The study programme in a nutshell
The IBS program is a unique combination of courses and experiences, based entirely upon the international aspect of business whilst utilising the English language throughout. As such, the IBS code of conduct insists upon appropriate business-like procedures and behaviour.
The theory classes explain the various methods that can be used to sell products/services, how marketing is used by sales departments, how to deal with financial figures, and the principles of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) to ensure positive customer relationships. The course also includes Dutch and English language classes, mathematics lessons and Careers & Citizenship advice.
The internship program provides a valuable "prove yourself" opportunity, where a student's performance and employability can be measured in the real-world business environment.
Internationally-recognised Certificate of Excellence: Graduates with an average score of 7.0, whilst meeting some additional standards, will be awarded a Certificate of Excellence: the European Business Baccalaureate Diploma (EBBD). The combined IBS and EBBD program focuses on an understanding of economic relationships in Europe and require individual readiness for mobility, extensive soft-skills and business competence in order to comfortably deal with international business challenges.
Within each course we offer the possibility to add-on extra, non-compulsory subject modules enabling a tailor-made course to suit your interests and specific needs.
What can you do with it in the future?
The International Business Studies (IBS) department provides training for Commercial Sales Assistant (Commercieel Medewerker) and Junior Account Manager positions. International Business courses are conducted entirely in the English language. Both training programs are designed to prepare the individual with a commercial mindset suitable for positions within business-to-business environments, e.g. within wholesale, production or service companies.
As a Commercial Sales Assistant selling your company’s products or services, you are the source of information via telephone calls with prospective customers. You are also responsible for the internal order processes and incorporating market research into proposals as and when required by your supervisor.
The Junior Account Manager role requires sales guidance and consultancy for a company’s larger customers. Being the day-to-day contact for larger customers requires maintaining positive long-term relationships in addition to coordinating projects with the customer.
The (mandatory) internship element of the course provides the opportunity to become a trainee of an actual company, often with the possibility to be hands-on with the daily tasks, demonstrating and developing skills whilst achieving real-life work experience for the resume! The IBS department collaborates with businesses to provide supervision for all internship work placements.
1. Only companies listed on http://www.stagemarkt.nl/ are approved for our internships.
2. In order to achieve the EBBD, an internship abroad is required!