International Business and Trade

Major of the bachelor's degree Business Management

Locatie: Mechelen -Campus De Vest
  • 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!


  • Phase 1
  • Phase 2
  • Phase 3
  • Phase 1

    Phase 1

    Semester 1

    • Intercultural Communication
    • World Cultures
    • Language 1
    • Business Fundamentals
    • Marketing Principles
    • Ethical managerial problem-solving
    • Enterpreneurial Management 1
    • Digital Toolkit
    • Business Intelligence Fundamentals


    Take a look in the programme guide for more details.

    Semester 2

    • Emerging markets Latin America
    • International Trade
    • Asian Business Topics
    • International Relations: UK, USA, The Commonwealth
    • Sales
    • Procurement & Supply Chain
    • Business Analytics
    • Personal Branding
    • Language 2
    • Business Fundamentals Case
  • Phase 2

    Phase 2

    Semester 1

    • Emerging Markets Eastern Europe & Russia
    • International Project
    • African Business Topics
    • Language 3
    • Financial Management
    • Entrepreneurial Management 2
    • Economic Forum
    • Management skills 

    Take a look in the programme guide for more details.

    Semester 2

    • Study Exchange abroad
  • Phase 3

    Phase 3

    Semester 1

    • Language 4
    • Intellectual Capital
    • Consumer Psychology
    • Customer Relationship Management
    • Cost Price Calculation & Budgetting
    • World Economics
    • E-commerce & Social Media
    • Research & Reporting
    • Bachelor thesis / Practice Enterprise

    Take a look in the programme guide for more details.

    Semester 2

    • International traineeship

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Waarom kiezen voor 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.

Na je studie

  • 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, ...

Facilities and student support

A team of professionals gives advice, guides, helps and assists students. In addition to training courses, Thomas More offers a whole range of student facilities. Discover how we can help you.

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