The CEMS year

The CEMS year

Core elements of the CEMS programme are the CEMS courses, the Block Seminar, Business Project, Skill Seminars and an internship spent at an international company. You spend one semester at NHH and one semester at a CEMS partner school on exchange.

  • Study plan for CEMS MIM at NHH

    Study plan for CEMS MIM at NHH

    You can complete your CEMS year in your first or your second year in your master's programme at NHH. Check the study plan to see how to arrange your courses.

    Study plan for CEMS MIM at NHH, year one or year two (PDF,155KB)

  • Programme Block Seminar

    Programme Block Seminar

    Programme Block seminar

    The CEMS MIM year starts with a weeklong, intensive seminar. At NHH, the Block seminar takes place off campus, where you live and learn together with other CEMS students. This helps to build the team spirit among CEMS students right from the start of the programme. Topics are chosen from amongst the academic focus areas at NHH. Recent examples include:

    • Market Structure and Strategy 
    • Brand Management 
    • International Business 
    • Management and Control 
    • Entrepreneurship and Biotechnology: Commercialisation of Research 
    • Business Ethics
    • Innovation and Climate Change

    The Block Seminar accounts for 3 ECTS credits. Because of the considerable organisational and financial burden of a Block Seminar, CEMS schools will request a financial contribution of between €100 - 300 from the students.

  • Courses



    CEMS courses are taken both at NHH and during your exchange semester to a CEMS partner school. You must pass CEMS courses accounting for 45 ECTS credits in the MIM programme; 30 ECTS credits in term Term 1 and 15 ECTS in term Term 2. During term Term 1, you have to successfully complete a CEMS course in the field of strategy. During term Term 2, you have to successfully complete a CEMS course in the field of cross-cultural Management.

    Some examples of CEMS courses at NHH are: 

    • International Strategy (compulsory)
    • Global Management Practice (compulsory)
    • Globalisation and Integration
    • International Fisheries Management
    • Petroleum Economics 
    • Shipping Economics

    The CEMS courses have been specially designed for the MIM programme, and are often developed in cooperation with several CEMS schools along with representatives from corporate partners. CEMS Courses accounting for a maximum of 15 ECTS credits may be taken outside the MIM year (before or one year later).

  • Business Project

    Business Project

    Business project

    Apply your skills and knowledge by tackling real cases for real companies. You will team up with students from different nations to work on a business project during the spring semester. The project is supervised and evaluated by both the company and by an academic tutor. NHH has developed an innovative concept whereby CEMS students are involved with small and medium-sized companies, or even start-ups, developing business plans and strengthening their entrepreneurial skills. Students have also been working with business projects offered by CEMS corporate partners. Examples of business projects at NHH include:

    • Commercialising an idea into a new venture
    • Choice of strategies for a nascent company
    • Internationalising a new venture
    • New Product Brand
    • Competition Analysis
    • Market Analysis  
  • International Internship

    International Internship

    International internship

    The internship consists of a period of time spent abroad working professionally for a company.

    • Internships must cover a consecutive period of at least 10 weeks full time in the same company (the first 10 weeks of a full-time employment is also accepted).
    • Internships can take place at any time during the graduate period of studies except the study period of the CEMS MIM-year, when the students are not allowed to do an internship.
    • Internships have to be an intercultural experience and thus need to be abroad.

    The main objective of internships abroad is to convert academic and theoretical knowledge into business experience. Internships must therefore be at the level of graduate recruitment in order for students to fully benefit from them.

    Can you receive Erasmus+ funding for your CEMS internship?

    If you complete your CEMS internship in a European country (not including Switzerland), you qualify to receive an Erasmus+ grant. The monthly grant amount for Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Sweden, Luxembourg and United Kingdom is 560 euro. The monthly grant amount for other countries is 510 euro.

    Erasmus+  minimum requirement for internship duration is 2 months (equivalent to 58 calendar days).

    In order to receive an Erasmus+ grant, you must do the following:

    • Both you and your employer must fill out the Erasmus+ Learning Agreement for Traineeships (Word, 85kb) before e-mailing it to Marie van Beijeren prior to the start of your internship.
    • You must complete the Erasmus+ language test before and after your internship (called Online Linguistic Support; OLS) in the language you will work in. If you achieve a score of level B1 or lower as a result of the test, you will receive an automatic offer of an electronic language course. If you score higher and would like a language course in the local language, you can contact Marie van Beijeren. Your test score will not disqualify you from the internship and your employer will not have access to your score. Students who will work in their native language are exempted from the test. You will receive an invitation by e-mail to take the tests.
    • Fill out and sign the Erasmus+ Grant Agreenment form that you will be send by e-mail after submitting the Erasmus+ Learning Agreement.
    • Make sure you have necessary insurance for your internship period.
    • Report back to the Erasmus+ programme. You will receive an e-mail at the end of your internship, asking you to answer questions regarding your internship experience.
    • Your employer must fill out the last part of the Erasmus+ Learning Agreement titled "After the Mobility" before you return it to Marie van Beijeren.