Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Amsterdam School of International Business


In the third year of the full-time International Business bachelor's degree programme, you will need to choose one of the five majors offered by the Amsterdam School of International Business (AMSIB).


If you decide to follow your internship and thesis in the same subject of your specialisation, you will get a specialisation.

Looking for a strong and global foundation in the areas Accounting & Control and Finance & Investment? During the last years of the programme you can choose the specialisation International Finance and Control through your electives, global exchange, internship and thesis

This specialisation equips you to make business decisions as a corporate executive, and to evaluate investments as a financial analyst within this interconnected (financial) world. You wil deepen your knowledge through sophisticated theories and techniques for corporate and investment decision making.

For example, you will be taught to prepare and analyse financial statements compiled under different international accounting standards, to apply risk management techniques to hedge or mitigate financial risk, to take business decisions using enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, and to evaluate investment opportunities using contemporary finance theories and techniques.

The LCC specialisation is offered for 3 language streams; French, Spanish and Mandarin.

  • You will develop your language and intercultural skills to such an extent that you can do either your exchange or internship in a region in which one of these 3 languages is spoken. When learning the language, we will pay a lot of attention to national business cultures. For example: how do you address a Chinese colleague in a business conversation? How do you negotiate in Spanish with your manufacturer in Ecuador? How do you present your product on a French luxury fair, or give a presentation for a French speaking NGO in Morocco? How do you conduct an international sales call?
  • There are many possibilities to increase your intercultural skills: Work on a virtual level with colleagues of partner schools, develop an international company visit, and visit a conference on international communication.
  • When you write your thesis on a region related subject, you will have concluded the LCC specialisation track. We will give you the opportunity to prepare and take an International Business Language exam and receive a DELF-pro (FR.) or DELE (SP.), or HSK (Mandarin) certificate.

A specialisation in Organisation, Leadership and Change brings you insight in business processes within the organisation, structures, teams, project management, various types of organisations and business models in the age of digital and global economy.

Organisation, Leadership and Change specialisation offers a number of management-related courses covering topics and themes important in educating a cosmopolitan global citizen. Students will be able to deepen their knowledge into strategic international management, leadership, change, service and operations management and organizational behavior. Organisations today need both leaders and skillful followers with an understanding of organisational and environmental dynamics who are able to adjust, learn and grow. This specialisation track is aimed at delivering such employees to the job market. Upon completion, participants will be able to think strategically, be customer-focused, flexible, open-minded and respectful business professionals eager to be molded into a specialist in process management, management or HR consulting.

Organization, Leadership and Change is designed around three themes:

1) Organisation (internal and external organisational processes, structures, teams, project management, various types of organisations, including service organisations and servitisation of manufacturing organisations, service-driven and customer-driven logic, service design and recovery,  business models in the age of digital global economy).

2) Leadership (strategic vision, judgement, ethics and social responsibility, motivational theories and managing diversity, multicultural workforce).

3) Change (change strategies, change management, corporate cultures, best practices and failures).

Within the International Business and Management Studies programme you can specialise in an optional area of international business studies. Global Trade and Supply Chain Management for example.

The practice of supply chain management has become widespread in all industries around the globe today. Both small and large firms realise the benefits provided by effective global trade and supply chain management. Through the six foundation perspectives Purchasing, Logistics, Global trade, Innovation, Finance and E-commerce, you will learn how to apply methods for designing a supply chain in an international setting. Also, you will find out how changes in the supply chain design impact the financial performance of a company, and can bring direct value to sustainability and social responsibility.

You want to deepen and widen your knowledge about marketing? During the specialisation track International Marketing you will learn about the different aspects of business administration, economics or communications and acquire and master the foundations of marketing and cross-cultural issues.

Specialising in Marketing takes you on a journey in which you challenge yourself to further your knowledge and experience by studying and applying academic articles, professional publications, case studies and market research from different perspectives. You are challenged to apply and further develop your knowledge and insights during both the internship and thesis phase which, in order to be eligible for marketing specialisation, are both situated in a marketing environment.

The marketing specialisation track is applicable for students whose ambition it is to work in the field of international marketing and gain in-depth knowledge and experience of marketing and its role as a key driver for developing market-sensing capabilities, customer linking capabilities and accountability.

Published by  Amsterdam School of International Business 17 February 2020