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You have chosen the International Management Full-Time MBA programme and would now like to apply? The following steps are necessary to apply successfully.

Please note: Appliations for the winter semester 2021/2022 are possible from March 2021.

1.Read the requirements for the study programme carefully.


  • University degree, at least a Bachelor’s degree (degrees from foreign universities have to be  recognized by the Baden-Wuerttemberg state government through the Studienkolleg Konstanz; details see step 5)
  • At least 2 years professional experience, of which at least one year after completing first degree
  • Very good English language skills, corresponding to C1 level according to the European Framework of Reference (details see step 5)
  • Successful passing the aptitude test (see step 3)

Graduates in all disciplines can be admitted, if they have at least two years professional experience. This MBA, however, is designed primarily for non-economists. Graduates for instance in engineering, natural sciences or the humanities such as engineers, computer scientists, physicians, linguists and humanists as well as lawyers will achieve through our program graduate qualification which will enhance their career opportunities.

2.Complete the online registration form for the aptitude test.

The registration link for the aptitude test will be published here in due time before the application deadline 15 September 2021.

By completing the questionnaire early, you open a time window for yourself and us for possible questions and/or submitting documents later. After you have submitted the questionnaire and your personal CV, we will contact you soon regarding an appointment for the aptitude test, provided you meet the admission requirements.

Important notice for applicants with a degree from outside of the European Union and who also need to apply for a visa to enter and study in Germany:

From mid-July onwards, we highly recommend that you apply next year for our MBA full-time programme.  It is hardly possible to apply for recognition of your prior degree from the Baden-Wuerttemberg state government through the Studienkolleg Konstanz (see step 5 in the application process) and to attend a visa interview at a German consulate in your home country, in order for you to submit all required documents at the our University necessary to start the semester on time. The situation is even more challenging this year, unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 global pandemic.

3.Participate in the aptitude test.

Passing the aptitude test is one of the critical requirements, along with successful completion of academic and professional work experience standards, for acceptance to the degree programme.

The approx. 30-minute aptitude test is held in the form of an assessment interview with professors from the degree programme. Appointments for an aptitude test are possible at any time. After checking your information stated in the online registration form (step 2) you will receive an appointment suggestion for the aptitude test. If you can´t join this appointment, we will offer you of course an alternative appointment. This aptitude test is conducted using MS Teams or Zoom for applicants from abroad.

If you passed the aptitude test, you will receive a letter of confirmation of aptitude test, which enables you to complete your application (see step 5 below).

4.Please apply via the online portal and request your enrolment.

Please complete the online application on the platform “Campus-PoRTal” of Reutlingen University.

Click “online application portal”; this will lead you to “Campus-PoRTal”; choose “English” language (see flag above) and follow the instructions.

5.Send all the required documents to the Reutlingen University admissions office.

Send the application for enrolmentform along with all required documents to our Reutlingen University Student Registration and Enrolment Office, until September 15, 2020 at the latest.

Remarks on two required documents:

1. Certified copy of university entrance qualification or school-leaving certificate (e. g. German Abitur or “Hochschulreife”, “A- levels” certificate, high school diploma, matriculation standard)

2. Certified copy of your first degree certificate (e. g. diploma/Bachelor)*

*Applicants with a degree from abroad: If you have a university degree certificate from abroad, need to apply additionally for recognition of your degree by the Baden-Wuerttemberg state government through the Studienkolleg Konstanz. You will then be informed whether you can obtain admission to a university in Baden-Württemberg.

*Applicants with a bachelor’s degree from a German university: Please additionally send the de-registration certificate (“Exmatrikulationsbescheinigung”).

Ad 1) Important information regarding official certification of documents at Reutlingen University:

Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic situation, it may be difficult to obtain officially certified, notarized or otherwise legally attested, copies of your documents. Therefore, Reutlingen University is accepting basic copies of your own original certified copies at this time (pdf-documents).  Your newly certified copies of your original documents are then required to be submitted to the university no later than the first official start of lectures of the MBA program.

Ad 2) Important information regarding official certification of documents at Studienkolleg Konstanz

Please submit certified copies of your first university degree and transcripts to the Studienkolleg Konstanz for official evaluation and validation. Complete instructions can be found at the following link:

Please be aware that we are currently in discussion with the leaders at Studienkolleg Konstanz, in order that they will also accept basic copies of your documents at this time. Nonetheless, you will need to follow any further instructions provided later, in order that Reutlingen University receives the official validation of your first degree from Studienkolleg Konstanz no later than the first official start date of the MBA program. 

Next steps of the University Admissions Office

The University Admissions Office reviews the formal requirements for admission. If all requirements have been met, the applicant will be notified of result by email. This advice, as necessary, will include instructions for completing your acceptance, registration and matriculation to the MBA programme and university (see step 6).

It is critical for applicants to ensure that the University Admissions Office and the MBA International Management department office have your current and accurate postal and email address. Final admission is conditional on the presentation of certified copies of documents and verification of all documents submitted in the above list.

Registration deadline: 15 September

You can see the status of your registration application in the university portal.

6.Payment of semester fees and submission of additional documents.

If your application is successful and the supporting documents have been submitted, you will receive a notification of fees and a list of any additional supporting documents.

Please transfer the fees (1st instalment of € 3,450 plus semester fees) and send any additional documents to the admissions office by the registration deadline at the latest.


7.Welcome to ESB Business School!

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the MBA International Management Full-Time Programme of ESB Business School at Reutlingen University!

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.