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African Business Studies

12 months
3100 EUR/year
1990 EUR/year
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The African Business Studies programme from Thomas More will provide an in-dept to key issues in the Africa business environment with a strong focus on entrepreneurship including business culture and negotiation, marketing and consumer behaviour, business policy and legal aspects, Imports and exports, services and management, geopolitics and institutions, etc.


  • The African Business Studies programme from Thomas More prepares you to manage the fundamentally different challenges businesses face in the African markets or when working with African partners and companies.
  • Designed to be relentlessly practical, this unique programme combines business expertise with African political, economic and cultural understanding.
  • Participants will receive intensive lectures from experts with thorough knowledge of the Africa business environment.
  • At the end, the programme concludes with multiple opportunities for participants to pitch their business ideas to local and international investors for seed funding.
  • Upon completion of the programme, participants will be awarded a certificate in African Business Studies.
  • You can take a module or follow the complete program which will be run for a year.
  • The certificate programme African Business Studies (ABS) is offered by the Centre for African Business Studies at the Thomas More University of Applied Science, Mechelen Belgium.

Aims of the programme

  • To learn to do business with Africa’s five regions
  • Understanding of global business with an African regional focus spanning across East, West, Centre, North, South of Africa.
  • To understand the importance of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement
  • To analyse foreign trade (Import, Export) and foreign direct investment flows in the African countries
  • Understanding of intercultural business practices in the different regions
  • Understanding of local culture in North, East, South, West, Centre Africa
  • Understanding the fastest growing region in the world
  • Understanding a growing middle class of approximately 400 million people

Career opportunities

The rise in global trade means that there is a growing demand for young managers with an international and regional focus. With a Postgraduate In African Business Studies diploma, the world will be open to you.

Potential Careers 

  • Trade Advisor to EU, UK, US & Asian businesses expanding to Africa 
  • Import & Export manager 
  • Business Consultant 
  • Sales manager 
  • Business development manage 
  • Marketing manager  
  • Public relation manager  
  • CSR manager 
  • Logistic manager 
  • Entrepreneur-creating your own business/service/brand etc.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • African Business Systems: State, Institutions and the Global Economy. 
  • African Business Societies from a Comparative Perspective North, South, East, West & Centre. 
  • Intercultural business practices.
  • Marketing, sales, and consumer behaviours.
  • Import and Export Management. 
  • Workshops/ projects with partner embassies/ guest lectures on diverse topics (sustainability, financial management, human resource management, corporate social responsibility).

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

There are no deadlines for EEA candidates. 




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Only students who already obtained a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree can apply for this Postgraduate programme.Additional conditions

  • cv (resume)
  • Motivation letter (stating why you would like to join the postgraduate programme) which will be assessment by the study counselors committee.
  • In addition to the cv/motivation assessment, the study counsellors committee can request an extra  (Skype) interview.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    3100 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3100 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1990 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1990 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Antwerpen

787 - 1230 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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