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Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) - English

Entrepreneurial learning is all about transforming ideas into action, learning by doing, and by putting theory into practice.

As a student of IC University of Applied Sciences - Amsterdam, we will ensure your ideas and talents are transformed into action – as this is the only way to apply value.

As well as the theoretical aspects, your education will be enhanced with company visits, internships, educational trips, and seminars as this is part of the IC University of Applied Sciences learning experience.

In addition to the variety of lectures and practical lessons, our teachers (who are successful entrepreneurs) will prepare you to enter the business world.

At IC University, we value go-getters who realize their dreams – and this is a quality that we recognize in our students.

Tuition fees

Key facts

Intakes: May & Sep 2023


2 semesters per year


Daytime classes

Bachelors program

NVAO accreditation

Program Overview

Throughout the four-year programme you will build up the following core competencies and skills:

Entrepreneurial competences

  • Process Management
  • Leadership
  • Risk management

General business competencies

  • Management Skills
  • Marketing
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Business Ethics

International business competencies

  • International business environment
  • Global trade

Action competencies

  • Strategy development
  • Pop Up Store Project
  • Social Entrepreneurship Project
  • Internships

Scientific and methods competencies

  • Academic skills
  • Information Resources Management
  • Dissertation

This English-taught Bachelor of Business Administration is a 240-credit course that conforms to Dutch and European standards, with the credits divided evenly over four years (60 credits per year).

At the end of this year, you will conduct a three-month internship with a business, and undertake research based on a specific issue, and present your solutions to the organization’s management team.

This is a practical experience that will allow you to apply your skills and get a taste of what a career in this field is like.

Over this year, you will understand how to make strategic decisions, learn about acquisitions, determine which investments need to be made by corporations, and the kinds of choices you will face when you wish to implement change within a company.

At the end of this year, you will apply everything you’ve learned by establishing a pop-up store as part of a team project.

You will learn how to make necessary decisions and will take responsibility for the store’s implementation from its design, to logistics, sales, finances, settlement, and dissolution.

In your final year, you will learn to undertake international business activities, understand more about sustainability, corporate governance and innovation. You will also be given the option to explore various master’s degrees that can be pursued abroad.

During the last six months of this year, you will graduate, and can take a research internship in the Netherlands or abroad.

Upon completion of your Business Administration degree, you will have the title of BBA.

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Learning by doing

All your assignments will give you the opportunity to test your ideas, practical skills and solutions in the real world by taking what you’ve learned in the classroom, and applying it. Through these, you will also get the chance to establish your own business, raise money for a good cause, play professional games to understand the effects of your decisions, and take an internship.

Our education has so much to offer, and this is due to our connections within the business sector, which will allow you to immediately get to work on real cases. Moreover, we regularly invite prominent guest speakers from the business community and organize great company visits, so you can get an idea of ​​how some of your favorite organizations operate.

Our teachers are successful entrepreneurs themselves and will constantly challenge you to come up with smart business solutions, so you can put theory into practice easily.


Career Outlook

You are now ready for the world of work

Once you have graduated, you will have all the skills you need to become a successful entrepreneur, so you can kick-start your career and establish your own company, acquire a firm, or take a managerial position within an existing organization.

Continuing your education

Upon course completion, you can also choose to continue your education with a master’s degree, either in the Netherlands or abroad – the BBA offers plenty of options – be sure to explore them all.

Below are a few of the places our alumni work at post-graduation. 


  • ABN AMRO Bank N.V.
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • ING
  • Yacht
  • Pon
  • UWV
  • Gemeente Den Haag
  • CBRE
  • Talentportaal
  • Sante Partners
  • ABN AMRO MeesPierson
  • ProgressPlay
  • Dutch Standard
  • Continental
  • Porsche 
  • KPMG

Dutch students

Citizens of The Netherlands can join our program with the following diplomas:

  • HAVO
  • VWO
  • MBO4
  • International Baccalaureate
  • UK BTEC diploma studied at a ROC with Economics or Management and Operations, and Mathematics as an elective subject to be admitted to the training.

International students

In the Netherlands, universities are required to consider applications from students who have completed high school to a level that enables them to apply to university in their own country, and our admissions office is aware of the various, global high school qualifications that will allow you to join this program. Your high school diploma must be equivalent to Dutch qualifications and the admissions team will verify this.

Applications are not judged on grades, as the Dutch philosophy adheres to the fact that students should not be judged on their school marks for university entrance, as higher education is different from early years tuition, and universities should be accessible to all students – regardless of your high school marks.

Once students join ICBS, you are required to pass your assessments and exams to continue your education.

The learning and assessment strategy is complemented by the considerable work experience opportunities made available to students in the degree.

• Individual case study analysis
• Group presentations
• Preparing a business strategy plan
• Consultancy project
• Devising a business strategy
• Individual reports
• Reflective journals

Students will take interim evaluations after every semester is completed, evaluating their performance to date.

Students from EU

A student who has passed one of the below mentioned secondary education exams, including English language as a part of the curriculum.

 Reifezeugnis/Reifeprüfungszeugnis (AHS);

Reifeprüfung Allgemeinbildende Höhere Schule (AHS)


Reife- und Diplomprüfungszeugnis (BHS)

Reifeprüfung Berufsbildende Höhere Schule (BHS)


Diploma van Secundair Onderwijs

Examen Algemeen Secundair Onderwijs, derde graad (ASO)


Studentereksamenbevis (STX)

Studentereksamen (STX)


Bevis for Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF)

Højere Forberedelseksamen (HF)


Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife

Abiturprüfung Gymnasium


Gümnaasiumi Lõputunnistus

Riigieksamid Gümnaasium


Ylioppilastutkintotodistus / Studentexamenbevis

Ylioppilastutkinto/ Studentexamen (Matriculation Examination)


Matriculation Examination Certificate



Gimnáziumi Érettségi Bizonyítvány

Érettségi vizsga (Matura Examination)


Atestāts par Vispārējo Vidējo Izglītību

Centralizētais eksāmens (National Examination)


Brandos Atestatas

Brandos Egzamino (Final Matura Examination)


Diplôme de Fin d'Études Secondaires (Classiques or Générales/Techniques)

Examen de fin d'études secondaires


Vitnemål for Videregående Opplæring, with one of the following profiles: - Utdanningsprogram for studiespesialisering med programområder for realfag, formgivingsfag og språk, samfunnsfag og økonomi (Programme for Specialisation in General Studies) - Utdanningsprogram for idrettsfag (Programme for Sports and Physical Education) - Utdanningsprogram for musikk, dans og drama (Programme for Music, Dance and Drama)

Eksamen fellesfag ENG 1002/1003 (Vg1) and eksamen programfag SPR3008 (Vg2) and SPR3010/SPR3012 (Vg3) are or will be completed


Diploma de Bacalaureat from 2005 or later

Examenul de Bacalaureat


Vysvedčenie o Maturitnej skúške, from a Gymnázium



Högskoleförberedande Examen with one of the following profiles: • Naturvetenskapsprogrammet/Natural Science programme • Samhällsvetenskapliga programmet/Social science programme • Teknikprogrammet/Technology programme • Ekonomiprogrammet/Business Management and Economics programme • Humanistiska programmet/Humanities programme • Estetiska Programmet/Health and Social Care Programme

Eksamen English 5 and English 6 and English 7 are or will be completed



Students from outside of EU

The following proof of English with minimum overall scores are required. Only test scores achieved within the last 2 years are accepted.

  • IELTS: 6.0
  • TOEFL iBT: 80
  • TOEFL iBT Home Edition: 80
  • TOEFL Paper: 550
  • TOEIC: Listening & Reading - 670, Speaking & Writing - 290
  • PTE: 55
  • Cambridge English Qualification: 169

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