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Global businesses have had to adapt recently to shortages in supply chains, rising energy prices and demands for greener processes and products. Financial planning and risk management are more important than ever before - for any size of business. 

During our hands-on four-year IFMC programme, you’ll learn how to assist companies face these challenges. To help seize new opportunities by managing risks and overseeing cash management, working capital and optimal funding needs. You’ll learn how to transform numbers into sustainable business growth. To improve our world and see the bigger picture.


On IFMC we’ll get you ‘job ready’. You’ll get a grounding in all-things finance, skills that will get your ‘foot in the door’ on graduation. Our professionally-geared programme is packed will real-life business scenarios and skills-based assignments, all taught face-to-face.

Personal approach

Not only will you become highly employable, you’ll make new friends and become a valuable member of our IFMC community. You’ll be on first name terms with our approachable lecturers who’ll share their own international business experiences.

You’ll see finance from both entrepreneurial and ethical perspectives and learn all about management and marketing, with the inclusive, practical experience a university of applied sciences offers. But the main focus will be on financial and cost accounting, using economic data to make a difference.

In year one, you’ll get a practical grounding in finance and business administration and set up investment plans for regional, national and international companies.

In your second year, you’ll get ‘finance-plus’ skills for your future career, solving business issues during group projects, where everyone gets their voice heard. You’ll also choose from elective courses, including Entrepreneurship and Data Analytics.

In year three, you’ll start your journey as a finance professional on your first internship. You can tap into our network of diverse and reputable industries and start your career path at a medium-sized company, multinational organisation, government institution or NGO - in the Netherlands, or anywhere in the world.

In your final year, you’ll take two of our cutting-edge minors at THUAS or one of our global partner universities. Or take two pre-masters minors, which will prepare you for the three masters degrees in Accounting and Finance, Accounting and Control, and Accounting and Auditing at Erasmus University, Rotterdam and allow you to take the masters in one year. Finally, you’ll complete your graduation project during a second internship, making sense of the numbers and applying calculations as you get ready for the real job market.

Admission requirements

You have a Dutch diploma
Vooropleiding Vereiste profiel
Havo (senior general secondary education)
  • Culture & Society (Economics or Management & Organisation or Mathematics A or Mathematics B)
  • Economics & Society
  • Nature & Health (Economics or Management & Organisation or Finance and Control)
  • Nature & Technology
Vwo (pre-university education)
  • Culture & Society
  • Economics & Society
  • Nature & Health
  • Nature & Technology
Mbo (senior secondary vocational education and training) Level 4, middle management or specialised secondary education programme

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 four-year programme, you will need a secondary school diploma comparable to a Dutch HAVO, VWO or MBO (level-4) diploma and a good command of English.

You have a non-Dutch diploma

To enrol for the IFMC 4 year programme you will need a secondary school diploma comparable to a Dutch HAVO diploma and a good command of English.
Also, you need to have passed your exam in mathematics + economics or business studies.

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.

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.

Language requirements

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.

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).

Lacking a mandatory exam subject
For this programme there a some subject-specific requirements. Unfortunately,  options to make up for a lacking mandatory subject are limited. We do accept some other certificates, but most of these can only be obtained after passing an exam in the Netherlands and/or in Dutch. All options are listed in this overview (in Dutch).

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. 

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.


hours of lectures per week


hours of self-study per week, including project work


study credits in year one

Degree programme content

What will you study each year?

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4

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 four, you can take two minors 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.

We offer two pre-masters minors in partnership with Erasmus University, Rotterdam, as launch pads to their masters degrees in accounting, finance, accounting and control. Take prerequisite courses in statistics, mathematics and finance to skip the pre-masters course at Erasmus.

At work

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.

Just like Patrick and John Collison (founders of Stripe payments platform), or Rickard and Bjorn Öste (Oatly), you’ll be equipped to take the business world by storm. Ninety-five per cent of our graduates find work within three months. You’ll also be armed to make decisions in an entrepreneurial, open-minded and ethical way.

In this challenging world, you’ll learn how to adapt by taking on new perspectives, knowledge and competences. We call it business + impact. You’ll become a ‘manager of change’ in your field of expertise in a small or medium-sized enterprise, government institution or a global company, like Just Eat Takeaway, Karl Lagerfeld, Kraft Heinz, Coca Cola and UBS Investment Bank.

Career perspective

What will you become

What you will become

  • Business controller

  • Financial controller

  • Investment advisor

  • Financial analyst

  • Financial consultant

  • Risk manager

What you won't become

  • Accountant (not yet)

  • Stockbroker

At work

Next steps

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.

Continue studying 

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 four-year programme has an optional 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.

Practical information

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. 

Tuition fee

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. 

More information about tuition fees 


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. 

Student finance 

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. 

Additional Costs 

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. 

Visa and residence permit 

More information about the visas and residence permits. 

Help in choosing your study

We would like to help you make the right decision 

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.   

Walk in at our Study & Career Centre for…  

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.

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 website for the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).

Binding Study Advice (BSA)

To continue your degree programme after the first year, you need to earn 50 of the 60 credits (EC or Credits). In some cases, the degree programme may also require that you pass a specific subject as European art of the credit requirements. 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 and you will be able to continue your degree programme.

If you earn less than 50 credits or don’t meet the qualitative requirements where applicable, you will receive a negative binding study advice and will have to leave the degree programme. This is why this advice is called a Negative Binding 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 Education and Examination Rules and Regulations (OER) for your degree programme.

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