Strategic Thinking & Management and Organisation Development

Are you interested in learning how to design the next generation firm? Do you want to learn how to thrive in the increasingly intricate web of human relationships that is the modern business ecosystem? Then apply for our exchange programme Strategic Thinking & Management and Organisation Development now.

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Start moment September, February
Number of ECTS 30 Dutch Education System
Programme level Minor
Programme code IB-STRAT-Fall (fall) IB-STRAT-Spring (spring)
Language of instruction English
Year of study Year 3
Practical Matters Housing and Immigration
Location Utrecht Science Park

Course content

What do you need to enter this programme? And what can you expect when you apply? In this section you'll find all you need to know!

This exchange programme dives into strategic business shifts and the interpersonal skills required to succeed. You will learn about the shift in business strategy from pipelines to digital platforms and the shift in organisation from hierarchies to agile networks. You will learn the art of negotiations and influencing people. We’ll use practical examples, case studies, business literature and project assignments.

Would you like to know more about this programme or do you have a specific question? Please contact the programme coordinator, Ellen van der Zande or Cindy Neeser.

The programme takes place during one semester and contains the following courses:

Course unit title ECTS
Strategy & Organisation 1: Cases 10
Strategy & Organisation 2: Project  10
Professional Skills 1: Negotiations

Professional Skills 2: Networking


Please note that the programme reflects a (logical) bundle of courses/subjects and should normally be followed as such. By choosing this package you will have to participate in ALL the courses included. It is not possible to combine (two or more) programmes in one single period.

In our course guide you can find all relevant information about the programme in one practical document. Download it here for your convenience.

When applying for this programme, you are expected to have a solid basis on intermediate to advanced level in International Business and Management.

Minimum English CEFR level B2. However, this module has a lot of academic reading so it works best if you have at least level C1 English!

Please note: If your English language ability proves to be insufficient to participate actively in (parts of) the courses you have chosen, we cannot be bound to the Learning Agreement, neither can we guarantee to offer you the required amount of Study load (EC’s). Teachers might request you to take a diagnostic test at the start of the course to check if your English language ability is sufficient to successfully participate in that specific course. In all cases it is up to the programme manager, to decide if your English language ability is sufficient to be eligible for the programme/course.

Practical information

When you move to a different country to study, there are lots of things to arrange. For instance, where will you live, how much are the costs? Visit our practical information page to help you prepare your stay. It is also important to start arranging a living space as soon as possible. Our housing pages will help you on your way. A student living in the Netherlands needs about € 800 - 1000 a month to cover living expenses, such as housing, food and transportation. This includes insurances – health insurance is mandatory.

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Ready for an international adventure?

Why choose HU?

  • Vibrant university city Utrecht

    Beautiful Utrecht has lots of young people and excellent facilities for student life. It has a mediaeval city centre which is small enough to explore by foot or bicycle. Enjoy a drink next to the quaint canals or dine in one of the converted wharf cellars.

  • Inspiring international setting

    HU supports your ambitions. Our lecturers will tutor and assist you in making the most of this international programme. During your time in Utrecht, you will meet students from all over the world and make connections to last a lifetime.

  • Utrecht Science Park Campus

    Studying at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht means you get to enjoy all the benefits of our modern campus, Utrecht Science Park (USP). A miniature city with the universities' buildings, student housing, restaurants, cafés, a sports centre, and much more, it enjoys excellent transport links to Utrecht and beyond.

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