International Business Studies

General Program Information

The Bachelor’s degree in International Business Studies (BSc) is a perfect start into a professional career in international business. The three-year program provides you with all essential knowledge for understanding and analyzing the international business environment. The distinct international perspective of the program reflects the growing importance of multinational operations and emphasizes the comparative study of business strategies and policies. The program consists of core and elective modules in a variety of fields, with all courses conducted in English. The international perspective is complemented by a mandatory semester abroad that is integrated into the curriculum.

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Current information

  • The application period for the 2021 winter semester will change due to the current situation: Applications are possible from 17th of May until 31st of July 2021 via the DoSV and CAMPO. More information is provided here.
  • StudOn group IBS:

More precise information will be provided as soon as possible.


The program provides a sound understanding of the basic principles of business, accounting, economics, statistics and quantitative analysis. It enables students to understand and analyze specific problems related to international business and multinational operations. This includes the ability to generate a quantitative assessment using the appropriate statistical and econometric methods as well as fluency in a non-native language. The compulsory stay abroad as well as seminars provide students with important intercultural competencies that are necessary for a successful career in international business.

Career opportunities

The curriculum provides graduates with entry into numerous fields of activity in business, for example, in large, international corporations and also in medium-sized businesses, which are increasingly seeking to recruit graduates with intercultural competence and international experience. Potential employers encompass private corporations, the public sector, but also supranational institutions and non-profit organizations. The program prepares graduates for the possibility of interesting employment in a variety of industries.

Target group

The program is designed for high-school graduates interested in business with an international perspective who are looking for a solid foundation for a professional career in business, government, or international agencies. The program also prepares students to pursue graduate studies in business, economics, or public administration. In order to apply, you need a higher education entrance qualification. This is typically a qualified secondary school diploma, though sufficient professional qualification may serve as a substitute depending on approval by the university. The degree program is taught in English throughout. Therefore, good knowledge of the English language is an essential prerequisite to successfully complete the degree program.

Study advisors

Dr. rer. pol. Bianca Distler

Duales Studium / Verbundstudium
Schloßplatz 3, Ecke Halbmondstr. 6
91054 Erlangen

Susanne Heinrich, Dipl.-Sozw.

Study Advisor
Schloßplatz 3, Ecke Halbmondstr. 6
91054 Erlangen

Subject advisors

for all students who began their studies in 2019/20 or earlier

Christina Heidemann

School of Business, Economics and Society
Chair of Business Administration (International Management) (Prof. Dr. Holtbrügge)

for all students beginning their studies in 2020/21 and later

Nikhila Raghavan

School of Business, Economics and Society
Chair of Business Administration (International Management) (Prof. Dr. Holtbrügge)