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European Business Skills (EBS)

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Europe is the world’s largest trade block with a rich mixture of cultures and languages. The one-week intensive summer school course, European Business Skills (EBS), is an unique opportunity to acquire skills for the European business world.

Through the EBS course you experience what works and what does not work in selected countries of the European Union.

Join students and lecturers from Amsterdam and abroad for concise and upbeat lessons offering precise advice on how to behave professionally from Finland to Malta, from Ireland to Romania.

The course programme includes an excursion to Hilversum, the media capital of the Netherlands and home to a number of Dutch broadcasters and media companies, and headquarters of the national public broadcasting system NPO. And more cultural visits to beautiful places and introductory classes on Dutch culture.
Previous courses received a hallmarked evaluation score of 9,4 (out of 10). 

You'll be made familiar with the key principles of European cross-cultural communication. You will be able to identify and analyse instances of cross-cultural communication difficulties as well as to suggest subtle solutions. 

The course contributes to a pro-active and self-reflective role in your work, as well as to developing successful professional multi-cultural relationships in the EU or with EU-contacts from home.

In mixed-nationality teams you will work towards producing and presenting a radio show on European Business Skills for the Dutch New Business Radio. Each team will research, and conceptualise one theme for the radio show.

Besides this, there is a small individual exam on the Thursday morning, for which we will publish a tailor made booklet.

 Entry requirements  Undergraduate level with intermediate level English
 Also suited for graduate level students and professionals
Language  English


 Monday 3 July - Friday 7 July 2017
Study load

One week of lessons, workshops or group activities from
9.30-17.00 hrs and homework and project preparations (total average 60 hrs), pre-post module 10 hrs).


 2 EC

Tuition fee

 € 435,- (including excursion to Media Park Hilversum, excluding travel)
Early bird discount (apply before 1 April 2017)  € 25,00
Discount for students from partner universities  € 25,00
Type of diploma Certificate Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
More details about the course Europe is the world's largest trade area - richly diverse in cultures and languages. How comfortable are you with such cultural diversity in business? Follow EBS to learn exactly what will and will not work for the many countries of the European Union. And get the chance to work on a theme radio show for New Business radio. During our social programme, you are bound to have a fun time, and will visit wonderful places, in and around Amsterdam.
Type of assessment Individual mini exam 1 EC (mandatory)
Real radio show participation 1 EC (mandatory)
Course readings
  • EBS pocket book
  • EBS video lectures on YouTube
  • EBS pdf readers on Facebook course site
  • Mandatory use of recommended AUAS databases.
  • Selected EBS web lectures available from 
Location  AUAS-location Wibauthuis (WBH), Wibautstraat 3b | 1091 GH Amsterdam
More information

This course is offered by the faculty of Business and Economics Part-time.

The EBS Summer Course is open to:

  • Students from partner universities of the faculty of Economics and Management (FBE)
  • Exchange students via the International Centre at Fraijlemaborg
  • Exchange students from non-HvA partner schools,
  • Students from the CCBS minor
  • Selected students from the AUAS Honours Programmes
  • Students from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS)
Finally we strongly welcome professional individual participants from a non-educational background.

Course leader and contact

The course leader for this Summer School course is Sander Schroevers

If you have any practical questions please contact

Location Summer School

Published by  Faculty of Business and Economics 20 July 2017