Studyportals placeholder

Europe in the World of Business, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 40 days


This course offers two different complementing approaches to diving into the world of business from a European perspective. From a rigorous theoretical framework offering the basic knowledge on Europe and its historical, social, societal and economic developments, to an international focus on the European Union as a business network.

The first two weeks of this course focus on Europe as a political and economic entity on the global stage. Through a series of lectures by key experts in their field students will deepen their understanding of this very interesting assembly of nations that has played such an important role in shaping the world but seems to be struggling with its position both internally and externally. Students will study Europe’s history, developments in societal aspects and focus on the impact these have had economically.

The next three weeks focus on Europe as a place to do business. During the third week students will look at the European Union as a business network and ecosystem. Next to lectures, students will work on several case studies and also do a two-day simulation. In this simulation students act as representatives of the European Parliament and they need to work on the economic future of Europe.

In the fourth week students will work on trends and business in the fashion and design industry. This part of the course takes students to Italy, where they are immersed in the Italian culture and economy to work on a case study.

The fifth week students are back in Utrecht, The Netherlands where they will focus on trends and business in the media industry. What are the challenges traditional media face and what business models emerge from new technologies like virtual reality?

The course ends with a very intensive hands-on approach to doing business in Europe. Students will work together in teams on making a company going global. In this simulation game students will work as a marketer in a small decision-making unit of a manufacturer within a competitive industry. Their task is to expand the set-top company throughout the world and become the number 1 company.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 40 days
  • Credits
    12 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

This very intensive course requires a study load of more than 40 hours a week, divided in lectures, group work sessions, obligatory field trips and self study.


This course is aimed at students from outside and inside the European Union, who are interested in further developing their understanding of the European business world. The course is open to bachelor students in the field of business, marketing and finance, and to (bachelor and master) students who have some background and/or a strong interest in these fields and economic trends and topics in the EU. A good command of English is necessary. Participants will increase their knowledge of and the skills needed to understand the challenges of operating in a European business setting, develop an overview of current trends and hot topics, and will experience their own strengths and weaknesses in assignments and case studies where they analyse and solve problems, and focus on the implications of theory for real-life business.


  • Drs. Peter O. van der Meer

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

Required application documents

  • Passport Copy
  • Home University Transcripts
  • CV

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    3145 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3145 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 40 days.
  • National Applies to you

    3145 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3145 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 40 days.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Utrecht

  • 900 - 1450 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.