Financial scandals are nothing new. Every day we hear about usurious policies, extreme bonuses for directors and failed oversight at banks and insurance companies. What the world needs right now are financial managers with integrity who ensure a sustainable future.
The 3-year English-language International Financial Management & Control (IFMC) degree programme teaches you how to become the financial conscience of your organisation.
Does finance sound boring? You know better! During this exciting and fascinating degree programme, you learn everything about management and marketing. The focus is on financial and cost accounting; using financial data to make a difference. That difference may be in financial growth, but you will also focus on a company's social and sustainable growth. In the first year, you delve into organisational costs and administration. You learn how to set up an investment plan for regional, national and international companies. Year two gets off to a flying start as you learn how to resolve organisational issues, working in small groups. In the third year you work as a 'manager of change' in a small or medium-sized company, a government organisation or a multinational. And finally, you complete your studies with a minor and a thesis, and get ready to pursue your dream job.
You have a Dutch diploma
|Havo (senior general secondary education)||Does not qualify for admission|
|Vwo (pre-university education)||
|Mbo (senior secondary vocational education and training)||Does not qualify for admission|
International Financial Management and Control has a four-year and a three-year programme, the latter differing only in its duration and study intensity. To qualify for this three-year programme, you will need the equivalent of a higher level Dutch VWO diploma.
To be eligible for the three-year IFMC bachelor degree programme, you should have a VWO diploma with the appropriate profile.
This programme also offers a 4-year track
If you have an academic background comparable to the Dutch HAVO level, you might want to consider enrolling for the 4-year track of this degree programme instead. Check out this website for more information about the 4-year programme.
The admission procedure
If you meet our admission conditions, you’ll be invited to attend an interview. This interview will last 30-45 minutes and will be conducted in English. The aim of the interview is to assess if there is a match between you and the IFMC programme.
If you were not educated in the Netherlands you usually have to submit a language test to be admitted. Depending on the type and country of your diploma you may however qualify for exemption. Please check our entry requirements page for more information.
You have a non-Dutch diploma
To enrol for the IFMC 3 year programme you will need a secondary school diploma comparable to a Dutch VWO diploma and a good command of English.
Before we can decide on your eligibility, we’ll need to assess your secondary school certificate.
To make sure your certificate is evaluated fairly, we work with NUFFIC, an organisation that specialises in the assessment of international education qualifications.
Don’t meet the entry requirements?
Perhaps your academic background is not quite the right level. Or you need some help improving your English skills. Don’t worry. There might be some alternative options to help you get in, and prepare yourself for a successful start of your studies at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS).
21+ admissions test
If you’re 21 years old before 1 September 2022, but don’t have a diploma or a qualification that meets the entry requirements, you can take the 21+ Admissions Test. The 21+ Admissions Test is offered at several dates between January and the start of the academic year, and consists of a digital general capacity test. Please note that you can only participate if you have an EEA-nationality or residence permit for the Netherlands that is valid on the test date.
English Academic Preparation Programme
Need help with your English? If you haven’t quite reached the right level of English for your chosen Bachelor’s or Master’s degree programme, you can enrol for English Academic Preparation Programme. After the successful completion of this programme, you’ll be ready to start your degree at THUAS and you will already have a good taste of studying and living in the Hague.
The Hague Pathway College
If you’d like to apply for a 3-year bachelor programme but don’t meet the academic entry requirements, you might be interested in joining The Hague Pathway College. This foundation programme has two intakes, one in September and one in January. It offers you the chance to bring your academic level up to the required level and work on your English at an academic level at the same time.Please check www.thehaguepathway.nl for more information
Decisions regarding your qualification for admission
There are no exceptions to the official admission requirements. The Enrolment Office is the only party that can make decisions regarding your qualification for admission based on official regulations. You can’t rely on any other sources of information for your qualification for admission.
Degree programme in figures
credits per year
hours of lectures per week
hours of projects per week
hours of independent study per week
Daan Klein Schiphorst
Arnoud van der Ark
Degree programme content
What will you study each year?
Lectures, seminars, study visits, self-study, group activities and project work
You’ll get to know IFMC lecturers from as far as Greece, Italy, Nigeria and the USA and hear from guest lecturers from global businesses. We look forward to getting to know you in person. Our doors are always open. You’ll gain the hands-on experience of a university of applied sciences and leave enriched with communication, analytical, cultural, teamwork and research skills. That’s what makes IFMC stand out from programmes at research universities. You’ll have that edge in the job market with essential IT skills in your toolkit. For example, in year one you’ll master spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel. In year two you’ll learn how create dashboards with Power BI to look at KPIs and the wider picture at organisations.
Shape your degree
In the first semester of year two, you can choose a minor at THUAS or another international university and get a head start as a business controller or groundbreaking finance professional.
Learn how to help companies prepare for potential risks by putting contingency plans in place in our Risk Management minor. We’ll equip you with tools to help an organisation meet its long term goals with minimal risks.
Become invaluable to managers in our Controlling minor and find out how to oversee an organisation and stay on track with the right strategy.
Other minors in trending business topics will help you stand out in the job market. Our popular Blockchain minor will give you invaluable knowledge about this revolutionary technical innovation and how to use it.
You’ll focus on multiple value creation in the Circular Business minor, which prepares you to become aware of the bigger picture. Or get ready to help businesses deal with ‘big data’ on the Data Science for Business Improvement minor.
You’ll be ready to make your mark in the professional world - not just accounting. You’ll impact the day-to-day business of an organisation - interpreting numbers, giving sound advice on management and process improvement and implementing your dashboard building skills. But we also work as team players on a level playing field, valuing each other’s opinions.
What you will become
- Business controller
- Financial controller
- Investment advisor
- Financial analyst
- Financial consultant
- Risk manager
- Group treasurer
- Assistant accountant
What you won't become
- Accountant (not yet)
We do offer courses in accounting, but you’ll need a masters in accounting after your bachelors to become a certified accountant. There are several options at other universities, in the Netherlands and internationally. The IFMC three-year programme has an integrated pre-masters programme. On completion, you can take the masters subjects in accounting, finance, accounting and control at Rotterdam’s Erasmus School of Economics. This qualification can kick-start your career to a high-flying CFO position.
What else do you need to know?
How to apply
Your enrolment request must be submitted through Studielink. Before you do, please check the official name of the programme below. Would you like to find out more about the application process first? Check our page How to apply The key deadlines are listed here as well. This degree programme starts in September and there is no intake in February.
Official details of the programme
This degree programme is registered in the Central Register of Higher Education Programmes (CROHO) as follows:
Official Dutch name of degree programme: Finance & Control
Official international name: Finance & Control
Programme code (Isat): 35520
Institution code (Brin): 27UM
Both the official Dutch and the official international name of the degree programme (current at the time of your graduation) will be printed on your diploma.
For more information on the accreditation of this degree programme, see the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) website.
You will have to pay tuition fees when you enrol on a bachelor's programme. You can pay in one or more instalments. If you pay in more than one instalment a small administration fee is charged.
Find out more about scholarships for international students. Please note that these scholarships are one-off scholarships only, meaning that if you obtain them it is only for your first year of study.
Dutch students qualify for extra financial support via a loan. Dutch students automatically qualify for this financial assistance and international students may be eligible if they have lived in the Netherlands for at least five years or are employed for at least 56 hours per month.
You must also budget for books, excursions and field trips. You can expect to pay approximately €800 per year to cover these additional costs. During your semester abroad, you will also need to pay for tickets, housing and insurance.
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Need help making a decision
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It takes a bit of thought and research to find the right programme. The Hague University of Applied Sciences organizes various activities throughout the year to give you the best possible idea of the various studies offered. You also learn what it’s like to study at THUAS. This way, you can click on the registration button without a doubt in mind. Or you’ll know for certain it’s not right for you.
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Assistance during your studies
Study coaching and advice
We assume your time at IFMC will run smoothly. However, we do offer personal assistance if you are experiencing any problems. You’ll be allocated a mentor who can help you keep track of your progress. They can help you improve your time management skills, or find the right people within the programme to answer more complicated questions. They’ll also support you if you have any personal problems that can impact your study. For more information about student counsellors/student psychologists, high-performance sports, Dutch language support or studying with a functional disability, go to our page about support during your studies.
Binding Study Advice (BSA)
To continue your degree programme after the first year, you need to earn 50 of the 60 credits (ECTS). Some degree programmes also set other requirements to pass onto the second year of the course. This could, for example, be a specific subject that you must pass and that counts towards the 50 credits. We call this a qualitative requirement. If you meet the credit requirements as well as the qualitative requirement where applicable, you will receive a positive binding study advice (BSA) from the Examination Board at the end of your first year.
If you earn less than 50 credits and do not meet the qualitative requirements where applicable, you will receive a binding negative study advice and will have to leave the degree programme. This is why this advice is called a Binding Negative Study Advice (NBSA).
Your academic progress may be affected by personal circumstances such as illness or the professional practice of a sport. It is important that you inform the Examination Board immediately of any personal circumstances that might apply to you. The Board can take these into account when issuing its study advice.
Read all the rules for the binding study advice in Chapter 7 of the Programme- and Examination Regulations (PER) for your degree programme.