International Entrepreneurship

Afstudeerrichting van de professionele bachelor International Business Management

  • Je volgt les in het Engels, samen met studenten uit de hele wereld: Mexico, Vietnam, Zwitserland, Canada, …
  • International Entrepreneurship is een creatieve en praktijkgerichte opleiding voor startende ondernemers die een internationale onderneming willen starten.
  • Al vanaf het eerste jaar krijg je alle tools en kennis die nodig zijn om af te studeren met een eigen (internationale) start-up.
  • Engels is in deze sector de voertaal, door deze opleiding in het Engels te volgen ben je al meteen mee met de terminologie en vakjargon.
  • Omring jezelf met gelijkstemmende ondernemers uit het binnen- of buitenland.
  • Word je eigen baas. Zet je bedrijfsconcept om in een startende onderneming tijdens je afstudeerstage.
  • Je kunt deze opleiding ook in het Nederlands volgen: Internationaal Ondernemen.

Hoe ziet de opleiding eruit?

Studeer af in de bachelor International Business Management en neem de eerste stap richting het bedrijfsleven.

Eerste jaar

  • Het eerste jaar is een basisjaar dat de fundamenten legt voor jouw businesskennis.
  • Tijdens de entrepreneurial hackaton zet je de theorie om in de praktijk en gebruik je jouw ondernemende mindset om een uitdagende case op te lossen.

Tweede jaar

  • De beste voorbereiding voor je eigen bedrijf: ervaring opdoen in een start-up of scale-up. Je volgt zeven weken stage met focus op zelfreflectie: wil/kan ik dit zelf en zo ja, hoe moet ik dit aanpakken?
  • Je concentreert je op het opstellen van een start-up plan met aandacht voor bedrijfsmanagement en de internationale zakenwereld.

Derde jaar

  • Ondernemerschap is het fundament van je laatste jaar. Vijf specialisatievakken en een afstudeerproject zorgen er voor dat je helemaal klaar bent om zelf een bedrijf te starten en te werken in een internationale context.
  • Tijdens jouw afstudeerproject start je een eigen bedrijf in samenwerking met je KdG-mentor en een externe mentor die je zelf hebt aangesteld als coach.

Inhoud en studiepunten

Year 1

International Business Management courses
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 inside view helps you to identify the type of organization you would want to work for and how to manage your own 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 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, transport 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:

  • Business in Latin-America

Doing Business in Latin America provides pointers to conceive of a highly diverse global region. It supplies the students with a background on economic histories, doctrines, policies and practices that continue to affect a number of modern Latin American States’ business climates today. Additionally, the course covers data sources on governance, that students will find relevant to honing their analytical and critical reflection on States – not only from this Global region, and not only in the scope of this course, but possibly for ever after. 

  • 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.

  • Business in the US

​​​​​​​Gain valuable insight into one of the world’s most expansive and lucrative markets, the United States of America.  You will learn more about the political, economic and social particularities of the US and how they relate to doing business in the country.  Furthermore, the class will contain practical do’s and don’ts for conducting business in and with the USA. 

  • 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.

  • Leadership and People Management (B4E)

The Leadership and People Management course takes a two-fold approach to leadership practices and the different challenges of managing people in the multicultural and diverse workplace of the post-Covid world. Incorporating theoretical studies and  practical exercises, a mix between an academic approach and a business training, the course is structured around lectures, interactive sessions, workshops, individual and group presentations. Use will be made of case studies (Harvard Business Review), video and other material. Student work includes role plays, games, and concrete projects of varying degrees of difficulty. Students will study different areas within the three important building blocks in leadership and managing people.  

Psychological with a focus on the individual
Example themes such as: emotional intelligence, discovering value systems, self-limiting beliefs, self-awareness, self-discipline and self-motivation.

Social-psychological with a focus on the relational
Example themes such as: power and influence, motivation vs manipulation, empowerment and engagement, teamwork and communication skills.

Situational context with a focus on the organisation
Example themes such as: organisational design, organisational culture, challenges of a multicultural workplace, risk vs crisis management and geopolitical and economic challenges in the post-pandemic world.

         

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

International Entrepreneurship courses
Business lab International Entrepreneurship
(
5 credits
)

A chance to work in a diverse team of like-minded entrepreneurs. Apply your know-how, successfully transforming an idea into a real-life business plan. Take your concept and turn it into a viable venture, drawing on ICT and project management tools as you go.

Year 2

International Business Management courses
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.

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.

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
)

During this course you get all the necessary insights to write a strong business plan. You learn how to formulate a research question and proposal, look up different types of sources and evaluate them, plan your work, structure your narrative, and finetune your writing. The outcome is a project plan and a foundation for your business plan.

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.

Cross-cultural teamwork and development
(
4 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.

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
)

Choose one of the following electives to broaden your horizon:

  • Human Resources Management
    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.
  • Storytelling as Business Tool (B4E)
    Storytelling, it’s all about communication, interaction and getting your idea across.
    • The difference between information and ideas
    • Key requirements
    • Story versus factual representation
    • Requirements to tell stories
    • CAST model 
    • Finetuning
    • Bringing it all together
      If you want to communicate so that your ideas and messages stick, tell stories. Storytelling is not fluffy, it’s about adding narrative structures, narrative elements to your content, to your texts. 
      It’s about shaping the story of your organisation, through stories of the past, the future, the successes and the failures. Adding a human touch, and shaping the tone of voice of your brand, your organisation. It’s about communication without clutter, making yourself heard and remembered. 
  • International Business Practices
    Tumultuous International Business times ahead.  China is getting strong enough to challenge the USA in economic hegemony, and the latter is no longer so sure about the “global rules” itself has helped to put in place.
    That means that you will enter the business world with the 3 largest economic blocks (the EU, The USA and China) singing a different tune.  How to navigate this new (and still shaping) international business world ?
    The course tackles this in a very hands-on way.  It brings in guest speakers who have a broad experience in global business, but as a student you also get to go deep in certain area and translate that knowledge into a report and final presentation that then also brings your fellow students upto speed on your new insights.  Net a class to learn, to experience, but also to share & help others ahead.

 

International Entrepreneurship courses
Brand reputation
(
5 credits
)

Become an expert in identifying the characteristics of a strong brand and apply your skills on cases where you show you can manage a brand yourself. Learn to network, create your brand, sell your idea and create buy-in.

Start-up strategy
(
3 credits
)

Choosing the right strategy is essential for your business to grow. You are trained to apply the right methodology to evaluate the factors most crucial for successful scaling.

International internship
(
11 credits
)

Immerse yourself in a new business venture, experiencing the ins and outs of start-up life firsthand. What better way to discover what type of entrepreneur you are? Get a taste of the different roles and responsibilities within a new and growing organisation, learning the ropes from like-minded entrepreneurs. It is a chance to broaden your international outlook abroad. 

Innovative entrepreneurship
(
3 credits
)

Learn to share ideas and apply brainstorming techniques. Grasp today’s global challenges and reflect on how you as an entrepreneur can respond to them. Master how to validate new concepts before entering the market.

Year 3

International Business Management courses
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 trade and risk management
(
5 credits
)

Cross border trade and global procurement is long established. 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. 

Elective language (Dutch elementary 3, Spanish elementary 3, French elementary 3, French intermediate 3 or other foreign language)
(
3 credits
)

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

International Entrepreneurship courses
Start-up practicalities
(
6 credits
)

In three modules, you get a package of all the practical, administrative and financial information you need to start a company.

  • Module 1: Legal frameworks
  • Module 2: Startup financials
  • Module 3: Starting up anywhere in the world
Company project
(
8 credits
)

Details to follow

Networking and negotiating
(
3 credits
)

An initiation in the art of networking and negotiating. You learn how to identify interesting network events, learn how to establish new connections and understand and apply negotiating principles in the purchasing and sales context.

Design thinking
(
4 credits
)

Build the foundations for your business using the design thinking framework. Explore market research practices, customer-centricity models and ideation techniques to validate your ideas with little risk and low investment.

Digital governance
(
3 credits
)

Bring structure to an organisation. In this course you get to know the different procedures and flows in a company and how to tie responsibilities to processes so we make sure you know how to lead the operational department.

Graduation project
(
25 credits
)

Start up your own international business with a potential to scale. Set up the foundations for your concept on the road to graduation and get the opportunity to work on your start-up during a whole semester. The outcome is a validated idea with a business model and market entry strategy that you can use to become the entrepreneur you aspire to be.

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.

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Wanneer heb je les?

  • De Welcoming days zijn van 14 tot 16 september. Maak kennis met je nieuwe klasgenoten, docenten en hogeschool. Aanwezigheid is verplicht.
  • Je start maandag 19 september. Later inspringen kan tot februari.
  • Per week volg je gemiddeld 22 uur les. Je hebt weinig springuren.
  • Vaak heb je één of twee halve dagen per week vrij. Ideaal om aan groepsopdrachten te werken met je medestudenten.
  • Iedere week kan je een combinatie verwachten van lessen, seminaries, teamopdrachten en zelfstudie.

Bekijk een voorbeeldlessenrooster.
Bekijk de jaarindeling.

Internationale ervaring

  • Een internationale opleiding heeft veel voordelen, niet alleen een slaapplaats in het buitenland.
  • Vanaf dag één bouw je een internationaal netwerk uit met klasgenoten van over de hele wereld.
  • In het keuzevak Networking & Lobbying leer je een hands-on aanpak voor het opbouwen en onderhouden van zo’n netwerk.
  • Engels is in de meeste internationale bedrijven de voertaal, door deze opleiding in het Engels te volgen ben je al meteen mee met de terminologie en vakjargon.
  • Tijdens je internationale stage leer je de werkwijze kennen van je stagebedrijf, dit kan soms wel wat verschillen met een lokaal bedrijf. Waar je verblijft, kies je volledig zelf!
    • Populaire bestemmingen in Europa: Londen, Madrid, Zurich, Stockholm, Rotterdam, …
    • Liever verder weg? Ga naar: New York, Signapore, Santiago, Cape Town, Shenzhen, …
  • Kdg-studenten deden hun stage al in bedrijven als: Credit Suisse, AB Inbev, M-Star Freight Services, Philips Lighting B.V., Flanders Investment & Trade, KBC Bank …

Periodesysteem: 1 academiejaar = 4 periodes

  • 1 periode is 6 weken les, 1 week examenvoorbereiding en 1 tot 3 weken examens.
  • Je krijgt regelmatig feedback over je resultaten, vorderingen en werkpunten.
  • Voordeel: je spreidt je studielast over een heel jaar en je leert plannen.

Bovendien kan je rekenen op heel wat coaching.

Studeren én ondernemen

Een eigen business uit de grond stampen én studeren? Dat vinden wij de normaalste zaak van de wereld!

Ga dus eens kijken in het KdG-ondernemerscentrum.

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Wat heb je nodig?

Laptop

Je hebt een recente laptop nodig om te noteren, projecten uit te werken, examens af te leggen, te communiceren ...

  • Minimumvereisten:
    • Processor: i5 / Ryzen 5
    • RAM: 8GB 
    • Opslagcapaciteit: 256GB
    • Wifi: toestel met 'A'-vermelding (bv. Wifi A, Wireless A, Wifi AC, Wireless AC)
    • Webcam
  • Mac?
    • Je kan je Mac gebruiken, maar soms zal je een kleine omweg moeten nemen om hetzelfde resultaat als je medestudenten te behalen.
  • Chromebook of Linux?
    • Je kan geen Chromebook of Linux gebruiken (ondersteunt MS Office niet meer).

Software

Je hoeft zelf geen software aan te schaffen. Alles wat je tijdens je opleiding nodig hebt, krijg je gratis van ons (Word ,Excel …).

Voor wie?

Je profiel

  • Je wilt graag de internationale markt verkennen met jouw onderneming.
  • Je bent een teamspeler. There is no ‘I’ in ‘team’, achter elke geslaagde ondernemer staat een ploeg.
  • Nieuwsgierig, creatief, flexibel: check!

Voorwaarden

  • Deze opleiding is in het Engels, dus een goede talenkennis is vereist. Je voldoet aan de taalvereisten.
  • Je hebt een Vlaams diploma secundair onderwijs.
  • Of je hebt een ander toegelaten diploma of gelijkgesteld toelatingsbewijs én voldoet aan de taalvoorwaarde (lees meer over de toelatingsvoorwaarden).
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Waar heb je les?

Campus Groenplaats

Campus Groenplaats is je hoofdcampus, al kan het zijn dat je af en toe ook les hebt op campus Stadswaag of campus Pothoek.

  • Centrale ligging in hartje Antwerpen
  • Vlot bereikbaar met trein, tram, bus, fiets, step ...
  • Winkels, terrasjes, koffiebars ... naast de deur
  • Studieruimte met zicht op de kathedraal

Locatie
Nationalestraat 5
2000 ANTWERPEN

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

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Na je studie

Aan het werk

  • Deze opleiding biedt je alle tools zodat je na je studie aan de slag kunt als succesvol ondernemer.
  • Een start-up oprichten of starten in een plaatselijk bedrijf met internationale vertakkingen of in een buitenlands bedrijf dat internationaal opereert, jij kiest!
  • International entrepreneurship zorgt er voor dat je een aanwinst wordt voor elk (internationaal) bedrijf, niet alleen voor je eigen bedrijf.

Verder studeren

Via een schakelprogramma stroom je vlot door naar een master Bedrijfsmanagement, Handelswetenschappen...

Aanbevolen partneruniversiteiten:

Meer weten?

Kom naar een infodag

  • Krijg een rondleiding op de campus
  • Ontdek de KdG-opleidingen
  • Spreek met studenten en docenten
  • Startuur infosessie: 17u en 18u30

 

Download of bestel een brochure

Dan kan je alle details nog eens rustig doornemen wanneer jij dat wil: download of bestel een brochure.

Waarom KdG?

  • Coaching
    We begeleiden je van student tot professional, moedigen je aan om het verschil te maken.

  • Real life
    We mixen theorie en praktijk. Je leert een vak en een job.

  • Stevig diploma
    Onze oud-studenten zijn graag geziene sollicitanten en slimme ondernemers

  • Grensverleggende innovatie en experiment
    We creëren, bouwen verder op het bestaande, doen je over muren kijken.

  • Open huis
    Iedereen is welkom

Meer redenen om voor KdG te kiezen

Kwaliteitsvol onderwijs

  • KdG streeft topkwaliteit na.
  • We gaan voor duurzame ontwikkeling: van studenten, medewerkers en samenleving. Om telkens weer het beste uit iedereen te halen en die samenleving vorm te geven en te dragen.
  • Kwaliteitszorg is het geheel van middelen en systemen dat we inzetten om dat doel te bereiken.

Lees meer over Kwaliteitsvol onderwijs op KdG
Bekijk de beknopte rapporten 'opleidingskwaliteit' per opleiding