International Business

4 Years
  • Dutch havo or vwo diploma or international equivalent
  • International or European Baccalaureate diploma
  • Germany: Fachhochschulreife or Abitur with a pass in English
  • Proficient in English at B2 level (IELT 6.0, TOEFL internet 80, paper 550). Exempt for Dutch, German, IB and EB diplomas with a pass in English.
Special remark
Application deadline:
  • 15 June (EU/EEA students)
  • 1 June: non EU/EEA students
What is this programme about

About International Business

Do you pursue a career with internationally operating companies, small and medium sized enterprises and family businesses? Are you interested in management, logistics, finance, (internet) marketing, and languages? In our four-year English-taught Bachelor’s programme we prepare you for a future management position. We combine theory and practice, through projects and internships. Studying or an internship abroad during at least one semester is also part of the programme.

Our graduates have a solid base in 21st century skills , such as communication skills, collaboration, critical thinking, intercultural sensitivity, innovative thinking, management of information, flexibility and personal and professional development.

Studenten International Business Windesheim

Career prospects

When you graduate, you have the knowledge and skills which are necessary for doing business around the globe and you know how to write an international business plan. You’re able to manage international business processes. You know about the importance of differences in cultures and how to act accordingly, and of course you can communicate in different languages.

After graduating, you can start your career for example as a:

  • International project manager
  • International business developer
  • Global product manager
  • Account manager
  • (Online) marketing manager

You can continue your career as:

  • International marketing director
  • Export manager
  • Head of international sales
  • Director of the marketing department
  • Executive secretary

Also, many students continue with a Master’s programme at one of the Dutch or other international universities, for example:

  • International Business Administration
  • Intercultural Communications
  • International Law

Unique about this programme

Several Universities (of Applied Sciences) offer the International Business programme, but what makes this programme unique is:

  1. Windesheim is one of the top three Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, so high quality education is assured.
  2. Intensive collaboration with the work field: as of day 1 you work in several projects with companies and organizations, so after graduating you already have a lot of practical experience.
  3. Windesheim has strong expertise in internet marketing.
  4. Very personal approach of students; lecturers are coaches as well and really care about your success.

Programme overview

Year 1
  • Finance and accounting
  • International Logistics / Supply Chain Management
  • International Law
  • Languages
  • Organization and people
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Project
  • Career counselling
Year 2
  • 1st Semester: same subjects as in year one
  • 2nd Semester: internship abroad
Year 3/4
  • Same subjects as in year one and year two
  • Study abroad
  • Specialization
  • Graduation in a company

Student Facilities

Windesheim is a vibrant place to learn. All over campus, there are areas for private study and for group work. You’ll find all the facilities you need to realize your potential. We have student counselling, a media centre, intranet packed with news and information, a Virtual Learning Environment, computer rooms, an audiovisual centre for borrowing laptops and AV equipment, a copy shop, a shop for office supplies, sweets and gifts. Our students are impressed by our great, state-of-the-art sports facilities on campus: we have gyms, fitness rooms, a dojo for karate and judo, indoor football halls, a heated swimming pool and a climbing wall.

You're always more than welcome in our restaurants and cafés. We don't provide free meals, but prices in our campus canteens are altogether reasonable. Moreover, we have a sports café and our own Grand Café with the highly appreciated Starbucks coffee. And in case you’re really going for the Dutch experience by riding a bike, we also have a bike repair shop on campus.

Windesheim provides housing for international students in a student residence close to campus and to the city centre, where you can live and study together. Besides, all new students start with an ‘Introduction week’ to learn about Windesheim, the facilities on campus and the city of Zwolle. A ‘Dutch language’ course is offered to all students, so they can learn about the language and typical habits of the Dutch.

About Windesheim

Studenten auf dem Rasen vor Windesheim Gebäude

Windesheim is in the top three of broad-based Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands; we are highly ranked by both students and experts. Students appreciate our personal approach, allowing them to work in small groups and making each talent count. At Windesheim you are not just a number. Our lecturers are coaches as well and they challenge students to reflect and think critically and get the best out of themselves. Windesheim is also renowned for its innovative and entrepreneurial approach. We work in close collaboration with businesses and institutions, so the knowledge we gain and share is of instant practical relevance. This method of working empowers the professional field around Windesheim and our graduates.

About Zwolle

Kirche in Zwolle mit Studenten im Cafe

Zwolle is a lively and welcoming medium-sized city only one hour’s drive from Amsterdam, with reasonable prices for living expenses. About 30,000 students study in Zwolle, at one of its four Universities of Applied Sciences. As well as a beautiful historic centre, the city has lots of parks (really nice for picnics!) plus atmospheric cafés and places to eat. Zwolle is also a great place to shop, with all the big chain stores and loads of independent boutiques. It's also a safe city: once you’ve learned how to ride a bike, it's easy to get around.

Student life in Zwolle is focused in and around the city centre, which is packed with attractive cafés and restaurants. Zwolle has lots of cultural activities too, including music and cultural festivals, theatre shows, movies and museums. Zwolle is also famous for its annual Liberation Festival (free access), the Rhythm & Blues Night and a wide variety of sports events. There are student clubs and societies for just about anything from rowing to socializing with other international students.


Windesheim University of Applied Sciences
Campus 2
8017 CA Zwolle

Ms Marianne Termeulen
phone: +31 88 469 90 03


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