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Year in International Business, UK and Amsterdam

The Year in International Business Programme is an exciting opportunity for current undergraduate students who would like to study at our Amsterdam campus. This opportunity is open to all non-business students, and is designed to overcome some of the barriers known to deter some students from a period of international study. The Year in International Business also offers students an innovative and employability-enhancing exposure to business theory and practice.

This is a one-year award for Northumbria students of a non-business background who have successfully completed Level 5 of their undergraduate studies and who are seeking to complement their degree and experiences with a year of business-related study. The one-year will involve a semester of taught study in Newcastle, followed by one semester in Amsterdam where a real-world, international experience is offered by means of a Group Business Consultancy Project. Academic information below.

The award made to these students on completion of their Northumbria studies will be BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons) X with Year in International Business.

* Some degrees may not be eligible if professional accreditation does not allow for an overseas break in studies. Please check with your Programme Leader before applying.

* Please note, in line with the continuous improvement process for all Northumbria University programmes the International Year in Business is currently under review. If you are applying for the programme you will be informed of any changes to the programme structure.

Academic programme Information


Semester 1- Delivered in Newcastle

The semester 1 comprises three 20-credit modules aimed at students new to the discipline of business and management , which also equips the students for a semester abroad, working in teams on a “real-world”, client facing project.  The participants on completion of these modules will have developed the necessary “emotional intelligence”, “analytical” and “project management” skills necessary to embark on a “real-world” client-centred consultancy project.

Managing People at Work aims to provide participants with an introduction to the foundation theory and practice of management. It encourages the understanding of the principal challenges facing managers and will give an overview of the key themes within organisational behaviour

Global Business Environment identify and describe the main features, trends & influences of the global business environment on international organisations.  Analyse various global and/or international business contexts and how these affect the strategic development of industries, markets and organisations. Apply basic macro-economic theory in an international business environment and use economic analysis to examine major social and economic issues in the UK and beyond

Financial Decision Making will initially explore the motivations for entrepreneurial activity and techniques that can be used to appraise investment decisions and learn how financial information can be used to assist managers and external user groups in their decision making processes.

Semester 2- Delivered in Northumbria Amsterdam Campus

The 60-credit semester at Northumbria Amsterdam Campus includes two exciting modules, as detailed here:

The Group Business Consultancy Project within which you will work on behalf of an external organisation, which has identified a business problem or question, requiring a solution, working in small group, participating in group and individual activities. The host organisation will provide a project briefing, and review; students will be supported by appropriate academic input and guidance from Northumbria University in the form of a mentor.

The Digital Business module will introduce opportunities and challenges posed by doing business in an increasingly digital domain. Allowing participants to gain an understanding of how using online channels impacts upon different parts of the organisation.



 Semester 1


 Managing People at Work

(20 credits)

Global Business Environment 

(20 credits)

Financial Decision Making

(20 credits)

 Semester 2


Group Business Consultancy Project

(40 credits)

 Digital Business

(20 credits) 


Sales Negotiation and Culture


Managing Entrepreneurship and Innovation


Cases in Entrepreneurship


How To Apply - Applications open 31st January 2022 – 18th March 2022

In order to apply for the Year in International Business place for the next academic year (2022/23), you will need to sign up to the application portal, following the link below.

Please ensure that you are using Google Chrome or Firefox as your web browser - the portal and subsequent application form will not work correctly with Internet Explorer or Safari.

When signing up to the portal please ensure that you use your Northumbria University e-mail address. Applications coming from external e-mail addresses (e.g. Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo) will be rejected and deleted.

Your Northumbria University e-mail address should have your full name format (e.g., not your username (e.g. Applications coming from NU usernames will also be rejected and deleted as they will not work with secondary processes in the system.

Please ensure that you add the e-mail address to your 'safe senders' list in your Northumbria Outlook mail settings BEFORE signing up to the portal so that you receive all notifications from the application system.


Book Your Session with the Study Abroad Team

A mandatory requirement for studying abroad is to attend a 121 session with the Study Abroad team who will be able to advise you on how the programme works, available locations, finance, support etc. To book a 121 appointment with a member of the Study Abroad team please click on the 'Book now' button.

Online appointments by Smoothbook

After the appointment you will be e-mailed a code which you can then use in your application form.

Please only book one session at a time - once you have attended your session you may then book for a subsequent one should you need further advice or guidance.

If you have any questions please email

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