Autumn semester - Courselist Business 4 Exchange

Before selecting your courses, please pay attention to the following remarks:

  • Please select courses within 1 track per semester. You may not combine courses from different tracks within the same semester!
  • We accept min. 20 credits and max. 32 credits/semester.
  • Important for full academic year students:
    • The following courses have basically the same content, you can only choose one of them: Intercultural Communication (autumn), Cross-Cultural Communication (organised in autumn) and Intercultural Communication (organised in spring).
    • The courses in the track International Entrepreneurship will be identical in autumn and spring. Therefor you can choose this track either in autumn or in spring, but not in both semesters.
    • International Business Law, Managerial Psychology, Import & Export Management and Dutch Foreign Language will be offered in both semesters, but they are exactly the same. You can only attend these courses in one semester, so either in autumn OR in spring.

Also check the spring semester.

International Entrepreneurschip

34 credits - max. 20 students

Digital Transformation

(3 credits)

Digital transformation focusses on creating customer value in a digital world.

You analyze the digital state of an organization.

You adapt new technological trends.

You create customer value.

This course gives you a practical approach into digital value creation. It’s mainly hands-on, which means you do the work.
Besides a digital roadmap, online movies, a website there will be a few lecture classes and inspirational guest lecturers.

International Entrepreneurship

(3 credits)

Following individual but related topics will be discussed :
-Practical implications of intellectual property rights and usefulness of patent databases for an international entrepreneur
-The procurement process in a business-to-business context
-Entrepreneurship and geopolitics
-Global efficiency versus local responsiveness
-Innovation : the Kaizen approach
-Diversity, a lever for competitiveness

Company Project

(5 credits)

You apply your business insights, competences and knowledge to a real life business case presented by an international company.

You work in a team resolving and elaborating the business case.

You write a well-founded plan which answers to the client’s needs.

You find relevant information from reliable sources with regard to the subjects.

You set up your own research, analyze the outcomes and write a consistent report on the findings.

You present the results in front of a jury and explain and motivate in a logical way the what’s and why’s of your plan.

You will be coached intensively by two lecturers.

Condensed timeline of 6 weeks.

Change Management

(3 credits)

Managing Change. The world we live in continues to change at an intense rate. This rate of change and discovery often outpaces our individual and organisational ability to keep up with it.  In a VUCA-world with always-on-change the ability to manage change successfully might well be the ultimate competitive advantage. The course provides coverage of insights, models, tools and techniques to successfully manage change and transformations in organisations. The focus is on individual, team and organisational change.  The curriculum also explores project management and organisational culture as tools for creating sustainable change. 

International Business Law

(3 credits)

To succeed in the corporate world, you need a good understanding of the legislation that impacts on your business activities. Learn how to operate within a legal framework as you discover how to create legal ads, comply with competition rules, protect your intellectual property, and select the right contract for clients and contracting parties. You will also explore options for international mergers and acquisitions and learn how to process client data in line with privacy laws.

Commercial Management

(3 credits)

You will get a look into the wonderful world of sales. There is so much more going on in sales than you might think. 
The focus will be on B-to-B sales, since this is more complex than B-to-C. During the course we will go over the following subjects:

What is sales: organization, functions and profiles; the changing role of sales

Sales strategy: how to build up a strategy; which choices to make; what to take into account

Commercial process: how to approach customers; how to make an appointment over the phone; how to lead a sales conversation

You will learn how to think and act from a commercial point of view. These skills will not only be helpful in a sales environment, but in your entire professional career. 

Corporate Financial Management

(5 credits)

Financing international trade, international financial markets, exchange rate risk management, currency derivatives, hedging policy, taxation in cross-border operations, multinational long-term asset and liability management, multinational short-term asset and liability management, international financial reporting.

Current Economic Affairs

(3 credits)

This course will take you on a journey through the politics of today, and will help you understand how the world economy has an impact on politics and visa versa. It will give you an overview of what is going on in the world today, both on political as well as economical level. Gaining insight in macro economical dynamics will help you in deciding where to go to with your international business, and how to adapt your business strategy.

Managerial Psychology

(3 credits)

The course will focus on the role of the modern manager as a leader and a coach, and the psychological aspects of working with people. Focus will be on how people function as an individual (me), interdividual (you and me), and as a group (we). First part of the course consists of a brief introduction to psychology. Special attention will be given to Positive Psychology, which focuses on improving the mental functioning of human beings above that of normal mental health. Students will learn what makes the positive psychological traits of human beings. They will learn how the mind works, and the role of automatic thoughts. How the way people think influences the way they feel. Which specific thoughts lead to which specific feelings. How by changing the way you think, you can change the way you feel. The ten most common thinking errors. Second part of the course will focus on the differences between different personality types. Students will receive an introduction to the most common personality type indicators, with the possibility to take one (MBTI), so students can get an insight in how their own personality works. How their personality typically develops during lifetime. What is their dominant mental function. What is their inferior function. What typical situations bring them stress, and how can they reduce it. What are the typical careers for the different types. Based on the different personality types, different subjects will be discussed. Speed reading personality types. Misunderstandings between types. What each type can learn from the others. How do the different types view leadership, teamwork, time management, meetings, problem solving,… Students will learn about the different roles people play in a team. Special attention will be given to Situational Leadership, and group dynamics.

Dutch Foreign Language level A1 – group A

(3 credits)

Complementary to thorough proficiency in English you can develop your skills in Dutch. Dutch is the local language of Antwerp where you will be living for a while. The approach concentrates largely on listening, reading and speaking. These three skills will be combined with the fourth skill, the writing skill in your language portfolio.

Marketing and Management

52 credits - max. 45 students

Social Media Communication

(3 credits)

At the completion of this course, the student should be able to

-             Discuss the contemporary issues in the networking community
-             Analyze digital media messaging to determine credibility and relevance of a message
-             Use social media tools to become effective networkers both personally and professionally
-             Organize a networking event to harness the diverse usage of current and future social media services

Banking Game

(3 credits)

The Banking Management Game (BMG) simulates a competitive market situation
where each team has to manage a bank.
The BMG must not be considered as an explanatory model to simulate real economic
situation of banks or to forecast future scenarios, but as a tool to make "players" familiar
with the decision making process that a bank has to compete, to make them think as a
bank manager, facing the contrasting effects - in terms of costs and opportunities - that
each strategy involves.
Purposely, the range of variables taken into consideration has been reduced with respect
to a real situation. This is to allow "players" to concentrate on a more limited number of
crucial factors of banking management and over the most delicate elements of the
strategy (liquidity management, optimization of security portfolio, lending and
borrowing policies, differentiation of price conditions according to market
segmentation, etc.).

Global Financial Management

(3 credits)

At the end of this course students are expected to understand various dynamics of financial management of multinational companies especially those connected to financing, investing and operations globally. The students also gain an understanding of international financial markets and available major financial tools. They develop skills to use financial tools in managing financial exposure related to fluctuations in currency rates etc.

Managerial Psychology

(3 credits)

The course will focus on the role of the modern manager as a leader and a coach, and the psychological aspects of working with people. Focus will be on how people function as an individual (me), interdividual (you and me), and as a group (we). First part of the course consists of a brief introduction to psychology. Special attention will be given to Positive Psychology, which focuses on improving the mental functioning of human beings above that of normal mental health. Students will learn what makes the positive psychological traits of human beings. They will learn how the mind works, and the role of automatic thoughts. How the way people think influences the way they feel. Which specific thoughts lead to which specific feelings. How by changing the way you think, you can change the way you feel. The ten most common thinking errors. Second part of the course will focus on the differences between different personality types. Students will receive an introduction to the most common personality type indicators, with the possibility to take one (MBTI), so students can get an insight in how their own personality works. How their personality typically develops during lifetime. What is their dominant mental function. What is their inferior function. What typical situations bring them stress, and how can they reduce it. What are the typical careers for the different types. Based on the different personality types, different subjects will be discussed. Speed reading personality types. Misunderstandings between types. What each type can learn from the others. How do the different types view leadership, teamwork, time management, meetings, problem solving,… Students will learn about the different roles people play in a team. Special attention will be given to Situational Leadership, and group dynamics.

Belgium and Europe, today and tomorrow

(3 credits)

The starting point of this course will be several key elements that have been instrumental in the development of a European identity as we know it today:

  • Geography
  • Democracy
  • Religion
  • Freedom
  • Industrialization
  • The concept of a nation state

We will study each of those topics more thoroughly, from a historical and contemporary perspective, find similarities over different countries and look for equivalents worldwide, consult media channels, look at what challenges them nowadays, consider future projections ...

Intercultural Communication

(3 credits)

The course focuses on:

  • How to develop high performance teams and maximise the creative potential of their diversity
  • Intercultural communication awareness, concepts of time, body language, etc.
  • Cross cultural leadership styles
  • The cultural issues raised by increasing globalisation
  • Intercultural team building
  • The effect of different national cultures on management styles
  • How to get the best out of staff in multinational teams
  • Communication patterns from around the world
  • Cross cultural language of management
  • Styles of inter-cultural meetings

The aims of the course are the following:

  • To give insights into different perspectives and approaches to life, and work, and how they influence communication of individuals and organisations.
  • Maximize morale, cross-border communication, minimise cross-cultural conflicts misunderstandings frustrations, anxiety, and even delays.

Dutch Foreign Language level A1 – group B

(3 credits)

The approach is communicative, interactive and task-based, it concentrates largely on listening-, speaking- and reading skills. These three skills will also be important items in your language portfolio, combined with the fourth skill, the writing skill.
You can only be successful if you’re engaged in communicative practice. You will have a greater sense of involvement and satisfaction when you take an active part in the lessons. 
Learning Dutch must be seen as a gradual process. You progress at your own pace. At first it is to be expected that you will speak Dutch that isn’t perfect at all. Always keep in mind that you learn from your mistakes. Through continued practice you will reach A1-A level. 
Techniques used are oral imitation, drills in connection with basic structural patterns and vocabulary. By doing all the exercises, you will notice immediately whether you master the part that you have completed.

Creative Problem Solving

(3 credits)

Students will experience the difference between productive and reproductive thinking. During the workshops they will first of all develop an understanding of the human brain as a pattern-making machine. They will recognize collective and individual patterns and learn how to go beyond them by using breakthrough-thinking methods. We’ll be using the FourSight Breakthrough Thinking Profile© to offer students a chance to explore their own and other’s preferences regarding problem solving.

In an interactive way we will initiate 5 basic skills for creative/productive thinking. 
We will lay down the ground rules for productive brainstorming and we’ll be discovering the creative process through a simple 4-phased brainstorm model: clarification, idea generation, idea selection/developing concepts and presentation. For each phase specific tools and techniques will be explored and evaluated in a Pass or Fail score. At the end of this course students should also be able to apply Everyday Creativity or as Prof. Gerard Puccio puts it: Creativity as a Life Skill.

Google Analytics, Reporting and Monitoring

(3 credits)

You gain a solid knowledge of Digital Marketing and its business performance metrics

Digital atelier theory and practice

Google Analytics theory and practice

Google Ads theory and practice

Master Class Young Entrepreneurs

(3 credits)
  • Why would you become and entrepreneur?
  • What is being an entrepreneur about?
  • Legal obligations of an entrepreneur
  • From idea to something real
  • Customers wanted
  • Organisation of your business
  • The financial part of your business
  • Inspiration

Risk Management

(3 credits)

The nature of risk; risk in the business environment; risk management as a business discipline; risk perception and risk analysis; classification of risk and risk profile; risk management strategy; handling risk; risk financing; insurance management; the organisation of risk management; implementing a risk management programme; international risk management; human resources risk management; risk communication.

Marketing and Branding Strategies

(3 credits)

Building brand equity involves managing brands within the context of other brands, as well as managing brands over multiple categories, over time, and across multiple market segments. Students will study marketing and branding strategies from the consumer perspective to highlight the importance of customer perceptions in bringing brands to life and the role of brand knowledge in building brand equity. Additionally, they will consider the role of marketing communication vehicles and platforms in effective brand management.

Sustainable Business

(3 credits)

The course will discuss how social and corporate needs become opportunities, how these opportunities develop into innovation drivers and how innovation creates economic and sustainable development. Overall, the primary objective of this course is to provide students with insights into, innovation and investment opportunities given the context of a changing world and a changing climate.

Change Management and Strategic Thinking

(3 credits)

At a high-level, completing this course will enable students to gain an understanding of the different levels and perspectives of change inside and outside the organisation. It will allow them to develop a strong managerial appreciation of the inter-relationship between organisational work and change in terms of structure, culture and strategy. As well as exposure to the most proven approaches to change management, students will attain an appreciation of the roadmap of change and the modes of implementation and control available to change agents/managers.

International Human Resources Management M&M

(3 credits)

This course addresses the topic of Human Resource Management in an international setting. As the business world globalizes even more, we must be aware of the reasons, the benefits and the challenges of moving employees across borders for organizational purposes. Even though HR processes basically imply the same activities regardless of their national or international reach, the specificity of applying processes in the international environment are quite significant. 

Global Trade

(4 credits)

This course aims knowledge and understanding of the various operations, contracts and risks related to international trade and logistics operations. We start by overlooking the ITC trade statistics in order to overview trades, products and countries. We then deal with the various risk factors related to the nature of (a specific) product(s). We analyse the country risk using governmental and corporate information, topped with the geophysical risks and the cultural habits and customs interfering in trade relationships. We look closely at the most important stipulations in the commonly and frequently used contracts and try to fill out some of the mentioned (standard) contracts. (int’l sale, delivery, transport, finance and insurance) and study the contractual liabilities and limitations of transporters). Finally we look closely at some of insurance solutions (the ICC Clauses on the English market) and calculate premiums for hypothetical but realistic transactions).

Supply Chain Management

(3 credits)

The aim of the study subject is to clear out the concept of logistics, its functioning peculiarities, to master and exploit the basic theoretical and practical knowledge in managing the logistic processes and be able to implement them in practice. After the completion of the subject, students will understand the structural components of the logistics system and will be able to use the main managing principles of logistic processes.    

International Business Management

43 credits - max. 15 students

(Non) Financial Reporting and Auditing

(5 credits)

Reliable data is worth its weight in gold if you know how to interpret it and draw the right conclusions. Companies rely on the assurance of external auditors but how do they reach an audit opinion? Take an in-depth look at a company, compare it with its competitors and discover what is behind the figures. 

Import and Export Management

(3 credits)

Delve into the inner workings of international trade. Develop your knowledge of documents in international trade, compare and evaluate payments and financing techniques such as documentary credit arrangements, and learn how to apply Incoterms ® to international trade transactions.

International Human Resources Management

(5 credits)

Grasp the challenges global organisations face when it comes to people practices, and how domestic and international HR management differ. How do you reward staff within an international context? What are the organisational design principles? Are you suited to an international assignment and what does it take to become a global leader?

International Finance Management

(3 credits)

Delve into the mechanisms of the international banking and financial systems. Explore the principles behind boom-bust cycles in financial markets and their impact on sovereign countries. Investigate the key sources of stability and instability and how they percolate through the system. Use these insights to analyse and evaluate the make-up of the European monetary system, and focus on the governance and business models of financial institutions

Networking and Lobbying

(3 credits)

The importance of networking and lobbying is hard to overestimate in today's world. Both are powerful skills for achieving business objectives and raise important ethical considerations. Together, we will sharpen your soft skills and insights.

Operations Management

(3 credits)

Learn how to manage and streamline internal operations to ensure the needs of customers are met. Discover the methods employed to ensure the efficient production and delivery of goods and services – the lifeblood of companies. You will explore the diverse nature of operations management and how it impacts on the strategic decisions of different businesses and organizations.

Responsible Product Management

(3 credits)

This course deals with the processes and activities involved in product management. You investigate the decision-making process and strategic implications in bringing new and relaunched products to market – be they B2B or B2C. Learn how company and customer activities and behaviour impact the way products are responsibly managed – and why there have been failures.

Dutch Foreign Language level A1 - group A

(3 credits)

The approach is communicative, interactive and task-based, it concentrates largely on listening-, speaking- and reading skills. These three skills will also be important items in your language portfolio, combined with the fourth skill, the writing skill.
You can only be successful if you’re engaged in communicative practice. You will have a greater sense of involvement and satisfaction when you take an active part in the lessons. 
Learning Dutch must be seen as a gradual process. You progress at your own pace. At first it is to be expected that you will speak Dutch that isn’t perfect at all. Always keep in mind that you learn from your mistakes. Through continued practice you will reach A1-A level. 
Techniques used are oral imitation, drills in connection with basic structural patterns and vocabulary. By doing all the exercises, you will notice immediately whether you master the part that you have completed.

Cross-Cultural Communication

(3 credits)

Learn how to communicate in a way that transcends borders, and leads to lasting working relationships. Find out how cultural differences impact on the way we communicate – both verbal and non-verbal – and investigate their influence on organisational structures and business operations.

Building Sustainable Business

(3 credits)

Today’s global societal and environmental challenges raise significant questions for companies and the way in which they operate. How would you respond to these dilemmas? This introspective look, helps you identify the type of organisation you would want to work for or start up. Once you have mastered the basic concepts of sustainable business, you will prepare and present a business plan that delivers on this relevant issue.

Doing Business in Africa

(3 credits)

The African population is growing rapidly, and so is its economy. Africa offers lots of business opportunities and specific ways of doing business. Gain a fascinating insight into working practices across the continent.

Doing Business in China

(3 credits)

Find out how to successfully conduct business activities in one of the world’s leading economies. Learn some useful expressions appreciated by your would-be Chinese business partners and gain a valuable insight into the do’s and don’ts in Chinese culture.

Doing Business in Europa

(3 credits)

Immerse yourself in the mechanics of the European Union and its institutions as you explore the potential business opportunities and challenges in the region. You will focus on social and anthropological aspects and master cross-cultural communication, business etiquette, and the dos and don’ts of doing business within Europe’s multicultural business landscape. Your classes will also draw on topical news stories that have an impact on business across the continent.