Admission requirements for students with a foreign Bachelor’s degree
1. A completed Bachelor's degree in:
In order to be admitted to the IB/Business Administration Master’s programme, you will need a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or a related discipline from a research university. Ideally, you Bachelor’s degree should cover the following courses:
- Organisation Theory
- Human Resource Management
- Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods
- Bachelor’s thesis of 12 EC
- Additional conditions may apply (e.g. a GMAT).
Given the position of the programme at the intersection of Economics and Business Administration, we strongly recommend background knowledge in the fields of economics and strategy.
In order to be admitted to the IB/Economics Master’s programme, you will need a Bachelor’s degree in Economics or a related discipline from a research university, with sufficient background in research methods and mathematics (and Economics if you took a different degree) and in which you have studied at least:
- International Economics
- Bachelor’s thesis of 12 EC
Given the position of the programme at the intersection of Economics and Business Administration, we strongly recommend background knowledge in the fields of strategy and/or international management.
2. A proficiency in English
In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. This requirement has been satisfied when the student meets one of the following conditions:
- Has successfully completed a three-year Bachelor's programme at a Dutch university
- Is a citizen of Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, or the United States of America..
- Has successfully completed a Bachelor's programme that was taught completely in the English language in one of the following countries: EU/EEA-countries, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United States of America.
- Has successfully completed a Master's programme from a Dutch university of applied sciences (HBO).
All other students need one of the following certificates (TOEFL and IELTS certificates may not be older than two years):
- A TOEFL score of ≥90, with subscores not lower than 18
- A IELTS score of ≥6.5, with subscores not lower than 6.0
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher
3. GMAT requirements or a letter of motivation, depending on which variant you apply for:
IB/Business Administration: GMAT requirements
Based on your (academic) background we might require you to do a GMAT:
If you have a background in Business Administration, and your previous education has been judged to be academic, meaning you have taken approximately 30 ECs (840 hours) in statistics and qualitative/quantitative research methods, you are directly admissible to the Master's.
If you have a background in Business Administration, and your previous education is judged to be sufficient level by the Examining Board, but you have not taken enough courses in statistics and qualitative/quantitative research methods (30 EC = 840 hours), we require you to do a GMAT (scoring >=610) to be directly admissible to the Master's.
If you have a background in Business Administration, but your previous education has been judged to be of insufficient level by the Examining Board (applied sciences rather than academic degree), and you have not taken 30 ECs (840 hours) in statistics and qualitative/quantitative research methods, we require you to do a GMAT (scoring >=600) to be admissible to thepre-Master's.
If you do not have a background in Business Administration, but your previous education is judged to be academic, meaning you have taken approximately 30 ECs (840 hours) in statistics and qualitative/quantitative research methods, you are directly admissible to the pre-Master's.
IB/Economics: A letter of motivation
In this letter of motivation (max 2 pages) you should explain why you want to attend this programme and why you think you are suited for this programme.
Months of entry
Understanding today’s global economic and business landscape requires insights from both economics and business studies. Therefore the Master's specialisation International Business (IB) combines both fields of study, focusing specifically on their relevance for firms that operate in an international environment.
Why should you choose International Business in Nijmegen?
- A broad perspective on issues that are relevant for globally operating firms
- A focus on recent scientific insights and modern methods of applied research
- An excellent reputation in the Netherlands and abroad
- Small group teaching and close contact with professors and their research
- Good career prospects across the world
Because we combine the latest economic theories with the cultural aspect of doing international business, graduates will understand that doing business requires more than an understanding of economic principles. They will be able to give their future employees a new and fresh look on the process of globalisation and how their company can manoeuvre and position themselves in multiple countries.
To apply for this course, please contact us by e-mail.
Fees and funding
There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University. Some of the opportunities are described below. A full list, including detailed information, can be found on our scholarships and grants page at our website.
Radboud Scholarship Programme
Open to a select number of excellent international students. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,060 in 2018/2019). Visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are also covered.
Orange Tulip Scholarship
Open to students from Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Indonesia, South-Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, and China. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,060 in 2018/2019). Visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are also covered.
Open to excellent American students. The grant will be paid in 12 monthly instalments of 1,050 euros. International travel and the cost of the residence permit will be covered, and an extra allowance of €1150 will be paid on arrival.
Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Scholarship
Open to excellent students from China. Consists of a contribution of € 16,113 towards the total costs of one year of study or research in the Netherlands.
Aimed at lecturers at higher education institutions in Indonesia who wish to pursue a PhD or Master's at a university in the Netherlands. A DIKTI scholarship includes allowances for living expenses, insurance, travel costs, tuition fees and more.
Indonesian Education Scholarship (LPDP)
Open to excellent Indonesian students under the age of 35. Involves a full scholarship.
Holland Scholarship Programme
Open to excellent students from Canada, America, India and Turkey. Scholarship consists of 5,000 euros payed at the start of study.
Dutch Student Finance
EU/EEA students and Swiss students under 30 years of age are eligible if they are working at least 56 hours per month in the Netherlands, or have been living in the Netherlands for five years or more. Dutch student finance consists of four components: a basic grant, a supplementary grant (depending on the parental income), a student travel product, and a loan.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
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