You have chosen the International Business Bachelor’s degree programme and would now like to apply? These steps are necessary for the application and admissions process:

1.Read the admission requirements for the degree programme carefully.

Admission requirements

  • Very good command of English
    German applicants and applicants with a German university entrance qualification: The Abitur certificate or certificate of entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences is deemed as evidence of your language skills.
    Applicants with a foreign university entrance qualification: Evidence of English language skills, e.g. through IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge Certificate or a stay abroad in an English speaking country for several months.

The following qualifications may have a positive influence on your application, but are not admission requirements:

  • Practical work experience, prior relevant apprenticeship or long-term professional occupation of at least 2 years in a field related to business
  • International experience, long-term living and / or educational experience outside of Germany/ outside of your home country of at least 5 months (e.g., during prior studies, employment, voluntary social year, Studienkolleg, work & travel, au pair, school year abroad)
  • Social commitment, g., FSJ (voluntary social year), BFD (federal voluntary service), ADiA (alternative service abroad) of at least 6 months

2.Fill in the online application form of Reutlingen University.

Online application form for applicants with EU/EEA university entrance qualification.

The online application form for applicants with German or EU/EEA university entrance qualification will be opened from week 43.

3.Prepare all the supporting documents required for your application.

When you have completed the online application form, the application portal will generate your request for admission with a list of the supporting documents you need to attach to your application. Print and sign the request for admission. It is essential that you attach this printout to your other supporting documents. 

Information and explanations for the supporting documents required:

Important note: If your documents are not in English or German, please include a German or English translation. The translation must be authenticated with the signature and seal of a certified translator.  

University entrance qualification:
Important: We need both your degree certificate and a precise transcript of your grades.
German applicants:
If you do not receive your A-level certificate (Abiturzeugnis) or certificate of entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulreifezeugnis) in due time before the application deadline, you may attach a preliminary certificate. The preliminary certificate must be based on examinations you have already fully completed for gaining a university entrance qualification, include a preliminary assessment of the examinations and be issued by an office which is authorised to award grades or certificates.  

German applicants with an international university entrance qualification:
Please apply for recognition of your certificate from the Regierungspräsidium (Regional Administrative Authority) in Stuttgart. The certificate from the Regierungspräsidium in Stuttgart must show your overall grade and the date of the university entrance qualification.  

Foreign applicants:

Foreign school and university certificates must be checked by the Studienkolleg (preparatory college for foreign students) in Konstanz to establish that they are equivalent to the German university entrance qualification.   
Applicants from non-EU countries: If the documents are received on time, ESB Business School will send copies of your school and university certificates to the Studienkolleg in Konstanz. They will then inform us whether you have the university entrance qualification. Applicants from EU countries can also use this service if we have received the documents by 15 April (winter semester) or 15 October (summer semester).
Otherwise please contact the Studienkolleg in Konstanz yourself and submit all the necessary documents. The same applies for all international applicants if you also apply for other degree programmes in Germany in which the language of instruction is German. The Studienkolleg does not charge any fees for checking your documents and issuing the required certificates.
For further information please visit the Studienkolleg’s website at Studienkolleg Konstanz.

  • Further documents related to training/education/professional activities which verify the information you give in the application form, for example copies of transcripts of grades, certificates and degrees verifying preceding school and/or university education or certificates proving training and professional experience (e.g. training and full-time professional activity).  

  • Curriculum vitae
    Please follow these examples
    Write your CV using a computer, maximum one page, in English 
    If you have a second citizenship, indicate this in your CV.

  • Proof of English language skills
    German applicants:
    The certificate of qualification for entrance to university/university of applied sciences is considered as proof of your language skills. If you have additional documents supporting your language skills, attach them to your application.

    Foreign applicants: 
    Proof of English language skills with at least B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge Certificate, or proof of a stay abroad lasting several months in an English-speaking country.

  • “Application Essay“
    We would be very pleased if you would include an application essay in your application documents. In this essay, answer the following question: ”Why have you chosen to study the area of international business for your future career?“
    The essay must be written using a computer, maximum one page, in English.

4.Send your application for admission with all relevant documents by post and in due time to Reutlingen University.

Postal address:
Hochschule Reutlingen (Reutlingen University)
Studium und Studierende
Alteburgstrasse 150
72762 Reutlingen

Please do not use any binders or folders for your application documents.
We cannot accept applications sent by email and process only complete application documents which have been submitted on time.

Application deadlines
The application must have arrived at the University by these dates, the date of posting does not apply!

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

5.Upon invitation take part in the second selection phase.

After evaluating the submitted application documents we invite the 175 best candidates to the second selection phase. This consists of a selection interview and an online test in English.

The interviews generally take place on the campus of Reutlingen University. If you are abroad and cannot come to Reutlingen, we provide the opportunity of conducting the interview by video call service.

Times of selection interview and test
Non-EU-citizens: Early December
Germans and EU-citizens: Mid January

6.If you are granted admission to the university, accept the offered place of study.

German and EU applicants: You have been offered and have accepted a place of study via the DoSV portal? Congratulations! You will receive further documents from us. 
Return the signed application for enrolment together with the requested supporting documents and transfer the semester fees.

International applicants: If you have been accepted for the degree programme, you will receive a letter of admission as well as information about the student fees for foreign students in Baden-Württemberg (application for exemption is possible under certain conditions), which are to be paid when due.
After your arrival in Germany hand in the application for enrolment at the degree programme coordination office and transfer the semester fee.

If you are on the waiting list, we will inform you.

7.Welcome to ESB Business School!

You will find tips on finding a room or an apartment on Reutlingen University’s website.

For international students: On Reutlingen University’s website you will find information about studying in Germany, our range of preparatory classes, experience reports and a whole lot more.