Bachelor degree // Study in English

International Business (E-BA)

Competition is increasing in the international market, making the demand for skilled employment within the areas of marketing, economics and human resources even higher. Especially if one person is able to work with different assignments across all fields.

Our BA degree in International Business gives you the most important tools you need to solve the kinds of complex challenges that occur when working in an international environment.

You will gain insights into specific techniques and methods within financial management, intercultural communication and human resource management, enabling you to work on your assignments in a very professional way.

The degree is offered by Leeds Beckett University in co-operation with IBA International Business Academy.


  • Study start: 02. September 2024 Application deadline: 26. August 2024
    Study start: 03. February 2025 Application deadline: 26. January 2025
  • Admission requirements: AP degree from International Business Academy or an equivalent school, or another degree at the equivalent level. Additionally, English at a certain level.
  • Duration: 1.5 - 6 years, 120 CATS (60 ECTS).
  • Tuition: Price for registration is DKK 8,000. Each unit costs DKK 5,500 (8 units in total). The research project costs DKK 13,000. The total price is DKK 65,000.
About the programme

The bachelor in international business is a part-time and international programme, offered by Leeds Beckett University in co-operation with IBA International Business Academy in Kolding, and is 100% via e-learning. It is a top-up programme that corresponds to the third year of a full-time bachelor and builds on top of two year programmes like the Danish AP degrees or the British DipHE or HND programmes.

Structure of the programme

Total 120 CATS (60 ECTS)

You may progress like this:



Choosing an e-learning programme gives you maximum freedom and flexibility during your studies. The classes are a combination of live online seminars and teaching via our digital platform. All seminars are recorded, so you can watch them regardless of time and place.

What is e-Learning?

E-Learning programmes are programmes that are offered online or through distance learning, and put simply, studying by distance learning means you don't have to be based in Kolding to take one of our courses. Wherever you are, you may study with us.

When you choose one of our e-learning programmes, you can study at a distance, at a time and pace that suit you.

Our e-Learning Team

We've been running e-learning courses at the IBA since 1996 and welcome students across the world - from Denmark to Argentina and Australia to Canada.

Our dedicated e-Learning team consists of specialists who make sure that our students have a great education and a great experience.

We ensure that:

  • each course is the same quality and level as a course studied on our campus and internationally
  • the teaching and learning materials are chosen and designed to help you learn and succeed while studying at home
  • the support we provide to e-Learning students is prompt, efficient and helpful
  • our academic staff are subject experts and dedicated to delivering great courses that help our e-learning students thrive in their careers and lives.

Benefits of e-Learning

  • E-learning is a great way to progress further in your career - you can balance the demands of your course with your everyday commitments, allowing you to keep working while you learn.
  • You don't have to come on to campus to attend lectures and seminars, so you won’t have to worry about relocating.
  • Since there are no borders limiting our activities, our e-learning programmes are truly international awarding internationally recognised degrees.
  • You'll have the option to study at home after the kids have gone to bed, in a library, in a coffee shop - or even on the bus. In fact, if you can access the internet, you can access nearly everything you need for our e-learning courses.
  • All our e-learning courses have start dates twice a year, giving you added options.
  • Any qualification you earn from us by e-learning is of equal value to one obtained studying on campus.
  • As well as having access to both the IBA’s and Leeds Beckett University’s libraries and electronic databases, you can use other university libraries, so you’ll have the benefit of learning resources close to where you live.
  • All e-programmes are split up into modules giving you flexibility and enabling you to control your own learning progression.
  • You can get on and off “the train” at any time

Support While You Study

We put a lot of time and effort into ensuring you have a great experience with us. When signing up, all e-learning students are given access to online information, which specifies exactly what is expected from you - and what you can expect from us.

Just because you aren't learning on campus doesn't mean you'll have to cope on your own - you'll have the support of dedicated academic staff while studying the individual modules, and our administrative personnel will be on hand to offer you advice about everything from academic issues to stress and anxiety.

Tools for Learning

Our students log in to a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) instead of attending lectures or seminars in person. The VLE gives you access to course materials such as videos, e-books and other documents. You also use it to discuss the course material with your tutors and peers and to submit your assignments and receive feedback.

As well as through the VLE, you'll communicate with us through our online webinars, and emails.

There is also an opportunity to attend an annual residential at Leeds Beckett University, if you like.

Our Partners

We work with specialist organisations to ensure that our e-learning programmes deliver the best qualifications possible. Our partners include:

  • Leeds Beckett University
  • Canvas - they are global online learning experts, and we currently utilise their world-leading virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Network of International Business Schools (NIBS) - we are proud members of this organisation, which has accredited our programmes
  • Through LBU we are also accredited by the British QAA.
Career opportunities

With this bachelor degree, you are well-equipped for a career in an international company. You get skills that will strengthen your job options within marketing, financing and human resource management in a global market.

The BA degree is also one step further up the educational ladder to a master’s degree.

Further education

On successful completion of the bachelor degree, you can progress automatically to a master’s degree at the IBA, or use your credits to complete a degree at master’s level at another university in Denmark or abroad.

  • Albert Garland Elam
    Albert Garland Elam
    Senior Lecturer/Assistant Professor
  • Jens Jørgen Nielsen
    Jens Jørgen Nielsen
    Senior Lecturer
  • Kelli Marie Terkelsen
    Kelli Marie Terkelsen
    Senior Lecturer
  • Morten Kier
    Morten Kier
    Senior Lecturer
  • Søren Bladt
    Søren Bladt
    Senior Lecturer
Mathias Kallan
- I could build up my knowledge, without putting my career on hold. It was a perfect combination for me. And because the programme takes place online, I could plan my studies around when it suited me best.
Mathias Kallan
Has a bachelor’s in International Business.
Read his story ->>

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How flexible is the programme?

Our programmes are designed with working professionals in mind and allow for flexibility within a framework. You can choose the days of the week and the times of the day you study to accommodate your other commitments, however you must meet some deadlines as advised by your lecturer. Our modules are 12 weeks in duration, and you are able to take breaks in between modules.

Are there tuition fees on these programmes or are they free for EU citizens?

Yes, there are tuition fees, and they apply to all students irrespective of nationality. Unfortunately, there are no scholarships, grants, or discounts available at the moment. Tuition fees are quoted in Danish kroner, but may be paid electronically in any recognized currency.

Is an online degree as good as a campus degree?

Yes, it is. There is absolutely no distinction between the quality of online and campus programmes. You can be assured that all our online degrees have the same status as those awarded to graduates who studied on-campus.

Will my degree certificate state that it was an online degree, completed via distance learning?

No, your degree certificate will look exactly the same as those awarded to students who studied on campus in Denmark or Leeds. There will be no reference to ‘online’ on your degree certificate.

How does online study work?

Asynchronous learning means that there are no set times for you to be online. You can log in to your classroom at times of the day and days of the week that suit you. This makes it possible for students in different time zones to participate in the asynchronous discussion threads that most lecturers run and that allow you to participate in online discussions when it suits you, and there will be webinars offered at regular intervals and video-recorded for those of you who cannot attend at specific times, or want to see them again.

The e-learning concept is designed in such a way that you can always keep track of your personal  learning progression.

Do I need to order textbooks?

For most programmes you will need to order one textbook per module. The average cost is US$120 per book. Additional e-books and texts are provided at no extra costs.

Will I need to travel?

No, none of our online programmes require you to travel. All teaching is done online. Even exams are online.

What kind of students will I meet on my course?

You’ll meet all sorts of interesting, motivated people from all over the world. But generally speaking, you’ll find that most of our online students are ambitious professionals who fit their studies around their work and other commitments. Around 85% of them will typically be in full-time employment, and have work experience.

Will my degree be recognized by potential employers and other universities?

Many employers not only recognize IBA’s and Leeds Beckett University's online qualifications, they sponsor their employees to study with us, too. They know that our online degrees have the same status and high standards as our on-campus degrees.
As UK university degrees, our online qualifications are widely recognized internationally.

How many hours a week do I need to study?

On average, students spend around 5-10 hours per week on their studies on the E-BA and Double Degree programmes and 10-15 hours per week on the E-MSc and E-MBA programmes. You may need more time, especially for your first module as you adjust to the learning platform, and you may need less for some modules. The time you need to spend studying will depend on many variables including your previous academic experience, your confidence with technology, and your English-language skills.

Stine Bloch Jensen
- Not everyone’s suited to sitting quietly at a school desk. And if you’d asked my teachers at school, they’d never have thought I’d be sitting here today with a bachelor’s degree, preparing to begin my master’s. But that’s what’s happened - because I found a way of studying that suits my needs.
Stine Bloch Jensen
Has a bachelor’s in International Business at IBA.
Read her story ->>

Application Procedure and Admission Requirements

Admission requirements

You must normally have successfully completed a minimum of two years’ post-secondary education (AP degree from Denmark or equivalent), or 240 CATS (APL with 120 credits at level 1 and 120 credits at level 2). To find out if your non-Danish entry qualifications fulfil the minimum entry requirements for the course, you can visit our International Qualifications webpage.

The following Danish AP courses give direct access to this top-up:

  • AP Marketing Management
  • AP Logistics Management
  • AP Service, Hospitality & Tourism Management
  • AP Commerce Management
  • AP Design, Technology & Business

Students from Denmark must have passed English at a level equivalent to a Danish Upper Secondary education B-level. Students from other countries must present a recognised international English test, with a result equivalent to or better than:

  • IELTS: 6.0
  • TOEFL Paper: 550
  • TOEFL Computer: 213
  • TOEFL Internet-based: 79 (minimum 19 in all sections)
  • Cambridge test: CAE A, B or C
  • Oxford Online Placement test: B2 (min. 70 in each part)

All applicants are offered an online admission meeting. If the applicant does not show up for the interview, the application will not be considered further.

Relevant professional experience will be considered in the evaluation of applications.

Non-standard applications may be considered for entry to the course and will be at the discretion of the Course Manager.

Application procedure

You can apply for the E-BA in International Business course for summer and winter intake.

All applications must be made through the online application form here* (Link is comming soon). 

*Please note that we will not accept applications or any document containing personal information via e-mail.

All applicants are required to pay an application fee before their application can be processed by IBA. Read more about the application fee.

All required documentation must be attached to your application in the system by the given deadline:

  • For summer intake applicants must apply no later than the 26th of August.
  • For winter intake applicants must apply no later than the 26th of January.

If you have questions in connection with admission, you can contact Director of E-learning, Oksana Jørgensen via email, at

Necessary documentation – application checklist

You must attach documentation to support the information mentioned in your application. All relevant documentation must be attached to your application in the system by the above-stated application deadline.

Mandatory documentation:

  • AP Degree or equivalent and Transcripts of records with min. 120 ECTS or 240 CATS (copy of original and translation).

If you have not finished your degree at the time of application, you must provide detailed Transcripts of records, mentioning the expected date of graduation.

Financial matters

The total tuition fee is DKK 65,000.

The tuition and registration fees include all teaching, learning support and administrative costs, but are exclusive of books.

Registration:                            DKK 8,000
Each unit:                                DKK 5,500 (8 units in total)
Research project:                    DKK 13,000 

Note that payment per unit is effected at the start of each unit.



We do not offer scholarships for this course.

The course is not entitled to the Danish State Education Support (SU). Read more at

Residence permit as a student and EU Residence

The programme can be followed from any geographical location, and therefore does not give the right for student visa to Denmark.


The CATS (Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme) points system is recognised by many UK Higher Education institutions as a method of quantifying credit for a particular course.

CATS points convert to European academic credits (ECTS) as follows: Two CATS points are equivalent to one ECTS point. 

Further information about International Business (E-BA)

If you want more information or if you have any questions about the programme or the application, please don't hesitate to contact us. Fill in the form below. Your information will be sent directly to IBA via this secure form. You will shortly receive info about this program and the admissions process.