BSc International Management Double Degree

Potrait Prof. Dr. Christoph Binder

"IMX graduates are global citizens in the true sense of the word. In our successful study programme they have experienced and lived internationality daily. An experience that is of huge importance for their often international career.”


Prof. Dr. Christoph Binder, Programme Director BSc International Management Double Degree

Eleven degree programmes to choose from

In the International Management Double Degree (IMX) programme you study in Germany and a country of your choice for two years each. You select your combination from eleven countries. The IMX offers the following ten degree programmes:

  • German-American (US and Canada)
  • German-Brazilian
  • German-Chinese
  • German-Dutch
  • German-English
  • German-French
  • German-Irish
  • German-Italian
  • German-Mexican
  • German-Polish
  • German-Spanish

Why study BSc International Management Double Degree (IMX)?

... because you study in two countries, at two universities in two languages and cultures.
... because you acquire two Bachelor degrees, one of which is from a renowned foreign partner university.
… because the course contents are coordinated between the countries and you do not have to pay any tuition fees at the university abroad.

… because the IMX programme was the first business management bachelor programme at a state university to be awarded the premium seal of the FIBAA.
... because for many years the IMX programme has had a large number of scholarship holders from renowned organisations that promote young talent (such as Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes/German National Academic Foundation).
... because after successfully graduating the IMX programme all doors will be open to you: You may start your professional career as well as enter an international master's programme or embark on doctoral studies.

… because you become a member of the IPBS Network (International Partnership of Business Schools), one of the biggest networks in the international higher education area.
… because you spend half of your course of studies at a renowned partner university in America, China or in Europe.
… because in both countries you complete an internship semester integrated into the course of studies at large international companies.

Key facts

Length of course
8 semesters
Place of study
Reutlingen and location of partner university (start location is defined by the programme)

Beginning of course
Once-yearly, winter semester in September (at some partner universities in August)
Application deadline
annually until 15 June
Language of instruction
At ESB Business School: mainly German (in some cases English)
At the partner university: Language of partner country (exceptions: German-Dutch degree programme: English, German-Mexican degree programme: Spanish and English, German-Brasilian degree programme: Portugese and English)
Foreign languages
Besides the language of the partner country a second foreign language can also be chosen as an elective.
Bachelor of Science (BSc) from Reutlingen University and degree from the partner university abroad

Semester contribution summer semester 2018: €167.30 for regular students (Student Union fee and contribution to administrative costs) and €97.30 for exchange students

No further tuition fees during the two years abroad at the partner university

Admission requirements
General or subject-related university entrance qualification (A-levels; entrance qualification for a Fachhochschule (university of applied sciences) is not sufficient

Foreign language skills in the language relevant to the degree programme, i.e. in the national language of the respective target country. Exceptions: The Netherlands (English), Mexico (English and Spanish), China (possible with and without Chinese language skills), Brazil (Spanish/Portugese and English)
Available places
135 per year

This degree programme deals with questions such as...

  • How does an internationally operating company function?
  • How does a company become nationally and internationally successful?
  • What are the challenges facing today’s management?
  • How does a company recruit qualified employees?
  • What forms of financing are available to companies?
  • What demands do customers make on products and services of companies? How can the companies become customer-oriented?
  • What role does globalisation play for companies?
  • What areas of tension arise for management between ethics and the profit motive?

Perspectives: Careers & opportunities


Graduates of the International Management Double Degree (IMX) study programmes obtain 240 ECTS credits and a degree at Reutlingen University, as well as a degree at an international partner university. This opens up many opportunities for the time after their studies at ESB Business School.

Our graduates

...complement the double degree by completing a one-year master’s programme at an international university (London, Paris, Oxford, etc.)
...pursue an academic career and achieve a doctorate following their studies at ESB Business School
...immediately join a top international company
....launch a start-up

No matter what you opt for later, you will be well prepared!

Typical industries

IMX graduates are not limited to one industry, though many of our alumni work in particular in the following industries:

  • FMCG – Fast Moving Consumer Goods (L’Oréal, Procter& Gamble, Henkel, Danone, etc.),
  • Top-management consultancies (McKinsey, BCG, Strategy&, OliverWyman, Bain & Company, etc.)
  • Automotive (Mercedes, Porsche, BMW, etc.)
  • Digital (Google, IBM, SAP, etc.)
  • Auditing (PwC, Deloitte, E&Y, KPMG, etc.)

We don’t know where you will go. But we do know that you will do it very quickly and very successfully. According to the StepStone salaries report, ESB Business Administration graduates are the top-earning young professionals in Germany.

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.

The International Management Double Degree (IMX) programme carries the premium seal of the FIBAA for outstanding quality.

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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