Global Business

Specialisation of the professional bachelor of International Business Management

  • Immerse yourself in the world of international business ready for the global marketplace
  • Benefit from an international classroom where cross-cultural training helps you develop your global reach
  • Embrace business sustainability in response to global societal and environmental challenges
  • Develop your research and analytical skills. Spot opportunities, respond to change and assess risk factors. In practice too
  • Showcase your adaptability on the job with a three-month international company internship
  • Complete your international experience with an optional study exchange abroad

What does this course contain?

Graduate as a bachelor of International Business Management ready to step into the business world. Here’s how:

Year 1

  • The first bachelor year is the same for all specialisations: Global BusinessGlobal Supply Chain Management and International Entrepreneurship.
  • Get a thorough grounding in business skills learning from experts about finance, law, sales, marketing and management.
  • Broaden your horizons from the start. See how all these skills fit into an international context and focus on cross-cultural communication.
  • Take advantage of KdG’s dedicated business lab – a place to simulate the real world of global business, and apply your knowledge in practice.

Year 2

  • Build on your skills, turning your attention to strategy, innovation, change management, Human Resources, supply chain management and international law and finance.
  • You’ll learn what it takes to really make a difference to a business that needs that competitive edge.
  • Learn how to plan your thesis and get ready for an international week or business research trip abroad.

Year 3

  • Get coaching on how to research and write your thesis on a business subject of your choice.
  • Choose to specialise from a range of electives that cover all aspects of global business.
  • Complete your skillset by getting to grips with risk, ethics and corporate strategy.
  • And finally step into the real business world, enjoying a 13 week internship with an international company.
  • You’ve learned from lecturers and classmates, you’ve discovered your potential. Now you can see it all in action and really deliver.

It’s time to start your career.

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Courses and credits

Year 1

Courses
60 credits
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.

Business Communication
(
3 credits
)

Presenting information and points of view in meetings and presentations is a daily reality of business life. Learn how to conduct effective meetings with careful preparation and an open mind to differences of opinion.

Business Economics
(
5 credits
)

Global economic development affects the performance of governments, companies, organisations and individuals. Grasp key concepts and principles of economics, and those relating to business organisation and strategy.  You will draw on case studies and media reports to examine the extent to which external factors influence business decisions and performance. Find out how market mechanisms work, study factors which influence producers’ pricing and output decisions, inter-dependence of households and businesses, strategies that drive business growth and theories of consumer behaviour. You will also examine the role of governments, concepts of labour and employment, money, capital and inflation and business cycles – essential for understanding different viewpoints.

Business Lab
(
5 credits
)

Your chance to work with a diverse team on a project like any globally-minded business professional. Develop a business concept together, applying your knowledge of bringing a product to market (purchase, transportation, production and marketing) and drawing on ICT and project management tools to assist you. Learn through practice.

Business Reports and Correspondence
(
3 credits
)

Information is everywhere. Finding and selecting valuable information in open source networks, libraries, magazines and reviews, requires a careful search technique and a critical mindset. We will work on these skills and help you master the art of writing efficient messages and reports – both for internal and external use.

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.

Financial Accounting
(
5 credits
)

The financial situation of every organisation is reflected in the accounts. Starting with the theoretical and legal framework of the International Financial Reporting System, you practise the basics of financial accounting – how to record inventory, sales and purchases, and ensure proper closing. Learn how to read financial reports such as balance sheets, income statements and cash flow statements.

ICT for Calculations
(
3 credits
)

A flair for number-crunching and working with spreadsheets is essential in any organisation. Likewise, organising data, making (financial) calculations and analysing data are also sought-after skills in the labour market and areas you will develop throughout the module.

ICT for Communication
(
3 credits
)

Provides a comprehensive overview of some of the most widely-used applications for communication in business: Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Outlook. You will learn core techniques and best practices, and discover tools for information management, planning and cloud-computing.

International and European Law
(
5 credits
)

As the influence of international and European law grows ever stronger, knowing its basic principles and where to go for legal and regulatory information will help you make the right choices in business. Develop your critical-thinking skills in regards to contracts and learn how to double-check legal issues.

International Sales and Marketing
(
5 credits
)

Learn how to market products and services across borders, in this growth area of international business. You will explore the pressures created by the pathways of internationalisation, as well as political and economic risk analysis, international planning, cultural distance, branding for international markets, international market entry, distribution strategies, and adaptation versus standardisation.

International Trade and Logistics
(
5 credits
)

Get an overview of most common globalisation theories on defending open economies and removing trade barriers. You will explore the opportunities, risks and threats as well as the roles of the intermediate parties. Take a close-up look at how the global supply chain works – in theory and practice. You will cover purchasing, materials management, inventory control, warehousing, transport and distribution, as well as reverse logistics and manufacturing’s response to environmental concerns.

Personal Development and Management Skills
(
6 credits
)

As a student, you learn to manage your studying, time, motivation and personal energy, and later as you prepare for a career in international business new skills come into play. This course enables you to work on core management strengths such as teamwork, intercultural awareness, scheduling and planning. Your mentor will also give you personal development coaching as part of your drive to become a skilled and motivated young professional.

Elective
(
3 credits
)

Choose one of the following electives to broaden your horizon:

  • Doing Business in China
    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 Europe
    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.
  • English upgrade B2+
    ​If you had a B2 (IELTS 6.0) for your language screening test, you are strongly advised to take up this elective course. Brush up on those basic skills, so you keep up in this English-taught environment. It is also great preparation for the Road to IELTS course in the second year.
Elective language (Dutch elementary 1, Spanish elementary 1, French elementary 1, French intermediate 1 or other foreign language)
(
3 credits
)

A chance to broaden your language skills. Either choose from the following in-house courses:

  • Dutch (the local language here in Antwerp): elementary course (CEFR level A1)
  • French: elementary and intermediate courses (CEFR levels A1 & B1)
  • Spanish: elementary course (CEFR level A1)
  • Or submit a proposal to study another language, outside KdG.

Whichever option you decide upon, you will need to continue with that same language for the full 12 credits (in the second and third year of your study programme).

Native speakers cannot enrol on an elementary course in their own language. Also, students with a secondary school degree from Flanders who want to improve their French must choose the intermediate option.

Learn more about CEFR level descriptions

Year 2

Courses
60 credits
Cross-Cultural Teamwork and Development
(
6 credits
)

Discover what kind of team player you are, and how to perform at your peak within a team. Put into practice the skills learned in the Cross Cultural Communication module and apply them to real-life situations where cultural awareness, networking, teamwork and professionalism go hand in hand. Develop these critical skills by reflecting on your actions and behaviour.

English C1 Road to IELTS
(
6 credits
)

In order to graduate, all students need to prove that their English-language proficiency is at least C1-level on the CEFR. This course prepares you for taking the IELTS – C1 General Test at the British Council in Brussels, or to do a similar test at KdG.

Human Resources Management
(
3 credits
)

Find out how to attract the right talent, develop it as well as reward and retain staff – core aspects of any successful business. Get a strategic and transactional overview, learn how to apply HR frameworks and concepts to real-life examples, and create the right conditions for employees and managers to achieve company goals.

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 Business Law
(
5 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.

International Finance Management 1
(
3 credits
)

Delve into the international corporate financial management. Explore the international financial markets and the sources for international companies to finance their business. Detect the financial risks and how to develop risk exposure management. Use this knowledge to perform investment analysis, working capital and cash management. Develop insight in international payment techniques and trade finance products.

Managerial Accounting
(
5 credits
)

Decision-makers within an organisation rely on timely and accurate financial and non-financial information to make informed judgments. You will master the most important managerial accounting techniques needed to achieve this – job order costing, cost-volume-profit relationships, activity-based costing, activity-based management, budgeting, variance analysis and capital budgeting.

Innovation and change
(
3 credits
)

In our ever-changing world, companies need to react quickly to maintain their competitive edge. Get an insight into insights, models, tools and techniques to successfully reshape an organisation in light of global developments. Focus on the implications for individuals, teams and organisations and explore project management and organisational culture for ways to create sustainable change. 

Quantitative Business Techniques
(
5 credits
)

Calculations and projections are important tools in business management. Learn how to work with statistics, market data and mathematical functions to develop simulations and forecasts in this hands-on seminar.

Research and Academic Reporting
(
3 credits
)

Writing a bachelor thesis is challenging and this course will give you a head start. Settle on a topic you want to write about, develop a clear thesis statement, look up different types of sources and evaluate them, plan your work, structure your narrative, and fine tune your writing. The outcome is a well thought-through proposal for your thesis.

Sales Strategy
(
3 credits
)

A strong sales team is key to developing new and existing client relationships while simultaneously boosting company profits. Learn how to build a loyal client base as you delve into the principles of marketing, sales automation and upgrade strategies. Our practical exercises will develop your team management skills and negotiation tactics ready for the workplace. 

Strategic and Operational Marketing
(
3 credits
)

Explore the role of strategical and operational marketing in today’s world of global business. Get an insight into those all-important concepts and techniques, which enable today’s managers to identify and capitalise on opportunities that arise. Find out how its benefits are increasingly sought-after by the public sector and other, not-for profit organisations.

Supply Chain Management
(
3 credits
)

Before a client or consumer can benefit from purchased goods and services, a supply chain must run its course. Get an insight into a product’s  manufacturing, transportation far and wide, packing, storage, selection, and distribution to a shop – often just in time before it is sold and delivered. Join us on this fascinating journey along the supply chain.

Elective language (Dutch elementary 2, Spanish elementary 2, French elementary 2, French intermediate 2 or other foreign language)
(
6 credits
)

Continue to build on last year’s taster, as you dive into the detail of your chosen language.

Elective
(
3 credits
)

Yet to be determined.

Year 3

Courses
60 credits
Bachelor Thesis
(
8 credits
)

Carry out in-depth analytical research into a business-related topic of your choice. Your investigations will see you dive into the literature and gather data before formulating your arguments into a reasoned written report. You are coached by a mentor throughout, and by the end of the process you are ready to present your findings to a jury panel. 

Business Ethics
(
3 credits
)

Is it all about the money? Or is there more to it? Take a look at authentic business cases from various standpoints and analyse them. Set up debates, present your reasoned arguments, and see if there is more to business than just going for a quick win…

International Corporate Strategy
(
5 credits
)

A sound corporate strategy helps a business stay focused in uncertain economic times. Formulating a sound strategy requires a thorough understanding of the environment in which a company operates, its vision, its unique set of competences and resources and aims to set the direction for its future growth. Focus on becoming a strategic thinker – a key skill for any manager, corporate executive or entrepreneur – and get to evaluate and critically analyse a global company’s strategies. You will study the market risks and opportunities, discover how corporate strategy evolves in response to market conditions, and understand the process of strategy implementation in order to gain a sustainable competitive advantage.

International Internship
(
20 credits
)

Your 13-week internship within an international company or organisation is a pivotal moment in terms of personal development. You start as an observer but quickly immerse yourself in the daily working processes of your colleagues. As an intern you will find yourself being part of a project team – focusing on a particular area of analysis or a survey study – or getting experience handling operations within a company for instance.

Your lecturers have prepared you for this moment, and now it is your chance to shine on the job.

International Trade and Risk Management
(
5 credits
)

Cross border trade and global procurement is an established and natural phenomenon. Learn to assess the risks involved by simulating an import or export transaction. Carry out an in-depth analysis of a product, its market appeal, the country where it was manufactured and the supply chain. Check the legal obligations under your sale contract such as delivery, customs clearance and payment. Draft the necessary contracts for sale, finance, transport and insurance, and have a sound grasp of the legal ramifications in the event of a breach. 

Major electives
(
10 credits
)

Choose two from the following choices:

International Human Resources Management
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 2
This course provides knowledge and insight into banking. We explore the international financial system and different types of intermediation. We detect the different drivers of banking, such as accounting rules, prudential rules and technology. We detect the financial risks and how to develop the risk exposure management and the management of risks.

Warehouse Management
The importance of a well-organised warehouse increases as supply chains become more integrated – as demonstrated by the high-tech mega-warehouses with international scope. Find out about the different processes within a warehouse and how to optimise them. Explore warehouse storage systems, handling equipment, lay-out planning, order-picking and packing as well as new trends in distribution and return logistics.

Minor electives
(
6 credits
)

Choose three from the following choices:

Business Modelling
As a business professional, you will need to come up with new business ideas. Grasp the Lean Start-Up principles and you will learn to assess customer needs, market potential and financial viability in a short period of time.

Corporate Reputation Management
Find out how companies and executives build, strengthen and sustain their reputations. Bridge the gap between corporations and society, and uncover areas of possible conflict while developing the know-how to resolve them. You will also examine technological, governance and performance issues and their effect on business.

Digital Marketing
Get to grips with digital marketing by creating a simple website for an small online business, and then improve it using the principles of content marketing and user experience. You will also explore Google Adwords, Google analytics and direct mail promotion as part of a wider digital marketing strategy.

Cases On International Strategies
As you explore the opportunities within the global market, you will learn how to analyse whether an organisation is ready to go international. Is it a viable option in terms of their products and services? And how do you identify target markets? You will explore the fundamental considerations – from exports and countertrade, to foreign direct investment and collaborative ventures, and licensing and franchising.

International Tax and Finance Management
Paying tax is an important part of a company’s economic impact and contribution to society, and a key component of a corporation’s  strategic plan and decision-making process. Learn how to recognize tax planning opportunities and how to apply the basic principles of tax strategy. You will learn about tax implications, explicit and implicit taxes, tax rate limits, and how different tax systems differ.

Network and Lobbying
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
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 organisations.

Are you willing to go the extra mile? Would you like to learn how to connect the dots? Do you want to get out of your comfort zone? Do you seek real business experiences while you are still a student?

We offer support to take part in a project besides and instead of regular classes provided or endorsed by partner universities or companies.

Third-party project
Seeking real business experiences? Want to learn how to connect the dots? Do you want to get out of your comfort zone? Do you want to connect with students from other departments, universities, or companies?

Then apply for one of the following options:

  • Case competition: You join a multidisciplinary KdG student team that works on a number of case studies together. The final case sees you compete live with other universities in Belgium, working under pressure to a tight deadline. Then present your ideas to a panel of judges.  
  • A summer school: choose a programme at one of our partner universities to broaden your horizon.
  • Any other third-party course that is consistent with the overall IBM learning outcomes and is approved by the Study Career Counsellor or Programme Manager.

DXC Masterclass
A workshop run by a leading independent, end-to-end IT services company.  Over six sessions, you address digital technologies from a business perspective. You work on a real case study for a client, providing business solutions, which you present at the end of the workshop. 

The basic allocation of the academic credit system is 60 credits per year of study or 30 credits per semester. Each credit equals a workload of 25 hours including lectures, seminars, self-tuition, assignments and examinations.

What does your schedule look like?

  • The Welcoming days are from 14 to 16 September 2022 and attendance of these is essential.
  • Your classes will then start from Monday, 19 September.
  • On average you will have 22 hours of lessons per week.
  • Lessons will be on campus so you can benefit from close interaction with your lecturers and colleagues.
  • Normally you can expect 1 to 1.5 day per week free which allows you to work on group projects with your colleagues.
  • Each week is varied combining a mix of lectures, seminars, team assignments and self-study. Have a look here at the  class schedule and an example course timetable
  • Have a look at the class schedule and example course timetable

Improve your language skills

Take advantage of our international study environment to improve your language skills.

  • Boost your personal development and improve your career prospects by studying any language of your choice.
  • Dutch, French and Spanish are all offered in-house, but you can also elect to follow another language course with an external provider. The choice is yours.

Think of the opportunities for your future with some extra language skills under your belt, plus the confidence this will give you; broader horizons - perfect for the world of international business management.

Life is about experiences…

And your study experience will be rich and diverse.

  • Be coached by lecturers from universities and businesses from around the world.
  • Study with classmates from more than 20 different countries.
  • Learn to communicate across boundaries. Take advantage of exchange programmes and internships that allow you to travel.

Enjoy the experience of a lifetime!

The curriculum was amazing. We were trained to build networks and advised on finding a job, our CVs and interview skills. I felt ready to find a job after my second year.
Pamir - Global Business
Pamir
KdG alumnus

Personal growth

Our education combines theory and practical hands-on application. Emphasis is on teamwork and group assignments and working in real-world scenarios.

You’ll get the support you need and the space to grow. This is where you’ll discover what you are capable of.

By learning from and sharing with others, by motivating yourself and having to find solutions, you will prepare yourself for your future in Global Business.

International internship

Your 13-week internship within an international company or organisation is a pivotal moment in terms of personal development. As an intern you will find yourself being part of a project team. You'll be focusing on a particular area of analysis or a survey study – or getting experience handling operations within a company.

Your lecturers have prepared you for this moment, and this is your chance to shine.

Where to do an internship?

Wherever you prefer, as long as it is safe and the experience is worthwhile in terms of learning.

Get the best of both worlds and go abroad while staying close to home, by doing your internship within the EU: London, Madrid, Zurich, Stockholm, Rotterdam ...

Or spread your wings even further, and take an internship position outside the EU: New York, Singapore, Santiago, Cape Town, Shenzhen …

Our interns have been welcomed at corporations such as Credit Suisse, AB Inbev, M-Star Freight Services, Philips Lighting B.V., Flanders Investment & Trade, KBC Bank …

What do you need?

You need an up-to-date laptop to take notes, work on projects, take exams ...

  • Wifi specifications: a device with an 'A' rating (e.g. Wifi A, Wireless A, Wifi AC, Wireless AC)
  • Can I use a Mac? We strongly advise against using a Mac since recent versions do not allow for the installation of Windows via Bootcamp – a requirement for your exams.
  • Can I use a Chromebook? We also advice against using Chromebook. As of september Office will no longer be supported by Chromebook.
  • Free software? You get Windows and Office 365 for free as a student of this programme.

For whom?

Your profile

  • You want to adopt a general approach to modern business management.
  • You are fascinated by an international environment.
  • You live up to your expectations and study in an international classroom.

Requirements

  • This course is taught in EnglishGood proficiency in English is required.
  • You hold a secondary education certificate that grants access to a comparable higher education degree programme in the country it was granted.
  • Strongly motivated, open-minded and goal-driven students.
  • Our programme requires curiosity, a strong will to use all of your talents, a readiness to explore, to learn and to perform in an international team.

Study in Antwerp, Belgium

  • Home to more than 44.000 students and around 170 nationalities.
  • Antwerp is a safe, diverse and welcoming international student city.
  • Situated on the River Scheldt, this mini metropolis is a gateway to the world.
  • A perfectly located economic hub steeped in history, and always evolving.
  • Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris and London all within easy reach.

Discover Antwerp, Belgium’s ‘capital of cool’

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Students in Antwerp at Scheldt river
Antwerpen Grote Markt

Your campus

You will study at our Groenplaats campus in the heart of historic Antwerp, overlooking the main square and cathedral and a short stroll to the shopping precinct on the Meir.

Your lectures will mostly take place here within the faculty of Management & Information Technology. Drop into the library for some quiet study time, get together for group work in The View, or relax in the cafeteria and catch-up with course mates.

The campus enjoys excellent bus and tram links, so getting around the city is straightforward. And with Antwerpen-Centraal station just a short ride away, it means Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris and London are all within easy reach.  

Campus Groenplaats
Nationalestraat 5
2000 ANTWERP

+32 3 613 16 00
info.mit@kdg.be

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And after you have graduated?

Since you will have studied amongst students from all over the world, your career could start anywhere. These studies are all about content, but situated in an international perspective and setting. As a professional, you can become a key figure in an international environment – any place in the world is possible – or strengthen local businesses in your home country.

Studying @ KdG, it is all about exploring …

Jobs after graduation

Executive international procurement  - Junior account manager - Junior operations manager - Junior client relationship manager – Sales executive – Business development manager- international HR officer - International customer service executive - Payroll administrator - International customer support officer - Administrator international projects - Sales representative - Assistant international marketing – Communications officer - Order administrator - Administrator international tenders - Account executive - Credit collector - Junior accountant - ...

One degree and more

Our programme is your footboard to a profound expansion of your skills in an international master's programme.

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Live lesson in International Business Management

Curious to see what a class is really like at KdG? Join us for a live lesson in International Business Management. 

These are real classes taught to real students. This way you immediately feel like a student for an hour.

Attend an open lesson on campus

For companies and organizations

Are you looking for an intern? Please send a mail to ibm@kdg.be.

Our interns have the entrepreneurial spirit and the operational skills. You invest some time in briefing them and they soon add value to your organization, during the internship and maybe also later on.