Program objectives

The International Business Management degree program (IBM) at the HFU Business School is a forward-looking, practice-oriented degree which teaches broad business skills within a global perspective. With an International Business Management degree you not only have a recognized academic qualification in your hands, you also have all the theoretical, practical and soft skills you will need when starting out in the business world. We give you the best possible start for a successful future career worldwide.

Foreign languages & regional focus

Language and communication skills are an integral part of the program. You will learn to communicate effectively even in the most challenging business situations. All language courses are taught by experienced professionals who are native speakers of the language they teach.

For non-native speakers of German

1st foreign language:
Business English (advanced level)

2nd foreign language:
For non-native speakers of German: German

For German native speakers:
Chinese (no previous knowledge)
OR
Spanish  (4-5 years of previous studies)
OR
French (4-5 years of previous studies)

For native speakers of English

1st foreign language:
German

2nd foreign language:
Chinese (no previous knowledge)
OR
Spanish  (4-5 years of previous studies) 
OR
French (4-5 years of previous studies)

In addition to learning the language of the regional focus, you will also examine economic structures, history and culture, business practices and the laws and social systems of that region. You will also examine the international competitiveness of that region and carry out regional analyses.

You will take courses in both Academic Study Skills and Business English, which focuses on the business skills required in the English-speaking working world. All language courses aim to improve written and spoken communication skills, and extend the vocabulary and language required across a range of business contexts.

Courses are also offered in German as a Foreign Language at all levels, Business German, Technical German and socio-political courses on Germany and the European Union today.

Soft skills

"Soft skills" are also an integral part of the course. These include teamworking, intercultural awareness, presentation techniques and effective project planning.

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