
bron: UWV


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Toelating Sbe

Admission for Dutch students

International Student Advisor

For students with an international diploma

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