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International Business & Languages

Four-year bachelor in English, starts in September

International Business & Languages, part of the International Business programme, is a broad English-taught study programme focused on European languages and international marketing and communication.

International Business & Languages trains students to become professionals who are well equipped to do business in several foreign languages, with business partners from different cultural backgrounds. As a graduate of the International Business & Languages programme you will act as the link between a company and the international business environment; mapping the interests of a company or organisation, setting goals and translating these into plans. Your expertise in business and marketing is given greater reach through your proficiency in at least three languages. Your role is particularly in the areas of purchasing, sales, account management and export management.

International Business & Languages graduates are much sought after as skilled communicators who can play a key role in the entire business communication. They operate in different countries and cultures. Ethical and responsible business is a key concept. Graduates have a thorough understanding of cultural foundations, quickly feel at home in other cultures and understand the (inter)cultural context in which international business is being done.

Other International Business profiles

International Business is an English-taught business study programme with an emphasis on international trade and commerce.

International Business & Languages is one of the four profiles (differentiations) of International Business. Choose your own profile to focus on the aspects of international business that suit you best. The other profiles are:

Whichever profile you choose, you may expect to join an international classroom with students from all over the world. From day one, you will be trained to be business minded, interculturally aware and to have an entrepreneurial attitude.

This programme is part of the Rotterdam Business School of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.

Facts and figures

The programme at a glance

Programme structure

A view of the study programme

Vision on education

Everyone is welcome at the study programmes of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (Hogeschool Rotterdam). Students and lecturers all know each other and everyone is easy to find. Lecturers work very hard at guiding the students in their studies in a way that fits the student. This demands a sense of commitment and active participation. All of us shape our education.

Characteristic for the education of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences is the attention that is paid to:

  • A solid theoretical foundation for your profession
  • Working in the professional practice
  • Your own professional identity

All these elements will be part of your study programme. Starting out the focus will be on your development and competencies, but then the professional practice will be introduced as well. You will learn to handle actual issues of the professional practice together with other students, lecturers, applied researchers, and professionals. At the start you will also receive plenty of guidance from your lecturer, but later you will work in a much more independent manner. During your studies you will learn a lot about yourself and discover your unique qualities as a professional.

Language selection

Languages are an important part of the programme. You study two languages, one in a high level track and one in a medium level track. The high level track starts at the beginning of A2.2 level, which means that you must already know the basics of that language.  

More information

First year

The first year is designed to give you a good impression of the study programme and the professional field. In five clearly structured blocks you will be introduced to business, the international business environment, corporate social responsibility (csr), the organisational environment and marketing and communication. It comprises practical projects supported by classes in business economics, research, communication, marketing and management. You will also study two languages (choose from Spanish, French, German and Dutch).

During this year you will also take the first steps towards developing your own professional identity and acquiring important skills for your future career by focusing on subjects like international business communication, collaboration and intercultural proficiency.

After the first year

In the second year of the programme you will increase your knowledge of economics, marketing communication and sales. You learn to identify, analyse and solve international business problems. During the main phase of your studies you will either do an international placement or go on exchange for one semester at one of our partner schools abroad.

The last half year is devoted to your graduation assignment in a company abroad. The international experience you will gain during your studies, will equip you with the skills to handle cultural differences and use these to your advantage.

Electives and support


During your studies, you can choose several elective subjects. This gives you the opportunity to look beyond the boundaries of your own study programme and to give substance to your specific learning needs. Part of the programme is a placement in a company of your choice. Through a specialisation in the main phase of studies, you choose a specific profile that allows you to differentiate yourself. With your graduation assignment you give a personal touch to your education.


Every student is unique and has his own ideas about what he wants to achieve during his studies. We will support you by making you aware of your abilities, opportunities and challenges. Sometimes, during or even before the start of your study programme it becomes clear that you are struggling with a particular subject. It will be useful to brush up your knowledge in that area. As a student you will be assigned a coach (a lecturer) who will guide you and who will monitor your progress. It is also possible to ask for a peer coach, a senior student who trains younger year students.

Studying with a disability

If you have a disability and therefore require some extra facilities, we offer various options (information in Dutch).


Do you have the courage to explore new horizons? The International Business & Language programme gives you the possibility to spend two semesters abroad. In the third year, you start the first semester by studying at one of our partner universities abroad. In the fourth year, your first semester you will do your compulsory internship abroad. In the second semester, you can choose to do part of your graduation portfolio in a company abroad.

Fast track

Aside from the regular four-year programme, International Business & Languages offers a three-year learning track specifically for students with previous education at Dutch pre-university level (VWO) or a similar foreign diploma.

For this three-year Fast Track, the programmes International Business & Management, International Business & Languages, International Business for Asia and International Business & Supply Chain Management work together, resulting in mixed classes. The Fast Track programme consists of intensive English-taught courses, in which theory is discussed in the context of the business practice.


An indication of the subjects you can expect

Type of education

Structure of the study programme
5 days classes per week
16 self-study hours per week
5 days classes per week
16 self-study hours per week

After your study programme

Possibilities after your studies

After your graduation

After completion of your studies, you will receive your Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree. You will also receive a supplement: a DS-label. With this English document, you can show the value of your degree abroad when you apply for further study or when you look for a job.

If you participate in the honours programme, you will also receive an honours degree.

Career opportunities

International Business & Languages graduates have a broad professional perspective. Graduates may work in positions such as: Export and Import Manager, (International) Sales Manager, Account Manager, and Communication Manager. They often work in commercial functions at companies that do business internationally. International Business & Languages graduates may also choose to continue their studies at a university in the Netherlands or abroad.

Continue your studies

Many students start working after finishing their bachelor studies. However you may also choose to continue your studies at Master level. For example: 


Where you can find us
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Posthumalaan 120 3072 AG Rotterdam

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