While completing the EU bachelor’s program, you have the possibility to earn a second distinct qualification, the BSc (Hons) in International Business, a U.K. state-recognized degree from the University of Roehampton (UoR), on our Geneva or Montreux campuses.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The BSc (Hons) in International Business program in Montreux combines classroom theory with a real-world approach. Participants’ practical curriculum is rooted in integral business topics like marketing, communications and finance. Students learn to adeptly analyze and react to the globalization of the business world.

 

Students will learn how to:  

 

  1. Prepare accounting reports to support planning and decision making for senior management.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of major marketing strategies commonly used by international financial corporations.
  3. Interpret and apply the legal terminology used in tax regulations.
  4. Be able to make responsible decisions based on financial risks and opportunities.
Program Duration
3 years
Credits
240
Teaching Language
English
Start Dates
October, January, June, August
You can do it in
Geneva, Montreux
Schedule
Full-Time
DEGREE AWARDED

Upon completion of the program, you will graduate with a U.K. state-accredited Bachelor of Science (Hons) in International Business awarded by UoR in addition to your EU Business School degree..

PROGRAM
First Semester (22 CH | 30 ECTS)
  • This introduces the principles of business management within a modern organizational environment. Students will explore the major theories of management and critically examine the various management functions, including planning, organizing, human resource management, leading and controlling as well as the various environment frameworks under which organizations operate. Students are also given insights into in-depth, specialist areas which are the basis of subsequent courses.

  • This prepares the student to become an effective manager, overseeing marketing activities in an increasingly competitive environment. Students will enrich their understanding of how the various functional areas of marketing interface with the company. Students are encouraged to examine different cases critically. They also receive insight into areas of more depth, specialist areas which are the basis of subsequent courses. Emphasis is placed on the complex role marketing plays within an organization as well as the impact on the stakeholders of the company.

  • The focus of this course is divided between written communication in the business world and academic writing for university studies. It introduces the communication skills required by those preparing for a business or management position, as well as developing skills for academic purposes. The course will deal with the theory of business communication while at the same time providing practical examples and assignments to improve the effectiveness of written communication skills. Additionally, students will gain an understanding of university writing standards, research and citation skills and standard academic writing practices.

  • The objective of the course is to give an overview of financial accounting and external reporting, including the basic accounting concepts and principles. Students will be shown how to prepare the basic financial accounting statements - the income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement - as well as their interpretation. This is the first of a two-part course, and covers the accounting cycle, the journal, basic ledger accounts, balance sheet, income statement, statement of retained earnings, accruals and deferrals and reporting financial results.

  • Students are introduced to the fundamentals of microeconomics within a participative environment. The different microeconomic concepts are explained, including supply and demand analysis, the concept of elasticity, welfare economics, the theory of the firm, competitive markets and market failures. Within these frameworks the behavior of different market players, namely individuals, households and businesses, are studied. Students are introduced to these aspects of microeconomics and their applications to address current economic policy problems through case studies and class exercises.

  • This course is designed to introduce the principles of calculus and to familiarize students with the mathematical thinking. The course focuses on calculus topics that are relevant to students in the managerial and business sciences. Students will develop technical skills and tools to formulate, analyze and implement a simple quantitative model to support a business analysis and decision making. Students must have a good understanding of algebra and arithmetic, as well as mathematical functions and their applications to practical problems.

  • Students will learn about the array of software generally used in contemporary business environments, including new trends in data management and emerging future developments in IT software. These include business-specific applications for word processing, text-editing/design, spread sheet software, presentation software, internet OSS and trending mobile application software for assisting business and data management control. Additionally, new and innovative business IT structures are introduced in order to prepare students for advanced courses related to IT.

  • The primary objective of the course is for students to understand (and be able to describe) the environmental risks and uncertainties that the world is facing today and in the coming decades. Climate change, the increasing population, decreasing fossil fuels, food and water insecurity, the loss of biodiversity and the acidification of the oceans will all have a significant impact on the way people live and work. The course explores these challenges and examines the role of business in ensuring a sustainable future for the planet.

  • This two-part personal and professional development program prepares postgraduate students for becoming next generation leaders. Each session involves different learning methods, spanning both theoretical and experiential learning, and includes self-assessment tools, self-awareness techniques, role-playing, peer-interviewing, journaling, meditation and goal setting, among others. Students will find their purpose and meaning during their EU journey, hone their emotional and social intelligence skills, and determine their career anchors and occupational types.

Second Semester (22 CH | 30 ECTS)
  • This course discusses the role of ethics in business and the foundations of business ethics. It considers how to integrate ethics into business practice and management theory, and the role of virtues in leading organizations. Ethical behavior contributes to personal development and to human excellence in business. Business ethics enhance corporate reputation and minimize the risk of the souring of relations between society and the company. Society, which gives businesses license to operate, increasingly demands ethical and responsible conduct from firms. This course discusses ethical dilemmas and practical difficulties that can arise in decision-making as companies try to harmonize profits with social, sustainable and ethical responsibilities.

  • This course provides the skills for successful communication within the workplace, which is essential for business leaders to be effective. These skills include listening, identifying and interpreting verbal and nonverbal cues as well as the foundations of intercultural communication, of analyzing rhetorical situations, preparing oral presentations, and developing personal poise and confidence when delivering presentations. Students learn to analyze how, when and in which format to send messages, how to speak at meetings and how to handle question and answer sessions or complaints from interlocutors. These skills are combined with theoretical approaches to communication in the business environment.

  • The primary objective of this course is to understand the measurements and the presentation of the assets, liabilities and owner’s equity in a public company’s balance sheet. The students will also learn how to prepare and interpret the statement of cash flows. This, the second part of a two-part course, covers the statement of cash flows, including explaining the purpose of operating cash flows and their potential impact on a business’ survival.

  • The course provides an overview of major macroeconomic issues and studies the economy through its main performance indicators: national income/output, employment, unemployment and inflation. Fiscal and monetary policy, including fiscal stimulus, taxation, the interest rate and the money supply, are also discussed to understand government interests and decision-making. The course aims at using students’ own experiences and observations to enrich their understanding of the various external environments including macroeconomic decisions and economic growth.

  • The course introduces students to the core concepts of business law vis-à-vis the main legal issues facing entrepreneurs, organizations and business managers when running a business. Topics include key aspects/fields of business laws, including the law of contracts, company law, insurance law, taxation law and the law of intellectual property. Students will learn about the formation of a company, the rights and responsibilities of its directors and shareholders, as well as dispute settlement mechanisms. In addition, the changing face of global business and the ethical issues surrounding it will also be addressed.

  • Mathematical finance is a field within applied mathematics, concerned with mathematical modeling of financial markets. This course reviews the basic theory of financial mathematics, covering the rate of return, interest rates and their use in discounting future cash flows. Other concepts that are studied in detail are the effects of compounding interest, the pricing and evaluation of bonds and perpetuities and annuities. The course concludes with the concept of future value and the effects of regular savings and pricing of pension plans and other future cash flows.

  • Statistics are at the base of most business sciences. The ability to present, analyze and interpret data is crucial in the modern business world, and to be able to use Excel is paramount. This course on applied statistics provides a working knowledge of skills and tools in three main areas: data analysis, data production and statistical interference. The course introduces the science of learning from data. Information, in the form of numerical data, is analyzed and applied within a context of business operations to support managerial decision making. Data analysis concerns methods and strategies for exploring, organizing and describing data using graphs and numerical summaries.

  • The increasing diversity and complexity of media turns advertising into a versatile art. This course introduces students to the key concepts and practices that underpin successful advertising and brand communications. Students learn how to select appropriate media for these communications and develop an understanding of trends, visual thinking, advertising brief development, marketing principles, brand communications, media relations and client/agency work.

  • This two-part personal and professional development program prepares postgraduate students for becoming next generation leaders. Each session involves different learning methods, spanning both theoretical and experiential learning, and includes self-assessment tools, self-awareness techniques, role-playing, peer-interviewing, journaling, meditation and goal setting, among others. Students will find their purpose and meaning during their EU journey, hone their emotional and social intelligence skills, and determine their career anchors and occupational types.

Third Semester (21 CH | 30 ECTS)
  • Strategic marketing is the process of creating satisfied customers through the integration of all business functions and the continuous search for a sustainable competitive advantage. Students learn the importance of strategic marketing planning in the overall business plan. The course looks at strategic marketing from the customer and brand perspective and examines marketing strategy: targeting, achieving a sustainable competitive advantage and brand positioning.

  • This provides an introduction to the fundamentals of business finance and their application to the usual financial issues and decision-making of business enterprises. This will familiarize students with the role of financial management in maximizing the value of the firm.

  • Students will analyze the key functions of human resource management and explores the strategic importance of attracting, developing, motivating and retaining employees. The course covers topics such as recruitment and talent acquisition; training; employee development, mentoring and promotion; appraisals; fair compensation; conflict resolution and legal issues. It looks at the role of HR in creating innovative business practices and sustainable sources of competitive advantage, as well as the standard administrative functions of HR. It will also examine HR practices and regulatory labor issues in various national markets.

  • Production and operations management are introduced in this course, which focuses on productivity analysis for improving business process orientation and creating a competitive edge. Key issues examined and discussed include inventory control systems, the planning of materials requirements and manufacturing resources and quality controls. Students undertake a production project throughout the semester in order to put the theory they learn into practice.

  • This course explores the complexities of starting and developing a new business, including an assessment of personal strengths and weaknesses and analysis of existing opportunities and threats. It covers the following areas: opportunity analysis; basic requirements of a feasibility study; entrepreneurial management; and preparing a feasibility plan. The course is delivered through a mix of theory, case analysis, written assignments, readings and group and class discussion.

  • Students are introduced to the principals of technology and information systems in today’s business environment. The course provides insight into how contemporary businesses leverage information technologies and systems to achieve corporate objectives. It provides an up-to-date and comprehensive overview of information systems used by businesses today, including real-world cases and discussion of significant contemporary topics, from big data and artificial intelligence, to data security and internet governance.

  • The digital economy has unlocked new opportunities for businesses, while simultaneously creating new areas of competition in both traditional and new sectors of the economy. Companies are increasingly digitalizing in order to capture value from innovations, cut costs, enhance performance and deliver new services. This course provides insight into the emergence of digital business, key concepts, technologies, applications and strategic organization.

  • Major-specific Courses I-II
    4 CH / 6 ECTS
  • This two-part personal and professional development program prepares postgraduate students for becoming next generation leaders. Each session involves different learning methods, spanning both theoretical and experiential learning, and includes self-assessment tools, self-awareness techniques, role-playing, peer-interviewing, journaling, meditation and goal setting, among others. Students will find their purpose and meaning during their EU journey, hone their emotional and social intelligence skills, and determine their career anchors and occupational types.

Fourth Semester (22 CH | 30 ECTS)
  • As a result of globalization, the public and private sectors, input and output markets, businesses, households and individuals are all linked, with the consequence that individual decisions have a far-reaching impact. The course introduces students to the main concepts of international economics, the economic principal through a multidisciplinary approach. Globalization and international trade and finances (which are the two main building blocks of the global economy) are introduced through the analysis of basic theories, an overview of the role of international organizations such as the World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund, as well as a discussion of current global challenges.

  • Making sound financial decisions requires an understanding of modern finance theory. Throughout this course, a theoretical framework will be developed and applied to a wide range of practical problems. Specific objectives include the calculations of free cash flows, understanding of investment in long-term assets with heavy emphasis on the capital budgeting techniques. The course also includes financial forecasting and the importance of managing a firm’s liquidity and the understanding of the effective cost of short-term borrowing. Capital structure and dividend policy will also be explored.

  • Social media is an integral component in almost all successful marketing strategies, and marketing professionals and organizations require end‐to‐end social media expertise. In this course, students will learn best practices and develop the skills to connect business objectives with social media strategy, platforms and tactics. Social media has disrupted communication channels and created challenges for marketing in the digital age. Control of the brand has shifted from the company to the consumer. In this course, students will learn how to manage their brand (either personal or business) on social media and how to create a social media strategy.

  • This course will study the major financial intermediaries and the instruments that are traded in financial markets. This include to study the effects of financial markets, such as bond and stock markets, which are crucial to promoting greater economic efficiency by channeling funds from people that do not have a productive use form them to those who do. Activities in financial markets have direct effects on personal wealth, the behavior of business and consumers, and the critical performance of the economy. This course strives to offer understanding on how interest rates, foreign exchange rates and the stock market play a prominent role in our financial and economic lives.

  • Can we capture tomorrow’s consumer behavior? Understanding consumers enables marketers to more effectively meet the needs of buyers in the market. This course investigates the processes that individuals, groups and organizations use to select, secure, use, and dispose of products, services and experiences. It also covers the process of generating ideas to satisfy needs and the impacts that these processes have on the consumer and society. This course introduces students to the influence that consumer behavior has on marketing activities. The course proceeds in steps, starting with the consumer profiles behind the PLC, classical and non-classical segmentation, ethological behavioral analysis, psychological typologies, impulsive and compulsive behaviors, consumer profiling, typologies and consumer profiles fitting the trends of the future.

  • This course is to introduce the exciting world of sales and purchasing management. Effective management of salespeople and purchasing functions is critical to business success because of the pressure on cost optimization, globalization and resource efficiency. The course focuses on Business-to-Business (B2B) relationships. The new salespeople are engaged in consultative relationships with their customers. They are expected to solve customer problems, not just to sell products. Today’s customers demand higher quality and greater levels of service. This course provides students with an understanding of personal selling. The course discusses the important relationships between personal selling and organizational strategies. The course focuses on supervisory and leadership roles necessary for successful sales management. The course also focuses on some of the best purchasing practices and its role in the companies as a new edge to gain a competitive advantage.

  • Major-specific Course III-V
    6 CH / 9 ECTS
  • This two-part personal and professional development program prepares postgraduate students for becoming next generation leaders. Each session involves different learning methods, spanning both theoretical and experiential learning, and includes self-assessment tools, self-awareness techniques, role-playing, peer-interviewing, journaling, meditation and goal setting, among others. Students will find their purpose and meaning during their EU journey, hone their emotional and social intelligence skills, and determine their career anchors and occupational types.

Fifth Semester (21 CH | 30 ECTS)
  • This course introduces students to the world of international business and management and examines contextual factors, administrative mechanisms, organizational processes, cultural influences, government, and business structures in our global economy. Students explore the challenges facing modern corporations when organizing cross-border activities that span multiple stages of the value chain. Topics include trade relations and missions, international finance, legal and labor agreements, information needs, production systems, marketing and promotion. Theory is completed by the Capsim® Global DNA computer simulation as part of the class. Through a realistic, hands-on learning experience, students explore why companies choose to compete internationally.

  • In this course, a broad framework for using financial statement analysis to evaluate a firm’s current business operations and to predict its future condition is presented. Students learn to compare companies financially and grasp basic profitability issues. To achieve these objectives, important tools and skills are taught throughout the course with cases based on actual companies’ financial statements. Topics include profitability analysis, analysis of the statement of cash flows, ratio and trend analysis. The course is delivered through a mix of theory, class exercises, problems and cases.

  • How often will you negotiate in your career, in business and in life? The need for negotiation skills arises wherever joint decision-making is necessary. The aim of effective negotiation is to create maximum value in the deal-making process. Differences are the basis for negotiation; without them there is no need for negotiation. This practical and experiential course looks at theory and research on negotiation in different scenarios and then puts learning into practice which is later reflected upon.

  • The course provides students with a clear vision of small business management today. The goal of the companies discussed is to provide personal independence and financial security, rather than market dominance and extreme wealth. We will focus on the small businesses that students are planning to start, and consider the challenges facing entrepreneurs and small business owners. A business plan is one of the keys to successfully managing and growing a small business, particularly if outside capital is required. The development of a specific business plan for small businesses is covered in the course, as well as organizational structures, important legal issues, sources of capital and managing and growing the venture.

  • This course looks at the big picture issues related to corporate finance including capital structure, dividend policy and the cost of financing. The course also examines how corporations issue securities, leasing, mergers and acquisitions and the concept of financial distress. Students also discuss the most important goal of the firm: maximize shareholder’s value.

  • The course introduces the key elements of business-to-business (B2B) marketing and analyses the differences between industrial and consumer markets. Topics include (i) business buyer behavior, (ii) steps in business-buying decisions, (iii) B2B marketing strategies, and (iv) B2B marketing campaigns.

  • Major-specific Courses VI-VIII
    6 CH / 9 ECTS
  • This two-part personal and professional development program prepares postgraduate students for becoming next generation leaders. Each session involves different learning methods, spanning both theoretical and experiential learning, and includes self-assessment tools, self-awareness techniques, role-playing, peer-interviewing, journaling, meditation and goal setting, among others. Students will find their purpose and meaning during their EU journey, hone their emotional and social intelligence skills, and determine their career anchors and occupational types.

Sixth Semester (21.5 CH | 30 ECTS)
  • Controversial and complex ethical issues have arisen within our modern and interconnected global economy. Ranging from human rights and corporate citizenship to conservation and sustainable development, this course covers various topics and equips students with the key skills necessary to assess complex ethical situations using high-level critical analysis and decision-making skills. Ethical practices within the specific business areas of Marketing, Finance, Human Resources and IT are also considered using dilemma analyses and exercises in moral decision-making.

  • This course develops students’ knowledge of the issues involved in managing a diverse workforce, working in different cultural environments and managing a multinational organization. Using a firm global perspective, the course provides students with practical knowledge on the ethical management of culture, and on how to become champions of social responsibility in an interconnected world. The course also presents a chance for students to develop critical knowledge of management and organizational practices in different parts of the world.

  • From an exploration of the epistemological and ontological bases for research to various research paradigms including positivism, interpretivism, critical theory and post-modernism/post-structuralism, this course promotes a panoramic view of research and develops a deep understanding of the key concepts, theories and issues in the field. This abstract exploration is complemented by the development of concrete and practical research skills such as completing a literature review, framing research questions, preparing for research methods and carrying them out and analyzing empirical material using specialist software. The course provides students with the essential research skills that are required to succeed in a final-year program in international business.

Seventh Semester (21.5 CH | 30 ECTS)
  • Controversial and complex ethical issues have arisen within our modern and interconnected global economy. Ranging from human rights and corporate citizenship to conservation and sustainable development, this course covers various topics and equips students with the key skills necessary to assess complex ethical situations using high-level critical analysis and decision-making skills. Ethical practices within the specific business areas of Marketing, Finance, Human Resources and IT are also considered using dilemma analyses and exercises in moral decision-making.

  • This course develops students’ knowledge of the issues involved in managing a diverse workforce, working in different cultural environments and managing a multinational organization. Using a firm global perspective, the course provides students with practical knowledge on the ethical management of culture, and on how to become champions of social responsibility in an interconnected world. The course also presents a chance for students to develop critical knowledge of management and organizational practices in different parts of the world.

  • From an exploration of the epistemological and ontological bases for research to various research paradigms including positivism, interpretivism, critical theory and post-modernism/post-structuralism, this course promotes a panoramic view of research and develops a deep understanding of the key concepts, theories and issues in the field. This abstract exploration is complemented by the development of concrete and practical research skills such as completing a literature review, framing research questions, preparing for research methods and carrying them out and analyzing empirical material using specialist software. The course provides students with the essential research skills that are required to succeed in a final-year program in international business.

Summer (20 CH | 30 ECTS)
  • Dissertation
    20 ECTS
  • Cases (Finance/Marketing)
    10 ECTS
EMPLOYABILITY

Students graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to operate in an intercultural environment and the ability to address and respond to the challenges of globalization. They obtain the skill set necessary to succeed in the modern, international business world. 

 

Graduates of this degree go on to pursue careers in:ions

 

  • Management consultancy
  • Market planning
  • Project management
  • Contract analysis
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