International Business

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: German English
Deadline: May 15, 2024
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The Tübingen School of Business and Economics will prepare the business leaders of tomorrow for the challenge of successfully doing business in and with the fastest growing economic areas in the world. The Tübingen MSc in International Business is a degree programme highly sought after by applicants and greatly respected by employers. Since 2012, we have offered this programme, which is unique in German graduate education. In their first year, MSc in International Business students will study at the University of Tübingen, and they will study at one or two of the most prestigious universities either in East Asia or in Africa in their second year.

We are still extending our partnerships, but already have firm exchange agreements with some of the most prestigious universities in East Asia and Africa:

National Taiwan University, Taipei
Peking University, Beijing
Renmin University, Beijing
Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Chengdu
University of International Business and Economics, Beijing
Doshisha University, Kyoto
Rikkyo University, Tokyo
Waseda University, Tokyo
Ewha Womans University, Seoul
Hanyang University, Seoul
Yonsei University, Seoul
National Taiwan University, Taipei
University of Ghana, Accra
University of Cape Town, South Africa
Makerere University Kampala, Uganda

With this programme, the Tübingen School of Business and Economics offers a unique opportunity for highly motivated Bachelor's graduates with a special interest in East Asia or Africa to experience an exciting study period in one of two regions with a fascinating blend of academic and cultural learning.

Educational organisation

Having completed their first year of studies in Tübingen, students complete their Master's degree while spending their second year at one or two of our partner universities. They continue their studies, attending management courses as official exchange students at the business schools or faculties of these universities. Students also write their Master's theses while abroad.

In their first year at Tübingen University, students of the MSc in International Business can choose among the same management courses as their peers studying the MSc in General Management. In addition, as for the East Asia track, they will take pertinent country-specific courses and language courses. In their second year, students will continue their management studies at one or two of the partner universities. The courses at the partner universities will be taught in English. Alternately, students have the option to continue taking language courses in the language native to their host country. While studying at the partner universities the students write their Master's thesis.

The MSc in International Business is designed as a four-semester programme, taught according to the European Credit Transfer System. Successful completion requires students to achieve a total of 120 ECTS credits (including the Master's thesis of 18 ECTS credits).

Study abroad unit(s)

Students spend the first year in Tübingen and the second in one or two of the partner universities.


Although there is no compulsory internship, a specialised office will assist students in finding an internship upon request.

Forms of assessment

Written and oral examinations

Course objectives

Graduates of our MSc in International Business have excellent career prospects in a wide range of sectors, industries and professions. Most of our graduates pursue successful careers as business consultants, accountants, bankers, managers and analysts in the broad arena of (international) business. Some of them also enter the public sector, both nationally and internationally, or work for non-governmental organisations.
Graduates will also find themselves well-positioned to pursue a PhD subsequent to this MSc programme.

Language requirements

1) English
Foreign applicants: Certificate equivalent to the German Abitur certificate (i.e A-level certificate), or an official test (TOEFL, IELTS), or Bachelor's degree in an English-speaking country.
German applicants: Abiturzeugnis

2) German
Foreign applicants: DSH-2, or TestDaF 4x4x4x4, or equivalent (such as Bachelor's degree in Germany)

3) specific East Asia language skills are a clear advantage

Required DSH / TestDaF


Academic requirements

Applicants for the MSc in International Business are expected to have sound intermediate knowledge of business administration, economics and statistics / mathematics / econometrics. They must hold a Bachelor's degree in economics, business administration, or any related field, preferably a degree that amounts to 180 ECTS credits.
Previously acquired knowledge of East Asia is beneficial, but not necessary.

Enrolment fees

142.10 EUR per semester

Costs of living

The average necessary allowance for a university student at the University of Tübingen is 700 EUR per month.

Arrival support

Orientation week
Study counselling
Several student advisers are available who will be glad to help participants with all questions regarding their Master's programme and their stay in Tübingen. The student body (Fachschaft) offers numerous welcoming events especially for Master's students.

Services and support for international students

During the orientation weeks, students will be escorted to public authorities for registration purposes and helped with opening bank accounts, registering with the university, and setting up their health insurance. Students are offered a basic German course and various activities which introduce them to the university and the city.


Accommodation is available through the Student Services Office or on the private market. Tübingen offers student accommodation for about 4,400 students. The Student Services Organisation ("Studentenwerk") has an Accommodation Office which helps international students with finding rooms. Rent for a single room in a student residence is approx. 300 EUR.
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