In the final year of the programme you will once again choose a number of modules of your own interest. In the first semester (30 credits) you can either take modules at the UT or spend six months studying abroad. On top of that, you will learn about governance, ethics and leadership in a business environment, and you spend a lot of time on your Bachelor’s thesis.

  • Year 3Year 3
  • Electives
  • Electives
  • Change Management, Corporate Governance, Business Ethics & Leadership
  • Bachelor's assignment

    The first semester of the third year (30 ECs) consists of elective space, in which you can choose from various minors. We encourage our students to spend this time abroad. Here are some options:

    • 1. Study abroad

      We encourage our third-year students to spend a semester studying abroad. The UT has a number of partners in different parts of Europe as well as further afield, such as in Mexico, Australia, Indonesia and Taiwan. We are currently negotiating with additional, new partners, which means we will soon be able to offer you even more choices. The number of places at each university is limited, but overall there are enough places available for all of our students to be able to earn the required credits and to enjoy an unforgettable international experience.


      Jan-Willem and Michael in Indonesia: "Studying abroad, especially on the other side of the world, is an experience we will never forget. It is good for your studies (getting your Bachelor degree), but even more so for the personal skills and knowledge you gain."

      Svenja: "I really enjoyed my time studying abroad time in France. I got to travel quite a lot, met many students from all over the world and definitely improved my French language skills significantly". Read Svenja's study abroad experience.

      Read more about the experiences of our students abroad

      You can find a list of our partner universities here.

    • 2. High Tech Human Touch (HTHT) minors

      These modules focus on specific social themes related to the High Tech Human Touch domain. Available modules include New Technology Business Development, Governance of Innovation and Socio-Technical Change, From prototype to society of Cybercrime & Cybersecurity.

    • 3. Crossing Borders module

      This module has been designed to prepare you for working and thriving in an international environment, either in the public sector or in the business world. You will gain valuable international experience in this module.

    • 4. Modules belonging to other UT programmes or offered by other universities

      You can also opt for taking modules belonging to other University of Twente programmes or offered by other universities.

    • 5. International Business Administration Minors *
      1. Innovation & Entrepreneurship Internship 
        This is an internship module following the IBA module Innovation and Entrepreneurship or the Innovation and Entrepreneurship minor.  It is a module intended for the deepening of knowledge on innovation and entrepreneurship. This internship typically takes place in the Twente region, the Netherlands or one of its neighboring countries, but in case carefully planned it also can be realised in other countries.  Student initiatives in the arrangement of company assignments are important. Students will be supported in their arrangements and supervised in their internship by the staff of the programme. A report on the Internship needs to be delivered in which the student shows to be able to apply and combine knowledge to business problems to be solved. The preparation starts IBA’s  Innovation and Entrepreneurship module.

      2. High Tech Talent Management
        This module is designed to develop knowledge and skills for the management of IT-enabled talent management practices in an international context and for modelling comparative High Tech Talent Management studies. It is built on concepts and methods associated with adoption and implementation of Information Technologies by end-users; Contingency and Organisational Change theories; and Convergence-Divergence debates in international management and business studies. The minor builds upon the most latest developments within the research and practice in the field of Talent Management and Information Technologies. It brings together several fields of research: Information Systems, Human Resource Management, Cross-Cultural Communication, Organisation Studies, Information Technology, Organisational Behavior, Knowledge Management, and Practice Transfer. Students, who join this minor, will deal with such questions as:
      • Who are “talented” employees in organisations? Is there a best way to manage them? And do organisations have to manage them?
      • How can Information Technologies facilitate recruitment, selection and development of (High Tech) Human Talent?
      • What are cultural differences in talent and talented employees across the Globe? And what are the ways organisations have to take these differences into account? What are the advantages of different cultural backgrounds of employees?
      • How can organisations solve ethical/moral dilemmas regarding the way global talent is supplied, abused, challenged and/or preferred?
      • Should organisations balance between standardising and localising HRM practices for managing talent? If so, which conditions on the individual, team, organisational and societal level hinder or support balancing these issues?

      *For your information: The IBA minors can also be done instead of the IBA electives. 


    You will gain knowledge and understanding of the key concepts, findings and insights involved in change management, corporate governance, business ethics and leadership. As part of the module, you will be expected to provide a recommendation to improve a specific business process in a context in which all of these aspects are at play.

    The goal of the module is for you to enhance the improvement capacity of the actors involved, along with their innovative capacity and overall level of entrepreneurship, as the case may be. In the module’s final project/paper, you will be asked to analyse a real-world organisational situation of governance and/or ethics, change and leadership.


    The final part of the Bachelor's programme in International Business Administration at the University of Twente integrates your three years of study. This is your opportunity to shine by applying everything you’ve learned as you conduct your Bachelor’s project and write your Bachelor’s thesis.

    In writing your Bachelor’s thesis, you will learn to:

    • Formulate a research question; apply fundamental business management concepts to analyse the research question; develop a research framework; design a solution for a business problem;
    • Produce a consistent, well-structured and properly argued text;
    • Plan and manage your own learning process; and
    • Present and defend the results of your research during the Student Bachelor’s Thesis Conference.

    Following successful completion of your thesis, you will receive your Bachelor’s degree and the title of Bachelor of Science, qualifying you to start on a master's programme.


Once you’ve been awarded your Bachelor of Science degree, you may join the Master’s programme in Business Administration at the University of Twente. You might also opt to enter the labour market. Opportunities abound. Curious about where our graduates work? Read their testimonials here.

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