Program International Business
Study location: Weiden
Teaching language: English!
You seek to work in an international environment? Multilingual teams and stays abroad are exactly what you want? You like to know how to safely move about on international markets and how to collaborate with different cultures without committing a blunder? You would like to consolidate your command of the English language and use it in everyday business life? Has the idea of deploying a Central and Eastern European language proficiently always been appealing to you?
Then, our International Business Bachelor’s Degree Program is the right place for you!
Markets are rapidly changing. In order to score in competition, not only major companies but also start-ups and medium-sized businesses engage internationally. One focal point lies on Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) in particular. If you wish to help shape these markets, our International Business Bachelor’s Degree Program (CEE) provides you with all knowledge and competences required to do so. Not only do you undergo comprehensive, English-taught business administration studies, you also acquire specific intercultural and linguistic expertise – the ideal prerequisite to build a career in companies often occupying market-leading positions and being active across borders. Depending on which specialization you choose, you will, for example, coordinate international projects. You might equally shine in a leadership position in controlling, marketing or sales. The doors to human resource management will also be opened: you learn how to manage and develop personnel beyond borders.
Especially here, in the border region of OTH Amberg-Weiden, there are already numerous groups, but also small and medium-sized market leaders, which are active worldwide and target the Central and Eastern European countries. In many other regions, most industrial, IT, trade and service companies have also positioned themselves well when it comes to export, import or cross-border cooperation. Many companies want to further expand this position. With your international business knowledge, your mastery of intercultural business practices and your language expertise, you will become part of this success story.
With the Bachelor's degree in International Business, you prepare for a career in international companies. Your sound academic and at the same time practice-oriented education opens up all fields of business administration. A facultative semester abroad and a mandatory internship abroad contribute to the practical relevance. Your additional qualifications in intercultural and language skills will not only open up exciting fields of activity in Controlling, Marketing, Sales and Human Resources, but also numerous other international business areas. Regardless of which path you take, this course of study creates the basis for mastering cross-border challenges brilliantly.
In addition to pure full-time studies, there is also the possibility of combining studies at our university with regular vocational training (combined studies) within the framework of a so-called "dual study programme". Or you can combine the comprehensive theory at the university with intensive practical phases in companies (studies with in-depth practical experience).
Do you want to apply for the Bachelor's programme in International Business at our university? The program starts in the summer semester and in the winter semester.
Application period for the winter semester
For the winter semester starting on October 1, you can apply online from May 1 to July 15. In exceptional cases we will extend the application deadlines for individual courses of study. You can find out whether you can still apply for this programme in the applicant portal.
Application period for the summer semester
You can apply online for the summer semester from 20 November to 15 January.
Access and admission requirements / Zugangs- und Zulassungsvoraussetzungen
The International Business course is not admissions restricted and does not require the student to pass an aptitude test. You can apply for a study place within the application period in the application portal of the OTH-Amberg-Weiden.
The general admission requirements can be found here.
A special feature of the course is that it is held 100 percent in English. For this reason, there are special qualification requirements for the programme, which applicants should fulfil or provide proof of:
Applicants with a school leaving certificate from a foreign school are recommended to submit a certificate of recognition of the school leaving certificate issued by a certified institution (e.g. uni-assist) by the end of the application period. The decision on admission to the course of study is made by the examination board.
A sufficient knowledge of the English language must be demonstrated by a language certificate corresponding to level B2 in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This proof can be provided by a valid/current IBT (Internet-Based Test) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 71, IELTS Cambridge Test with 6, the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) with a score of at least 780, or equivalent proof, e.g. through corresponding modules in the final certificate. Proof is not required if the university entrance qualification or the university degree was obtained in English.
Basic knowledge of German must be proven on A2 within one year
Here you can find frequently asked questions concerning our study program International Business.
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Questions concerning my application
(POC: Kathrin Forster & Uni-assist)
All international applicants (including citizens of EU-member states) who have not obtained their higher education entrance qualification (i.e. secondary-school leaving certificate) in Germany must have their credentials reviewed and approved by uni-assist. Please note that it can take up to several weeks until you receive your VPD (Vorprüfungsdokumentation = necessary document for your application). After having received or while waiting for your VPD you can apply at OTH Amberg-Weiden and upload your documents in Primuss.
(POC: Kathrin Forster)
If you are from a non-EU-member-state, you need to apply for a visa at the German embassy in your home country. Please note that it can take up to several weeks until you receive your visa. Make sure that you apply early.
(POC: Kathrin Forster)
This is a non-NC (numerus clausus) degree program that does not require tuition payment by neither national nor international students. There is no tuition fee, you only have to pay 52€ per semester for administrative matters (student identity card etc.).
(POC: Prof. Dr. Gabriele Murry, Kathrin Forster)
The examination board will decide whether your language skills as well as other qualifications are adequate, or if you need to submit further certificates. Language certificates and other necessary documents have to be uploaded in the application system Primuss. Proof of English B2 can be submitted by the end of your firstsemesterat the latest. Proof of German A2 can be submitted after your firstyearat the latest. Information about requirements for our study program International Business can be found can be found on the pages "Access and admission restrictions" of the programme.
One of the following English language tests with minimum scores as indicated will be sufficient:
- TOEFEL IBT - 71
- IELTS Cambridge - 6
- TOEIC – 780
Please always use the application system PRIMUSS and do not send your certificates via e-mail in advance.
Questions concerning the study program:
As many of you can not enter Germany on time for the winter semester (starting Oct. 1), all courses will offer the possibility to participate online. We plan to fully return to campus in March 2022 when the summer term begins.
(POC: Theresa Schreiber)
General information concerning your studies at OTH Amberg-Weiden and International Business can be found in the Moodle course „International Business – General Information”. After the login with your login dates which you receive after enrolment you can get access to this course. If you have general questions in advance you can contact our Faculty Assistant Theresa Schreiber or our Study und Career Service.
Questions concerning life in Germany:
(POC: Felicitas Langowski & Andreas Schaller)
Yes. Please contact our Health Insurance Officer, Mr. Schaller, from Techniker Krankenkasse (cc). He will assist you in taking out health insurance. You may as well apply online. If you want to take out a full package with TK's partner Expatrio, follow this link https://www.expatrio.com/.
(POC: Dr. Annabelle Wolff & Studentenwerk Oberfranken)
You can find accommodations, which are only 5 minutes walking distance from the university. Please note that in Germany, accommodation in student halls of residence is not automatically granted upon admission to a degree program. Please make your own arrangements for accommodation and, above all, make sure you make them in good time.
Questions concerning the languages:
No. The proof of A2 German, which is a criteria of immatriculation hast to be acquired externally.
No, but you may take exams through either:
- Telc A2 (can also be taken in Germany through Volkshochschulen (vhs))
- Goethe Zertifikat A2 (in just about any capitals worldwide)
- ÖSD A2
All of those certificates listed above are recognized through our university.
No, these courses are for practice and the A2 vhb-course is accepted as proof of German A2 knowledge for completing your immatriculation documents.
Czech (A1 – B1.1)
Russian (A1 – B1.1)
German (B1 – B2)
No. You need the knowledge of A2 German. In this case you must decide between Czech and Russian if you want to complete your studies within the 7 semesters. You can also do German A2 first and start with German B1.1 in a higher semester. This might cause a delay in your studies. Please have a look at the information about foreign language choice in your course catalogue.
Proof of an A2 knowledge of German is a prerequisite to enroll in German B 1.1. This is necessary in order to ensure a homogenous level of German, so that the class can progress as planned.
No additional language courses can be accredited to the IB program. However, you can attend the extra-curricular language courses if you wish and have the credits for these extra courses listed on your supplementary transcript list of grades.
This depends. You cannot get credits for mere certificates, as these do not show a grade, comparable workload, all four language skills nor credit points. What might be possible to accredit are courses taken at other universities. The exam commission will decide in consultation with the respective language lecturer if these courses can be accredited. If you are planning a study abroad (i.e. Erasmus) it is best to check this beforehand via an Erasmus Learning Agreement.
Yes you can due to the current pandemic regulations, but you will have to re-sit the exams you missed, as soon as possible. Make sure that you attend the classes regularly and do all the course work to ensure the necessary language level, else you risk to fail the exams.
Due to the current pandemic situation some lecturers will offer to stream their presence classes, so those, who are still abroad can follow the lectures. Please check with your lecturer, if they offer this possibility.
No, but you will be able to re-sit all the missed exams, once you are in Germany as part of the next exam period. Bare in mind that most exams of the vhb (virtuelle Hochschule Bayern) also only take place in presence.
You can start later, but this will mean that you will need the extra time/semesters to finish your studies. Also bear in mind that you will be somewhere else for your practical semester. Ideally, you should have completed the language modules before the practical semester.
You need to select one of the three language electives and follow your electives for four semesters, so that you reach the target level. If you want to change your chosen language, it is possible to do that once. Please be aware that it might cause a delay in your studies which is why it is not recommended. If you want to change your language a second time, it is only possible if the examination board agrees in justified exceptional cases.
No, you can start without any knowledge of these languages.
The study program International Business was funded by the Bavarian Free State on the basis that it has a special focus on Central and Eastern Europe. The Czech Republic and Russia are very important economic partners for Bavaria and Germany and there is demand for people with an intercultural expertise of these countries from many enterprises.
Please note: Educational residents of the respective foreign language (e.g.: graduates of the Czech school-leaving examination in the Czech Republic or the German A-levels (Abitur) at the German School Prague) are not allowed to take this language as a foreign language. This adheres also to Russian or German native speakers regarding the respective language course.
Catrina Cook – Student
“Almost every business today is internationally oriented. That's why having a good command of English gives you a clear competitive advantage over other applicants. The OTH not only offers the necessary know-how, but also the best study conditions. Here you feel comfortable, use modern lecture halls, are well supervised by professors and work in exciting projects with and for companies.”