Business Pressure Cooker - a real international business experience

Exchange programme

Business Pressure Cooker is a unique experience that goes beyond the ordinary, using cases -actual business situations- as the basis for learning.

As part of a senior management team, you’ll be responsible for identifying key challenges facing the company, formulating strategy, and making action plans.

Do you thrive under pressure?  Are you up for the challenge of making decisions, managing time, thinking on your feet, and making a difference from day one?  If so, then this is the programme for you!

Our classes bring together international and Dutch students—many with international internship and exchange experience—to provide you with a broad range of perspectives. This is supplemented by site visits to multinational companies and contacts with a range of international business managers.

Get an impression of the Business Pressure Cooker exchange programme 

Facts and figures

The programme at a glance

Programme structure

A view of the study programme

Programme structure

The integrative approach used in Business Pressure Cooker emphasises the connections between finance, accounting, marketing, operations, human resource management, strategy, and more. By starting with challenges, rather than lectures and concepts, you’ll develop a holistic view of doing business that reflects the real world.

Over the course of the semester, you’ll experience a series of case challenges—some of them involving visits to real companies. You begin with a problem that you’ll examine in depth over several weeks. The process gets more intense over time, culminating in a business case that must be solved in just 24-48 hours—meaning you get better and faster with each round.

Moreover, you may choose electives from a broad range of options, for example Critical Thinking, Cross-Cultural Communication, and Elementary Dutch.

Time Calendar Fall Semester 2018 period 1

Week Date                                Description
1 03 Sep - 07 Sep Intro / events
2 10 Sep - 14 Sep Workshops & coaching / portfolio
3 17 Sep - 21 Sep Company, workshops & coaching
4 24 Sep - 28 Sep Workshops & coaching
5 01 Oct - 05 Oct Workshops & coaching
6 08 Oct - 12 Oct Workshops & coaching / Exam, advice, report
7 15 Oct - 19 Oct Company, workshops & coaching / portfolio
Holiday 22 Oct - 26 Oct  

Time Calendar Fall Semester 2018 period 2

WeekDate                                  Description
1 29 Oct - 02 Nov Competing & coaching / portfolio
2 05 Nov - 09 Nov Competing & coaching; resits period 1
3 12 Nov - 16 Nov Competing & coaching
4 19 Nov - 23 Nov Competing & coaching, BPC Case Competition
5 26 Nov - 30 Nov Competing & coaching 
6 03 Dec - 07 Dec Competing & coaching / exam, final presentation
7 10 Dec - 14 Dec Company, competing & coaching / portfolio
8 17 Dec - 21 Dec

Portfolio and resits; outro / events
Farewell dinner + handing over certificates


An indication of the subjects you can expect


Where you can find us

Kralingse Zoom

Kralingse Zoom 91 3063 ND Rotterdam

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