International Programmes 2019/2020

Master of Science in International Business and Economics (IBE) International Business and Economics (MSc)

University of Hohenheim • Stuttgart

Degree
Master of Science
Course location
Stuttgart
In cooperation with
Optional as a double Master's degree programme with:
- University of Pavia (Italy)
- University of Venice (Italy)
- University of Insubria, Varese (Italy)
Teaching language
  • English
Languages

The programme can be studied entirely in English depending on the choice of complementary subjects, some of which are available in German only. Courses are held in English (80%) and German (20%). Participants can choose to write the Master's thesis in either language.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Beginning
Winter semester
Application deadline

15 May for the following winter semester (all applicants)

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Varied
Additional information on tuition fees

Currently, higher education is (almost) free at all public universities in Baden-Württemberg. Since the winter semester 2017/2018, universities in Baden-Württemberg have been charging moderate tuition fees for non-EU international students. These fees amount to 1,500 EUR per semester. Students from the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA) as well as exchange students are excluded from these fees. Refugees are also not affected.

Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
No
Joint degree / double degree programme
Yes
Description/content

The Master's programme in International Business and Economics (IBE) combines academic excellence in International Business and International Economics. In our lectures and tutorials, we promote the use of case studies. Our seminars and empirical projects train students in theory formation and methodology and equip them with industry expertise.

The programme combines the disciplines business studies and economics with the compulsory subjects "International Management" and "International Economics" by dealing with global markets, free trade, and multinational companies.
Within the elective modules, special modules in the fields of business studies, economics, and integrative or social science issues can be deepened. The basic modules convey special methodological and basic knowledge in business studies and economics.

Course organisation

The programme consists of the following:

  • a basic Master's study period
  • two compulsory subjects
  • elective modules

The basic Master's study period conveys methodological and foundational knowledge. You will work with topics in the fields of management and economics. You will have the following two compulsory subjects: "International Management" and "International Economics".

Within the elective modules, you can choose from a broad spectrum. You can select modules outside of the field of business and economic sciences. You can also focus on integrative or social scientific questions.

Typically, the fourth semester is reserved for the Master's thesis. Students have three months to independently complete the thesis using scientific methods.

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Types of assessment

Written and oral exams, seminar paper, term papers, presentations, short reports, Master's thesis

A Diploma supplement will be issued
Yes
International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Specialist literature in other languages
  • Language training provided
  • Training in intercultural skills
  • International comparisons and thematic reference to the international context
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
No
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
No
The course of study can be taken entirely online
No
Digital learning and teaching modules
  • Chats with lecturers
  • Mobile learning apps
Description of e-learning elements

Nearly every course provides materials via ILIAS, an online learning platform. This platform also provides chat rooms, forums, surveys, tests, learning progress and much more.

Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory
Yes
Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programmes?
No
Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?
No
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
1,500
Additional information on tuition fees

Currently, higher education is (almost) free at all public universities in Baden-Württemberg. Since the winter semester 2017/2018, universities in Baden-Württemberg have been charging moderate tuition fees for non-EU international students. These fees amount to 1,500 EUR per semester. Students from the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA) as well as exchange students are excluded from these fees. Refugees are also not affected.

Semester contribution
Universities in Baden-Württemberg require their students to pay a semester contribution towards the administration costs, for student services and for the Student Parliament. Student services provide many benefits, such as discounted tickets for public transportation. The semester contribution amounts to approx. 180 EUR per semester.
Costs of living
Baden-Württemberg has the highest standard of living in all of Germany. The downside is that living costs are slightly above the German average. However, the cost of living can vary enormously depending on your personal lifestyle and where you live. It is generally more expensive to live in a bigger city like Stuttgart, where the University of Hohenheim is located. As a rule of thumb, 700 to 900 EUR per month should be enough. The largest monthly expense is usually for rent – accounting for a third of the total cost of living for most students. These costs can be cut substantially by sharing a flat or living in a dorm.

A typical example for monthly expenses could look like this:

- Rent: 350-400 EUR
- Health insurance: approx. 75 EUR
- Monthly/semester travel card: approx. 90-190 EUR
- Study materials: 100 EUR
- Food and drink: 100-150 EUR
- Leisure and hobbies: 50-100 EUR
Funding opportunities within the university
Yes
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university
There are several scholarship programmes. For further information, please see: https://www.uni-hohenheim.de/en/awards-scholarships
Academic Admission Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and/or Economics with a duration of three years minimum and at least 20 ECTS in Business Administration and 20 ECTS in Economics
  • Degree in Business Administration and Economics from a German university, e.g., German university "Diplom" with a duration of three years minimum and at least 20 ECTS in Business Administration and 20 ECTS in Economics
  • Degree programme at a foreign university with a minimum three-year Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and/or Economics and at least 20 ECTS in Business and 20 ECTS in Economics
Language requirements

Proof of English language skills:
TOEFL 550 points (paper-based), 213 points (computer-based), 79 points (Internet-based) or equivalent

Application deadline

15 May for the following winter semester (all applicants)

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Online application: https://www.uni-hohenheim.de/en/ibe-apply

Possibility of finding part-time employment

There are many possibilities, e.g. working as a research assistant or part-time jobs outside the university.

Accommodation

Student residences on campus

At the University of Hohenheim, several student residence halls are located on campus. They are managed by Student Services Tübingen-Hohenheim. There is a high demand for these rooms, which is why usually only a small number of applications will be successful.

First year on campus

International (non-EU) students have a much more difficult time than Germans in finding private accommodation at the start of their studies, searching from their home countries. Therefore, the university provides a quota of rooms for international students. This enables almost all new international students to have a room in a residence hall. To be able to offer this special assistance at the start of studies, the rental duration for these rooms is limited to one year.

After this period, the house-hunting assistance offers support in finding a room on the private market.

Career advisory service

CareerCenter Hohenheim

 

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Buddy programme
  • Specialist counselling
  • Welcome event
  • Other
Support programmes for international students
Assistance with accommodation and administrative formalities will be provided by the (central) Office of International Affairs. The programme coordinator supports students with the organisation of their study programme. German language courses for beginners and advanced learners are offered during the semester and as an intensive course during March, August and September.

University of Hohenheim

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The oldest university in Stuttgart, the University of Hohenheim, is unique in its strong specialisation.

Founded in 1818 after devastating famines, the University of Hohenheim is not only engaged in intensive basic research but has traditionally also been committed to developing innovative solutions for some of society's pressing problems. To do so, the University of Hohenheim engages in a combination of scientific disciplines that is unique among German universities.

Strong in research and exceptionally well-connected

Today, the University of Hohenheim is the leading university in agricultural research and food sciences, as well as strong and unparalleled in natural, social, business, economic, and communication sciences. The combination makes it possible to find solutions for many global challenges. This is why the university puts great importance on maintaining an international network with numerous strong partners.

Award-winning range of degree programmes

The degree programmes at the University of Hohenheim are innovative and adventuresome. The pilot projects “Mobile teaching” and “Humboldt reloaded”, promoting research-oriented studies, have been given the Ars Legendi Prize for excellence in teaching and other awards.

Specialisation Bioeconomy

Bioeconomy is a joint specialisation of research and teaching in all subjects. This specialisation addresses the economics of the future, with new products and new productions processes, involving raw material from plants, animals, or microorganisms.

The green campus of short distances

The green campus does not only pertain to content, but also to atmosphere. The green campus of short distances all around the Hohenheim Palace is known as the most beautiful campus in the state. The university members value its personal atmosphere as well as the way that the campus facilitates a close proximity to colleagues.

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University Location

The University of Hohenheim is located in Stuttgart, the capital of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg. Why is Baden-Württemberg such a popular place to live and work? Probably because it has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the entire country. Where there's a strong economy, there is also a strong education system.

If you ask someone abroad "What is Stuttgart famous for?", the answer is invariably, "Porsche, Mercedes and Bosch!" All these premium global players and many more have production sites in Stuttgart or in the region. As a result, they contribute to Baden-Württemberg's excellent reputation as one of the economic powerhouses of Europe.

Within Germany, Baden-Württemberg is at the forefront of the country's energy policy turnaround. The development and expansion of a sustainable energy economy is a top priority in the south-west.

What should we be famous for?

Many things that make Stuttgart and the region special are not known abroad. Because you will stay here for a semester or two, you should know more about it:

  • The Swabians are proud of the Swabian cuisine: Maultaschen (filled pasta), Spätzle (egg noodles) and Schnitzel. You will definitively love the Swabian specialities, including the famous German beer and the wines of Württemberg.
  • Stuttgart is also famous for the "Cannstatter Wasen". This is the second biggest beer festival in Germany after Oktoberfest. It attracts more than four million visitors every year. The first Wasen was celebrated in honour of the foundation of the University of Hohenheim 200 years ago!
  • Or maybe the region should be famous for the fact that the sun shines more often and for more hours here in the south-west than anywhere else in Germany. Additionally, the low crime rate means that Baden-Württemberg is one of the safest German federal states. As you might expect, it thus tops the scale of life expectancy and quality of life. 
  • We are proud of the diversity in our city! People from all over the world are living in Stuttgart. Stuttgart is an example for combining cosmopolitanism and successful integration. No other city in Germany has a higher proportion of international citizens. We are convinced that it is this diversity that makes us strong!