BSc Internationales Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen - Operations

“Our completely redesigned ESB bachelor’s programme Internationales Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen - Operations (International Business and Engineering - Operations) sets out to educate industrial engineers of tomorrow. Students will learn to design, control and plan the flow of materials, information and financial resources in global value-added networks- both among global players and in the medium-sized manufacturing industry. Unique highlights of the degree programme are the practice-oriented approach in company-related projects and in the ESB simulation factory "Werk 150", the interdisciplinary teamwork in small, project-based groups and the intensive mentoring by the professors; all of which is supplemented by digital and interactive learning and teaching methods. The programme includes a study abroad semester and an internship semester, which can also be completed abroad.”

Prof. Dr Dirk Schieborn, Programme Director Internationales Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen – Operations programme

Why study BSc Internationales Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen - Operations (IWI)?

… because you would like to do an interdisciplinary course: Combine business and technology and acquire important key knowledge in both disciplines.

… because you would like to study in an international context: After the basic study period most of the classes are held in English. You spend a study semester at one of our prestigious partner universities all around the world and you can, if you wish, also complete your internship semester abroad. 

… because you would like to do a course with a practical orientation: During the integrated internship semester as well as practically relevant and interdisciplinary project modules, you learn to work in a team and when you graduate will already have extensive practical experience.

... because you would like to benefit from innovative teaching methods. You work with real-life industrial technology in our Werk150 – the teaching, research and development factory on the campus of Reutlingen University. You deepen your knowledge by means of case studies and simulations. We place a clear focus on action competence and transversal skills for direct use in companies and teach you this in interdisciplinary classes.   

Key facts

Length of course
7 semesters, including one practical semester (at home or abroad) and one study semester abroad
Place of study
Reutlingen and partner university abroad
Beginning of course
Summer and winter semester
The winter semester 2020/2021 starts on 5 October. Only students in their first semester start on 19 Ocotber.
Application deadline
Summer semester: 15 January
Winter semester: 20 August
Language of instruction
German and English
Foreign languages


Bachelor of Science (BSc)

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 providing evidence of special qualifications (relevant work experience).
Available places
40 per winter semester, 30 per summer semester

This degree programme deals with questions such as...

  • How are global value networks for companies designed, optimised and successfully operated?
  • How do production facilities work and how can we manage them?
  • How can production and logistics processes within a company and between companies be optimally designed? What effects do these processes have on the cost side?
  • What can new technologies in the fields of IT, automation or Industry 4.0 achieve and how can they be optimally deployed in the factory? 
  • How can production and logistics enable or support innovations?
  • How can social responsibility, intercultural skills and service focus be reconciled with the optimisation demands that are made on business engineers in a competitive environment?
  • How do successful teams cooperate in an international and interdisciplinary context?

Perspectives: Careers & opportunities

Graduates of this degree program work in a field in which German companies enjoy an excellent reputation worldwide.

Qualification profile of the graduates:

Students and graduates of this degree program are team players, have a good command of the English language, are interculturally competent and can negotiate in an international environment with confidence and respect. In global networks, they are able to design, control and optimize the flow of value added, materials, information and financial resources. As a manager, you will analyse business events, plan with foresight and, despite taking technical details into account, keep an eye on finances, ecological and social effects and risks. You have a sound technical and scientific education, a broad knowledge and are able to understand technical interrelationships, think in a networked way and technically plan and continuously optimise dynamic processes. They are familiar with the latest technologies and trends, can evaluate them and flexibly familiarize themselves with new topics.

Typical industries:

  • Producing companies
  • Management Consultancies
  • Public authorities and institutions
  • Trade

Typical business areas and tasks:

  • Operations management, production planning and optimization
  • Logistics management, materials management and purchasing
  • Planning and construction of factories, production plants and warehouses
  • Analysis, optimization and digitalization of company procedures and processes
  • Planning and control of supply chains in a globalised environment (supply chain management)
  • Planning of production and logistics systems
  • Optimisation of technical systems
  • Technology evaluation and implementation
  • Management of international project teams
  • Technical product 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:

  • Trendence: No. 1 in the fields "Internationality" and "Practical Relevance". 100 per cent of students recommend ESB Business School.
  • Studycheck: Reutlingen University belongs to the most popular universities in Germany once again. It performed especially successful in the fields "Internationality" and "Practical Relevance". To the ranking
  • U-Multirank 2020: Reutlingen University is awarded eleven top placings, e. g. in the fields of International Orientation and Student mobility. ESB Business School performed especially successfully in regard to the contact to work environments. To the ranking
  • Die Zeit (CHE) Studienführer 2020/21: Business Engineering: Top group in several areas including international orientation, support during study entry phase, support during practical semester and overall study situation
    To the ranking
  • Wirtschaftswoche 2020: ESB Business School is the leading German university for business studies and number 6 in International Business Engineering.
    To the ranking (German Article)

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