International Business Administration (dual degree)

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: German English
Deadline: Sep 15, 2024
StudyQA ranking:1635 Duration:3 years

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  • International Management
  • International Marketing
  • Cross-Cultural Management
  • Organisational Behaviour, Leadership and Change
  • International Business Operations
  • Foreign Entry Strategies
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Managing the Multinational Corporation
  • International Financial Management and Accounting

Educational organisation

Full-time, work-integrated programme
Participating companies are obliged to pay the trainee a monthly subsidy for all months covered by the traineeship contract, including the months of theoretical study.
All matriculated students are bound by their traineeship contracts. This means that they must complete a fixed period of studies not exceeding three years, which can only be extended for a year in the event of illness, pregnancy, or for re-taking examinations. Any further extensions are only permissible under special conditions (e.g. renewed matriculation as a result of long illness), with the explicit consent of the training company.

Study abroad unit(s)

Training companies are obliged to arrange a three-month traineeship in a subsidiary abroad during the study period.
Students have the option of studying at a foreign university in the fifth semester.


The study comprises six semesters, combining 12 weeks of teaching and 12 weeks of on-the-job training per semester with shared educational responsibility by the teaching staff of the Berlin School of Economics and Law and the participating companies. Admission is only possible on the basis of an accompanying traineeship contract.

Forms of assessment

Depending on the type of module: written and oral exams, term papers, presentations, practice project reports, Bachelor's thesis

Course objectives

All graduates are expected to demonstrate a critical skill, namely, the ability to render the transfer of theoretical knowledge into practical tasks while incorporating expertise, operation competence, and social competence. Clearly, modules such as Project Management, Cross-Cultural Management, and Business Communication Applications impart key qualifications in targeted leadership, social competence, work and conflict management, communication and rhetorical skills, presenting, and conducting business meetings effectively. Coupled with interactive instruction, these modules provide a sound frame of reference for the international business stage.

Language requirements

Applicants from non-English speaking countries require an English test: TOEFL ITP, minimum 543 points, or iBT, minimum 87 points; alternative: ELSA test, minimum score 383 points
Non-German applicants require also the "Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH-2)" or TestDaF with TDN 4 in all four tests.

Required DSH / TestDaF


Academic requirements

  • General higher education entrance qualification after twelve years of school (Abitur)
  • Traineeship contract


Enrolment fees

Approx. 300 EUR (subject to change without notice) per semester cover fees for the student services organisation and student parliament groups as well as the cost of a semester ticket which allows students to use the Berlin Public Transport (BVG) for six months.

Costs of living

The cost of living in Berlin is estimated at approx. 850 EUR per month. This includes rent in a student residence hall (private accommodation costs from 300 to 500 EUR per month), living expenses, health insurance, books and materials, and incidental expenses.

Job opportunities

There are many job opportunities for students in Berlin.
Non-EU students are permitted to work within specified limits.

Arrival support

The Study Office offers an orientation day to new students and assists with administrative matters such as residence permits, insurance, etc.

Services and support for international students

You will be supported by the Study Office at the Berlin School of Economics and Law.


Student Services ("Studentenwerk") and other institutions currently offer some 15,600 rooms in student residence halls throughout Berlin.
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