Bachelor of Arts

International Business Management

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Operating worldwide

In this degree programme, we combine traditional business administration with an international focus and intensive language training. When you apply, you can choose one of three regional specialisations. Would you like to combine Chinese, French or Spanish with English?

  • ECTS: 210 ECTS
  • Programme duration: 7 semesters
  • Campus: Schwenningen
  • Faculty: HFU Business School
  • Programme begins: winter semester (October)
  • Application deadline: 15 July (winter semester)
  • Entry requirements: university entrance qualification, English (TOEFL ibt 79, IELTS 6)
  • Teaching language: English
  • Accreditation: yes (accredited through the university system accreditation)
  • Global tools We'll prepare you for your international career! You will develop a solid, practical understanding of business issues, models and processes and become a management professional
  • Open your mind We attach great importance to intercultural communication, teamwork and developing your negotiation skills. The multicultural environment of our degree programme provides the ideal setting for this.
  • 100% in English Teaching takes place entirely in English. Refine your business English! German as a second language or another foreign language of your choice will ensure that you can express yourself well anytime, anywhere.
  • I'm packing my suitcase... ... and going abroad! Gain international experience during your semester abroad. German-speaking students also spend their internship semester abroad. This is how you make global contacts for your future!

Details of the programme

Programme content and structure

100% taught in English - IBM is a forward-looking, practice-oriented degree programme that teaches broad business management skills from a global perspective. We teach you all the theoretical, practical and social skills you need to enter the international business world. In addition to foreign languages, we also attach great importance to teaching you soft skills such as teamwork and planning skills.

  • 60% Business studies
  • 30% Languages
  • 10% Soft skills

Start in Schwenningen

You' be studying for seven semesters at the HFU Business School, before completing your bachelor's degree. You'll spend the first four of these on the Schwenningen Campus. This is where we provide you with the solid fundamental business knowledge you need as a basis. After that, your first international experience awaits you – a semester of study and an internship abroad are an integral part of the IBM degree programme.


Out into the world

Your internship semester comes up in the fifth semester! German-speaking students look for a company abroad where they can apply the theoretical knowledge they've gained during their foundation studies. International students complete their internship semester in Germany. For your sixth semester, you choose one of our partner universities worldwide and study in your dream country for a semester!

On the home straight

You return to HFU Business School in the seventh semester. Now you have more in-depth subjects such as "International Business Strategy" – but this semester is mainly about your thesis. You choose the topic yourself – our students often work on specific tasks from companies, during which they naturally establish very close contacts.

Entry requirements

To study IBM, you must provide proof of your language skills. To ensure that we can live our multicultural concept and that you understand all the content of the course, we require TOEFL ibt 79 or IELTS 6 (CEF C1) for English. You can submit proof of this as part of your online application.
There are different requirements for your second foreign language. If you choose Chinese, you can start without any previous knowledge. If you choose French or Spanish, you should have had at least 2 years of instruction in these subjects. If you are a foreign national without any previous knowledge of German, you will automatically have German as a foreign language.

Tuition fees

The Baden-Württemberg state government introduced tuition fees of €1500 / semester for non-EU students in the 2017/18 winter semester. You can find more information about this at External link opens in a new window:
In addition, there are administrative, student union and student services fees totaling €155/semester (from winter semester 2024/2025).

What's included

Special features

This study programme is taught 100% in English.
Would you prefer to study bilingually in German/English? Then click here for our Internal link opens in the same window:International Business(IBW) degree programme.

Your career prospects

Ready for take-off?

With the know-how and skills we teach you on your way to your bachelor's degree, the doors to the world of work are open to you! During your internship semester and perhaps also during your thesis, you have already had the opportunity to make contacts with companies - this often pays off now. 
Whether you are a financial analyst in Zurich, a key account manager in Mexico City, an entrepreneur in Shanghai, a purchasing manager in Toulouse, a controller for sporting goods in Cape Town, or Head of Global CSR in Germany - you have the best chance of landing your dream job anywhere in the world!
Our graduate network also offers exciting contact opportunities. Our successful graduates stay in touch with each other, even after they've completed their degree, whether they are working at home or abroad. HFU Business School graduates are employed by companies such as Microsoft, McKinsey, Siemens, Bosch, IBM, Daimler, Accenture, Swiss Re and BMW, have participated in high potential trainee programs at EADS, Deutsche Telekom, E.ON and Siemens, and have even founded their own successful companies.

HFU Business School

Welcome to the HFU Business School where business is our business! Our degree programmes are designed to prepare you to take on responsibility in companies. At our school you'll meet an unusually large number of international fellow students; transcultural competence is important to us. We prepare you for exciting and future-oriented tasks – and are also happy to send you abroad.

Internal link opens in the same window:Find out more about the HFU Business School

As a university of applied sciences, our mission is not only to provide excellent teaching, but also to generate innovations in the field of research.
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Your key contacts

  •  Prof. Dr. Julika Baumann Montecinos
    Prof. Dr. Julika Baumann Montecinos Dean of Studies International Business Management (BA)
    Professor of Transcultural Management
  •  Tatjana Ludwig
    Tatjana Ludwig Programme Coordinator - International Business Management (IBM)