Your passport for the international business world
learn other languages (English, Spanish, German and Chinese) / commercial insight / management ( supervising) / trade / selling abroad (export) / buying from abroad (import) / customer contact / carrying out surveys / marketing a business and products / international sales / online sales / comprehensive course / progression to University of Applied Science / teamwork / good mix between learning the theory and working on projects
Work with internationally oriented companies
The programme combines the teaching materials for the course Summa International Business: Assistant Manager International Trade and that of Junior Account Manager. You first follow a work placement with an internationally oriented company in the Netherlands and later abroad.
The link between customer and organisation
You will eventually be the link between the customer and the organisation for whom you work. At school you will learn how to analyse customer, product and market information, so that you can make your customer attractive sales propositions. You will also learn about import and export and how to draw up an export/marketing plan.
Realistic industry assignments
International communication and cooperation is an art in itself. Based on realistic industry assignments you will be introduced to the finer points of the international business world.
As an Assistant manager international trade you can work in all sectors of the international trade industry: wholesale business, manufacturing companies and services. You can work as an internal and/or an external employee. You could also work in an international company’s commercial department.
Possible further education
After graduation, you can move on to various English-taught higher vocational education courses (hbo) in international business and languages at the Fontys university of applied sciences or Avans university of applied sciences.
The course is built around the core tasks of a Assistant manager international trade:
- Researches the market and makes propositions for commercial policy
- Carries out the sales process
- Takes care of maintaining business relationship and client support
- Organises and carries out import and export activities
- Drafts an export/marketing plan
The course consists of 'blocks' or projects. In each block a realistic problem is solved. The lessons will help you tackle these problems. We will have guest lecturers from industry experts, and you will also work with e-learning.
Internships will be followed at international oriented companies in the Netherlands and in the second year, abroad. Each year of the course usually consists of four lesson periods.
The tuition fee for school year 2022-2023 is € 1.239. In addition to the tuition fee you have to take into account the following costs:
Books, software licenses and work material package
An overview of the total costs for the coming school year can be found centrally at Studers no later than July 1st each year. To give you an idea: look at the costs from the current school year. Summa College determines the specifications, but you can choose where you buy the educational materials.
This course requires students to have a laptop at their disposal. Please make sure your laptop has the correct specifications, which you can download here
Additional activities and facilities
In addition to the costs for the equipment and materials, additional activities and facilities may be offered, such as company visits and excursions in the Netherlands and abroad. These activities and facilities have an added value, but are voluntary and not necessary for following the course and obtaining a diploma. These additional activities and facilities will be announced on this page as soon as possible. The indication of yearly costs for this is € 500,-
You have to complete three electives during your course which are rounded off with an exam. These electives help you both broaden your knowledge of the sector you are in and prepare you to move on to a higher level. The contents of the elective modules are determined by school in consultation with internship companies. There are a number of different electives, such as: Digital Skills, Preparation for Hbo, Responding to innovations, Lean and Creative, Exploring entrepreneurship and more.
Summa College offers students of International Business (SIBE) the opportunity to acquire a certificate of excellence during their studies. This European Business Baccalaureate Diploma (EBBD) prepares you for a career in international business life by providing you with the opportunity to enhance your soft skills, language skills and international mobility skills. Students who earn this certificate have shown to be able to live, study and work in a European context: assets for an international career! More information can be found on the website of EBBD.
To be accepted for this course you need:
- pre-vocational secondary education certificate practical or theoretical course or;
- bilingual secondary education certificate.
Additional pre-education demands: The ability to think, speak and write confidently in English. The course is also suitable for foreign students (whether or not currently living in the Netherlands) with a comparable level of education.
This is a course with a limited number of places. It is important that you sign up as soon as possible. This way you will have a better chance at being able to start this course, provided that you meet the admission requirements. It is also wise to sign up for another course that suits you. Read more