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Working World Wide, the international competence

Do you want to prepare yourself for an international career? Do you want to learn about different cultures and about how to adjust to different cultural settings? Do you want to get to know more about international law and about which rules and regulations apply to you and your organization or company? Do you want to understand what is written in newspapers or magazines about economic topics? Do you want to put your knowledge into practice during an international project? Then this minor/exchange programme of Hogeschool Rotterdam Business School is just made for you!

The minor/exchange programme Working World Wide: The International Competence prepares you for an international career by providing a theoretical background and ways and means of applying this background in day-to-day reality. The theory which is acquired in the first part of the programme, will be put into practice in the second part of the programme: an international project. Foreign students can carry out their international project in The Netherlands.

At the end of the minor students present their experiences about their project abroad to each other and share their experiences.

"For the international project I did an internship at a computer firm in Spain. I was able to compare working in Spain and the Netherlands. I experienced the cultural differences we were taught at the beginning of the programme in real life."

"To develop my international project was quite hard, as every project is individual and linked to your own learning objectives. But as soon as I knew I wanted to do voluntary work in Lima, I learned so many new things. I had to network to get this voluntary work and I had to speak English and Spanish the whole day."

"As a student in leisure management I organized trips for students in Malta and helped with the marketing of the company. This working experience will definitely help me in getting an international job after I graduate."

"The theory we got in the first part of the programme was really extensive and gave me a clear overview of the country I was doing my international project in."

"Studying in the Netherlands was so much different from classes at my home university in Istanbul. There the teacher is only presenting information and not involving the students much. Here in Rotterdam, students are asked to actively participate in lessons and to give many presentations and reflections and work in project teams."


This minor prepares you for working in this rapidly changing international context by providing theoretical background, as well as ways and means of applying that background to the day-to-day reality of such a job. You will also spend eight to ten weeks abroad (the international project) to experience living and working abroad.

During the minor you will develop your international competence. The starting point for this competence is the (imaginary) job of a staff member for internationalisation in an organisation. Such a staff member is the linking pin between that organisation and the world abroad. You will monitor international developments and analyse their consequences for your organisation. Possible risks will demand one reaction and opportunities another. In both cases however, you will inform and advise the management of the organisation on the course of action and available alternatives. Implementing the decisions by management includes the assessment of what the best course of action might be in one country or another. Obtaining and applying the international competence gives you a wider scope and helps you to better understand the different aspects of your job (integral approach).
At the end of the minor students present their experiences about their project abroad to each other and share their experiences. 

The main learning objective is to obtain the international competence, at least the initial elements because experience is an integral part of it. This means that at the end of the minor, the student can:

  • Explain in his own words what culture is and what values are, so that the student: recognizes the effects of cultural differences on his own personality and an organisation and can bridge this cultural differences effectively   • Explain in his own words what the history, organisation, operation and legislation of the European Union is and what public affairs management and lobbying is, so that the student: can find (initiatives for) EU policy and legislation and analyse them and by doing so create opportunities and limit threats for an organisation   • Explain in his own words what states are, what their role is, how they work together and apply the theory on negotiations between states, so that the student: comprehends the meaning of the role of the state on the individual    • Explain in his own words what the role and the operation of international organisations is and apply the knowledge of the international area, so that the student: can report and advice on relevant international aspects for an organisation   • Explain in his own words different international economic subjects and recognise the roles of government and business in the economy, so that the student: - can analyse a country on key indicators of its economic position - can illustrate the economic position of their country of origin in the world   • Apply the knowledge gained in the first ten weeks of this minor in his project abroad, so that the student: 
- can bridge cultural differences - has experienced working and living abroad   • Put the knowledge and experience of this minor in a broad perspective, so that the student: - recognises the meaning of the minor - applies all the knowledge and experience gained in this minor in his further personal and    professional development - reads, writes and speaks English at an adequate level   Next to the above mentioned learning objectives, directly related to internationalisation, the programme also promotes some more general learning objectives. Students need to demonstrate an active participation and to recognise the scope for their own further development. These attitudinal aspects will be assessed throughout the programme, though e.g. reflection reports. Furthermore, good co-operation between students will be highlighted, as well as communication skills.  


To be admitted to this minor you should have finished your propedeuse and your third year internship successfully. You should be able to recognise the importance of international aspects for your professional orientation and be willing to participate actively. The minor takes place at the first half of the fourth regular study year and requires full study time. You do not need to bring international experience to the programme. However, you need to have an interest in internationalisation. Motivation is an important requirement for participation, including a critical attitude. On top of that you should be willing and able to co-operate in working groups. Next to these general requirements we ask specifically for a proper command of English because the programme will be conducted in that language. English is a necessary condition for internationalisation.


Students will be assessed via assignments, exams, presentations, simulations and an integral product on a selected country in which the above elements are included. In addition students will experience part of day-to-day reality through the project abroad. The form this project takes may vary considerably (traineeship, research, preparation of thesis, voluntary work, project) but in all cases the knowledge obtained during the first part of the minor has to be applied.


The minor working world wide (www) consists of five modules: 

 International context (IBKWWW10)

This module focuses on states and how they work together. Negotiations form one of the key instruments in the relations between states, in particular in the common decision-making. Understanding this key mechanism helps to understand how the European Union affects the legislations of its member states and through these the life and well-being of its hundreds of millions of citizens. International organisations of which the EU is an example are an important focus during this module, as they are the result of states working together.

This course is assessed by means of:

Paper Country Analysis on International Context


20 points

Presentation on international organisation


10 points

Presentation on EU-policy


10 points





40 points

 The module International Context needs to be passed by a 5.5.

Presence / absence

A precondition for receiving a mark for the modules is attendance: students who miss more than two sessions (this includes all, meaning: the lectures, presentations from fellow students and/or group work) will fail the module. The reason for this is that in the modules insight (lectures with assignments and discussion) and skills are acquired during the lessons: the learning by doing principle.


Culture (IBKWWW20)

Whether you approach the world from the perception of government, business or civil society, culture plays an important and often determining role in mutual relations. Culture is here not used in terms of the arts but rather in the patterns of behaviour and thinking of groups of people up to the level of states. For this reason this topic plays an important part in the www programme.


    • Class lecture given with group (pass/fail)
    • Short video on cultural differences in your own surroundings/life (pass/fail)
    • Analysis of interview with at least 2 expats (pass/fail)
    • Paper on preparation for culture on international project (max 10 points)
    • Presentation Wegoman case 1: culture (max 10 points)
    • Presentation Wegoman case 2: organizational culture (max 10 points)
    • Reflection report, comparing results of all the individual tests on culture and your expectations with your experience abroad. Including IRC test and other individual culture tests in appendix (max 10 points)

The course is assessed by means of a portfolio, consisting of the elements mentioned above. The module needs to be passed by a 5.5.

International economics (IBKWWW30)

This course offers international business awareness of the world economy with the incisiveness of economic analysis. The speed of growth and development vis-à-vis benefits it provides to both people and nations, is not easy to measure. The second wave of globalisation, where resources and outputs cross country borders faster than one can ever think, creates an integrated international business functionality. Evidently, the indicators of the current process of globalisation [international trade, FDI, cross-border lending, etc.] grow faster than the world production. More specifically, attention will be given to trade theories, protectionism, economic integration, exchange rate systems, fiscal and monetary policies. These will be analysed in relation to income inequality & poverty,  migration & terrorism and capital control. 

 International economics theory and practise = 60%

International Economics theoretical foundation vis-à-vis practical applications and cases are to be assessed individually via digital quizzes, exercises and weekly assignments. These tasks have specific dates of availability.

International economics project focus = 40%

The complexity of understanding economic integration or disintegration, currency volatility, the significance of analysing the purchasing power parity [PPP] between trading parties for personal and business decisions, the influx of migrants, the growing gap between the rich and the poor, the strength and weaknesses of fiscal and monetary policies, the fear of rising terrorism and many more current global issues are the focusses of this part of this module. Students should decide in which of the above focusses they would like to specialise and choose a country.

Students mark for this part will be 20% for the individual country research & the other 20% for the whole paper. The final paper will be marked on the following criteria:

            20 %   layout and presentation (10% paper; 10% digital [website, video, etc.])

            20 %  validity, reliability

            20 %  connection of theory and research output

            20 %  conclusion, recommendations

            20 % peer assessment;  ANNEX 7 Form will be used. Change IO to IE [International Economics]

 The module needs to be passed by a 5.5.


International law (IBKWWW40)

The International (business) law module gives students an understanding as well as practical knowledge of legal problems arising in the area of international business and to equip them with the skills needed to prevent and tackle these problems.

The course is assessed by a written exam. The module needs to be passed by a 5.5.


Project abroad (IBKWWW50)

Dutch students will do their international project abroad. Exchange students will do their international project in the Netherlands. The international project is done individually and can have different forms, e.g.  doing research, voluntary work or an internship. You may choose yourself what you would like to do as long as it is linked to your personal goals for this programme and to those of your original programme.


  • presentation 1(max 10 p) (weighing factor 1)
  • portfolio consisting of:
    • documents regarding international project (e.g. contact details, contract, research proposal, contact details, travel details)
    • weekly reports (pass, fail)
    • Reflection report (max 10 p) (weighing factor 2)

The module needs to be passed by a 5.5.

 The modules IBKWWW10, IBKWWW20, IBKWWW30, all are 4 EC. Module IBKWWW40 is 3 EC and module IBKWWW50 is 15 EC.