International Business Management

Bachelor of Arts

International Business Management is an international programme taught exclusively in English. By combining a high standard of academic teaching with extensive exposure to practical experience in the business world, the students will gain a wide-ranging understanding of modern international business. The programme consists of eight semesters including two semesters studying abroad (for German students only) and one semester in a work placement in an international company in Germany or abroad.

Key Facts

Faculty Faculty of Business and Economics
Degree Bachelor of Arts (B.A)
Structure Full time
Start Winter semester (1.10) / Summer semester (1.4)
Programme Intake 35 students per semester
Duration 8 semesters
Accreditation Accredited through FIBAA and EPAS

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Career Prospects

A successful International Business Management degree provides an excellent springboard for a career in companies and organisations active in an international environment. Graduates can apply for positions in “Marketing” or “Finance and Accounting” or “Global Supply Chain and Operations Management” or “Human Resource Management and Organisational Design”.

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Programme Details

The International Business Management programme combines classic business administration content with international and intercultural aspects. This international focus is similarly evident in the language of instruction, with all lectures and seminars held in English throughout the entire programme. In addition, students have to learn German as a second language parallel to the economics and business modules.


Part One lasts three semesters. Students are taught in internationally-mixed groups at the Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL Berlin) where they not only learn the fundamentals of business administration but also the principles underlying other disciplines such as economics, law and the social sciences. In Part Two, the focus on business strategy, internationalisation and the specialised area offers a solid preparation for working in an international company or organisation. During this phase, students also select their specialisation. They can choose between “Marketing” or “Finance and Accounting” or “Global Supply Chain and Operations Management and Human Resource Management and Organisational Design” streams.


After the 4th semester international students have the possibility to stay at the Berlin School of Economics and Law OR to study one or two semesters abroad as "free movers”. They can apply to any school worldwide which offers similar modules as the BSEL. However, the students have to organise the whole process independently as well as finance the stay abroad themselves.


In addition, students also have to complete a supervised work placement semester in a company based either in Germany or abroad during the second part of their studies. The eighth and final semester is for preparing the dissertation at the Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL Berlin).

Language of Instruction English
Location Berlin
Supervised Work Experience One semester, either in Germany or abroad
  • Research projects
  • Contacts to industry (series of events, work experience)

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Admission Requirements and Selection Procedure

Admission Requirements

  • Academic qualifications meeting the general requirements for admission to a University or University of Applied Sciences, or professional qualifications allowing University admission as specified in §11 of the Law on Institutions of Higher Education in the State of Berlin (Berliner Hochschulgesetz ”‘ BerlHG)
  • Excellent English skills
  • Basic skills in German.


Application Period

Winter Semester Summer Semester
For all applicants Until 15 July Until 15 January

Applicants without a German School-leaving certificate have to apply online via Uni Assist. Complete documents have to be sent to :


Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht (HWR) Berlin
Berlin School of Economics and Law
c/o uni-assist e.V.
11507 Berlin

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Fees and Bursaries

Semester fee ca. € 290 per semester (incl. local transport semester ticket)
Tuition fees None

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Student Counselling
(for prospective students)

Tel. +49 (0)30 30877-1254

Study Office (for students)

Roswitha Bünjer
Tel. +49 (0)30 30877-1086
Christian Pape
Tel. +49 (0)30 30877-1247

Drop-in office hours

Room B 1.27

Tue 3–4.30pm

Thu 10.30am–12.00pm


Course Director
Examination Committee Chair

Prof. Dr. Sabine Haller