Summer Course

Doing Business in Europe

Are you looking for an enjoyable and valuable international entrepreneurial experience while studying abroad? Why not try something different this summer!

Join us for the Summer Course ‘Doing Business in Europe’ at Arnhem Business School (ABS), part of HAN University of Applied Sciences. By participating in the course, you will become acquainted with not only Dutch but many other international cultures.

The focus of the program is personal growth and understanding the ‘how to do business’ in Europe. But mostly on how entrepreneurship is part of everyday life. Terms like ‘agile’, ‘disruptive thinking’ and ‘sustainability’ are preached and practiced. The approach is broad, meaning you will be triggered by the content of the lectures and are stimulated to apply it to real life situations immediately. Group work and coaching complete the course.

Please watch the video above to get a real glimpse into the Summer Course!


The Summer Course 2017 runs from Sunday 25 June – Friday 15 July 2017.

Course overview

The course consists of modules (which include either (guest) lectures, workshops, company visits or coaching sessions) that takes place at the campus of Arnhem Business School (ABS) and outside the campus. All necessary facilities are present and open for use for the students.

During this summer course at ABS you will participate in interactive workshops that focus on skills and personal development in both entrepreneurial as general topics. But also lectures and guest lectures will be part of the format.

At a glance, the following is already programmed for this year:

  • Creative thinking
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurial thinking
  • Lean management
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Agricultural entrepreneurship
  • Personal branding
  • And many other topics!

The ongoing assignment in this course is The Quest. Based on real life, relevant and topical issues brought forward by actual clients, you do general research with your group and present your findings in the final assessment in the form of a free presentation. Clients vary from profit to not for profit organisations.


Throughout the three week programme you will visit several companies. Entrepreneurs in different fields of the Dutch economy. Profit and not for profit organisations open their doors to you. Asking questions is a must!

Contact hours

The course consists of a total of 75 contact hours (including classes, exam, excursions and company visits). You will also need to spend an additional 25 hours on homework, preparation and self-study.


Course credits are set and awarded by your home institution in consultation with Arnhem Business School. Please contact the International Office of your home institution for more information on credit transfers.


Learning outcomes

During your 3 weeks in the Netherlands you will:

  • Receive an introduction to various specific aspects of Dutch culture and history.
  • Get acquainted with at least 5 different cultures and learn how to be culturally sensitive.
  • Get insight into your personal development.
  • Study various aspects of designing and improving business processes.
  • Work on your personal competences and skills in being entrepreneurial.
  • Work together in team building exercises.
  • Work in small groups on The Quest; gather relevant data, carry out research, propose a particular strategy and come up with solutions.
  • Work with actual clients and get assessed based on the progress you made in the three week course.
  • Get access to an international community of current students and alumni of previous Summer Courses.


The summer course Doing Business in Europe is designed for all undergraduate students of our partner institutions abroad. Due to the success of the previous Summer

Course and the general approach, it is open for all individuals interested in being entrepreneurial and cultural sensitive while working on a real life issues.

If you are a non-native speaker of English, the equivalent of an IELTS score of at least 6.5 is required.

Course fee

  • € 2,500 for undergraduate business students and business professionals
  • € 1,500 for business students on the basis of exchange. It applies only to students from partner universities with prior nomination by their home university

The course fee includes:
• Accommodation and breakfast
• Airport pick up and drop off service
• Transportation between accommodation and campus on week days
• Excursions
• Welcome and farewell dinner
• Medical insurance for the duration of the course

Immigration requirements

Depending on your nationality, you may require an entry visa (short stay visa) to travel to the Netherlands.

  • If you are a national of one of the following countries, you will not require an entry visa: members of the European Union and EEA, Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland and USA.

Nationals of any other country not mentioned above will require an entry visa.

Apply now

If you wish to apply, please fill out and send in the application form. You may also contact the international officer of your home institution for more information on how to apply.

Deadline application: 21 April 2017

Please e-mail your application to:

The following should be included with your application:

  • Completed application form
  • Copy of your passport
  • Colour Photo (in .jpg format)

We will contact you by e-mail upon receipt of your application. You will also receive an official acceptance letter via your home university.

More information

For more information regarding the summer course Doing Business in Europe, please contact your International Office.

You may also send an E-mail to:


Some useful websites:

Arnhem Business School:
Study in Holland:
Arnhem/Nijmegen region:
Airborne Museum: