Study this two-term foundation to gain the preparation you need for the BA International Business and Management Studies degree at Hanze University of Applied Sciences (UAS).
You will develop your academic study skills, English language, employability skills and knowledge of relevant academic subjects to prepare you for degree-level studies in Holland. You will also gain an invaluable understanding of Dutch university teaching and grading systems so you know what to expect.
This foundation starts in January and is just two terms rather than our standard three-term programme. This means, once you successfully complete this foundation and achieve the required grades, you will be ready to start your university degree studies in September of that same year.
The foundation is formed of modules. You'll be monitored, through continuous coursework and end-of-term or end-of-module assessments, to ensure you stay on track. Your continuous coursework includes a series of presentations and extended essays.
The Academic English Skills module provides thorough training in the English language and related academic skills to prepare you for degree-level study at university. You will develop your academic writing, effective reading strategies, presentation skills, note taking, essay writing and ability to contribute in group discussions. This module will ensure you reach the required level in reading, writing, listening and speaking in order to progress to your chosen university.
Acquire a basic understanding of the Dutch language and receive an introduction to the highlights of Dutch culture. You will learn day-to-day vocabulary and some simple Dutch phrases such as greetings, asking for directions, introducing yourself and ordering food and drinks. You will also understand typical customs and the work attitude expected from students.
Learn the methods Dutch students use to be successful at university, such as developing your professional presentation skills and understanding your own learning style. During this module you will gain practical experience by giving team and individual presentations. You will also learn how to give and receive feedback, be proactive and manage your time effectively.
Develop a basic level of mathematics and understand graphs and functions. This module covers algebra, drawing and interpreting graphs and applying mathematical concepts to real-world situations.
Gain an introduction to the principles, concepts and models of microeconomic analysis. Learn how to apply your knowledge and understand data analysis and evaluate economic issues. You will be able to analyse and apply economic principles and use data analysis techniques.
This module looks at how managers can improve communication process and planning. You will develop an understanding of the interaction between communications, knowledge and information. You will also look at how IT systems can be used as a management tool for collecting, storing, dissemination and providing access to knowledge and information.
This module gives a solid introduction to one-dimensional calculus. The module starts with a relative informal treatment of limits and convergence, after which the definition of the derivative is explained from first principles and used to differentiate a few basic functions. You will learn to differentiate power functions, exponential functions and logarithmic functions, as well as to apply the sum rule, product rule, quotient rule and chain rule.
You will learn and apply the principles, concepts and models of macroeconomic analysis by providing a framework to analyse economic trends. Topics include gross domestic product, price indexes, unemployment, inflation, economic growth, fiscal and monetary policy and international economy.
You will be introduced to the basic principles of marketing, exploring the marketing environment, customer behaviour, segmentation, customer insights, data collection, brand strategies and channels.
This module will give you a basic understanding of the methods used in accounting. You will be introduced to finance topics such as time value of money and interest rates. You will also understand a range of basic financial statements based on business information, including balance sheets, income statements and cash flow statements.
This module gives an introduction to one-dimensional calculus. You will learn to differentiate power functions, exponential functions and logarithmic functions, as well as how to apply the sum rule, product rule, quotient rule and chain rules.
Once you successfully complete your foundation and achieve the required academic grades, you can progress to one of the following degrees:
Start: January (or start in September for one term English Language Preparation)
Length: Two terms
Term dates: TBC
Study one term of English Language Preparation before starting this programme
I think the placement really helped me to figure out what I wanted to do for my specialisation and future career.
Katy from China studied International Business and Management at Hanze University of Applied Sciences