BSc in International Business

The BSc IB gives you a broad understanding of business economics and strategy in a global context, and you learn how companies analyse and adjust to the problems and challenges that arise when an organisation is doing business internationally.

About BSc IB

In the BSc IB, you are taught how global markets and economies work and how companies strategically handle the problems that arise when they operate in a foreign market. For example, such challenges could be differences in legislation and regulations in international markets, differences in what foreign customers expect from certain products, or how to manage financial resources when you operate in more than one country.

Special options during BSc IB
An alternative to following the regular BSc IB is getting into one of the two special options available to BSc IB students:

It is important to emphasize however that these options are available to a very limited number of students only. Therefore, you should not choose the BSc IB programme expecting a place in GLOBE or GLOBAL SCLM as most students who apply will not end up getting a place.

What you should be interested in if you choose BSc IB
Common interests among those students who study BSc IB successfully and are happy with the programme include:
  • the complexities of large, globally oriented companies and the international business world in which they operate.
  • understanding these globally oriented companies from many different perspectives as the programme encompasses a wide range of topics within business administration. This also means that you will not specialise within one particular field of study before your master’s programme.

The main focus of the programme is on companies and business administration. However, BSc IB also deals with the phenomenon of globalisation including topics such as global trade, political regulations of markets and macroeconomics. It is therefore useful to have a general interest in politics, economics and the cultures of different countries and regions.


 

Challenges in BSc IB
Many of the challenges of studying at university are the same for all programmes. You can read more about these challenges at Daily life as a student.
 

Each study programme also has some particular challenges that are important to think about before you choose the programme. How well do these challenges correspond to the sort of person you are, how you like to work and the things you are good at?

Competitive study environment:
Many students experience the study environment at BSc IB as quite competitive. Certainly, students tend to focus on their results and achievements in the programme as well as in other areas of their lives. It may be a good idea to consider if you would thrive and feel comfortable in such an environment.

Focus on global markets and business strategy:
The main focus in BSc IB is on global markets and business strategy. There are also courses that deal with the economic side of business such as finance and accounting but they are not as central in the programme. If it is the quantitative aspects of business that interest you the most and you see yourself pursuing a master’s programme within e.g. finance then other programmes may prepare you better.

Quarter structure
BSc IB has a so-called “quarter structure” where you follow two courses for about six weeks before taking your exams in those two courses. Each year of study is divided into four such quarters. Some students enjoy this way of working as it allows them to focus on only two courses and two exams at a time. Others find it challenging because it means that you need to keep up your study discipline all the time and if you have just a couple of weeks where you are not very productive it can be challenging to catch up.

International study environment
Even though the programme has a very international focus the share of international students is usually not as high as in the other CBS programmes taught in English. This is worth thinking about if an international study environment is an important factor in your choice of study.

Maths as a tool:
In about half of the mandatory courses in BSc IB you will use maths as a tool. You will not use maths that is complicated beyond the entry requirement for the programme, but you need to be comfortable having courses where you use maths and do calculations at a practical level.

 
What BSc IB will give you
The programme will give you:
•    a broad understanding of how international/global companies operate
•    how international/global companies develop and adapt their business strategies in complex and ever-changing global markets.

You can find more information about what you learn on the programme in the Competence profile for BSc IB

Master’s programme and career options
The clear majority of students from BSc IB continue to a two-years master’s programme for a total of five years of study. It is very much the master’s rather than the bachelor programme that determines which career paths that lay open to you.

Most BSc IB graduates tend to end up in larger companies with an international profile – but they work within many different fields of business administration.

Read more about master’s programmes and career options.


 

 

Admission

Grade point average – 2017

12,2

Number of places – 2017

180

Quota 1 / Quota 2 – 2017

60% / 40%

Motivational essay

Yes - see Undergraduate admission

English

A

Mathematics

B

History or social studies

B

Read about entry requirements and how to apply at bachelor admission

Sidst opdateret: Student Affairs // 07/02/2018