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The International Business programme may be completed in seven to eight semesters, depending on the degree option chosen. You will spend the first three semesters at Reutlingen University, interacting in an international atmosphere and building foundational knowledge that will prepare you to succeed in an international business management career.

All elements of the programme have a strong international orientation and aim to develop soft skills such as communication, presentation skills, intercultural competence, and business ethics. As part of the programme you will complete at least one study semester abroad at one of our 50 partner universities all over the world.

The programme is designed to offer you the opportunity to apply theoretical business management knowledge in a real-life business environment, and further develop soft skills while extending your comprehension of business issues and management tasks. Furthermore, the international study semester gives you the chance to broaden your intercultural competencies and build international networks. The international study semester is an essential part of the programme and is fully accredited.

The IB degree programme provides an extensive array of expertise and methods in business studies, and enables students to select a major, e.g. Marketing & Strategy, Finance & Accounting, or HRM & Organization.

The letter Y illustrates the model of our International Business Bachelor of Science programme. The diagram below shows the possible options for IB students, including specialisation and degree options. The “Fast Track” master`s degree option at one of our international partner universities is available to those who wish to complete an integrated programme within only eight semesters. This feature of the International Business Bachelor of Science at Reutlingen University is unique in Germany.


Further information about the programme and the curriculum is presented in our module handbook:

Following version is valid for students who started from summer semester 2014 on: module handbook from summer semester 2014 on.  

Students who started their studies before summer semester 2014 can find their module handbook here.


Business English is the first compulsory foreign language. German students then choose between Spanish or French as a second compulsory foreign language, for international students German is the second foreign language. Upon availability, courses in additional foreign languages can be taken (Russian, Chinese, Spanish, French or Italian). At Reutlingen University the language of instruction is English. Some subjects e.g. Accounting, Taxation or Law will be offered in German as well. Knowledge of German is not a prerequisite to apply for this course.