Educational organisationThe first two semesters are classroom semesters that involve project work, written/oral examinations, lab projects and presentations. In the third semester, students are required to write a Master's thesis, which is usually completed as an in-company project.
Study abroad unit(s)Due to the short duration of the IBC programme and its focus on consulting, undertaking an exchange semester at another university is challenging and may potentially conflict with the course content. However, it is recommended - especially for German students - that the third semester be spent completing an internship abroad.
InternshipsThe Master's thesis is to be completed as an in-company project. Your coordinator will provide you with a list of companies to which you can apply, and will help you with writing German applications. Furthermore, interview training is provided by one of our renowned lecturers.
Forms of assessmentReflecting the on-the-job requirements of consultants and managers, most assessments are based on project work, done both in groups and individually, which is presented in class. In addition, there are written exams, oral exams and lab projects.
Course objectivesThe IBC programme prepares you for a career as an external or in-house consultant. All areas in which consulting takes place are covered - IT, logistics, finance, and marketing, among others. Teaching focuses on consultants' tools of the trade, analytical skills, intercultural competences, and presentation skills.
Language requirementsTOEFL (550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, 87 Internet-based)
or IELTS (minimum score of 6.5)
or APIEL (minimum 3.0)
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent (BA, BSc, etc.)
- TOEFL iBT (minimum 87), IELTS (minimum 6.5) or APIEL (minimum 3.0) or equivalent
- Curriculum vitae (CV)
- Minimum of two years of professional experience
- Two letters of recommendation
- Statement of purpose (letter of motivation)
- Two passport-sized photographs
Enrolment feesService contribution and administration fee: 274 EUR per semester
Costs of livingApprox. 750 EUR per month to cover personal expenses. This includes accommodation at a cost of 250-350 EUR per month.
Job opportunitiesOn-campus: A limited number of student assistant positions and tutoring jobs are available. Knowledge of English is usually sufficient for these positions.
Off-campus: Students are allowed to hold off-campus jobs for a maximum of 20 hours per week during the lecture period and to work a maximum of 240 half days per year (according to regulations for foreign students requiring a visa). At least a basic knowledge of German is usually required for off-campus positions.
Funding opportunities within the universityPartial scholarships from various sources (DAAD, STIBET, among others) are available. Proposals and decisions will be made individually, depending on students' performance within the curriculum and social engagement outside of classes.
Arrival supportIn the International Student Barometer 2011, the largest survey of international students worldwide, Offenburg University was rated number one among German universities for its arrival assistance for international students.
Before your arrival, we can arrange accommodation for you and put you in contact with a mentor ("Senior Buddy"). He/she will assist you in making preparations before you leave your home country, pick you up at the railway station, show you around, and help you on an individual basis during the first few weeks so that you can familiarise yourself with important aspects of life in Germany.
Each Master's degree programme of the Graduate School has a dedicated coordinator who will provide you with all necessary information for your studies in Offenburg. A preparatory German language course is offered in September. At the beginning of October, a special introduction day for international students is organised. Additionally, each programme has its own orientation weekend.
Offenburg is located about 200 km south of Frankfurt, Germany's main airport. There are hourly train connections to Offenburg throughout the day from the airport railway station; some are direct, and others involve one simple change of train.
Services and support for international studentsThe Graduate School's staff offers ongoing support throughout the programme:
- extensive assistance in finding accommodation
- Senior Buddy system (personal mentor for the first few weeks)
- assistance with immigration services and authorities
- guided tours of Offenburg and Gengenbach
- individual support and advice by the coordinators of each programme
- individual academic advising
- German language course in September and ongoing language courses during the lecture period
- cultural and social programme (excursions, get-togethers, company visits, etc.)
- Senior Service (an initiative bringing together local senior citizens and international students)