3 Things You Can Expect From Your Bachelor in International Finance & Accounting

16 maart 2017 15:10

            “You have to do what you love to do, not get stuck in a comfort zone of a regular job. Life is not a rehearsal. This is it.”

Lucinda Basset

Hi everyone! If you somehow ended up reading this article, that means you might be interested in the International Finance & Accounting course . But before diving in all the details, let me introduce myself.

My name is Vasile and I am 20 years old. I come from a small country called Republic of Moldova and studying in Europe has always been my dream.  So when I found this programme I knew this was exactly what I wanted.


The beginning 

First of all I would like to make it clear to you that there are 2 types of universities in Netherlands : research universities and universities of applied sciences, which are focused on the job market and the practical application knowledge.

Introduction Week

Introduction Week

The International Finance & Accounting programme (or IFA) at Saxion University of Applied Sciences is one of the courses that is oriented towards the job market. I would like to present you some things that you can expect from this programme.

01 – The versatility of the programme 

You may ask what versatility I am talking about if it’s a Finance and Accounting course but you will be wrong if you think that is all that you will learn here  ( I was one of the people who appeared to be wrong as well! )

Besides different types of accounting, management and finance, you will study subjects  such as sociology, business communication and even English.

I am sure that you may think why would you need all this… Well, at Saxion they want their students to be multilateral developed and not only become a straight accountant or straight manager. What is the point in knowing your job very well if you can’t speak with your boss/colleagues or you can’t present your report in front of and audience?

Group Discussion during one of the lessons

Group Discussion during one of the lessons

Besides that, since you learn different types of subjects you will be able to go for a master in any other economical field of study very easy.

02 – Unique experience of living and studying abroad

Let’s be honest: It is much better to get a bachelor abroad than home because you learn things that you wouldn’t be able to learn in your home country.

A good specialist in finance and accounting doesn’t know only the theory and that’s all. You have to know how this world works, different people from all over the world. In the era of globalisation these are things that you can’t neglect and where can you have this unique experience if not at a course like IFA?

Living in Netherlands is something different, it can’t be compared to any other country! Besides that, if you want you can spend 1.5 years of your 4 year studies all over the world doing your internship, minor and thesis. Just imagine that after 4 years at IFA you will get to know people all over the world and probably live in 4 different countries! Such an unique experience can’t be gained if not studying at an international programme in a foreign country.

Do you really think that a potential employer would choose someone without any experience over a person who travelled all around the world? I don’t think so.

03 – Chance to work and live in Netherlands

The Netherlands is a very different country from any other country in the world. It is the country of future! I’ve stayed here for only half a year but I’ve already fallen in love with it.

If you consider living here after your bachelor or master it is very much likely that you won’t have any problems with it. Most of the students who graduated a university in Netherlands find a job within a couple of months and live here.

In my opinion, finishing a course like IFA or any other course in a university of applied sciences will give you even more chances to get employed faster and at a better job.

On my way home…

Conclusion – Do what you love!

We all want the best for ourselves and I can say that for me, studying International Finance and Accounting at Saxion University is the best.

What is the best for your is up to you to decide; as you may have seen at the quote at the beginning of this blog: You have to do what you want.

Choose wisely because there is only one life. I’ve chosen IFA and Saxion, and if I wasn’t happy with this choice, I wouldn’t be writing this now.


I am currently majoring in International Finance and Accounting. I am an international student and familiar with different cultures. My mother tongue is German however, I can fluently speak English, Urdu and Dutch. If you have any kind of questions regarding saxion or the course International Finance and Accounting don't hesitate to contact me :)

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