• Application Deadline
  • 14 days
    Duration
We live in an increasingly global and interconnected world. Over the past couple of decades, rapid technological advancement and disappearing trade barriers have completely transformed the business community. The world has gone digital and in order to be successful, companies have no choice but to go international. 

About

  • The new millennium has given rise to new challenges and exciting new opportunities. On the one hand, competition is fierce in the globalized market of the 21st century. On the other hand, access to new markets, expertise and cheap labour is giving companies an unprecedented edge. 
  • Getting to grips with the international context is essential to successfully navigate the global arena. Companies need a wider set of strategies in their arsenal, focused on finding business opportunities around the globe and staying ahead of the competition. This requires an in-depth understanding of foreign cultures, international communication and employee diversification.

After completing the Foundations of International Business course at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you will be able to: 

  • explain different theories of international business; 
  • solve practical international business problems (e.g. select a country for foreign expansion); 
  • work in multicultural teams; 
  • present solutions to practical problems verbally and in writing for various audiences. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 14 days
    • Duration description
      6 July to 20 July 2019 
  • Credits
    3 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

The course will address the following topics: 

  • Why do companies engage in international business? 
  • What are the main benefits and challenges of doing business across borders? 
  • How does culture influence business? 
  • What is necessary for cross-cultural communication and negotiation? 
  • What are the differences between global and domestic competition? 
  • How do companies identify countries for foreign expansion? 
  • What do you need to enter a foreign market (on your own or with a partner)? 
  • What is important when leading or working in multicultural teams?

Audience

Bachelor’s students from all educational disciplines and all years of study and Master’s students who are interested in learning the fundamentals of international business are invited to join this course.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

    Schedule TOEFL®
  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

Beginner Bachelor, open to PhD staff and professionals
  • Motivation letter. Please make sure to describe your motivation for the specific course(s) you apply for: Why this topic? How will the course contribute to your future (academic) career? (250-500 words) 
  • Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
  • Transcript of records (a printscreen of your most recent grades is sufficient)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1150 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1150 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 14 days.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1150 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1150 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 14 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 Amsterdam

  • 1000 - 1500 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

VU Amsterdam Summer School offers  three kinds of scholarships: the Academic Scholarship, the Photographer Scholarship and the Vlogger/Videographer Scholarship.

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