BSc International Logistics and Operations Management

The key facts about the Bachelor of Science International Operations and Logistics Management in three minutes: What career prospects does the programme offer? Which previous qualifications should prospective students have? What do I learn and how is the course organised? And what makes studying at ESB Business School so special and so “truly international”?   

Why study BSc International Operations and Logistics Management (IOLM)?

… because you would like to study with an interdisciplinary focus: Combine business and technology. Become a builder of bridges between these two worlds.

… because you would like a degree programme that is internationally oriented: The language of instruction is for the most part English. On the “’Regular track“ you will spend at least two semesters abroad (one study and one internship semester).
On the “Double Degree Track“ you will have the opportunity to graduate with an integrated double degree at one of our renowned partner universities.

… because you would like a degree programme that is in step with actual practice: With two integrated internship semesters you will have had a full year of practical experience before you graduate.
We use innovative and practice-oriented teaching methods (such as case studies and simulations). We place a distinct focus on a capacity to act and cross-sectional competence for direct use in all companies which you acquire in interdisciplinary classes.

Key facts

Length of course
8 semesters, incl. 2 internship semesters (in Germany and abroad) as well as 1 study semester abroad (Regular Track) or 3 study semesters abroad (Double Degree Track)

Place of study
Reutlingen and partner university abroad
Beginning of course
Summer and winter semester
Application deadline
Summer semester: 15 January
Winter semester: 15 July

Language of instruction
English and German (in the first three study semesters and in the double degree programme only English)
Foreign languages

English, Spanish, French, Chinese

Bachelor of Science (BSc)
On the Double Degree Track you will obtain a further degree at the partner university.


Semester contribution 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.

Admission requirements
General or subject-related university entrance qualification, entrance qualification for university of applied sciences or other equivalent university entrance qualification
You can improve your entrance grade by taking part in a selection test or providing evidence of special qualifications (relevant work experience, experience abroad).
Available places
40 per winter semester, 30 per summer semester

This degree programme deals with questions such as...

  • In what ways is modern logistics important for companies and their success?
  • How can logistics processes within a company and between companies be technically optimally designed? How do these processes impact the company’s costs?
  • How can new information technologies be optimally used in logistics?
  • How can logistics accompany and support innovations? What requirements become apparent for the design of supply chains?
  • What are the risks that occur in logistics? How can logistics systems along the internal and external supply chains be secured against economic, political and natural risks?
  • How can logistics systems and networks be established in a way that is environmentally friendly and conserves resources?
  • How can social responsibility, intercultural skills and service orientation be reconciled with the optimisation demands placed on logistics systems under competitive conditions?
  • How can logistics managers work together in international and interdisciplinary teams?

Perspectives: Careers & opportunities

Graduates of the International Operations and Logistics Management degree programme work in an industry in which German companies have an internationally excellent reputation – Germany was proclaimed world champion in logistics in the World Bank’s “Connection to Compete“ study. In 2016 Germany received the highest score in the World Bank’s “Logistics Performance Index“.

Graduates‘ qualification profile:

  • International logistics specialists have a strong command of English, can operate in an intercultural environment, acting confidently and respectfully at an international level.
  • In their role as managers they analyse corporate activity, plan well ahead and, while taking technical details into account, always bear the finances and risks in mind.
  • In their role as engineers they are able to understand technical requirements and to plan and continuously improve dynamic processes from a technical perspective.

Typical industries:

  • Manufacturing companies
  • Logistics services in transport and contract logistics
  • Logistics software support
  • Logistics financial services
  • Trade
  • Business consulting

Typical corporate divisions and responsibilities:

  • Material management and purchasing
  • Planning and construction of factories, manufacturing plant and warehouses
  • Process monitoring and control in procurement, production and distribution regardless of location
  • Capacity planning and monitoring as well as inventory management
  • Planning and management of supply chains in a globalised environment (supply chain management)
  • Tracking and management of international goods and production flows
  • Management and handling of customer-specific orders
  • Management of communication processes in different time zones and taking intercultural differences into account
  • Strategic corporate planning
  • Implementation of and management of management control systems in logistics

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
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