IBA students are trained globally oriented management professionals and after their international experience their international and intercultural competences include their ability to:
After completion of the personal & professional development learning line in the IBA programme, students are able to:
- Recognize and describe oneself and one’s culture through the perception of others
- Explain cultural/national differences and interpret the contexts that shape them and give meaning to them
- Effectively interact and communicate interculturally
- Demonstrate critical thinking skills in the areas of international co-operation, cultural analysis and intercultural awareness and understanding.
- Describe aspects of the global context and global issues in relation to their responsibility as management professional.
- Re-examine their values and priorities to become better contributors to the global community.
- demonstrate that they have personal and interpersonal skills to support the research, design and organization of business solutions, individually and in teams and projects.
- demonstrate that they are able to reflect on, identify and develop specific, relevant career-oriented skills.
- apply the principles of scientific and business integrity.
- systematically acquire and evaluate information.
It is compulsory for students of the BSc IBA to include an international experience in the BSc IBA.|
An exemption for this obligation holds for international students admitted to the IBA programme with the requirement of visa. For them studying in the Netherlands is an international experience already. They receive the exemption after delivery of the international experience reflection report.
In their 2nd year of study IBA students are asked to deliver their plan and preparation assignment for international experience. Latest in the third quartile of their third year of studies, students have to deliver a report on their international experience in which they reflect on the learning goals. Students with study delay have to deliver a planning for their international experience at that moment.
For their international experience IBA students have different options:
Remark: for option 3 and 4, signed proof that the student spent time abroad needs to be submitted with the Reflection Report assignment.
- The preferred option is a Study Abroad. Students are highly recommended to gain international study experiences by a 30 EC Study Abroad in the first semester of the third year.
- The second option is the choice of one of the two following minors, which include international experience :
- The minor Crossing Borders, which offers students international experience by going abroad for a field study or by working from the Netherlands with international partners. Students can choose for one or two modules (15 EC or 30 EC) of the minor. The minor focuses on ‘International Grand Challenges’ related to Technology, Sustainability and Development. Students gain awareness of the importance of differences between their own country and other countries in terms of technology, socio-economic structures and culture. More information on the minor Crossing Borders is available on the minor’s website.
- The study tour minor “201700007 IBA/IEM Study Tour Minor” which is organised by students and offered to a maximum number of (about 30) participants which are selected based on motivation.
- The third option is to do the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Internship elective abroad (students must adhere to the conditions for doing internships and electives).
- Fourth option is doing the bachelor thesis project at an international company abroad (students need to realize that such a bachelor thesis project is based on their own initiative and they have to start early with arrangements).
The programme director in exceptional cases can also individually approve another form of International Experience (for example an international Summer School abroad). A formal request for this option needs to be submitted well in advance via the IBA Skills coordinator.
In the personal & professional development learning line the emphasis is on transferable skills. On the one hand, skills development takes place within the context of the modules (for example project management, ethical behavior or presenting). On the other hand, the student works individually from the personal context (professional ambitions, the pursuit of excellence or known weakly developed skills) on skills development. The starting point is that the student is responsible for his / her skills development. During year 2, the student goes through a process of increasing self-knowledge, making a personal development plan for improvement of 3 skills, planning and realization of selected skills learning opportunities, and reflection on the process and the results. Developing intercultural skills is a mandatory 4th skill. In year 3, the focus shifts to the labor market and the knowledge, tools and skills to find a desired job. The student is facilitated with (video) tutorials on personal plan making, reflection and career orientation. Included are guest lectures from the UT career center, professionals in international business(recruitment), a personality test, and a skill training offer.