IBA students are highly-trained globally-oriented management professionals. After developing their international and intercultural competence through international experience students will be able to:
- recognise and describe their culture through the perception of others
- explain cultural/national differences and interpret the contexts that shape them and give meaning to them
- interact effectively and communicate interculturally
- demonstrate critical thinking skills in the areas of international cooperation, cultural analysis and intercultural awareness and understanding
- describe aspects of the global context and global issues in relation to their responsibility as management professionals
- re-examine their values and priorities to become better contributors to the global community
After completion of the personal & professional development learning line in the IBA programme, students are able to:
- demonstrate that they have personal and interpersonal skills to support the research, design and organisation 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 programme to complete an international experience.|
International students with a VISA are exempt from this requirement. For these students studying in the Netherlands counts as an international experience. They will 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. By 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 plan for their international experience at this time.
For their international experience IBA students have different options:
1. Study Abroad
2. 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 from 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 Stress IBA/IEM study tour
3. The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Internship elective abroad (students must adhere to the conditions for doing internships and electives).
4. Undertaking the bachelor thesis project at an international company abroad (students need to realise that such a bachelor thesis project is based on their own initiative and they have to start early with arrangements,
Note: for options 3 and 4, signed proof that the student spent time abroad needs to be submitted with the Reflection Report assignment.
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 focused on transferable skills. On the one hand, skills development takes place within the context of the modules (for example project management, ethical behaviour or presenting). On the other hand, the student works individually from the personal context (professional ambitions, the pursuit of excellence or areas requiring development) on skills development. The starting point is that the student is responsible for their 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 realisation of learning opportunities for the selected skills, and reflection on the process and the results. Developing intercultural skills is a mandatory 4th skill. In year 3, the focus shifts to the labour market and the knowledge, tools and skills required to find the 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 centre, professionals in international business(recruitment), a personality test, and a skills training offer.