Get equipped for a successful career in international business and consultancy

Do you want to launch a successful career in international business? Are you eager to gain specialized expertise in areas such as change management and consultancy in a global context, cross-cultural management, global talent management, cross-border business models, and international sourcing in the 21st century? Is it your ambition to launch your career across cultural and geographic borders at a multinational or an international start-up or SME? Do you want to prepare yourself for an international traineeship? Are you looking for the go-to academic programme in this field? Then our one-year, English-taught International Management (IM) track within the Business Administration Master’s programme is the right choice for you.

Read more about the IM study programme and the career prospects for graduates with this International Management specialization.


There can be many reasons for you to sign up for the International Management (IM) Master’s specialization at the University of Twente. Discover the top five here.

Jumpstart your career with highly specialized international expertise

In today’s rapidly globalizing business world huge economic power shifts are taking place. Especially Dutch young professionals are renown in the world for playing active business roles in the world. Hence, particularly in Dutch Business Administration curricula, International Management has become a vital and highly specialized discipline. More and more worldwide businesses are in search of ambitious business-savvy professionals who can help them advance internationally. These businesses can be small, international start-ups (also called ‘born globals’), established companies entering new foreign markets, or multinationals offering exciting traineeships. In our International Management track, you can gain the expertise they’re looking for. Depending on the elective courses you take, you can learn to help them stay on top in the global ‘war for talent’, develop effective cross-border strategies and operations, navigate the opportunities and risks of global sourcing, co-lead (global) change projects, or understand the challenges of launching an International New Technology-Based Venture (INTBV). In addition to this specialized international expertise, the IM track will also provide you with the in-depth generic knowledge one would expect from a Master’s in Business Administration.

Access the latest learnings in global business, organizing and change

The University of Twente has a long history in internationally oriented management research and education. Our professors, many of whom frequently issue high-quality academic and other publications with other international professionals and/or have (international) business experience. We also have a strong doctoral programme for Business Administration, involving about a dozen active PhD researchers located across the world. Many of these are engaged in cutting-edge cross-cultural research, working closely with numerous global brands such as ING Bank, KPMG and Heineken, but also the Ministry of Defence, healthcare institutes and other international companies and research institutes in our network. As a technical university, the UT is also on the frontier of global developments such as smart industry and the use of advanced technology in healthcare. All of this means that as a student of International Management at the UT, you will be keyed into the very latest scientific insights and practical experiences – in areas ranging from strategy and operations in a global context to changes faced by international organizations and their leadership.

Find out more about our Change Management & Organizational Behaviour Research Group.

Become a part of our strong international network

About 40% of our IM students are international and our staff also represent a variety of nationalities. This is typical of the strong and growing international profile of the University of Twente. Many of the graduation theses our Master’s students work on come directly from international businesses, both at home and abroad. We have strong links with management consultants and research institutes situated in Austria, Brazil, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. This means that even while studying, you will gain vital practical experience and expanding your global network with excellent connections. Many of our students also choose to do their Master thesis (partly) abroad, to have a first-hand experience of cross-cultural differences. An example is a graduate who studied how to implement a lean healthcare system in a developing economy such as Brazil. Our international orientation makes the UT an ideal place for studying International Management.

Develop your intra/entrepreneurial skills and mind-set

The UT is frequently praised as the most entrepreneurial university in the Netherlands. Entrepreneurship (including intrapreneurship) is one of our core values, and we consider it part of our mission to keep redefining what it means in today’s constantly changing societal and corporate landscapes. As a an International Management student, you will benefit from being part of our vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. Do you want to gain specialized knowledge of International New Technology-Based Ventures (INTBVs)? The IM track includes an elective that will take you to the very forefront of this rapidly evolving science. Do you aim to launch your own enterprise? The UT has an outstanding track record in successful startups, with over 1,000 spinoffs in business today – many of whom were helped by our innovation specialists at Novel-T. All of this means that as an IM student you have access to leading innovation and entrepreneurship expertise as well as excellent UT examples, including and

Combine solid science with hands-on application, personal goals, and marketable skills

The IM Master’s track has been designed to help you develop academically and professionally. You will gain competence in independently conducting international and multidisciplinary research, as well as in the design and organization of innovative, hands-on paths and tools to business solutions. As a graduate, you will not only have in-depth knowledge of the international business arena, but also marketable skills in strategy and operations, analysis, teams, consultancy and projects. We will equip you to deliver scientifically sound analyses and solutions to real challenges faced by businesses and society. At the same time you will learn in this very track about your personal preferences, your strengths and challenges in (cross-culturally) collaborating with others: a unique part of this track. You will experience this blend of academic and applied knowledge in team projects so that you can apply this right away upon graduation. You will also work on practical cases from the real business world, as well as in lectures by experienced guest lecturers from around the globe, representing world players such as ING Bank, KPMG, Accenture, and other prominent members of the international business community and even healthcare. Additionally, we offer a broad range of choice of courses and topics, with the opportunity to closely align your electives and graduation research with your own interests and ambitions. We always have a sufficient number of external projects in which students can participate If they want to.

The IM track is part of our Master’s in Business Administration (BA). Discover what makes this BA Master’s different from other business programmes, or explore our other BA specializations.

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