International Business

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The English bachelor degree International Business prepares you for a managerial position in an international business environment. You will work with peers from 35 nationalities and you will learn how to become a conscious business professional who really can make a difference.

"As the name implies the study and the environment is really international.
Besides interesting subjects like marketing, cultural management, sales and management and organisation, you also learn about how to deal with different cultures and learn soft skills. The study gives you the opportunity to work with real companies from the start. Thus, the theory you learn from the lessons can be directly applied to real life cases in the projects.
There is also a study area especially for the international business students. The environment there is very inspiring as you can learn from one another as everybody is usually there. The teacher rooms are also right next to the study area which is convenient if you have any questions."
Kimberley Truong, from Germany ūüá©ūüá™

"I really enjoy the variety of classes we have, ranging from marketing to finance and then human resources, basically everything a good Manager has to know. And it is even easier when you have nice friends - which by the way come from all over the world."
Gloria Ahorn, from Brazil ūüáßūüá∑

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  • Hello there y‚Äôall, does someone know when the first year is starting for the IBS students?
    Femke
    asked 1 month ago
    Mitchelle
    told 4 days, 15 hours ago

    Hello there! Usually the IB program starts on the first week of September. However, continue following the latest news from Saxion on all social media platforms for any new updates!

  • Hi my name is Flavian and I am going to study International Business at Saxion soon, first year. If I could kindly ask you from which webiste could I buy the necessary books for the programme, studystore.nl doesn't have in store all the books I need. Thank you,Best regards,Flavian.
    Flavian
    asked 4 days, 21 hours ago
    Mitchelle
    told 4 days, 15 hours ago

    Hi Flavian! As far as I know studystore.nl is mostly used to purchase books. However, why not try look on social media? :). There is a facebook group called Saxion Enschede-Selling Books. Here, you will of course not only get second hand books, but cheap and affordable books. Just post a message on the group or check out if there is anyone selling the books you need!

  • Do you know what courses do I need to take in HS to study international business
    Karla
    asked 1 month ago
    Stijn
    told 1 month ago

    Hey Karla,
    As far as I'm aware there are no specific requirements for your high school curriculum but you can check:
    https://www.saxion.edu/programmes/bachelor/international-business/toelating

    for all requirements.

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  • Hi! Are IELTS/TOEFL results and ‚Äúattestat o srednem obshem obrazovanie‚ÄĚ enough for Russian student if he wants to apply to SAXION without studying foundation program? What is the significance of the average score of the attestat for admission? Is it correct that "–ē–ď–≠" results are not required?
    Daria
    asked 2 months, 1 week ago
    Oscar
    told 2 months ago

    Hello Daria,
    This is a very specific question and you could better directly ask the contact persons of the study this question. If you go to the Saxion website and look for the IBS study, you can find some contacts what you need. Otherwise Saxion IBS is also active on Facebook. But on the Saxion page there are enough links to email to the right person.

    Maybe someone else can answer your question directly who comes from Russia, but I don't know. Good luck!

  • how much focus lies on finance, formulas and math? im not the brightest
    sam
    asked 2 months, 2 weeks ago
    Oscar
    told 2 months, 1 week ago

    Hello Sam,
    During the study, the finance class will start from a very easy level and will become a bit more intense every lesson. The teacher helps you every step of the way.
    Where you use math is only in the Finance classes, also with the help of Excel.
    And in the class Research Methodology, you have to analyze the validation of the research you have found, also with the help of Excel.
    These classes will have everything instructed for you on how to use formulas, how to use Excel itself, and how to calculate what you are looking for.

  • Dear reader of my question,When and how does someone of the study let me know how to order the required books and other stuff? Does someone know where to get some second-hand books?
    Dagmar van de Brink
    asked 2 months, 3 weeks ago
    Oscar
    told 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hello Dagmar,
    You can find Facebook groups of Saxion teachers and students online where you can get books and other tips and tricks. But the first thing you will get before studying is a mail from the school with a link where you can buy all your books in 1 place. It will give you instructions on how to select the right study and it will automatically give you a list of the right books.
    To buy second-hand books online, you can go to www.bol.com and enter the book code that's in the list given by the school.

  • what will be the interview pattern of saxion?
    Neelima
    asked 2 months, 3 weeks ago
    Oscar
    told 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hello Neelima,

    Because of the Corona pandemic, I can not tell you the exact procedure of the interview before studying at Saxion. I would recommend keeping a close eye on the website of Saxion with information updates about the application process and interview process.
    From what I know, teachers sometimes used to fly over to your country of origin to have a real face to face conversation. Now, it will probably only go through online channels like Microsoft teams.

  • What kind of requirements are there?
    waiyee
    asked 8 months, 1 week ago
    Oscar
    told 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Hello, for specific requirements look at the Saxion website what you need to start the study.
    https://www.saxion.nl/over-saxion/organisatie/academies/international-business-school-ibs

  • Hi there. I wanted to ask if there's still a language course that you can choose, seeing that they've changed the name to IBS. Also, do you think it's worth it? Following international business as a career, sitting behind a computer most of the time? What is it that attracts you lot to choose this?
    Mariya
    asked 4 months, 2 weeks ago
    Student
    told 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hello Mariya,

    Yes, you will have courses for orientation to your specialization (Languages, Technology and Innovation, Entrepreneurship) in the first semester. For the languages, you can choose between Spanish, German and Dutch. You will start with your specialisation in the second semester then.
    For me, international business was the right choice because I really like to be in an international environment with people from other countries and cultures. I also like the possibilities the program gives you. You can go abroad for your internship and study one semester at a partner university abroad. The study literally opens up the world to you and I hope to travel a lot in the future for my job.
    I understand your concern. Sitting in front of a computer most of the time is also not very appealing to me. But the study gives you the opportunity to specialize in one of the four main subjects (Marketing & Sales, Organization & People, Supply Chain Management, Finance & Accounting) as well as through your specialization and the semester abroad (minor). Therefore, you can develop and create your own profile. And there are so many different jobs you can do with this degree. Not all of them include spending most of the time in front of a computer but also interact with people. Especially if you specialize in a language, you will also learn about the cultural differences and could work as an export manager, a relations manager or a communications advisor.

  • Hello! I‚Äôm from Ukraine. And I would like to know more about master‚Äôs programme (Business Administration). Also, about living inDeventer.
    Dasha
    asked 5 months, 4 weeks ago
    Simona
    told 5 months, 4 weeks ago

    Deventer is our second largest campus. It's one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands. Therefore, it's extremely beautiful and the atmosphere is amazing. There is a river with a small park, where you can walk and enjoy your time. We have a couple of clubs and quite a few cafes and bars. Another, good thing about Deventer is that it's pretty close to all bigger cities such as Amsterdam, the Hague and Rotterdam.

    In relation to the masters of Business Administration, I recommend that you check our website, or you send a message to our international office so they can connect you with person studying a master of Business Administration (I'm doing a bachelor's degree). If you have more questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

  • I'm interested in international business program in Deventer. How many ects you need to get in year one I order to be able to continue to year two? Also, are the exams multiple questions? How many points you need to get in exams to pass it? And how many questions there are in total in the exams?
    Reeta
    asked 11 months, 1 week ago
    Susanna
    told 11 months ago

    Hi Reeta!
    1. You have to get at least 48 credits out of 60 possible during your first year to go onto your second year.
    2. The format of the exams can vary and it can be changed every year (depending on the teacher and curriculum). There are subjects for which you have to write an assignment, or a take-home exam, a presentation, a written exam or a multiple-choice exam. These are the different forms of assessment.
    3. The number of questions isn't certain for every exam but you can ask the teachers beforehand what to expect from every exam.
    4. You have to get at least 55% right out of 100% in order to get a 'pass'.
    5. Every subject 'weighs' different amount of ECTS. Usually it's 3-4 ECTS per subject. Projects are 6-7 ECTS.

    If you have more questions, our team of student ambassadors is always glad to help :)

  • any student here start with the preparation period I want to ask about the subject for study and how is the program.International Business I can take the BA in 3 years or I can study more and I take it in 2 years that possible.I will start this year and really I want go fast in my study as I can
    Abdelrahman
    asked 1 year, 1 month ago
    Susanna
    told 1 year, 1 month ago

    Hi Abdelrahman! Normally Bachelor programme in IB takes 4 years. You can try to finish it in 3,5 by combining two of the semesters in one. That’s the option available to shorten your study.

    Regarding Preparatory courses, they cover majorly discussed topics so you could develop a structured opinion on most discussed things in nowadays world in English.

    Glad to help!

    Susanna

  • What really happens within the Top Talent Programme Research on Innovating Organisations(RIO)? I heard you look for a research topic and then you will be helped by the Research centre, along with a track expert and coach ... But I'm still not yet convinced
    Mitchelle
    asked 1 year, 4 months ago
    Susanna
    told 1 year, 4 months ago

    Hi Mitchelle! Basically it's like an extra project/-s outside of your major studies. Track expert and coach could as well be lecturers at Saxion or company's staff you're doing the project for. So it really depends on the project/company/topic you're going to be working on. I suggest that you contact Ruud Koopman for more detailed information r.g.m.koopman@saxion.nl

  • Hello. Could you please tell me more about internships and exchange programs? What are the partner companies and universities? What about career perspectives?
    Anna
    asked 1 year, 5 months ago
    Maurice
    told 1 year, 5 months ago

    Hey in the third year you are going abroad for an internship for 6 month. You have to look for a company yourself but you will get the necessary support from the teachers if you cant find a place. Additionally you can do a so called minor. Where you can either go to one of the partner Universities we have around 80 i think (list can be found on the website of Saxion) or you do a project minor. Those Project minors differ and detailed information can be found on the website as well and change from course to course. Depending on the study you can do you can also have different career perspectives. In average a Saxion graduand find a job within 3 month after graduation and the bachelor is internationally accredited. I hope this could help you. If you have questions you can come to the open day or asked us for a telephone chat.

  • Would you recommend finding accomodation through Saxion's student housing, or looking for something outside this programme?
    Radu
    asked 1 year, 5 months ago
    Maurice
    told 1 year, 5 months ago

    I would first go to a student house and then look for something in your secound year. If you first life in a student house you don’t need to worry about finding a place. And after a year you find Friends with wich you can rent a place.

  • doing business in China
    Nic
    asked 1 year, 6 months ago
    Maurice
    told 1 year, 6 months ago

    It is a Minor focusing on doing business with China. The main aim is to insure that you develop an understandment for the culture and the people. If you want to know more you can ask me precisely.

  • wat is het verschil tussen international business en international finance and accounting?
    berk
    asked 1 year, 9 months ago
    Maike
    told 1 year, 9 months ago

    International business is o.a. gericht op marketing, sales, finance en ook vakken zoals HR, waar international finance & accounting is gericht op alleen de financi√ęle en accounting kant van international business

  • Can you tell me about the possibilities of doing a master degree at another university after studying at the Saxion?
    Philip
    asked 2 years ago
    Susanna
    told 2 years ago

    Hi Philip! If you’re planning to study Master’s at a university of applied sciences after Saxion, you can do it without any problem. If you’re planning to study at a research university, you will probably have to do a so-called bridge semester (transition semester) before you start with your Master’s. This depends on the country you want to further do your Master’s at though and on particular university!

  • What should I know about Deventer and Enschede before I choose where to study?
    Amela
    asked 2 years, 4 months ago
    Nhung
    told 2 years, 4 months ago

    Hello Amela,

    We are happy to receive your question.

    I am studying 2nd year International Business and Management at Saxion Deventer. As far as I know, Deventer is smaller than Enschede, so there are not as many shops as in Enschede. In Enschede, there are more parties and events than in Deventer as well.

    About the study program of IBM, the study program is really practical because we need to do projects with real companies such as Holland Casino, Krehalon, Grolsch, etc. We also can have a chance to be the best project group and win certificate and reward money.

    If you have more questions, please don't hesitate to tell us.

    Kaity

  • Hello. I would like to know how many languages are we going to learn in IBL course? And what level are we going to reach in the end? Thank you.
    Taya
    asked 2 years, 4 months ago
    Lisa
    told 2 years, 4 months ago

    Hi Taya, as the programme is changing right now I¬īm not really sure how it is going to work. As far as I know you will choose one language (Dutch - starting at A1, German - starting at B1, Spanish - starting at A1 or French - starting at B1) and in the end you should be able to speak fluently in the chosen language (C1 - C2). As a work placement and a minor abroad is also included in this programme you will also have a lot of experience in the specific business language.

  • Hello, I have a question about the university it self. What are the differences between an applied science uni and the normal universities? Thanks alot...
    Hozan
    asked 2 years, 10 months ago
    Juli
    told 2 years, 10 months ago

    Hello Hozan,
    applied science is more practical than a 'normal' university. Therefore the classes are smaller, you have direct contact with your teachers and apply the theory from class in different projects and assignments. The Bachelor degrees at a university of applied sciences take 4 years, but it includes an internship and a semester abroad, therefore you are not really 'wasting' a year. Hope I could help you! If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me. Best, Juli

  • Can I do all the official arrangments using only my ID (Hungary). I mean I need a passport too.Thank you,Fruzsi
    Fruzsina
    asked 3 years ago
    Gabriella
    told 3 years ago

    Hi Fruzsina,

    As an European student you can bring only your ID (but if you have a passport, I'd bring that as well).

    This webinar might be useful for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5-_0eDM2YY

  • Hello! How much should I expect to spend on food every month, and what's the accommodation like that Saxion provides us with?
    Trevor
    asked 3 years, 2 months ago
    Susanna
    told 3 years, 2 months ago

    Hi Trevor!
    It depends on how much you eat, of course. Personally I don't think I spend a lot, maybe around 150-200 p/month. If you're interested in a total approximate expenditure per month (incl. food, transport, etc but excluding the housing) then it's around 400-500.
    However again, There are some people who spend only 200 p/month.
    It depends which campus you're talking about. As for Deventer, there are 2 campuses, where in both you share a bathroom/kitchen, but have your personal room. The campuses are fully equipped (furniture, kitchen appliances, bed sheets).
    Hope you have a good idea now!:)

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  • Hello, I wanted to know what the student life is like in Enschede. Are there many activities to do (sports, bars, shopping), or is it more a just a quiet town?What does a typical weekend in Enschede?Thanks :)
    Sarah
    asked 3 years, 4 months ago
    Alla
    told 3 years, 4 months ago

    Unfortunately, I can not answer your question , as I study in Deventer and do not know so much about student life in the Netherlands. However, Enschede is quite big city with two big universities, so there are a lot of students, bars, clubs. You can also contact one of our ambassadors, who live in Enschede for further details.

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  • if I need to take a shower,is public bath or single bathÔľü
    Jia
    asked 3 years, 8 months ago
    Alla
    told 3 years, 8 months ago

    Depending on which Saxion housing you will live in, you will have different options. You will either share bathroom with a shower with 3-5 other students, who live with you, or you will have a bathroom on the floor, separately for men and women.

  • Thank you for the first answer Anna! But i want to know which subjects stand on your timetable :D sorry for the missunderstanding!
    Karim
    asked 3 years, 12 months ago
    Anna
    told 3 years, 12 months ago

    Haha okay,
    I am sorry for the misunderstanding too!
    Which studies will you start with? IBMS, Tourism Management, etc?

  • Hey Guys! Can someone please tell me what the timetable looks like?Thank you very much :)
    Karim
    asked 3 years, 12 months ago
    Anna
    told 3 years, 12 months ago

    Hey Karim! You will most probably have classes 4 times a week. Your schedule will vary from week to week but your "free" day stays most of the time the same during the first year. Your class starts earliest at 8:30. Your final schedule will be available for you when starting your studies. The year plan with the dates of holidays will be available as soon as you start studying as well, if necessary we can provide you with estimations.
    I hope that answers your question. If not, don't hesitate to contact us again :)

  • I'm interested in ibl, but my question is does make sense to learn to foreign languages, because english is the world language and I think you speak english with foreign companys?
    Tom
    asked 4 years, 6 months ago
    Koen
    told 4 years, 5 months ago

    Hi Tom, we think it makes sense to speak more than one foreign language. This benefits the international relationships and intercultural awareness which are very important success factors in international business. ^Maarten

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