- Degree type
- Bachelor of Business Administration
- Language of education
- English (100%)
- 48 months
- Tuition fee EU/EEA
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- Start of program
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- Type of institution
- University of Applied Sciences
- Den Haag
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|Course Title:||Bachelor International Business and Management Studies|
Alina Milovanova came to The Hague from the far north of Russia to improve her English at the Prep School – as a precursor to obtaining a top-notch International Business and Management Studies degree.
Like many young girls, Alina Milovanova (18) used to dream of a career as an actress or singer. She spent five years at drama school, where she earned many diplomas in vocal competitions. However, when her father suggested she should get a business education in the Netherlands, where he lives himself, she was easily persuaded. Her English wasn’t up to the required level to enrol directly in a Bachelor’s programme, so she signed up for a 12-month course at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THU’s) English Language Preparatory (Prep) School . She plans to follow the course with the four-year International Business and Management (IBMS) Bachelor’s programme at THU and may well go on to do a Master’s degree after.
Murmansk, Alina’s hometown in Russia, enjoys the distinction of being the largest city inside the Arctic Circle. When we talk to her spring has arrived in the Netherlands, while back in Murmansk the snow is still piled high. But she doesn’t mind the contrasts in climate and culture; she’s comfortable in her new environment. Now halfway through the Prep School course, she feels she has made the right choice. “This is a good place to study English and probably the only one where you can be sure to get the skills to express all your ideas and interact in English with many different people.” She’s also pleased she has some Russian classmates and gets on so well with her fellow students from countries like China, Iran and Colombia.
The Christmas party organised by THU at Club Seven, a cool venue in the centre of The Hague, has fond memories for Alina. She also went along on an excursion to the Gemeentemuseum, or municipal museum, an architectural gem that was designed by Berlage. One of the museum’s curators told the students all about the history of the building and the collection and gave them a guided tour, taking in works by Van Gogh, Monet and Mondrian.
Career in finance
At the end of the day, however, Alina has not lost sight of the reason why she came to The Hague: to get a top-notch English-language business education. Having seen some of the study books, she does not expect the International Business and Management Studies to pose too many problems; mathematics is one of her strong suits, so a career in finance is a distinct possibility. But whatever field she chooses, with her Prep School diploma in her pocket she feels she has every reason to face the future with confidence.