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Doing your MBA in the Netherlands

At a certain point in your career, you may wonder whether pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) is the right next step.

Exploring MBA opportunities can be very overwhelming nowadays, due to the large numbers of programs and formats that are offered. Accreditations, rankings, location, costs and return on investment are amongst the elements that will play a role in your decision.

Here are seven key steps that will help you to find the right MBA:

Written by Javier Arias, alumnus of Nyenrode Business Universiteit

Is an MBA really the right choice?

You will face a reality check the moment you start to work through the thousands of different programs. Traditional MBAs, specialized MBAs, Masters of Science and Masters of Arts are amongst the options that you will encounter as you look for management-related studies. Explore different types of programs and find the one that suits you the best.

In case you decide that an MBA is the right option for you, look into the different formats and decide whether you would like to pursue a full-time, part-time or modular course.

Where & Why?

This is one of the most difficult decisions to make: should I pursue an MBA in my home country or should I get immersed in an unexplored context by following an MBA abroad?

This decision is vital in continuing with your search. You should look into details such as the economy and culture of the country, career opportunities after graduation, language and immigration policies - and do not forget the social aspects of the country. If you decide to move to another country, the investment has to pay off from a personal, academic and professional perspective.

In my case, I decided to pursue an MBA in the Netherlands. The Netherlands, also known as Holland, is considered a European business hub and a leading country in international trade and commerce. Innovation is embedded in its business culture and international students support the development of creative solutions in diverse industries. This resonated very well with my personal interests and ambitions. Thus, I decided to become part of Nyenrode Business Universiteit.

A new home away from home

Deciding on a university is much a more complicated process than just taking a look at the rankings. An MBA is a tough and time-consuming investment. Thus, finding the right university requires patience as you need to find the perfect match.

It is important to know the reputation of the university both within the country and abroad, together with its accreditations and philosophy. You need to feel at ease with the university since it will become your new home away from home.

Money talks

Remember to look into your finances when defining the right MBA and the right university.
It is important for you to consider living costs, the immigration process costs, tuition fees and even the ‘having fun’ costs. Many universities offer different scholarship opportunities. Do your homework and find out about the different ways to finance your MBA.

You are not alone

Before, during and after the MBA, you will experience a rollercoaster of emotions as the pressure to deliver piles up. Remember to involve people around you in this process. Your family, friends, peers, and colleagues can be a source of inspiration in ensuring that you enroll in the right program. You might even face the opportunity of being sponsored by your company during your MBA.

Clear all your doubts

There is no better way to clear your doubts than by talking to the right people. Get in contact with the recruiters, admission officers and program team members so that they can answer all your questions regarding the MBA and the university.

Get the real feeling!

There are always feelings involved when it comes to making your final decision. It is vital that you experience the university and the program by visiting them, talking to current students, professors, and alumni. The online environment can give you an idea of each institution. However, the best way for you to get the real feeling is to experience student life yourself.

At Nyenrode, we provide potential students with the opportunity to experience the MBA programs before enrolling. A selected group of top talents are invited to visit Nyenrode for an entire weekend where you can experience lectures, talk to alumni, staff, and students to get the real feeling of our full-time International MBA program.

About Nyenrode

Nyenrode was founded by visionary business leaders to rebuild the Dutch economy from the ashes of World War II. Ever since, our leaders embrace an entrepreneurial passion for the purpose of business. At Nyenrode, you learn, live and love business.

Nyenrode is the only private university in the Netherlands. Nyenrode offers a series of MBA programs both in Dutch as well as in English language. At Nyenrode, we welcome top talents for the following MBA programs:

1. Full-time International MBA (1 year on-campus) 

1. Part-time Executive MBA (21 months in modules of two weeks on-campus)

2. Modular Executive MBA in Business & I.T. (modular structure) 

Nyenrode is endorsed by accreditations from AMBA, EQUIS & NAVO. Nyenrode is the only university in the Netherlands with on-campus accommodation located in Breukelen, a town between Amsterdam & Utrecht.

Nyenrode represents optimal results through the practical application of academic knowledge, which leads to a maximum Return on Education (RED). Check out some of the following videos of our MBA alumni sharing their Return on Education:

Check out the experience of our full-time International MBA and part-time Executive MBA talents during their  journey of personal and professional development


Javier Arias, MBA Community Marketer, Nyenrode Business Universiteit
Email: J.Arias@nyenrode.nl
Or visit the Nyenrode Business Universiteit website