Summa International Business - English

Your passport for the international business world

communicative - social
customer friendly
speak foreign languages
Do you like to push things to the limit? Do you want to work abroad or for an international company? With this English language programme you can do all this and more. You will enjoy a wide ranging commercial education and will be expected to tackle international business problems.

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.

One of the required subjects in this programme is Dutch. In order to obtain your diploma, you have to pass the exams Dutch (required level is 3F, this is a requirement by Dutch law).

If you do not have any knowledge of Dutch, this can be very challenging. Therefore we advise you to speak to one of our teachers about this before you register as a student.

The tuition fee for school year 2023-2024 is € 1,357. 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.

Open evening

Thursday April 13 2023 18:00h - 20:30h

You are most welcome on April 13 between 6:00 PM and 8:30 PM at Summa College! Several locations are open so you can come and take a look at (possibly) your future school. You haven't made a study choice yet? Or are you unsure about one of our courses? Do come by. We hope to see you!

Teachers and students know what is going on at school. Simply ask your questions via the contact details below:

Contact: Esther Behage
Teacher: Annebeth Vermande

Contact: Esther Behage
Teacher: Annebeth Vermande

Student Pyen Ludema, DM: @pyenludema 

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