The most striking features of the IBMS study programme are:
it is international, both in educational contents and student population
the main phase is entirely in English
it is based on a combination of elements from the traditional economics programmes in the fields of finance, accountancy, sales, marketing and management
it focuses on international trade and commerce
it offers practical training in international companies
The course duration is four years. Each year is made up of two semesters. The first course year is called Foundation Year or Propaedeutic Phase.
After the first year you enter the three-year Main Phase. In the second course year this Main Phase consists of the acquisition of professional competences in the Young Enterprise Project. International groups of students start their own mini-businesses. You choose a product or a service and run your real-life business until the end of the academic year. The lingua franca is English.
During the Work Placement in the third course year all students go to companies for a 5-month traineeship. After this you return to ‘the Learning Community’ for feedback and additional subjects.
At the end of the course you will write your Graduation Assignment. Once again this takes place within the framework of a 5-month traineeship in a company. Both projects are evaluated on the basis of a written report and a performance assessment. During the projects you receive individual supervision by one of our teachers.
Fontys graduates of international business are highly valued by employers for their helicopter view and because of the practical experience that IBMS students have gained during projects and two internships. IBMS graduates work in the field of Marketing and Sales, Management, Supply Chain, Purchasing or Export. Furthermore, the IBMS programme prepares you to set up your own business. Fontys Alumni can be found in companies all around the world. Examples are multinationals such as Ernst & Young, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, ASML, Henkel, DAF, Siemens, Philips, Nestlé, Metro, Coca-Cola, Robert Bosch, Lufthansa, Office Depot, Océ or BMW. But also small and mediumsized companies highly value Fontys graduates because of their (leadership and project) management skills, their intercultural and international experience (or their market research skills).
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