International Programmes 2018/2019

International Business & Management (IBM) International Business & Management

Fulda University of Applied Sciences • Fulda

Bachelor of Science
Teaching language
  • English

The language of instruction is English. The course includes a basic education in a second language; Spanish and French are offered, and German is offered to non-native speakers.

Programme duration
7 semesters
Winter semester
Application deadline

15 May (if a visa is required), 15 July (German & EU applicants)

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Joint degree / double degree programme

This programme is the right course for high school graduates who are interested in business and economic aspects, love learning languages and want to pursue an international career.

  • The programme covers the most important sub-disciplines of business administration and offers a specialisation in management.
  • All courses are taught in English.
  • Skills in a second language will be developed. Classes in Spanish and French are offered as well as German for non-native speakers.
  • Up to 30% of places may go to students from non-EU countries, which will contribute to an international atmosphere.
Course organisation

The first semester covers mathematics, an introduction to economics and research, an introduction to business, financial accounting, business English, and intercultural communication. This approach ensures that students develop skills to work with quantitative and business-related information.

Courses in mathematics and the introduction to business are resumed in the second semester. Additionally, courses in statistics, financial reporting, as well as business communications will be offered. In this second semester, students will also start with a second language of their choice (Spanish, French, or German for non-native speakers.

In the third semester, students will improve on their second language. Microeconomics, international business law, cost accounting, academic reading and writing, and, to meet the requirements of an interconnected economy, digital business complete the list of courses.

A mix of economics, finance and accounting, law and HR are the elements of semester four. Students will finish with their second language.

During semester five, students will gain experience abroad either in the form of a semester or an internship abroad. Students may spend a semester at one of our partner universities or at a university of their own choice. They may also choose to do an internship at a company in a non-German speaking country. Non-German native speakers have the opportunity to do the internship in Germany instead.

Back in Germany, the sixth semester has a much stronger focus on management. A case study in which students work together with companies to create innovative projects and a business simulation class provide a unique set of challenges and help students to develop holistic managerial skills. Supply chain management, marketing, and taxation are also elements of semester six.

The concept of hands-on management experience is enhanced even more in semester seven. A further (or continued) case study allows students to work on innovative, large-scale business cases. This could be the development of a commercialisation strategy for a product or the establishment of a start-up. Theoretical elements will be developed in an entrepreneurship class where students get introduced to a toolbox that helps them to deal with risky projects. Finally, the Bachelor’s thesis is part of the seventh semester.

Please note that we are awaiting accreditation, which should be completed by the end of February 2019. Therefore, details of the programme may be subject to change.

Types of assessment

The programme contains a mix of different types of oral and written assessments.

A Diploma supplement will be issued
International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Integrated study abroad unit(s)
  • Language training provided
  • Training in intercultural skills
Integrated study abroad unit(s)

All courses are taught in English. During the fifth semester students will study abroad, e.g., at one of our partner universities. Alternatively, students do an internship in a non-German speaking country.

Integrated internships

Students do an internship in a non-German speaking country. Non-German native speakers have the option to do an internship in Germany. Alternatively, students can spend a semester abroad.

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution
The enrolment fee of approx. 300 EUR entitles you to use public transport in the State of Hesse.
Costs of living
Approx. 650-750 EUR per month, including enrolment fee, rent, and health insurance (90 EUR minimum per month), depending on one's living standard
Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university
Scholarships are available for students preparing their Bachelor's thesis.
Prerequisites: good results and/or extra-curricular activities

International students may also apply for the Deutschlandstipendium scholarship.

Further information on cost and funding can be found here:
Academic Admission Requirements

University entrance qualification (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung, HZB) for German universities

Language requirements

English language skills at level B2

Application deadline

15 May (if a visa is required), 15 July (German & EU applicants)

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Possibility of finding part-time employment

There are good job opportunities in the nearby Rhine-Main area, which is one of the strongest employment regions in Germany. Teaching assistantships can be offered to good students. The university itself offers 60-70 student tutoring jobs at the faculties, the university library, and other departments, especially to international students.


The International Office offers an accommodation service for all non-EU students coming directly from abroad. Costs for accommodation amount to approx. 240-320 EUR for a single room in a shared flat or 250-370 EUR for a single apartment. There are excellent, newly-built student residences within walking distance of the university.

For more information on housing, see:

Career advisory service

The university offers a dedicated career service. For more information, see:

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Buddy programme
  • Accompanying programme
  • Specialist counselling
  • Cultural and linguistic preparation

Fulda University of Applied Sciences

Fulda University of Applied Sciences is a practice-oriented university with an international profile and a strong focus on applied research. Fulda University is the first university of applied sciences in Germany with the independent right to confer the doctorate. Founded in 1974, the university currently encompasses eight departments with 65 study programmes, approx. 9,000 students, and 1,200 international students from more than 100 countries. The university staff includes 170 professors, 125 academic and research staff members, and 250 administrative employees. The university offers a broad spectrum of academic and professional education with a special focus on "health, nutrition, and food". Numerous research and development projects are undertaken in cooperation with private business and industry. Fulda University cooperates with more than 100 universities around the world. The number of international programmes is growing continuously, including "International Management", "Intercultural Communication and European Studies", "International Food Business and Consumer Studies", "Sustainable Food Systems", "Global Software Development" and "Human Rights in Politics, Law and Society". These Master's programmes are partly or entirely taught in English. On a Bachelor's level we actually offer three international Bachelor's programmes, one in "Science & Engineering", one in "International Health" and another one in "International Business & Management".

Further programmes designed for international students include the following:
1. "Pre-Study Fulda", a preparatory semester for all international applicants to Fulda University
2. Career service for international graduates
3. Preparatory intensive German courses, from beginner's level to DSH level
4. German courses (accompanying studies)
5. Support services like housing and a buddy programme
6. International Summer University (ISU) and International Winter University (IWU)

University Location

A historic city founded in 744, Fulda today has a population of 65,000. Fulda's Baroque Quarter is one of the most beautiful in Germany and attracts visitors from all over the world. The picturesque Old Town has many cafés, bars, and pubs, with interesting shops and boutiques. The city's cultural life has something to offer for everyone. The high quality of life makes Fulda a great place to live and an ideal place to study. Fulda enjoys ideal public transport connections. One of Europe's principal international airports, Frankfurt Rhine-Main, is just an hour away by car or direct train. Other major cities in Germany, like Berlin, Munich, Cologne, or Hamburg, are within easy reach and no more than three hours away by train. Even famous European capitals like Paris are reachable within no more than five hours by train.