Business Administration General Management (With and Without Business Background)

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Deadline: Jul 15, 2024
StudyQA ranking:6143 Duration:7 semestrs
  • Basic courses in management, economics, environmental management, accounting, international accounting, business maths and statistics, IT, marketing, personnel management, cost accounting and two business languages
  • Two semesters abroad: one semester at one of the international business (IB) partner universities abroad (approx. 80 worldwide), and one semester at a company outside of Germany (20 weeks spent at a work placement)
  • Advanced courses in international business with a choice of focus areas: controlling, finance, human resource management, international economics, marketing, operations management/logistics, health economics

Educational organisation

The focus during the first three semesters is on foundation courses like "Business Mathematics", "Foundations of Business Administration" and "Business English". Additional language courses in Spanish, French, Italian as well as "German for International Students" prepare students for their international careers. Students receive an application-oriented education which also includes special courses for developing soft skills (e.g., Presentation Techniques, Intercultural Communication).

During the fourth and fifth semester, each student is expected to perform an internship outside of Germany and to study for one semester at one of over 70 partner universities of the Faculty of Business Administration.

The sixth and seventh semesters of the programme comprise classes with an international perspective. The ability to apply theoretical knowledge to real life settings will be acquired through the course "Project Work". Students must develop and carry out an independent project, which can consist of a business plan, an event, or an applied research project.

IB students conclude their studies with the Bachelor's thesis. In dealing with a large scale international topics, students will be able to work independently on a scientific issue.

The Bachelor's programme is guided and supervised by the IB office with the support of the International Office as far as the studies abroad are concerned. There will be regular meetings and discussions with the students. Tutors support students in academic matters, and our buddies assist new students in getting settled in their new environment.

Double degrees are possible with the International College of Management, Sydney (Australia); the Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, Seinäjoki (Finland); and the Providence University Taichung (Taiwan).

Study abroad unit(s)

Students spend either their fourth or fifth semester at one of more than 70 partner universities worldwide. The internship abroad will last 20 weeks and will provide insight into real-life business transactions. The student is free to choose any international company anywhere in the world.


An internship abroad (of 20 weeks) is an integral part of the study programme with the objective of applying theoretical knowledge and skills to real business settings.

Forms of assessment

Exams will be taken at the end of each semester (ECTS points and German grading system). From the first semester on, group assignments and a strong emphasis on student presentations are an essential part of the programme.

Course objectives

A successful career in today's global business world will depend on three areas of competence:

  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the "instruments being played" in business and management today: Students will be familiarised with these instruments in our basic lectures and will become more professional and specialised in our advanced courses.


  • Continuous feedback from the real world of business: Students will gain insight into structures and decision-making processes during their internship, which will be accompanied by our in-house internship seminar.



  • Interpersonal skills: In order to navigate successfully in an intercultural and ever-changing international business environment, students will attend courses in "Intercultural Communication" and will be exposed to a multinational student body (with a large percentage of foreign students) from the very beginning of their studies.


Language requirements

We strongly recommend a high proficiency in English (completed C1 level), corresponding to the following minimum scores:

  • TOEFL 237 points (computer-based)
  • TOEFL 92 points (Internet-based)
  • IELTS 6.5
  • TOEIC 705
  • CAE grade C

Academic requirements

Admission to the Bachelor in International Business is granted on the basis of a so-called Numerus Clausus (NC), which ranks the applicants according to their final average grade of their university entrance qualification.

Places are awarded according to the following:

  • Average final grade of the university entrance qualification
  • Applicants from EU-member countries can improve their average final grade by English language knowledge and work/practical experience in a business-related profession

Enrolment fees

Administrative fee of 107 EUR per semester

Costs of living

Between 800 EUR to 1,000 EUR per month (including rent for an apartment, utilities, transportation, food, etc.)

Job opportunities

Occasionally there will be opportunities to work as an administrative assistant as well as teaching tutorials (only for advanced students). Part-time jobs outside the university are also available. According to German labour laws, non-European students are only allowed to work 120 days per year.

Arrival support

There will be two introduction and orientation days for new students to get to know their fellow students, the schedule, the languages to be taken, and the facilities of the university (IT department, library). Student housing will be provided by the university if sufficient places are available.

Services and support for international students

The relatively small number of students allows students, faculty and staff to develop mutual relationships on a personal level.

The IB office will answer all questions related to administrative and personal matters as well as the individual schedule.

Our International Office offers meetings and excursions for meeting other students on a regular basis.

Buddies: Every international student will be assigned a German counterpart in order to assist during the initial phase.


International students directly arriving from abroad will be offered a room in student housing if sufficient places are available. Student residences are located close to the university's campus and are well equipped. Rent for a single room in student housing ranges between 170 to 250 EUR.

On the local apartment market, rent is more expensive, except if several people share one flat. See: or

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