Bachelor of Science

International Business Information Systems

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On the International Business Information Systems bachelor's degree programme you'll not only learn how to program, collect, store, process and transfer data and information digitally, but also how to analyse and improve existing processes in companies. And all over the world! Our international degree programme prepares you for a career wherever you would like around the globe.

  • ECTS: 210 ECTS
  • Programme duration: 7 semesters
  • Campus: Furtwangen
  • Faculty: Business Information Systems
  • Programme begins: summer semester (March), winter semester (October)
  • Application deadline: 15 July (winter semester), 15 January (summer semester)
  • Entry requirements: university entrance qualification; English minimum TOEFL ibt 79 or IELTS 6, or equivalent
  • Teaching language: English
  • Accreditation: yes (accredited through the university system accreditation)
  • We drive the market Digitalisation is the largest growth market worldwide. Become part of the progress! By focusing on Digital Business Management, Applied Computer Science, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, we prepare you for a career at the cutting edge of the digital market.
  • Discover the world The undisputed highlight of your studies will certainly be your semester abroad, but the international spirit already starts here in Furtwangen - our students come from over 30 countries! Lessons are taught entirely in English.
  • Twice as good - Double Degree Is one semester abroad not enough? At International Business Information Systems, you have the unique opportunity to extend your semester abroad by another semester and earn an additional degree at the partner university. Get your double degree!
  • Learn from the pros We have professors with extensive experience from top management in the digital economy. We focus on practically applicable knowledge and methods, which we teach you using state-of-the-art technologies and systems.

Details of the programme

Programme content and structure

Interdisciplinary strategies

International Business Information Systems is an interdisciplinary degree programme with 3 areas of specialisation: Digital Business Management, Applied Computer Science and Data Science & Artificial Intelligence. In seven semesters, we teach you the core knowledge of digital business and computer science. We prepare you to analyse situations, data and processes in markets and companies, to develop business ideas and strategies and to design and practically implement solutions, such as designing apps, programming websites, configuring the SAP system and becoming international team players!

Solid basis

In the foundation courses, which comprise the first three semesters, you will take basic courses and learn the fundamentals of business administration and IT. In your first semesters, you will learn programming, basic manual skills and a lot of fundamentals of business administration and marketing. We also get you up to speed in applied mathematics and train you to work with databases.

Choose your area of specialisation

In the fourth semester, you gain practical experience in a paid internship – six months in a company where you can apply and develop your theoretical knowledge. You then take advanced courses. You can choose between five subjects to specialise in. Electives can be taken in such areas as marketing, data analytics or logistics – and of course at a partner university abroad!

Finale with opportunities

Your studies are completed in the seventh semester with the bachelor's thesis. The thesis is dedicated to a topic that is of particular interest to you. The bachelor's thesis can be carried out in cooperation with a company – this way you develop a solution for a real task (and also have a very good chance of being taken on by the company.)

Entry requirements

You must provide proof of your language skills for the IBS programme. In order for us to live our multicultural concept and for you to understand all the course content, we require TOEFL ibt 79 or IELTS 6 (or equivalent) for English. You can submit proof of this as part of your online application.

What's included

Focus: Digital Business Management

The International Business Information Systems programme includes the following Business Administration - Digital Economy course content:

  • Business Management & Digital Business Models
  • Digital Marketing & eCommerce
  • Online Marketing & Social Media
  • Performance Marketing & Marketing Automation
  • Website Design & eShop Design
  • User Experience Design, Web & App Usability
  • Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM)
  • Digital Operations & Logistics
  • Supply Chain Management (SAP APO)
  • Digital Risk Management
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting & Controlling
  • Project Management & Agile Methods
  • Business Processes Analysis and Design
  • Business Process Management using Hyper Automation Tools
  • RPA Robotic Process Automisation
  • Professional Skills & Career Development

Focus: Applied Computer Science

The International Business Information Systems programme includes the following computer science course content:

  • Fundamentals of programming
  • Programming (e.g. JavaScript, Python, JSON)
  • Applied mathematics
  • Object-oriented programming (UML, Java)
  • Systems and network architectures
  • ERP systems (SAP, Oracle)
  • Programming in SAP ABAP
  • Integrated standard software (SAP ECC)
  • Web-based technologies and applications
  • Web programming with JavaScript (JS)
  • Cloud and mobile business applications
  • IoT Internet of Things for business solutions
  • Introduction to computer security and data security
  • Software engineering
  • Project Management
  • Software project in business informatics
  • Software development & agile project management
  • Analysis and design of business processes
  • RPA process automation

Focus: Data Science & Artificial Intelligence

The International Business Information Systems programme includes the following Data Science and Artificial Intelligence course content:

  • Applied Statistics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Databases, database systems and data warehouses
  • Applied algorithms and data structures
  • Business Intelligence & Data Analytics
  • Search engines, information retrieval and text classification
  • Data science and machine learning
  • Applied artificial intelligence
  • AI programming with Python
  • Scientific work and structured literature reviews
  • Signal processing for statistics and data science 
  • Natural language processing for big data analysis, machine learning and artificial intelligence 
  • Image Processing for Big Data Analysis, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

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Special features

Take two

Our students have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad at one of 28 partner universities.
More about our international partners

As part of the IBS bachelor's programme, we also offer the unique opportunity to obtain a double degree. There is even the chance to receive a scholarship for this, which includes financial support for mobility, for example international flights, and a lump sum for the stay. The double degree is possible with selected, leading partner universities abroad. 
Your advantages:

  • The total duration of study is only extended by one additional semester
  • Students complete 60 ECTS (credit points) at the partner university and receive two bachelor's degrees if they successfully complete their studies
  • No additional tuition fees at the partner university
  • Scholarship possible 

Information and advice on the double degree can be obtained from Dean of Studies Email application is started:Prof. Dr. Pavel Rawe

Your career prospects

Above-average possibilities

The IBS programme prepares you for a varied, international business information systems career in corporate management and management consulting.

Graduates of Business Information Systems are ideally qualified for positions in a booming international job market and can expect excellent, above-average starting salaries.

Career paths after studying Business Information Systems in the fields of technology, IT, data science, artificial intelligence and digital business management are broad and diverse. Together with each and every one of our students, we analyse the individual profile of special interests, strengths and professional skills and develop an individual career plan. 

Our graduates find positions in leading global companies such as:

  • Supply Chain Manager at an e-commerce platform
  • Data strategy manager in a company in the automotive industry / car manufacturer
  • Business analyst in an investment company
  • Project manager in a software company
  • Consultant in a consulting company for digital business strategies
  • Accounting and SAP expert in financial consulting companies
  • ERP manager
  • SAP developer
  • IT system developer
  • Business intelligence manager
  • Entrepreneur in start-ups
  • Digital marketing manager in online travel agencies
  • E-commerce manager in online fashion portal
  • Data scientist in social media company
  • IT manager at a machine tool manufacturer
  • Software developer in software company

Faculty of Business Information Systems

At the Faculty of Business Information Systems (WI) we offer you two exciting subject areas in one – our degree programmes combine aspects of business with computer science – and this makes our students sought-after experts in digitalisation and cutting-edge areas such as data science, artificial intelligence, mobility, robotics automation and sustainability.

Internal link opens in the same window:Find out more about the Faculty of Business Information Systems (WI)

Our research topics include logistics, business application development, business intelligence and IT management. The research results are published and presented at national and international conferences and trade fairs.

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Your key contact

  •  Prof. Dr. Pavel Rawe
    Prof. Dr. Pavel Rawe Dean of Studies International Business Information Systems (BSc)