Learning Expectations

Learning Expectations

Language of instruction
All courses are conducted entirely in English, the language of international business and international business education.

Course load
Courses are denominated in ECTS credits. In ECTS credits, 60 credits represent the workload of a full year of study. 1 ECTS is the equivalent of 28 hours (in- and outside the classroom) and includes lectures, reading, and preparation for exams, independent study and the writing of papers. A 10 ECTS course has approximately 12 contact hours a week.

Class format
The programme includes case-based learning, teamwork and discussions, held in a highly diverse international student body. Classes show a mix of lectures (large number of students), workshops (vary in size, between 16 and 60 students), small team work and private study. Class participation and attendance affect final grades.


Exams are scheduled at the end of each course, preceded by a study week. The assessment of the performance of students varies: written or take-home exams, progress reports, in-class presentations, group performance and essays.


In the Dutch grading system, grades from 1.0 up to 10.0 are used, with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best. In general, grades with one decimal are issued; the lowest passing grade is a 5.5. When rounding off these grades, grades with a 0.4 or lower will be rounded down, and grades with a 0.5 will be rounded up. Students in our exchange programmes receive their transcripts reflecting grades with one decimal.