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Business English

The Business English Minor is intended for learners of English as a foreign language who wish to improve their business communication skills in English.

The course focuses on improving both fluency and listening skills in business situations, such as meetings and presentations, as well as in improving writing skills for business: cv, cover letter, job application. Developing a familiarity and knowledge of the most frequently used business terminology will also play an integral part in the course.

This is a well‐rounded course that addresses all aspects of language learning from English skills in writing and speaking to passive comprehension with respect to listening and reading. For the maximum benefit, your starting level of English should be at the upper intermediate level (B2 CEFR level).

The course follows the programme of Cambridge Business English Certificates, which are internationally recognized qualifications that show employers your skills for using English in the workplace.  After completing the course, you can take the official Cambridge C1 Business Higher exam at the British Council Amsterdam (optional, not included in the course). Visit the British Council website for more details.


The course prepares you for the official Cambridge BEC Higher Exams. During this course listening, speaking, reading and writing skills will be brought up to a C1 level. After the course, you should be able to communicate more confidently, fluently and naturally in English.

The course will deal with more general aspects of writing and specific writing problems in business English. Furthermore, another aim will be to increase your passive and active knowledge of both business‐related and general vocabulary.

Aanvullende informatie

Questions about the minor?
Contact Randy Bundel,

Questions about the Kies op Maat procedure?
Contact Ineke Odenhoven,

Applications will be processed in the order of receipt of signed learning agreements.


This course is for students with an advanced level of English: at least B2 CEFR level or upper-intermediate English language skills. At the beginning of the course, you will be given a test to assess your level of English.


You can earn a maximum of 30 ECTS (academic credits) in this course. You need to pass all exams and assignments in order to complete the course:

- Cambridge C1 Business Higher Reading and Writing Exam: 12 ECTS;

- Cambridge C1 Business Higher Listening and Speaking Exam: 12 ECTS;

- Business English Portfolio: 6 ECTS.

If a student fails to successfully complete the minor in the period in which she took the minor it is possible to finalize the minor in a following period in which the minor is given.

If a minor is no longer offered or in case the minor is rewritten, the degree programme will offer students a further two opportunities to finalize this minor in the following year.


​- Pass Cambridge BEC Higher, Student and Work Book, Ian Wood, 2nd edition 2012, Summertown Publishing, ISBN 9781133316573

- Business Grammar Builder, 2nd edition, Paul Emerson, Macmillan, ISBN 978023732544

- Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 6th edition, Pearson, ISBN 9781447954194


There are two groups:
- Evening group: lectures on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 18:40-22:00;

- Saturday group: lectures on Saturdays from 10:00 to 17:00.