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BSc in International Business Economics (En)

Curriculum

Programme International business economics first-cycle (bachelor) training
Introduction From the academic year 2017-2018
Personal scope: Students starting their studies from 1 September 2017
Approved on 5 May 2017
Resolution Resolution No. (V. 5.) 69, Academic Year 2016/2017
Resolution No. (VI. 29.) 112, Academic Year 2017/2018
Programme owner Dr. Pál Majoros
Dean Gulyásné dr. Katalin Csekő

Overview

1 Licensing and accreditation of the programme
2 Objective of the training
3 Professional competences to be acquired
4 Basic information about the programme
5 Training structure
6 Specialisation of the programme
7 Mobility window
8 Internship
9 Degree thesis requirements
10 Conditions for completing the training
11 Final examination requirements
12 Conditions for issuing the diploma
13 Qualification of Diploma
14 Special requirements of the training
15 Model curriculum (Plan of study)
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Content and requirements of the programme

1. Licensing and accreditation of the programme

The educational and outcome requirements for the International business economics first-cycle (bachelor) programme are defined in Decree No. 18/2016 (VIII. 5.) of the Minister of Human Resources.
Number of the resolution of the Hungarian Accreditation Committee on the effective accreditation: 2016/1/VII/4/6.

2. Objective of the programme

The objective of the programme is to educate economists with high level negotiating skills in at least two foreign languages, who are capable, relying on their economics, social theory, applied economics and methodology skills, of conducting, managing and organising international business activities, and have sufficient knowledge to continue their studies in a Master programme.

3. Professional competences to be acquired

Economist in international business economics first-cycle (bachelor) training

a) skills

  • Knowledge of the basic, comprehensive concepts, theories, facts, as well as the national and international contexts of economics in terms of the relevant economic actors, functions and processes.
  • Understanding of the basic theories and characteristics of the organisation of micro- and macro-economy, knowledge of the basic methods of data collection, mathematics and statistical analysis.
  • Knowledge of the rules and ethical standards of collaboration in a project, team or work organisation and project management.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the basic expertise needed for identifying international forwarding and finance processes, the data collection, analysis and problem solving techniques relevant to the given field, as well as the conditions and limitations of their application.
  • Knowledge of the basics of other (legal, regional development, educational) fields related to international businesses.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the basic functionality, determinations and goals in economic policy, foreign trade processes and foreign economic policy, and their effects. Knowledge related to the functioning of the European Union, as necessary for efficient work.
  • Familiarity with the IT and office equipment supporting the operation of organisations and business processes.
  • Knowledge of the written and verbal forms of professional and efficient communication, and the methods of presenting data in tabular and graphical formats.
  • Command of the basic vocabulary of economics in the mother tongue and in at least two foreign languages.

b) abilities

  • Planning and organising economic activities, and managing and controlling minor businesses and business organisations.
  • Revealing, organising and analysing facts and basic relationships by applying the theories and methods learnt, formulating independent conclusions and critics, developing proposals preparing decisions, making decisions in the standard, as well as in partly unknown Hungarian and international environments.
  • Monitoring and interpreting the processes in the world economy and international business, the changes in economic policy, and the policies and legislation relevant and related to his/her special field, as well as the effects of the same, and takes these into account when developing analyses, proposals and decisions.
  • Identifying the complex consequences of forwarding and foreign trade processes.
  • Planning and organising economic activities for forwarding and foreign trading processes in an administrative job at business organisations.
  • Presenting professional proposals and positions formulated professionally, in terms of both concept and theory, either verbally or in writing in the Hungarian or a foreign language and observing the rules of professional communication. Understanding and using the special online and printed literature of his/her field in Hungarian and foreign languages.
  • Participation in projects, team work and, when practical skills and experience are acquired, managing, organising, evaluating and supervising the given activity as a leader. Collaboration with representatives of other fields (engineers, foreign trade specialists).
  • Knowledge of the specific characteristics of working in an international multicultural environment.
  • When practical skills and experience are acquired, managing an organizational unit in a small or medium size business or business organisation.
  • Using a foreign language with the special vocabulary at intermediate level.

c) attitude

  • Problem-sensitivity and proactive approach in the interest of high quality output, constructive, cooperative and initiative behaviour when working in a project or team.
  • Openness to new information, new professional insights and methodologies, and readiness to undertake new, independent tasks and responsibilities that may require collaboration.
  • Striving to develop his/her knowledge and working relationships, and to cooperate with colleagues to that end.
  • Critical approach to his/her own and his/her reports’ knowledge, work and conduct. Readiness to correct the mistakes, and willingness to help associates in this.
  • Openness to changes in the broader economic and social environment of the given job, work organisation and business, and readiness to follow and understand such changes.
  • Commitment to responsibly considering others' opinions and the sectoral, regional, national and European values (including the social, socio-ecological and sustainability aspects).
  • Striving for lifelong learning in the world of work and beyond.

d) autonomy and responsibility

  • Performs and organizes the responsibilities specified in the job description independently and under general professional supervision.
  • Independently organises the analysis of economic processes, and the collection, organisation and evaluation of data.
  • Takes responsibility for his/her analyses, conclusions and decisions.
  • Takes responsibility for compliance with professional, legal and ethical standards and rules applicable to his/her work and conduct.
  • Independently monitors the changes in the social, economic and legal environment that may affect his/her field.
  • Monitors and applies related policies in a partly independent manner.
  • Holds presentations and independently performs the moderation of discussions.
  • Independently and responsibly participates in the work of professional forums within and outside the given business organisation.

4. Basic information about the programme

Duration of training: 7 semesters
Minimum number of credits to be acquired: 210 credits
Graduation level: Bachelor (abbreviated as “BSc”) degree
Qualification: közgazdász, nemzetközi gazdálkodás alapképzési szakon
Qualification in English: Economist in International Business

5. Training structure

The structure of the training expressed in credits, based on the programme and output requirements:

Special fields of expertise, knowledge C CE CF E Total
Economics, methodology and business skills 63     3 66
Professional language     12   12
Social science basics 6 3          3 12
General professional skills 42 6 6 6 60
Specialisations   30     30
Other (internship, degree thesis) 30       30
Total 141 39 18 12 210

Abbreviations and definition of subject types:

  • C – Compulsory subjects.
  • CE - Compulsory elective subjects: Subjects to choose from specific subject group. The subjects of specialisations are to be selected upon application for specialisation.
  • CF - Compulsory elective foreign language proficiency subjects. students who do not have the language exam being a criterion for the degree may choose from the language courses offered. Students holding the appropriate language examination certificate can take up foreign language subjects or additional business foreign language courses on account of their credit limit.
  • E - elective subjects. In addition to the subjects included in the model curriculum, students can take up other subjects out of those announced by the institution.

6. Specialisation of the programme

During the first-cycle training, students can choose from the following specializations, which do not provide stand-alone qualification:

  • International Business Development (Hungarian, English, French and German)
  • Freight Forwarding and Logistics
  • Economic Diplomacy
  • Business Intelligence and Decisions
  • Translator and interpreter in the field of economics and business
  • East Asian Business Studies (English)

Specializations can be chosen after completing the 4th semester according to the model curriculum.
Specialisations may be chosen by students who have earned at least 75 credits in the subjects of the first four semesters according to the model curriculum, which may include completion of the following subject(s):

Specialisation Subject code Subject name
International Business Development NEUG0BA06 International Transactions:
Freight Forwarding and Logistics NELO0BA03 International Logistics
Economic Diplomacy NEEK0BA03 International Relations and Institutions
Business Intelligence and Decisions UZKA0BB06 Business Statistics
Translator and interpreter in the field of economics and business NEUG0BA06 International Transactions:
East Asian Business Studies VIEM0BA03 World Economy and International Trade

When choosing specializations, students must specify their order of preference with at least three specializations selected. Admission to a specialization is based on the students' cumulative credit index: the student ranked best in the list of students thus obtained is admitted to the specialization that he/she specified in the first place. The procedure is followed in a similar manner for students ranked lower, as long as the headcount set for a specialization is reached. Students still in the queue are then admitted to the specialization specified by them in the second place. The procedure is continued following the same principle until admission of the last student.
The launch of a specialization is subject to a minimum headcount. If the minimum headcount is not reached, students applying for the given will be admitted to the specialization they have ranked next in their preference order.

7. Mobility window

During the training, the semesters recommended for international student mobility are semester 3 or semester 4 and the internship semester.
In semester 3, students participating in international student mobility programs should earn the recommended credits as follows.

Subject code Subject name/Subject group Credits Equivalence
SZNT0BA06 Organisational and Human Resources Management 6 the equivalence recorded in the learning system, or any subject with at least 5 ECTS credit value providing comprehensive management training
NEA0BA03 Foreign Language for International Business A 3 any language skills development subject (with at least 2 ECTS credits)
MAAI0BB03 Introduction to Marketing 3 the equivalence recorded in the learning system, or any subject with at least 2 ECTS credit value providing comprehensive marketing training
STAI0BA06 Basics of Statistics and Probability Studies 6 the equivalence recorded in the learning system, or any subject with at least 5 ECTS credit value providing statistics training
  Elective subjects 6 any subject with at least 5 ECTS credits

In semester 4, students participating in international student mobility programs should earn the recommended credits as follows.

Subject code Subject name/Subject group Credits Equivalence
UZKA0BB06 Business Statistics 6 the equivalence recorded in the learning system, or any subject with at least 5 ECTS credit value providing applied statistics training
VIEM0BA03 World Economy and International Trade 3 the equivalence recorded in the learning system, or any subject with at least 2 ECTS credit value focusing on international commerce
NEOG0BA03 International and EU Law 3 the equivalence recorded in the learning system, or any subject with at least 2 ECTS credit value related to the EU legislation
AZAI0BA06 The EU's Organisation and Policies 6 the equivalence recorded in the learning system, or any subject with at least 5 ECTS credit value focusing on the EU institutional framework or policies
UZLV2BB03 Foreign Language for Business B/1 3 any language skills development subject (with at least 2 ECTS credits)
  Compulsory elective, general professional skills 6 any professional subject with at least 5 ECTS credit value in the field of international economics, international trading, EU knowledge or logistics
  Elective subjects 3 any subject with at least 5 ECTS credits

For specialisation subjects, credits are taken into account according to the equivalences set in the learning system.
The internship set out in the requirements of the training may take place abroad, observing the procedure applicable to internships.

8. Internship

Obtaining the diploma is subject to compulsory internship completed outside the institution. The internship is a continuous practical training with a duration of twelve weeks (400 hours for full-time and 200 hours for part-time training).
The internship is worth 20 credits, its completion is a precondition for receiving the pre-degree certificate.

8.1 Subject requirements

The internship may be started with at least 171 credits earned according to the model curriculum of the training. The credits required may not include credits of the Degree Thesis (SZAT0BA07) subject.

8.2 Place of completing the internship

Students are free to choose the place of their internship. The internship can be completed at any company or institution that performs activities associated with the nature of the training and where there are jobs already held that require higher education qualifications. The job to be held by the student is expected to familiarise the student with the international commerce, logistics, financial aspects of the organization's business providing him/her the opportunity to apply and practice the skills acquired through the university programme.

8.3 Requirements applicable to the completion of the internship

The aim of internship is to enable students to become conversant with the professional work at the host institution (organisation, company, public institution, non-governmental organisation) conducting activities that match their studies or special field, actively participate in the daily work, independently solve tasks assigned to them by their work supervisor and gain experience for their future employment on the labour market.
At the end of the internship, the internship is evaluated by the programme owner based on the evaluation of the supervisor at the workplace.
The internship is organised and professionally supervised by the head of the International Business Economics Faculty and the specialization owners. Applications for and the conduct and evaluation of the internship are regulated by separate procedures.

9. Degree thesis requirements

The degree thesis is a task by the completion whereof the student demonstrates his/her ability to:

  • review special literature independently in a given special field,
  • document, analyse and evaluate the results introduced in the special literature,
  • with his/her studies and the information obtained from the special literature
    • conduct an independent research and/or
    • independently perform tasks requiring creativity,
  • create and defend an evaluation study based on the review of the special literature and his/her own research experience, and exploiting his/her studies completed.

The degree thesis requirements and the conditions governing completion are set out in a separate procedure.

10. Conditions for completing the programme

Conditions for the issue of the final certificate:

  • earning at least 183 credits from compulsory, compulsory elective and elective subjects according to the curriculum requirements;
  • fulfilment of the required criteria (obtaining sign-off for subjects Physical Education 1 and 2);
  • completion of the internship (20 credits);
  • completion of the degree thesis consultations (7 credits).

Requirements of taking the final examination:

  • obtaining the final certificate;
  • a degree thesis granted at least satisfactory mark by two assessors working independently.

11. Final examination requirements

The final examination reviews and evaluates the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to receive the diploma, in the course whereof the student must prove that he/she can apply the material learnt.
The final examination consists of two parts.

  • Defence of the degree thesis, which includes the presentation of the results and a professional debate based on them. On the basis of the marks proposed by the assessors and the defence, the committee awards a mark for the student's thesis.
  • Complex oral examination, which gives a comprehensive assessment concerning the student's knowledge and ability to use it. The examination topics and any information required to prepare for the examination are communicated by the training owner at the beginning of the semester.

If the degree thesis or the complex oral examination is qualified unsatisfactory, the final examination shall be considered unsuccessful and it must be repeated, as set out in the institutional regulations.
Formula for calculating the final examination result:
ZE = (ZV+SzD)/2
where

  • ZE is the overall result of the final examination
  • ZV is the result of the complex oral examination taken at the final examination
  • SzD is the mark given for the degree thesis

12. Conditions for issuing the diploma

To get the bachelor’s degree, intermediate (B2) complex type professional (related to the field of training) language examination recognised by the state is necessary in two foreign languages, or equivalent school-leaving certificate or diploma, whereas one language examination may be substituted with an advanced (C1) complex type general language examination recognized by the state.

13. Qualification of diploma

Formula for calculating the qualification of the diploma
OM = (TÁ+ZE)/2
where

  • OM is the qualification of the diploma
  • TÁ is the average mark of the subjects below weighted with their credit values
  • ZE is the result of the final examination

The qualification of the diploma is:

Excellent (5) if             OM  =  5.00
Excellent (5) if 4.51 ≤ OM  <  5.00
Good (4) if 3.51 ≤ OM  ≤  4.50
Average (3) if 2.51 ≤ OM  ≤  3.50
Pass (2) if 2.00 ≤ OM  ≤  2.50

The average mark (TÁ) considered in the qualification of the diploma is calculated based on the results from the following subjects.
For all specializations:

  • The average of the subjects Economics 1 and 2 (KOAN1BA06 and KOAN2BA06)
  • The average of the subjects Basics of Statistics and Probability Studies (STAI0BA06) and Statistics for Business (UZKA0BB06)
  • International Trade and Logistics (NEKA0BB06)
  • World Economy and International Trade (VIEM0BA03)

One subject, depending on the specialization:

Specialisation Subject code Subject name
International Business Development FIAS0BA06 Payment Risk Management and Financing
Freight Forwarding and Logistics FUAS0BA06 Transportation and Shipping
Economic Diplomacy ALEK0BB06 Introduction to Political and Economic Diplomacy
Business Intelligence and Decisions UZEK0BB06 Business Intelligence, Decision Support Systems
Translator and interpreter in the field of economics and business SZTA1BA06
SZTA2BA03
Average of the subjects Theory and Practice of Professional Translation 1 and 2
East Asian Business Studies MOMY0BA06 The Modern Chinese Economy

14. Special requirements of the programme

14.1 Training in a language other than Hungarian

Pursuant to Section 51 (2) of the Act CCIV of 2011, the issue of the diploma for a training in a foreign language is not subject to the language examinations set out in Clause 12.
Pursuant to Section 14 (6) of Government Decree No. 137/2008 (V. 16), a diploma certifying studies conducted and completed in a foreign language is equivalent, in terms of the language of the training, to an advanced complex type language examination recognised by the state in one language. Pursuant to the referenced Act, the diploma is equivalent to a language examination, and BGE may not issue a separate certificate in this respect.
BGE recognizes the studies of a student as training in a foreign language if he/she has earned at least 189 credits, of which at least 168 credits are completed in the language of the training.

14.2 Trainings in correspondence course

For trainings in correspondence courses, the curriculum applies subject to the following differences:

  • The completion of the subjects Physical Education 1 (TEES1BA00) and Physical Education 2 (TEES2BA00) is excluded from the requirements.
  • Work experience gained during employment can be recognised as completion of the Internship (SZGY0BA20) (in line with the procedure for internships).

14.3 Training under a double degree arrangement

In addition to the diploma awarded by BBS, the student participating in the programme can also obtain a diploma awarded by the following partner institutions under the BBS double diploma agreement.

Partner institution Name of qualification Credits to obtain at BBS Credits to obtain at the partner institution
Avans School of International Studies of the Avans University of Applied Sciences Bachelor of Business Administration 210 30
College of Management of Shih Chien University Bachelor of International Business 180 43
Thomas More University, Mechelen Bachelor of International Business and Trade 180 57
University of Applied Sciences, Frankfurt am Main Bachelor of International Business Administration 180 30
Université Jules Verne, Amiens Économiste en gestion d’entreprise 210 60

The requirements and conditions applicable to the programmes are laid down in the annexes to the relevant agreements.

14.4 Dual training

In dual training, companies (dual training partners) train the student in line with their own needs and based on an actual curriculum developed jointly with the higher education institution. Such companies support, extend with practical skills and expand students’ training at the institution according to their profile.
BGE’s dual training partner concludes an employment contract with the student enrolled in dual training. Students work at the partner organisation in parallel with their studies. The ratio of study time and working time is laid down in the employment contract.

15. Model curricula (Plans of study)

Course schedule Language ID Annex
full-time Hungarian BNNGHK Annex 1
correspondence Hungarian BLNGHK Annex 2
full-time English BNNGEK Annex 3
correspondence English BLNGEK Annex 4
full-time French BNNGFK Annex 5
full-time German BNNGDK Annex 6

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Reference No. Resolution No. Implementation Validity Clause Change description
 1 2017/18. (VI. 29.) 111.  immediate  From academic year 2018/2019  15  Changes in the model curriculum, as shown in the table below

 

Subject code Subject name Change Effective date
VAAI0BA03 Basics of Business Economics Shifted from semester 1 to semester 2 (for full-time courses only) immediate
SZNT0BA06 Organisational and Human Resources Management Shifted from semester 2 to semester 3 (for full-time courses only) immediate
PEAI0BA06 Introduction to Finance Shifted from semester 2 to semester 1 (for full-time courses only) immediate
SZAI0BA06 Introduction to Accounting Shifted from semester 3 to semester 2 (for full-time courses only) immediate
UZIO0BA03 Business Communication Shifted from semester 1 to semester 2 (for full-time courses only) immediate
VIEM0BA03 World Economy and International Trade Shifted semester 6 to semester 4 immediate
NENG0BA06 International Marketing Shifted semester 4 to semester 5 immediate
NEOG0BA03 International and EU Law  Shifted semester 3 to semester 4 immediate
KUIA0BA06 International Economic Policy and Economic Diplomacy Discontinued immediate
MAKP0BA03 International Economic Policy of Hungary New subject (2+0 K, 3 credits, or 10 K, 3 credits for correspondence course) immediate
INAS0BA06 Information Management K (endterm exam) instead of Gy (practical course mark) immediate
GAKA0BA03 Economic and Business Statistics K (endterm exam) instead of Gy (practical course mark) immediate
NEKA0BB06 International Trade and Logistics renamed: International Trade (NEUG0BA06) immediate
NELO0BA03 International Logistics New subject (2+0 K, 3 credits, or 10 K, 3 credits for correspondence course) immediate
  Foreign economic business Change of specialization name. New name: International Business Development immediate

 

Reference No. Resolution No. Implementation Validity Clause Change description
 2 2017/18. (VI. 29.) 114.  immediate  From academic year 2018/2019  6, 15  Changes in the model curriculum, as shown in the table below

 

Neptun code Type Subject Semester 5 Semester 6
L T Cr Ast L T Cr Ast
MOMY0BA06 CE The Modern Chinese Economy 2 2 6 C        
JARY0BA03 CE The Japanese Economy in the 21st Century 1 1 3 C        
ADRE0BA03 CE Advanced Economies of Asia: South-Korea and Taiwan, Singapore 1 1 3 C        
EMNS0BA03 CE The Emerging South-East-Asian Regions 1 1 3 C        
ECIA0BA03 CE Economic integration in Asia         1 1 3 C
GLIA0BA06 CE Global Value Chains in Asia         2 2 6 CW
ICUP0BA03 CE Innovation and Catch-up: The Various Experiences of Asian Economies         1 1 3 CW
INIA0BA03 CE Intercultural Training with Special Emphasis on Asia         0 2 3 CW
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