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Year in International Business

The Year in International Business Programme is an exciting opportunity for current undergraduate students who would like to study at our Amsterdam campus for one semester. 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 or email the study abroad team at


There are two key steps to applying for study abroad; talking with the Study Abroad Team and signing up to the applicant portal to submit an application. Applications are CLOSED for September 2022 entry. To register interest for 2023 please click here.


If you are interested in studying abroad at the Amsterdam Campus for September 2022 please contact the team at


  • In order to apply to study at the Northumbria Amsterdam Campus 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.

Full details on how to apply can be found by visiting this link or clicking the 'apply to study abroad' pod.

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    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. 


    The 60-credit semester at Northumbria Amsterdam Campus includes three exciting modules, including an International Business Consultancy Project which will involve working on live consultant projects and collaborating in small student groups to develop solutions to business problems.



People, Management and Organisation
HR9513 (20 credits)
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
SM9513 (20 credits)
Financial Decision Making
AF5022 (20 credits)
International Business Consultancy Project
AT5011 (20 credits)
Global Business Environment
AT5012 (20 credits)
Digital Business
AT5000 (20 credits)
  • People, Management and Organisation

    This module introduces you to the foundational links and relationships between an organisation, its management and its people. Employers seek out graduates with the knowledge and skills to transform organisation in the face of continuous and rapid economic, environmental and social change. This module will therefore support you to develop understanding of how a heightened awareness of people's workplace behaviour, actions and attitudes enhances organisational sustainability and team performance. Such understanding is fundamental for your successful graduate career. Taking a research-rich approach, you'll be introduced to a range of concepts, theories, models and research evidence. You'll then apply them in a practical, discipline-specific context using case studies, reflecting on personal understanding and experience plus real organisation examples.

  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship

    Entrepreneurs are critical to business and economic success but there are widely different academic approaches to understanding them, their behaviour and the factors that help them to thrive. This module introduces you to entrepreneurship through the key ideas, examples and theories in the field. You will look at local businesses as well as global success stories like Facebook, Amazon and LinkedIn. You will also analyse and engage with start-up businesses. The module helps you understand, analyse and explain start-up businesses, their founders, their economic and social impact and the ways governments respond to innovation and enterprise. We will meet some fascinating people, some brilliant ideas and some challenges on the way.

  • Financial Decision Making

    'Financial Decision Making' will provide you with the knowledge and numerical and problem solving skills that will greatly enhance your employability within any business environment. You will be able to evaluate individual projects by using investment appraisal techniques, taking into account risk and uncertainty, and will be able to make decisions in relation to planning and control for a business as a whole. You will also be able to assess the performance of other businesses with regard to profitability, solvency, financial structure and working capital management by means of analysing and interpreting their financial statements.

  • International Business Consultancy Project

    As part of your international business education, it is vital you develop competencies such as commercial awareness, analytical skills, interpersonal skills, creative thinking, problem solving, communication and time management. This module will prepare you for the graduate marketplace by equipping you with the skills required to tackle a wide range of business challenges and opportunities. This hands-on module will provide you with an introduction to experiential learning, where you create knowledge through experience. You will work on live consultant projects and collaborate in small student groups to develop solutions to business problems.

  • Global Business Environment

    This module takes, as its starting point, a global perspective with a focus on understanding the globalisation process, the global economy, and its impact on international business organisations. This module covers the core topics that are central to understanding the processes of the global economy and the economic environment within which business organisations operate. The module offers an essential knowledge base which will help you develop an understanding of the external business environment, in terms of institutions, markets, industries and organisations. This module will also introduce you to the world of economic analysis. It covers selected topics in both micro- and macroeconomics. During the course of the module you will have an opportunity to do research and analyse the internal and external factors affecting the business environment.

  • Digital Business

    Throughout this module you will be introduced to the opportunities and challenges posed by doing business in an increasingly digital domain. This module is designed to give you an understanding of how using online channels impacts upon different parts of the organisation, and will in particular focus upon 3 core areas of business: (i) Digital Business Strategy: You will develop an understanding of the cost structures associated with using digital channels, different business models (including omni and multiple channel business strategies), distance issues around serving global markets and implications in terms of taxation and service delivery; (ii) Marketing: In this part of the module you will consider changing consumer media consumption and behaviour; social media and m-commerce; customer relationship building in an online context, digital brand communities and performance metrics; (iii) Supply Chain Management and Information Systems: You will also develop and appreciation of the role of supply chains in serving global markets, addressing issues such as the application of various systems to facilitate digital transactions (e.g. ERP, CRM) and issues related to web performance (e.g. web design and google analytics).

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