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 degree programme imparts sound knowledge of international business administration and provides you with a perfect preparation for an international career: Completely in English and you learn a second language.

... because you study in an international atmosphere right from the beginning: Half of the study places go to international applicants. Come and be a part of our international community from almost 70 nations and experience every day the cultural diversity of our campus.

... because you can benefit from the fast-track option which is unique in Germany: After seven successful semesters you will have your Bachelor of Science degree and with only one additional semester you can gain an MBA or master’s degree at one of our international partner universities.  

... because this programme offers highest flexibility: From the fourth semester on the structure of the degree programme offers you options for an internship (in Germany or abroad), electives to develop a profile in Marketing, Strategy, Finance, Leadership, Digital Business or Economics and final degree (BSc or BSc plus MBA/Master).

... because you can choose from over 60 partner universities worldwide for the integrated semester abroad.

... because you can earn additional credits through our Honours Programme.

Key facts

Length of course
7 semesters (incl. internship semester, study semester abroad and internship thesis semester)
1 additional semester 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
Winter intake: 15 April for international (non-EU) applicants, 15 July For German and EU-/EEA-nationals or (international) applicants with a German university entrance qualification
Summer intake: 15 October for international (non-EU) applicants, 30 November For German and EU-/EEA-nationals or (international) applicants with a German university entrance qualification
Language of instruction
English
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
ECTS
210 (Bachelor of Science)
We encourage our students to earn additional ECTS credits. You may choose from the different Honour modules offered.
Degree
Bachelor of Science
Optional: Additional MBA/Master’s degree at partner university
Costs

Semester contribution as of summer semester 2019: €167.30 for regular students (Student Union fee and contribution to administrative costs) and €97.30 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 (up to 70 places for 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, Finance, Leadership, Digital Business or Economics 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 is accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Worldwide only five percent of all business schools bear this seal of quality. The AACSB is the largest accreditation organisation in the world with demanding quality requirements in relation to training and research at business schools.

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 2019: ESB Business School is the leading German university for business studies and number 5 in International Business Engineering.
    To the ranking (German Article)
  • U-Multirank 2019: Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences achieves seven top rankings in the fields of research, international orientation and knowledge transfer. In addition, the university is one of the top 25 universities worldwide in the field of "Contact to work environment". To the ranking
  • Studycheck University Ranking 2019: Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences ranks 6th among the "Most Popular Universities of Applied Sciences 2019" and is awarded the title "Top University of Applied Sciences in Germany". To the ranking
  • 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
    To the ranking

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