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Program Structure

Course of Study

The course of study comprises seven semesters in total. Upon successful completion of the program, you enter your professional career with the title of Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (B.A.). This qualifies you to work as a business economist in industry, in the public sector or on a self-employed basis.

The standard duration of the International Business Bachelor’s Degree Program is seven semesters including the practical phase and Bachelor’s thesis. The program follows a modular structure, with you acquiring partial qualifications after completion of each module. All modules build upon one another topically and chronologically. After successful completion of the single modules through an examination, you are awarded a particular number of credits (ECTS Credits). Usually 5 credits can be earned per module. For the successful completion of your Bachelor’s program, your total ECTS score at the end of your studies amounts to at least 210 credits

For you as a student, a workload of 30 hours per credit is envisaged. The degree program is divided into two stages, documenting study progress:

  • the first stage of study (1. to 5. semester)
  • the second stage of study (6. and 7. semester)

The practical phase is scheduled for the second stage of study.


Before your assignment in a company, you will be trained in analyzing processes and problems of business practice and in developing practice-oriented problem solutions. Your studies comprise six theoretical semesters and one practical semester, which is usually completed in the 6th semester and abroad. The entire study program is offered in English.

Your International Business studies include:

  • Basic modules
  • Basic business administration modules
  • Specialization modules
  • Intercultural competence
  • One foreign language for 4 semesters
  • Soft skills
  • Practical 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 you will need for basic understanding and as a useful tool during your studies. You will attend the following courses:

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

You will familiarize yourself with the various areas of business administration in the basic business administration modules encompassing the following topics:

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

The specialization modules constitute the core competence you acquire in your International Business studies at our university. You will attend the following projected specialization modules:

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

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

  • The Balkan states
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • The Czech Republic

The program is complemented with the learning of another foreign language in four consecutive semesters

In the sixth semester, you can expand the skills you have grasped during your studies in a company (usually) abroad in a practical phase of at least 18 weeks. This will allow you to gain insights in your future professional life and to forge valuable contacts for your career. While searching for an internship placement, we will provide you with a comprehensive range of useful information and will be glad to advise you.

The study program closes 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 opportunity to take up continuing, consecutive Master's degree programs in Logistics & Digitisation (M.Sc.), Digital Entrepreneurship (planned from winter semester 2019) or Digital Business (M.Sc.) within the faculty. Apart from this, we also offer you the opportunity to complete a Master's program for qualified professionals after a phase of initial professional practice. Information on the Master's programs at our university or cooperation Master's programs can be found here.


Module Handbook

In the Module Handbook of the current Semester you find all information on the modules offered in the International Business Degree Program as well as details about the course of your studies. It also includes which lecturer teaches the respective sessions, the educational objectives of the sessions and in which order you are recommended to take your modules.

The study plan lists the degree program’s modules in chronological order through all semesters, which lecturers hold sessions in the current semester and which course and examination achievements must be accomplished.

PDF downloads of the currently valid module handbook and study plan for the International Business Degree Program are available here:

Schedules / Examination Plan

From the schedule you can gather the current lecture times of the International Business Degree Program. It provides a weekly overview of lecture times for basic modules, specialization modules, key qualifications and integrative modules. All schedules can also be viewed in our OTH-AW app.

The examinations plan contains all relevant details regarding your upcoming exams. The current examinations plan (once uploaded) for the International Business Degree Program is available here.

Program and Examination Regulations

The degree program is legally regulated by the Program and Examination Regulations, the university’s General Examination Regulations as well as the State Examination Regulations for universities of applied sciences in Bavaria. Here you find the currently applicable Program and Examination Regulations of the International Business Bachelor’s Degree Program.


Download the brochure of International Business Bachelor’s Degree Program here:

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