International Financial Management

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Financial Management

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The objective of the course is to acquaint students with the developments in international financial markets from a perspective of managerial decision making. The course is designed to provide future’s financial managers with an understanding of the fundamental concepts and the tools necessary to be effective global managers. The aim is to provide students with an understanding of these concepts and techniques used in risk management. (Academic and research skills) The students will develop skills in reading and understanding academic papers as well as critical thinking on economic events with a focus on the financial aspects of managerial decisions. (Bridging Theory and Practice) They are encouraged to improve analytical thinking abilities, to think beyond the boundaries of economics and finance theories. (Broadening your Horizon)

    During the course, we will mainly discuss the structure of financial markets (foreign exchange, fixed income and equity markets) and explore the issues that are encountered by multinational enterprises, with an emphasis on risk management. When having completed this course, students will have a clear understanding how financial markets and institutions work and how the multinational firm interacts with the other market participants. In particular, students will:
    - understand the development of the international monetary system and other financial institutions,
    - be acquainted with different financial instruments used to manage foreign exchange rate risk (forwards, futures, options)
    - be acquainted with the specifics of various financial markets (money, bond, equity)
    - learn how to manage foreign exchange risk and interest risk in a multinational firm.


    Written exam – Individual assessment (Interim)
    Assignment(s) – Group assessment

    Finance; Financial Modelling and Derivatives; Finance II; Corporate Finance in Emerging Economies; Financial
    Modelling and Derivatives

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