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Major of the English Bachelor's Degree International Business Management

International Business and Trade



  • Entrepreneurship is in your blood; you know an opportunity when you see one.
  • You’re ready to dive into the fast-paced world of global business and trade.
  • You will explore cultural differences and their impact on foreign trade.
  • The theoretical knowledge and insights you acquire come together with pragmatic models and practical skills to make a real impact.
  • A real-life international project will challenge you to push your limits.
  • International experience and networks will add substance to your CVas will your internship abroad.
  • By combining language courses in Chinese, German, Spanish, French or Dutch, your studies will pave the way for an inspiring international career.
  • Your time is valuable, so we are flexible!
  • You can start this 6-semester programme either in February or September.
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Choose your programme type

International Business and Trade

Variantspecifieke intro over International Business and Trade (basis) in Mechelen

Practical information

  • Where

    On campus


  • Phase1 | Start building your core knowledge base with fundamental insights in economics, international trade, marketing, entrepreneurship, financial management and digitalisation.
  • Phase2 | Broaden and deepen your knowledge by applying it to real-world cases and live projects. Play a crucial role in an international project and put what you’ve learned to the test in a new environment during your study exchange abroad. To expand your international experience and enhance your intercultural skills.
  • Phase3 | Launch your own independent research project in international business during the third and final phase of your degree programme. And then combine it with practical insights from your international internship to kick-start your future career.

Below you can find an overview of the courses ( under reservation of changes), with the number of credits per phase. Credits express how many hours you need on average to process the subject matter (incl. lessons). Count about 25 to 30 hours for 1 study credit. 

  • We have explained the most important courses in a blue tooltip.  
  • Would you like to know the detailed content of each subject? Check the programme guide.
Phase 1 2 3
International Business & Trade
African Business Topics i 3
Asian Business Topics 3
International Project 3
EU Business Topics 3
International Business Law 3
International Innovation Lab 3
Latin American Business Topics 3
North American Business Topics 3
Contract Law 3
Global Sourcing 3
International Trade 3
Business & Entrepreneurship
Business Fundamentals 3
Entrepreneurial Management 1 i 3
Marketing Fundamentals 3
Sales 3
Introduction to Financial Management 3
Micro Economics 3
Procurement & Supply Chain 3
Project Management 3
Globalization & International Marketing 3
Financial Management i 6
Macro Economics 3
Sales Management 3
Supply Chain Processes 3
Phase 1 2 3
Transport Economics 3
Business & Culture 3
Societal & Consumer Trends 3
Cost Calculation 3
Business Game 3
Corporate Social Responsibility 3
Enterprise Resource Planning 3
Business Information Skills
Digital Skills 3
AI-Tools 3
Business Intelligence Fundamentals 3
Business Intelligence Advanced 3
Business Intelligence Lab 3
Communication & Personal Development
Business Communication i 3
Personal Development 3
Management skills 3
Professional Communication 3
Entrepreneurial Management 2 3
Research Skills 3
Social Media 3
Foreign language (own choice: Spanish - French - German - Chinese) i 6 3
At Work
International Internship 21
Bachelor Project 9
International Business and Trade vb rooster.pdf

This programme offers a February start date and guarantees a 6-semester (3-year) study path.  Check the  admission requirements for international degree students,  apply and you’re in! Of course, we’ll organise Welcome Days for you too!

Need some advice before deciding when to start?

We understand that you may need some more personal guidance when making a decision on your start date. We’ve got you covered! Check out our  Meet us page to connect with us through webinars, open days and more!

Also, don’t hesitate to reach out to the programme manager of your programme. Plus, our admissions team  and international support are always there  to help you with more general questions!


3 countries in 3 years

Take your degree global via your international project, study exchange abroad and international internship. At least 3 countries in 3 years: the US, China, India, … the choice is yours. So go head, open your mind and your pathways to success!

Business skills from A to Z

You will learn all the business skills you need! Besides data analytics, economics and financial management, you will develop your preferred languages: French, German, Spanish or Chinese? We give you more insight into yourself and your business management skills: decision making, time management, taking the lead. Are you ready?

Prepare for a professional career

Put theory into practice right from the word “go”. With extensive hands-on project work, real-life business cases, international conferences and a 3-month international internship that fully immerse you in the exciting, fast-paced world of global business.Your international network will be well established by the time you graduate.

In practice

Tie everything you’ve learned together during an exciting and challenging 12-week international internship at the end of your degree programme. Identify relevant target companies in the country and sector of your choice via your own research and/or the university database.

As the pinnacle of the 3 phases of your studies and training, your international internship is the ideal occasion to apply your knowledge and learn how to adapt to new professional and cultural environments. And most importantly, hit the ground running when launching your career.

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Go international

Your degree in International Business & Trade will not so much expand as explode your horizons and make the world that little bit smaller. How about a study trip to South Korea in your second year, for example, followed by an internship in the US during the third?

And when it comes to expanding your international network, our partnerships with top-notch universities around the world are your stepping stones to new stomping grounds, for example, in: Quimper and Paris (France), Seville (Spain), Eindhoven (Netherlands), Vilnius (Lithuania), Budapest (Hungary), Bloemfontein (South Africa), Daejeon (South Korea), Chile, Mexico, China, Taiwan or Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).

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Personal coaching

Count on personalised advice, support, counselling and coaching at every leg of your journey at Thomas More. Contact your Programme Manager for any academic questions related to your field of study. Get in touch with your Study Counsellor for questions about your individual study programme, exemptions and credits. Reach out to your Care Coordinator for support or even just a listening ear. Depending on your needs, the Care Coordinator connects you with the appropriate services. You’ll also find your lecturers are very approachable, too! And always available to give advice or answer your questions. Don’t hesitate to e-mail them.

Got questions?

Programme coordinator

Saskia Verswijvel

For all your questions on the content and promotion of the programme. +32 15 68 86 53
Study path coach/coordinator

Kristien Versteynen

For all your questions about your individual study programme.
Study path coach/coordinator

Dirk Vandeweyer

For all your questions about your individual study programme.
Inclusion Coordinator

Ariane Buysschaert

For all your questions on studying with use of facilities

Admissions Officer

For all your questions about Admissions & Application.
Available by phone 9.00 - 15.00 +32 15 36 92 50

Excited? Apply now!


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