International Business and Trade

Major of the bachelor's degree Business Management

Location: Mechelen -Campus De Vest

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Full 3 year programme. It's now possible to graduate within 6 semesters, even with a start in the second semester.

  • Differences and similarities between international cultures tend to trigger you.
  • You have entrepreneurship in your blood and you see worldwide business opportunities.
  • During your studies you are willing to grab your suitcase and go study abroad.
  • With many tools, models and lots of practice you will be able to develop commercial activities anywhere in the world.
  • Unique in this study is that you can add Chinese to your curriculum.
  • Is Asia not your main focus? Then why not choose for German, Spanish, French or Dutch?

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  • Phase 1
  • Phase 2
  • Phase 3
  • Practical courses
  • Personal coaching
  • Go International
  • Short programme
  • Phase 1

    Phase 1

    During the first year our focus will be on building your business fundamentals through courses such as international trade, intercultural communication, global economics, marketing and emerging markets. On top of these mandatory courses, you choose a foreign language: German, French, Spanish, Chinese or Dutch. We don't offer the language of your dreams? No problem, you can study a language of your choice with another certified language institution and we’ll add it to your diploma.

  • Phase 2

    Phase 2

    The first semester of your second year focuses on management skills, financial management, entrepreneurship and emerging markets. During the 'International Project' course, second year students go abroad to a dynamic city to analyze the local culture, work on a cross-border project and look at opportunities to export a unique business model. In the second semester you will study a semester abroad at one of our partner universities around the world.

  • Phase 3

    Phase 3

    Your third year consists of first-semester courses with a focus on practice and cases for real companies, followed by a second semester abroad for your traineeship. During this 3-month internship abroad, you will work on different international projects for real customers.

  • Practical courses

    Practical courses

    During the first year the business game is your initial test to put the theoretical knowledge into practice. In the second year you will get a taste of how business is conducted abroad. Finally, when you are studying abroad during the final year you’ll get immersed in an entirely different environment.

    During the third year you are abroad for 12 weeks on an international internship. Some of our partners in education offer great internship opportunities in Europe and South Africa. Flanders Investment & Trade, our preferred partner, actively hires our interns each year. They have offices all over the world, from Tokyo to Los Angeles. Where to go and what company to work for? The choice is entirely yours!

  • Personal coaching

    Personal coaching

    You can always count on personalized counselling and coaching at Thomas More. The program manager Jan Wostyn will help you answer all of your questions related to your field of study. All questions related to your individual study program, exemptions or credits can be addressed to the study advisor Kristel Van Leuven.

    Your lecturers as well will always be available to give advice or answer your questions. Don’t hesitate to contact them through e-mail.

  • Go International

    Go International

    At International Business & Trade the world is small. Did you know that you can choose to study in South-Korea during your second year and do an internship in the USA during the third ?

    Our business school has partnered with several top-notch universities worldwide. Some of the possibilities include: Quimper and Paris (France), Seville (Spain), Eindhoven (Netherlands), Vilnius (Lithuania), Budapest (Hungary), Bloemfontein (South Africa), Daejeon (South-Korea), Chile, Mexico, China, Taiwan or Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).

  • Short programme

    Short programme

    Already obtained a bachelor's or master's degree in Tourism, Hospitality or any related field? We have a short degree programme for you!


  • Fall 2020 Semester (Covid-19)
  • Phase 1
  • Phase 2
  • Phase 3
  • Fall 2020 Semester (Covid-19)

    Fall 2020 Semester (Covid-19)

    Already living in Belgium?
    We would love to welcome you on campus in September. We will follow the guidelines provided by the Belgian government. For the latest updates, consult

    Coming from abroad?

    • Students enrolled in the International Business and Trade programme (3 year) will have the option to take their first semester courses remotely, with virtual support from lecturers. It will also be possible to take the January exams fully online. 
    • A February start date is possible in this programme. Students who start in February will be able to graduate in 6 semesters. However, we strongly advise students to go for the September start date if at all possible.
    • If you choose to start the first semester remotely, you can still join us in Belgium later in the semester (in November or December, for example). You will need to be in Belgium for in person courses by the start of the second semester in February at the latest.
  • Phase 1

    Phase 1

    Semester 1

    • Intercultural Communication
    • Business Fundamentals
    • Process & Project Management
    • Procurement & Supply Chain
    • Globalisation & International Marketing
    • Entrepreneurial Management 1
    • Digital Skills
    • Business Intelligence Fundamentals
    • Business Communication
    • Language Module 1


    Take a look in the programme guide for more details.

    Semester 2

    • Economics
    • Business Game
    • EU Business Topics
    • Latin America Business Topics
    • International Trade
    • Asian Business Topics
    • Business Analytics
    • Personal Development
    • Language Module 2
  • Phase 2

    Phase 2

    Semester 1

    • Financial Management
    • Ethical Managerial Problem-solving
    • International Project
    • African Business Topics
    • Sales
    • Sales Management
    • Customer Relations Management
    • Management skills 
    • Language Module 3

    Take a look in the programme guide for more details.

    Semester 2

    • Study Exchange abroad
  • Phase 3

    Phase 3

    Semester 1

    • Export Management & Sourcing
    • Entrepreneurial Management 2
    • Entreprise Resource Planning
    • Portfolio
    • Cost calculation 
    • Social Media
    • Sustainable Strategic Management
    • Societal & Consumer Trends
    • Bachelor thesis 
    • Language Module 4

    Take a look in the programme guide for more details.

    Semester 2

    • International Internship

This programme in numbers

Some statistics about this programme
of the graduates employed within 6 months
go abroad during exchange programs or internships
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Why choose International Business and Trade

100% English: Yes you can!

Thomas More has 5 English-taught bachelor degree programmes in order to make our high-quality education accessible for (foreign) students with high ambitions. You can join our English programmes after proving you are reasonably proficient at speaking and writing English (level B2, European Framework).

Internationalization @ Thomas More

Thomas More participates actively in international networks in line with its different study fields. This is an ideal forum for trustworthy partnerships. Sometimes these partnerships are suggested by common partners or via project cooperation. Thomas More aims at partnerships in all Erasmus+ participating countries.

@ work

Practice is key throughout your training. With extensive project work, business cases during the courses and participation in congresses we fully immerse you in the business world. During your last year you will even go one step further and work for an international company for four months.

After Graduation

  • Finding a job
  • Additional studies
  • Finding a job

    Finding a job

    After graduation the world will be at your feet. Both SME and multinational companies with international ambitions, are potential employers. With good training in international entrepreneurship some of our students even start their own company. Last year a Thomas More-alumnus won a prize for best start-up of the year.

    Consultancy or advisory functions for companies linking investors to different cultures are also within your reach. A few examples of potential employers: Brussels airport, DB Schenker, DHL, Flanders Investment & Trade, CS&A, Chambers of Commerce or P&G.

  • Additional studies

    Additional studies

    Second shortened bachelor

    • extra specialization within Business Management (in one or two years)


    • In Belgium or abroad
    • Via exchange programme: Business & Trade, Business Administration, Public Management and Policy, Corporate Communication, ...

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