International Business Studies
General Program Information
The Bachelor’s degree program in International Business Studies is a top-level modular degree program that equips students with the skills they need for a career in an international environment.
The content of the program guarantees that students acquire fundamental knowledge in business studies and knowledge of the conditions that affect international business. Furthermore, students learn practical methods and use different instruments for handling tasks in international management and gain intercultural skills that will enable them to succeed in the competitive global labor market.
Students must study abroad for part of the degree program. The program starts in the winter semester and usually lasts six semesters, during which students must acquire 180 ECTS credits. There are admission restrictions for the program and around 75 students are admitted each year.
This degree program is taught in German, therefore a good knowledge of German is an essential prerequisite to successfully completing the degree program. Proof of German language proficiency at a minimum of DSH 2 level, or the equivalent, is required for admission.
The Bachelor’s degree program is divided into two parts. The first two semesters serve as an assessment phase, where students must complete compulsory courses. In the final four semesters, students may choose courses according to a specialization of their choice and interest, some of which are held in English.
Students can also acquire up to 60 ECTS credits during the compulsory stay abroad, which may be accredited on the basis of the learning agreement made with their subject supervisors. The university has over 100 partnership agreements with universities in over 40 countries on five continents. At the end of the degree program, students must complete a Bachelor’s thesis.
Students develop a comprehensive set of internationally oriented skills through applying gained knowledge of the fundamental aspects of business and the conditions that affect it. Furthermore, they are taught the use of practical methods and instruments for handling tasks in international management. A semester abroad allows students to improve their intercultural abilities, while the use of special modules lends the opportunity to work on their own personal development. Additionally, students must develop an advanced proficiency of one foreign language, along with a more limited proficiency of a second foreign language.
IBS graduates can work in numerous business fields such as in large industrial companies, international corporations and medium-sized businesses, which are increasingly seeking to recruit graduates with intercultural skills and international experience. They are also suitable for positions in banks and consultancy firms where their tasks may include working in international divisions or assisting management with internationalization, planning international market entry strategies, international accounting, international tax and finance planning, international marketing, or supporting international employees.