Program Structure

Course of studies

The course of study comprises a total of seven semesters. After successful completion, you will start your professional life with the title Bachelor of Arts (B.A.). This qualifies you to work in business, the public sector or independently.

As a rule, your study time in the Bachelor of International Business is seven semesters, including the practical phase and bachelor thesis. The practical phase and bachelor thesis are spent abroad. Your studies are modularly structured, whereby you will gain partial qualifications after completing the individual modules. All modules build on each other thematically and chronologically. If you successfully complete individual modules with an examination, you will be credited with a certain number of credit points (ECTS points). A module usually comprises 5 credit points. For the successful completion of your Bachelor's degree, your points account at the end of your studies counts for a total of at least 210 credit points.

For each credit point, you as a student will be expected to work 30 hours. Your studies are divided into two study sections which document your progress:

  • the first stage of studies (1st to 5th semester)
  • the second stage of studies (6th and 7th semester)

The practical phase lies in the second study phase.


Prior to your employment in the company, you will be trained to analyse processes and problems in business practice and to develop practical solutions. Your studies comprise six theory semesters and one practical semester, which is usually completed in the 6th semester and abroad. The entire course of study is offered in English.

Your International Business degree course includes:

  • Basic modules
  • Basic business management modules
  • Advanced modules
  • Intercultural competence to act
  • Soft skills
  • Practice phase
  • Bachelor thesis incl. colloquium 

In the first two semesters you will attend the courses of the basic modules and the basic business administration modules. In these courses you will acquire the business management know-how that you will need in the course of your studies to gain a basic understanding and as a tool. You will attend the following courses:

  • Introduction to Management
  • Principles of Economics
  • Business Mathematics
  • Business Statistics

You get to know the different areas of business administration in the basic business administration modules. These cover the topics

  • Basic Marketing
  • Labor Law
  • Finance & Investment
  • Cost Accounting
  • Basic HR
  • Production & Logistics
  • Sales Mgmt. & E-Commerce

The specialisation modules form the core competence you acquire in your International Business studies at our university. You will attend the following planned in-depth modules:

  • International  Business Law
  • International Taxation
  • International Marketing Communication
  • International Trade & Logistics
  • Corporate Governance & Ethics
  • International HR
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Industrial Development
  • Diversity Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Empirical Research
  • International Labor Markets

Intercultural action competences can be chosen from country blocks of the Central and Eastern European region and, if necessary, other countries, e.g:

  • Germany, Austria, Switzerland
  • Balkan countries
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • Czech Republic

In the sixth semester, you can (usually) expand the skills you have learned during your studies in a company abroad during the practical phase of at least 18 weeks. In doing so, you will gain insights into your future professional life and make valuable contacts for your career. When looking for an internship, we provide you with a lot of useful information and will be happy to advise you.

The programme concludes in the seventh semester with the bachelor thesis. Upon successful completion of your studies, you will be awarded the title Bachelor of Arts (B.A.).​​​​​​​

If you are aiming for a higher academic degree, you have the possibility to take up further, consecutive Master's programmes in International Management & Sustainability (M.A.)Logistics & Digitalization (M.Sc.), Digital Entrepreneurship or Digital Business (M.Sc.) within the faculty. However, we also offer you (after a phase of initial professional practice) the opportunity to complete a Master's programme at our university. You can find information about the master programmes at our university or cooperation master programmes here



Module handbook and curriculum

In the module handbook of the current semester you will find all information about the modules offered in the International Business programme and the course of your studies. Among other things, you can read there which lecturer teaches the course, what learning objectives it contains and in what order you should ideally study the modules.

The study plan shows the modules of the course of study in chronological order over the semesters. Here you can find out which lecturers are giving lectures in the current semester. You will also find out which study and examination credits have to be earned.

You can download the currently valid module handbook and the curriculum for the International Business course of study as a PDF file:

Schedules / Examination Plan

In the timetable you will find the current lecture times of the International Business program. It lists the lecture times for basic modules, specialisation modules, key qualifications and integrative modules in a weekly view. You can also find all timetables in our OTH-AW-App

The examination schedule provides you with all the important information on your upcoming examinations. Here you can access the current examination schedule (as soon as available) for the International Business program.

Study and examination regulations

The course is legally regulated by the study and examination regulations, the general examination regulations of the university and the framework examination regulations for all universities of applied sciences in Bavaria. Here you will find the current study and examination regulations for the Bachelor's degree program in International Business.

Click here for the valid study and examination regulations


Here you can download the flyer for the International Business degree programme: