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International Business Studies

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.

Career Outlook

Especially here, in the border region around the OTH Amberg-Weiden, numerous major companies – and also small and medium-sized market leaders – are already operating worldwide, targeting Central and Eastern European countries. In many other regions, most companies in the sectors of industry, IT, commerce and service have also positioned well in terms of exports, imports and cross-border cooperations. Many companies intend to expand this position even further. With your comprehensive set of international economic skills, the command of intercultural business practices and your language expertise, you will become part of this success story.

With the International Business Bachelor’s Degree Program (CEE) you prepare for a career in international companies. Your extensive academic likewise practice-oriented training enables you to tap into all fields of business administration. A facultative semester abroad and an obligatory internship abroad add to practical relevance. Additional qualifications like intercultural competences and language skills do not only gain you access to an exciting spectrum of tasks in controlling, marketing, sales and personnel, but also to a great range of further international business fields. Regardless of which path you take, this degree program lays the foundations for you to skillfully master trans-border challenges.

Study Models

Apart from the full-time degree program, you are also offered the possibility of combining your studies at our university while receiving vocational training and education within the framework of a so-called dual cooperative study program. Or you combine the comprehensive theoretical knowledge earned at the university with intensive practical periods at companies (study with in-depth practice).

Further information

To learn more about the dual study models and the entry via vocational training, please visit www.oth-professional.de.

Application

You wish to apply for the International Business Bachelor’s Degree Program at our university? You can enter the program either in the summer semester or the winter semester.

Winter semester application period
For the winter semester starting October 1 you can apply from May 1 until July 15.

Summer semester application period
If you prefer to commence your studies in the summer semester, you can apply for admission from November 15 until January 15.

For further information concerning your application and enrollment click here.

Access and admission requirements

The International Business Degree Program is not restricted in admission and does not require the passing of an aptitude test. You can apply for a 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 program is that it is held 100 percent in English. For this reason, there are special qualification requirements for the program which applicants should meet or prove:

  • Applicants with a school-leaving certificate at a foreign school are advised 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 studies is made by the examination board.
  • An adequate knowledge of the English language must be demonstrated by a proof of language proficiency at 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 an equivalent proof, e.g. by corresponding modules in the leaving 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 at level A2 within one year.

FAQs

Here you can find frequently asked questions concerning our study program International Business.

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For all concerns please use the e-mail address welcome@oth-aw.de.
(If necessary, your questions will be forwarded to the respective person of contact (POC). You can also find the respective person of contact (POC) at the end of each question)

Questions concerning my application:

POC: Kathrin Forster (Studienbüro) & Lisa-Maria Rauch (Studienbüro)

(POC: Kathrin Forster)​​​​​​​
The application has to be done online by following the instructions in application system Primuss.

(POC: Kathrin Forster)​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​You can check the status of your application in your personal account after you have registered. Please make sure you remember your login dates.

(POC: Kathrin Forster)
​​​​​​​The application has to be done online by following the instructions in application system Primuss.

(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 & Uni-assist)
​​​​​​​Even if you already have a VPD from another university, you still have to apply for a VPD specifically for OTH Amberg-Weiden.

(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: Dr. Gabriele Murry, Theresa Schreiber)
General requirements can be found at the website how-to-apply. Information about requirements for our study program International Business can be found at the can be found on the pages "Access and admission restrictions" of the programme.

(POC: 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 first semester at the latest. Proof of German A2 can be submitted after your first year at 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.

(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: Kathrin Forster)
Unfortunately, we do not provide a semester ticket for public transport. However, you do get a discount in some (public) institutions like e.g. swimming pool.

(POC: Studentenwerk Oberfranken)
If you fulfil the requirements, you can apply for BAföG (Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz). You can find information on the website of the Studentenwerk.

Questions concerning the study program:

POC: Dr. Gabriele Murry (program coordination) & Theresa Schreiber

(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.

(POC: Theresa Schreiber)
You can find information about the study program and the relevant courses on our homepage, in the module handbook or in the timetable.

(POC: Theresa Schreiber)
​​​​​​​You can find information about the study program and the relevant courses on our homepage, in the module handbook or in the timetable.

(POC: Theresa Schreiber)
​​​​​​​We use the learning management system Moodle. After the login with your login dates which you will receive after enrolment you can get access to your courses and the respective lecture material.

Questions concerning life in Germany:

POC: Dr. Annabelle Wolff (International Office) & Felicitas Langowski (International Office)

(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.

First-hand Experience

Catrina Cook – Student

“Nowadays, almost every business is oriented internationally. Thus, a sound knowledge of the English language enables you to gain a clear competitive edge over other applicants. The OTH Amberg-Weiden does not only provide me with the know-how relevant for my future career, it also offers the best framework conditions during my studies. In a comfortable atmosphere, you use lecture rooms with modern equipment, lecturers assist you by word and deed and you work on exciting projects together with and for companies.“

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