International Business | three year track
International Business | three year track

International Business | three year track

In Maastricht you can find your stepping stones into the world of global trade and business relations. In a community of approximately 30 fellow students from all over the world, you will be encouraged to learn by doing. Real-life business projects will provide you with theoretical knowledge and its practical application in the field of: 

  • marketing
  • management
  • finance
  • economics
  • law
  • supply chain management
  • entrepreneurship

You will learn in quite a different way : no traditional classes, no pre-defined blocks or themes. Instead you are in charge of your own learning process and your professional development. This will push your limits and train you to think and act in an independent and proactive way. The professional experience you gain through the business projects will kick-start your entrance at the labour market. 

  • Location Maastricht
  • Duration 3 years
  • Degree Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Freshmen approx. 30
  • Language English


Read all about the start of the academic year, introduction period, reading list etc. on start.zuydnet

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About the education

About the education

Start your career as a young professional

When you start your studies, you start your career as a young professional. As off the first day you will be working with real clients on real business problems. Alone or in a team with fellow students. You will be stimulated to engage in active learning meaning that you formulate your own specific goals and have the freedom to figure out how and when to reach them. There are no pre-defined blocks or themes. Instead you to take control of your own learning by finding your own business challenges. This is what we call high-impact learning (HILL).


Your lecturers will coach and supervise you during the execution of your challenge. They help you and your team oversee the process and they support you in reaching your goals and improving your results. They can therefore be your sparring partner, mirror and guide. In addition, the programme also has business experts with one or more specialisations within the business field (i.e. sales, marketing, entrepreneurship, finance, supply chain management, sustainability, etc.). They will be the ones to teach you the required research skills and they will help you with questions on the business content of the challenges that you are working on.

Flash lectures
The 3-year track does not have a set timetable, but there are regular flash lectures with theoretical information on the problems that you encounter in your challenges, inspiration sessions to lure you out of fixed thinking patterns and company visits to link the work practice to your desktop research.

How do we monitor your progress?

Of course you have to meet certain requirements. Learning outcomes are fixed. You have your own coach with whom you outline your development trajectory and discuss and evaluate your progress. Each week you will have at least one coaching session, individually or in teams. You will continuously receive feedback on your activities and performance from the coaches, the experts and your client. You have to show that you use this feedback to constantly improve your results and to grow as a business professional. 

You will also have a say in determining whether you have met the requirements of the programme. Your assessment will then be the outcome of your own activities, reflection, knowledge development, etc. of your progress. We will assess your progress in your learning process, once you are confident that you are ready for assessment. We do this by means of a portfolio with a final reflection or consideration written by you, and we conclude with a criterion-oriented interview (a personal defence) with at least two examiners.

International experience

Given the international character of the programme, we think that it is essential that you gain experience working abroad. An international internship is therefore a mandatory part of the study programme. Furthermore, there are other international options, such as Double Degree programmes, minors and a study exchange at one of our 105 partner universities.

Small community

Our students form a small, tight-knit community. At least three days a week you will work in the 3YT Business Studio, together with other young business professionals of many different nationalities. Nice to know: this office space will be decorated by you as students at the beginning of the year. The coaches and experts also work in the room and are therefore always available for questions or explanations.

Chat with a student

Do you want to know what it is like to study International Business in Maastricht? Want to find out more about student life?

Chat with our student ambassadors and ask any questions you have. Anouk and Tish are more than happy to answer all your questions about the three year track 

EPAS quality mark

In June 2019 International Business was awarded the EPAS accreditation by EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development), a leading European strategic audit and accreditation agency.

EPAS is a world-renowned and prestigious seal of quality for study programmes in the field of business and management. The accreditation procedure critically analysed all aspects of the study programme: from the curriculum, research, teaching methods, staff and learning environment to the level of internationalisation, quality assurance, practical relevance and sustainability. 

Read more about the accreditation in this article.



  • Education and Examination Regulations

    The education and examination regulations provide all the information you will need about the content of the study programme, the academic support provided, and the way in which examinations are organized. 

    In the EER you'll find a reference to this International Business framework

  • Tuition fees

    As a degree-seeking student you will have to pay annual tuition fees. Students from the EU pay the statutory tuition fees, and non-EU students pay the institutional tuition fees. Normally speaking, these fees are waived for exchange students from partner universities.

Entrance requirements

Entrance requirements

  • Dutch diploma
    • A positive advice by the intake committee after the Matching Day.
    • VWO diploma
    • You should have followed these subjects until the final year of secondary education:
      • Mathemetics or Economics

      • English

  • Foreign diploma
    • A positive advice by the intake committee after the Matching Day.
    • Pre-research university level education or secondary science education 
    • You should have followed these subjects until the final year of secondary education:

      • Mathemetics or Economics

      • English


Is this the right study programme for you?

In addition to having the correct prior education, it is important that you recognize yourself in the following characteristics:

  • independent
  • goal oriented
  • ambitious
  • being able to take initiatives
  • teamplayer
  • social
  • soft skill focussed
  • eager to learn by doing
  • hard working

How to apply



You will be trained for a wide range of management positions in the fields of commerce, finance and organisation in both home and foreign labour markets. The didactical approach of the study programme will turn you into the ‘problem solver’ that every internationally operating employer is looking for.

Student Recruitment Office
Brusselseweg 150
6217 HB Maastricht

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