BSc International Business

Portrait Prof. Dr. Michel Charifzadeh

“Our excellent graduates are in high demand by multinational corporations all around the globe. To me, this is no surprise: IB students are well-equipped with all necessary knowledge and skills relevant in business. As an IB student you´ll love learning and networking in an international atmosphere, where 50 % of students come from all over the world!"

Prof. Dr. Michel Charifzadeh, Programme Director of BSc International Business

Why study BSc International Business (IB)?

... because the BSc International Business degree programme provides you with a sound knowledge of international business administration and is ideal preparation for an international career: completely in English and you get to study a second language.

... because you study in an international atmosphere right from the start: Half of the available study places go to international applicants. Become part of a community of students from nearly 70 nations and experience cultural diversity on campus every day.

... because you have a fast-track option to a Master’s degree, unique in Germany: After seven successfully completed semesters you will have earned your Bachelor of Science degree and in only one additional semester attained an MBA or a Master’s degree from an international partner university.

... because this programme offers highest flexibility: From the fourth semester the structure of the degree programme offers you options for internships (in Germany or abroad), specialisations (Marketing & Strategy, Finance & Accounting or HRM & Organisation) and final degree (BSc or BSc plus MBA/Master).

... because you can choose from over 50 partner universities worldwide for the integrated semester abroad.

Key facts

Length of course
7 semesters (incl. internship semester, study semester abroad and internship thesis semester)
1 – 2 additional semesters for the fast-track option (MBA/Master’s degree at a partner university)
Place of study
Reutlingen and partner university abroad
Beginning of course
Winter semester: Middle of September
Summer semester: Beginning of March for first semester, beginning of February for all other semesters
Application deadline
Summer intake: 15 October for applicants with foreign (non-EU) university entrance qualification, 30 November for applicants with German or EU/EEA university entrance qualification
Winter intake: 15 April for applicants with foreign (non-EU) university entrance qualification, 8 July for applicants with German or EU/EEA university entrance qualification
Language of instruction
Foreign languages
First compulsory foreign language for all students: Business English
Second compulsory foreign language for German students: Spanish, French or Chinese
Second compulsory foreign language for international students: German
Electives (if offered): Russian, Chinese, Spanish, French or Italian
210 (Bachelor of Science)
Bachelor of Science
Optional: Additional MBA/Master’s degree at partner university

Semester contribution summer semester 2018: €163.80 for regular students (Student Union fee and contribution to administrative costs) and €93.80 for exchange students

Applicants from non-EU countries: The State of Baden-Württemberg imposes fees of 1.500 € per semester for new students.

For the MBA/Master’s programme at an international partner university (in the fast-track option: approx. €10,000 to €40,000)

Admission requirements
German university entrance qualification (entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences, subject-related entrance qualification, general higher education entrance qualification – “A-Levels“) / a foreign university entrance qualification equivalent to the German university entrance qualification and very good English language skills
Available places
140 per year: 70 German and EU students and 70 Non-EU students

This degree programme deals with questions such as...

  • How do I manage a company?
  • What skills and methods do I need to work in a managerial position in an international company?
  • What do company divisions such as Marketing & Strategy, Finances & Accounting & HRM and Organisation deal with?
  • What ethical and cultural aspects are important in the management of a company?
  • How do I measure the “genuine“ corporate success of an internationally operating company?
  • Which instruments of marketing and sales do international companies use and how successful are they?
  • How do global players expand into international markets?
  • What soft skills such as communication techniques, presentation techniques and intercultural competence do I need to be successful as the manager of an international company?  

Perspectives: Careers & opportunities

Graduates'qualifications profile

  • Graduates of the International Business programme have high intercultural competence, are glad to assume management positions, are valuable team players, communicate clearly and show above-average commitment 
  • They convince others with their distinctive personality, awareness of values, show responsibility for the team and the task
  • They work in a solution-oriented, analytical and structured manner
  • They are motivated, dynamic, innovative, mobile and set themselves ambitious targets

Typical industries

  • Automotive industry
  • Banking and finance industry
  • Consulting, business consulting
  • Trade
  • Consumer goods industry
  • Start-ups

Typical corporate areas

  • Marketing and sales
  • Strategy
  • Finance department
  • Controlling
  • Human resources management

Rankings & accreditations

ESB Business School has been system accredited by the FIBAA: within the accreditation process the internal quality assurance system of ESB Business School was audited and awarded the quality seal of the accreditation council. All degree programmes of ESB Business School pass through this rigorous internal quality assurance system and in this way achieve accreditation.

Current rankings:

  • Wirtschaftswoche 2018: ESB Business School is the leading German university for business studies and number 5 in International Business Engineering.
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  • Die Zeit (CHE) 2017/18, Business Management: Top group in several areas including courses offered, international orientation, job market preparation and support during practical semester as well as overall study situation
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  • U-Multirank 2017: Reutlingen University is awarded seven top placings e.g. for Internationality, Knowledge Transfer and Regional Engagement
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  • WirtschaftsWoche 2016, School of Business Management: First spot among all universities of applied sciences.
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  • U-Multirank 2016: Reutlingen University: worldwide "Top performer" in knowledge transfer, Top group in international orientation and regional commitment
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  • Die Zeit (CHE) 2014, School of Business Management: Top group
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  • U-Multirank 2014: Best possible in the categories international orientation of the programmes, contacts with work environment, quality of course & teaching
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