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[Translate to English:] Studenten mit Globus an der ESB Business School

International Business

Every year ESB Business School welcomes up to 80 students to the BSc International Business (IB) Bachelor programme from the study programme’s over 50 partner universities. Together with the regular students in the International Business programme, of whom 50 percent are also international students, the high number of exchange students creates a very international atmosphere in this study programme allowing many opportunities for intercultural experience. In the BSc International Business programme you will study completely in English.

More information about the BSc International Business study programme

Applying for an exchange semester in the International Business programme

To spend an exchange semester in Reutlingen, you have to study at one of ESB Business School‘s partner universities. First your home university has to propose you for a semester abroad at ESB Business School. Then you can begin the application process. Please create an account in our online portal to log in in and fill out the application form.


Application deadlines:

30 May for the winter semester
30 November for the summer semester

You will then receive information about your stay at ESB Business School.

Choosing your course

In the course list you will find all the classes that exchange students can attend in the BSc International Business study programme.

You can in principle select courses from all the semesters, though there are some limitations for the courses in the advanced semesters.

In addition to the courses in English in the IB programme, you can attend courses in German in one of the other study programmes at ESB Business School.

Discuss your course selection with the course guidance service at your home university: How many courses do you have to attend, what requirements do these courses have to meet, how many credit points should you obtain, etc.?

In your first week in Reutlingen the exchange programme coordinator of the BSc International Business study programme will advise you on your course selection and assist you in finalising your timetable.

Welcome Session und Buddy Programme

Exchange students face great challenges especially at the beginning of their stay in Reutlingen. To help smooth the way the IB programme’s team will invite you to a Welcome Session. You will meet the team that takes care of student exchange in the IB programme, be given all key information as well as support in all administrative and academic matters

Further, we will introduce you to your “buddy“: The buddy programme brings together new exchange students with regular students of the study programme. You buddy will be at your side to support you with all of the challenges in the first few weeks in Reutlingen.

Every buddy supports one to three exchange students from different universities. Together you form a “buddy group“. This group is your primary contact partner and your helping hand at the beginning of your time in Reutlingen.

Lunch Abroad

Once a semester the “Lunch Abroad“ informs the students in the International Business programme about the possibilities of studying abroad. At this event students who have already completed a semester abroad and international exchange students present all the partner universities in the degree programme. You also have the opportunity to present your home university and to motivate the students to spend their semester abroad there.

You may have a university flag, T-shirts, hoodies or other things from your home university you would like to show. You won’t need to bring any brochures, we provide them together with the partner university.


Winter semester

Summer semester

Nomination deadline for an exchange semester

15 May

15 November

Deadline for online application

30 May

30 November

Preparatory course German



Welcome Session

Before the start of lectures

Before the start of lectures

Start of lectures


Start of March

End of lectures


Start of June

Examination period

End of January


Issue of transcript of records




Impressions of exchange students

“The opportunities at ESB Business School are endless. As an international business degree major I have found the course work to be very practical and relevant to my future career goals. The professors cultivate a classroom environment that is inspirational and challenging. The international diversity is amazing. I have met so many motivated and dedicated students from all over the world. The team spirit at ESB is also very contagious: you'll find yourself wanting to be involved in everything right from the beginning.”

(Clinton Wall, exchange student from the USA)

“I have benefitted from my exchange semester at ESB Business School for two major reasons. The first is the university: Its excellent reputation for business studies is largely due to its international orientation and its practical teaching methods (e.g. case studies, workshops and presentations, usually realised in inter-cultural teams with German and exchange students). The second is the location: you are quite close to France, Switzerland and Austria. Reutlingen itself is an enjoyable place to stay because it is big enough to socialise every night and at the same time you can enjoy the nice setting and outdoor leisure activities you wouldn’t find in a big city. In a nutshell, if you want to study at a top university while having fun, go to Reutlingen!”

(Antoine Boucault, exchange student from France)


Questions related to registration, accommodation, everyday questions, course guidance:

Exchange Programme Coordinator

Jula-Marei Finger

Jula-Marei FingerBSc International Business

ESB profile page

Building 5
Room 124
Phone +49 7121 271 - 3037
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Areas of Responsibilty
  • Supporting and coordinating incoming exchange students
  • Advice and support for applicants and interested students (especially international)
  • ESB Language Concept
  • IB selection process

Strategic management of university partnerships:

Head of Undergraduate Partnerships

Hermann Lassleben

Prof. Dr. Hermann LasslebenHuman Resources Management

Office Hours: By appointment

ESB profile page

Building 5
Room 110
Phone +49 7121 271 6019
Fax +49 7121 271 90 6019
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Role and Responsibilities
  • Programme Director MBA International Management Full-Time
  • International Relations Officer of BSc International Business
  • Member of Faculty Council
  • Member of Reutlingen Research Institute (RRI)


Honorary Activities

  • Associate editor of International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management, editorial board member of Human Resource Management Review, member of the Academy of Management, reviewer for International Journal of Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management Review, Personnel Review, Journal of Management Development, AoM, IHRM and ICMEM Conferences.
  • Visiting professor at Xi’an Polytechnic University (China), St. Francis Xavier University (Canada), Zagreb School of Economics and Management (Croatia) and St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University (Russia).
  • Reviewer in scholarship selection processes for DAAD, reviewer in accreditation processes for AQAS.
Focus of Lectures
  • Human Resource Management
  • Advanced Human Resource Management
  • International Human Resource Management
  • Practical Business Studies
Research Topics
  • International HRM
  • Comparative HRM
  • Sustainable HRM
  • Studies in Sociology (Dipl. Soz.), Universities of Regensburg and Bielefeld
  • Organization Designer, Wacker-Chemie GmbH, Group Development, Munich
  • HR Business Partner, Intel GmbH, HR Central Europe, Feldkirchen
  • Research Assistant, DFG Project "Policybezogenes Lernen kommunaler Sozialverwaltungen”, University of Konstanz
  • Assistant Professor, Chair of Management (Prof. Dr. R. Klimecki), University of Konstanz
  • Doctorate (Dr. rer. soc.), University of Konstanz
  • Since 2000 Professor of Human Resource Management, Reutlingen University


For continuous updates see


Articles in Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journals

Shao P. & Lassleben H. (2020), Participation in Fast Fashion Brands’ Clothes Recycling Plans in an Omnichannel Retail Environment. Academy of Management Proceedings, 1-39. (

Kirrane, M., Kramer, M. & Lassleben, H. (2020). Beyond the Surface: Exploring the Relationship between Value Diversity and Team Creativity, Creativity Research Journal, 32(2), 113-126. (

Ma, B., Ma, G., Liu, X. & Lassleben, H. (2020), Relationship Between a High-Performance Work System and Employee Outcomes: A Multilevel Analysis. Social Behavior and Personality, 48(1), 1-9. (

Ma, B., Liu, S., Lassleben, H. & Ma, G. (2019), The Relationships between Job Insecurity, Psychological Contract Breach and Counterproductive Workplace Behavior: Does Employment Status Matter?". Personnel Review, 48(2), 595-610. (

Shchegolev, V., Lassleben, H. & Martinez, A. (2016), Employment Opportunities and Barriers on the Russian and German Labor Market for International Graduates with Domestic Degrees. Business Perspectives and Research, 4(2), 1-18. (

Klimecki, R. & Lassleben, H. (1998), Modes of Organizational Learning: Indications from an Empirical Study. Management Learning, 29(4), 405-430. (


Articles in Edited Volumes

Lassleben, H. (2010), Internationales Human Resource Management. In: Werkmann-Karcher, B. & Rietiker, J. (Hrsg.), Angewandte Psychologie für das HRM: Konzepte und Instrumente für ein wirkungsvolles Personalmanagement, Springer, Berlin, S. 451-469.

Lassleben, H. (2009), Lehren und Lernen: Wie wissen wir, was wir lernen müssen? In: Gmür, M. (Hrsg.), Entwicklungsorientiertes Management weitergedacht, Kassel University Press, Kassel, S. 11-15.

Lassleben, H. (2008), Lernende Organisation. In: Häberle, S. (Hrsg.), Das neue Lexikon der Betriebswirtschaftslehre (Band F-M), Oldenbourg, München, S. 754-756.

Klimecki, R., Lassleben, H.& Thomae, M. (2000), Organisationales Lernen: Zur Integration von Theorie, Empirie und Gestaltung. In: Schreyögg, G. & Conrad, P. (Hrsg.), Organisatorischer Wandel und Transformation (Managementforschung, Band 10), Gabler, Wiesbaden, S. 63-98.

Klimecki, R. & Lassleben, H. (1999), What Causes Organizations to Learn? In: Easterby-Smith, M., Araujo L. & Burgoyne, J. (Eds.), Organizational Learning (Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Organizational Learning, Vol. 2), Lancaster, S. 551-577.

Klimecki, R.& Lassleben, H. (1998), Was veranlasst Organisationen zu lernen? In: Geissler, H., Lehnhoff, A. & Petersen, J. (Hrsg.), Organisationslernen im interdisziplinären Dialog (System und Organisation, Band 5), Deutscher Studien Verlag, Weinheim, S. 65-89.

Klimecki, R. & Lassleben, H. (1996), Organisationale Bildung, oder: Das Lernen des Lernens. In: Wagner, D. & Nolte, H. (Hrsg.): Managementbildung: Grundlagen und Perspektiven (Hochschulschriften zum Personalwesen, Band 22), Hampp, Mering, S. 181-204.

Klimecki, R., Lassleben, H. & Riexinger-Li, B. (1994), Exploring the Process of Organizational Learning: An Empirical Study Using Cognitive Maps and Network Analysis. In: Jauch, L. & Osborn, R. (Eds.): The Best in Management Worldwide: Linking Management Scholarship (Proceedings of the 2nd IFSAM World Congress), Dallas, S. 53-54.

Klimecki, R., Lassleben, H. & Riexinger-Li, B. (1994), Zur empirischen Analyse organisationaler Lernprozesse im öffentlichen Sektor: Modellbildung und Methodik. In: Bussmann, W. (Hrsg.), Lernen in Verwaltungen und Policy-Netzwerken, Ruegger, Chur, S. 9-37.



Lassleben, H. (2002), Das Management der lernenden Organisation. Eine systemtheoretische Interpretation, DUV, Wiesbaden.

Klimecki, R., Lassleben, H.& Altehage, O. (1995), Zur empirischen Analyse organisationaler Lernprozesse im öffentlichen Sektor: Methoden und Ergebnisse. Bericht an die DFG über das Forschungsprojekt: Policybezogenes Lernen kommunaler Sozialverwaltungen (KL 672/2-3).


Conference Contributions (10 years back)

Shao, P. & Lassleben, H. (2020), Participation in Fast Fashion Brands' Clothes Recycling Plans in an Omnichannel Retail Environment. 80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, August, 11th, virtually - due to COVID-19.

Lassleben, H. (2019), Corporate or Employer Image. What Attracts Talents More? 26th Annual Conference of the International Association for Applied Management (IAAM), July, 2nd, London, UK.

Lassleben, H. (2018), Global or Local? An Analysis of the Employer Branding Strategies of German MNCs. 11th International Workshop on HRM, October, 25th, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla, Spain.

Lassleben, H. & Litz, S. (2018), Career System Preferences: A Comparative Study of German and Canadian Business Students. 15th International HRM Conference, June, 24th, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain.

Lassleben, H. (2017), How Corporate and Employer Brand Affect Employer Attractiveness. International Conference on Business and Economics (ICBE), July, 6th, University of Finance - Marketing, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Lassleben, H. & Mayer, R. (2016), When the Candidate of Choice Turns You Down: An Empirical Study of the Reasons for Job Offer Rejection. 25th World Congress of the International Management Development Association (IMDA), June 18th, Kingston University, London, UK.

Lassleben, H. & Mayer, R. (2016), When the Candidate of Choice Turns You Down: An Empirical Study of the Reasons for Declined Job Offers. 10th International Workshop on HRM, October, 28th, Universidad de Cádiz, Spain.

Shchegolev, V., Martinez, A. & Lassleben, H. (2015), Employment Opportunities and Barriers on the Russian and German Labor Market for International Graduates with a Degree. Cross-Cultural Business Conference, May, 22nd, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Steyr, Austria.

Lassleben, H. & Litz, S. (2014), Attitudes towards Promotion Systems: An International Comparison. 1st International Workshop on Career Management, December, 12th, Reutlingen University, Germany.

Kramer, M., Lassleben, H. & Kirrane, M. (2014), Unraveling the Double-Edged Sword: Effects of Cultural Diversity on Creativity and Innovativeness. 74th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, August, 4th, Philadelphia, USA.

Kramer, M., Lassleben, H. & Kirrane, M. (2012), Unraveling the Double-Edged Sword: Investigating the Effects of Cultural Diversity on Team Creativity. 12th International HRM Conference, December 12th, Management Development Institute, Gurgaon, India.

Kramer, M. & Lassleben, H. & Kirrane, M. (2010), Analyzing the Impact of Cultural Diversity on Work Group Creativity and Innovativeness: Development of a Research Model. 3rd Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference, July, 14th, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria.

Kramer, M., Lassleben, H. & Kirrane, M. (2010), Cultural Diversity in Teams: Critical Review and Propositions. 11th International HRM

Julia Hormuth

Prof. Dr. Julia HormuthIntercultural Management

ESB profile page

Building 5
Room 116
Phone +49 7121 271 3075
Fax +49 7121 271 903075
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Role and Responsibilities
  • Programme Leader BSc International Business
Focus of Lectures
  • Intercultural Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Human Resources Management
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Change Management
  • International Management
Current Research Projects
  • Trust Relations in Intercultural Management (TRIM project), more information on (german website)
  • International working trends in companies
  • Since 2009 Professor for Intercultural Management at the ESB Business School, Reutlingen University
  • Managing partner of JHRM Intercultural Competence, Heidelberg ( preparation for living abroad, international team trainings and trainings for employees of companies such as SAP AG, Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, Valeo Klimasysteme GmbH, Bongrain S.A.
  • Co-director of the research project ‘Trust Relations in Intercultural Management‘ (TRIM), research results on the website
  • Lecturing experience in the topics of human resources management and intercultural management at the ESSCA Angers and the Advancia Ecole d’Administration, Paris
  • Doctorate in intercultural business communication, Bayreuth University, Topic: „Erfahrungsweitergabe unter Auslandsentsandten“ (Expats share their experiences),  funded by the Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft (SDW) (German Economy Foundation)
  • Project Manager of Itinéraires Interculturels SARL, Paris: Intercultural training and consulting projects


Robert Münscher & Julia Hormuth (2013): Vertrauensfallen im internationalen Management. Hintergründe, Beispiele, Strategien. Heidelberg: Springer-Gabler.

Julia Hormuth (2009): Erfahrungsweitergabe unter Auslandsentsandten. Eine gesprächsanalytische Studie am Beispiel deutscher Manager in Spanien. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften (Reihe ‘Europäische Kulturen in der Wirtschaftskommunikation’ Bd. 13).

Articles for journals:

Hormuth, Julia; Ferencz, Marlene (2021): Die selbstinitiierte Auslandsentsendung. Potenzial für Unternehmen. In: PERSONALquarterly 01/21, 50-57.

Ferencz, Marlene; Hormuth, Julia (2021): Predictors of Academic Success of National and International Students. In: Internationalizating of Higher Education 1/2021, 45-63.

Hormuth, Julia (2016): Flexibel und international. Trends internationalen Arbeitens in KMU/In: Personalmagazin 9/16, 50-53.

Hormuth, Julia (2016): Self-initiated expatriation of graduates. An untapped potential for corporate In: Europolitan 8/16, 37-41.

Julia Hormuth & Robert Münscher (2012): Von Schulterklopfen, Herzlichkeit und Smalltalk. Relationship Management in Brasilien. In: Sales Business, 9.12, 22-23.

Julia Hormuth & Robert Münscher (2012): Von Sitzordnungen und Beziehungsnetzwerken. Relationship Management in China. In: Sales Business, 7/8.12, 18-20.

Julia Hormuth (2011): Kennenlernen auf chinesisch. Mentalitätsunterschiede zwischen Deutschen und Chinesen in beruflichen Erstkontakten. In: Europolitan, 07/2011.

Julia Hormuth (2009): The Benefits of Discourse Analysis for Human Resource Management. In: Ridder, Hans-Gerd; Hoon, Christina (Ed.): Qualitative Methods in Research on Human Resource Management. German Journal of Human Resource Research (Zeitschrift für Personalforschung ZfP) 23/2, Special Issue, 147-165.

Julia Hormuth (2008): Erfahrungen sammeln – implizites Wissen aktivieren. In: Wissensmanagement – Das Magazin für Führungskräfte 07/08.

Julia Hormuth (2008): Erfahren, erleben, erzählen. In: Personalmagazin – Management, Recht und Organisation 10/08.