Years 2, 3 and 4

  • Years 2, 3 and 4

    Year 2
    If you started in the Dutch stream, you will now switch to a full English taught programme. During your second year of studies, you will continue with the subjects you started in year 1 and will continue to work on projects. Project-based work is considered to be very important at the department of International Business. In almost every 10-week block, students work in groups on realistic assignments, which require sound project management and professional skills. These projects are linked to relevant professions in the field of International Business in order to improve your image of your future job prospects. Team-working skills and theoretical knowledge are developed by means of these projects, which always contain an international character.

    In this overview (pdf) you will find the courses which are offered in Year 2. During the second year you will also have to start considering some important matters concerning the third and fourth year of your study, such as where you want to do your internship, whether you would like to go on a study exchange, which specialisation you want to choose in year 4, etc.

    Year 3
    In the 3rd year the course modules are grouped around the following international study areas: Marketing, Management, Financial Management, Management Accounting, Human Resource Management, Research, Law, Economics, Logistics, Entrepreneurship, Communication, Sales, Information Technology, Communication skills and two (or three) foreign languages.

    An international study programme requires a great deal of international experience. Therefore, International Business is part of an extensive international network. In your third year of studies, you have the possibility to participate in an international study exchange at one of our many partner universities abroad. This study abroad semester can greatly contribute to the development of your international orientation. If you decide not to go on an exchange programme, you can expand your competences by attending one of the minors Zuyd has to offer.

    Moreover, in year 3 every student participates in a five month internship abroad. During this semester you will have to work and live abroad, to experience a different work environment and to gain international work experience.  This internship abroad is a compulsory part of the IB bachelor’s degree programme.

    In order to enable you to take part in these exchanges, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences has signed many bilateral agreements with partner universities all around the world. Zuyd also participates in the Magellan Exchange programme, a consortium of EU and US/Mexican universities. As a result of these agreements, students can study abroad without paying extra tuition fees to the foreign university.

    In this document (pdf) you will find an overview of the courses in Year 3.

    Year 4
    In the first two blocks of Year 4, languages and your specialisation courses are offered. You can choose to attend one of these specialisations:

    • Strategic Management: during this specialisation you will learn how to set up the internal organization of a company by means of assignments such as how to design/apply a model for CSR implementation, how to design/apply a change management model based on a new developed strategy, or how to design/apply a model regarding innovation.
    • Strategic Marketing: during this specialization you will learn how to arrange the procurement department, sales and marketing department of an organization, and how they should improve conducting business with customers abroad. For example, you will learn how to write and implement an export plan, a procurement plan, a customer satisfaction plan, a sales plan, and so on.
    • Finance: during this specialisation you will learn how to financially stabilize your organization and to do business abroad. You will learn for example how to design and execute a cost price analysis, an activity based on a research plan, to write and implement an advisory report regarding foreign currency policy or to develop a financial and legal structure to work with staff abroad.
    • Supply Chain Management: during this specialisation you will learn how to prepare the logistic related departments of an organisation and how the entire supply chain in an organization must be adapted to do business abroad successfully. You will for example design and implement a vendor selection system for SME’s, write and implement a plan to reduce the supplier database for SME’s, develop and implement a system for incoming goods control, etc.

    Moreover, students must do an internship which consists of real work activity participation on behalf of a company or organization and a real life company assignment. The proportion of real work participation and research assignment (basis for thesis) is in an optimal situation 50%-50%. These assignments and research projects should have an international dimension, requiring a strong theoretical basis.

    In this document (pdf) you will find an overview of the courses in Year 4.