Company-Linked Bachelor Programme in Business Administration

Bachelor of Arts

CHE Ranking: First Place | In cooperation with Siemens AG


The Cooperative Studies Programme in Business Administration combines business theory as taught at university with practical, applied experience in an industrial or commercial company. After only seven semesters, successful students can obtain two vocational qualifications: the German Industry and Commerce "Industriekaufmann/-frau (IHK)“ and the internationally recognised Bachelor of Arts degree. The applied commercial training on the course is integrated into the Business Administration programme.

Key Facts

Faculty Faculty of Business and Economics
Degree Bachelor of Arts and Industriekaufmann/-frau (IHK)
Structure Full-time
Start Winter semester (1 October)
Programme Intake 35 (Winter semester 2007/08)
Duration 7 semesters = 3 years 6 months incl. supervised work experience
Accreditation FIBAA October 2006

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Career prospects

The combination of work experience and an internationally recognised degree gives graduates excellent prospects on the international job market. Until now, the programme has been run in cooperation with Siemens AG, a major global player with an outstanding range of career opportunities worldwide. The programme also has other cooperations planned with companies in industry and business.

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Programme Details

This undergraduate programme provides solid basic skills in main topics such as International Financial Reporting, Informatics and Business English. The modules also include a Strategic Planning Game, communication skills, product marketing, project management and information processing. The supervised work experience gives students a real-life insight into a range of company departments, from Sales and Marketing to Accounting and HR, and into corporate organisation and communication.


The Part Two modules include streamed electives in Marketing or Accounting and Controlling. , The final phase is a three-month period for preparing a dissertation in the selected area.

Language of Instruction German, with some Part Two modules in English
Other Languages Optional Business Spanish and Chinese
Location Berlin
Supervised Work Experience The programme follows a sandwich course structure, with study phases at the Berlin School of Economics (FHW), training phases with the cooperation partner (company-linked training phase (BPU)), and supervised work experience with the cooperation partner. After three years, the company-linked training concludes with an IHK exam.
Work Experience Abroad 6-8 weeks of supervised work experience abroad can be taken at the start of Part Two; the work experience is taken at the cooperation partner's overseas branch.

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Admission Requirements

As a rule, applications need to submitted one year in advance; they can only be submitted online to Siemens AG.


Academic qualifications meeting the requirements for admission to a University

  • Excellent English skills
  • Good knowledge of maths
  • School grade average of 2.1 (German school system)

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Fees and Bursaries

Semester fee (at present) € 241.68 per semester (incl. local transport semester ticket)
Tuition fees None
Bursaries It may be possible to apply for a BaföG grant.

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Student Counselling
(for prospective students)

Tel. +49 (0)30 30877-1254

Study Office (for students)

Karin Gerke
Tel. +49 (0)30 30877-1228

Drop-in office hours:

Tues: 10am–1.30pm

Thur: 10am–2pm

By prior appointment during the semester vacations.