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BSc International Business

Portrait Prof. Dr. Michel Charifzadeh

“Our excellent graduates are in high demand by multinational corporations all around the globe. To me, this is no surprise: IB students are well-equipped with all necessary knowledge and skills relevant in business. As an IB student you´ll love learning and networking in an international atmosphere, where up to 50 per cent of students come from all over the world!"

Prof. Dr. Michel Charifzadeh, Programme Director of BSc International Business

Why study BSc International Business (IB)?

... because the degree programme imparts sound knowledge of international business administration and provides you with a perfect preparation for an international career: Completely in English and you learn a second language.

... because you study in an international atmosphere right from the beginning: up to 50% of the study places go to international applicants. Come and be a part of our international community from almost 70 nations and experience every day the cultural diversity of our campus.

... because you can benefit from the fast-track option which is unique in Germany: After seven successful semesters you will have your Bachelor of Science degree and with only one additional semester you can gain an MBA or master’s degree at one of our international partner universities.  

... because this programme offers highest flexibility: From the fourth semester on the structure of the degree programme offers you options for an internship (in Germany or abroad), electives to develop a profile in Marketing, Strategy, Finance, Leadership, Digital Business or Economics and final degree (BSc or BSc plus MBA/Master).

... because you can choose from over 60 partner universities worldwide for the integrated semester abroad.

... because you can earn additional credits through our Honours Programme.

Key facts

Length of course

7 semesters (incl. internship semester, study semester abroad and internship thesis semester)

1 additional semester for the fast-track option (MBA/Master’s degree at a partner university)

Place of study

Reutlingen and partner university abroad

Beginning of course

Winter semester: 14 September

Summer semester: 1 March 


Application deadline

Summer intake 2023

15 November for international (non-EU) applicants

15 January for EU/EEA applicants and for international applicants with a German university entrance qualification


Please note: Due to Covid-19, application deadlines and application processes may deviate. Please check our website regularly for further information.

Language of instruction


Foreign languages

First compulsory foreign language for all students: Business English

Second compulsory foreign language for German students: Spanish, French or Chinese

Second compulsory foreign language for international students: German

Voluntary electives (if offered): The Institute for Foreign Languages offers additional language courses, e.g. Russian, Chinese, Spanish, French or Italian

More information on foreign languages


210 (Bachelor of Science)

We encourage our students to earn additional ECTS credits. You may choose from the different Honour modules offered.


Bachelor of Science

Optional: Additional MBA/Master’s degree at partner university


Semester contribution as of summer semester 2019: €167.30 for regular students (Student Union fee and contribution to administrative costs) and €97.30 for exchange students

Applicants from non-EU countries: The State of Baden-Württemberg imposes fees of 1.500 € per semester for new students.

For the MBA/Master’s programme at an international partner university (in the fast-track option): approx. €15,000 to €60,000

Admission requirements
  • German university entrance qualification (entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences, subject-related entrance qualification, general higher education entrance qualification – “A-Levels“) / a foreign university entrance qualification equivalent to the German university entrance qualification
  • very good English language skills
Available places

140 per year (up to 70 places for non-EU students)

This degree programme deals with questions such as...

  • How do I manage a company?
  • What skills and methods do I need to work in a managerial position in an international company?
  • What do company divisions such as Marketing, Strategy, Finance, Leadership, Digital Business or Economics deal with?
  • What ethical and cultural aspects are important in the management of a company?
  • How do I measure the “genuine“ corporate success of an internationally operating company?
  • Which instruments of marketing and sales do international companies use and how successful are they?
  • How do global players expand into international markets?
  • What soft skills such as communication techniques, presentation techniques and intercultural competence do I need to be successful as the manager of an international company?  

Perspectives: Careers & opportunities

Graduates'qualifications profile

  • Graduates of the International Business programme have high intercultural competence, are glad to assume management positions, are valuable team players, communicate clearly and show above-average commitment 
  • They convince others with their distinctive personality, awareness of values, show responsibility for the team and the task
  • They work in a solution-oriented, analytical and structured manner
  • They are motivated, dynamic, innovative, mobile and set themselves ambitious targets

Typical industries

  • Automotive industry
  • Banking and finance industry
  • Consulting, business consulting
  • Trade
  • Consumer goods industry
  • Start-ups

Typical corporate areas

  • Marketing and sales
  • Strategy
  • Finance department
  • Controlling
  • Human resources management

Rankings & accreditations

ESB Business School is accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Worldwide only five percent of all business schools bear this seal of quality. The AACSB is the largest accreditation organisation in the world with demanding quality requirements in relation to training and research at business schools.

ESB Business School has been system accredited by the FIBAA: within the accreditation process the internal quality assurance system of ESB Business School was audited and awarded the quality seal of the accreditation council. All degree programmes of ESB Business School pass through this rigorous internal quality assurance system and in this way achieve accreditation.

Current rankings:

  • Wirtschaftswoche 2022: ESB Business School faculty maintains its first place among German universities of applied sciences in the field of business administration. To the ranking (German Article)
  • Trendence Graduate Barometer 2020: Top positions in the fields "Internationality" and "Practical Relevance"
  • Studycheck University Ranking 2020: Reutlingen University belongs to the most popular universities in Germany once again. It performed especially successful in the fields "Internationality" and "Practical Relevance". To the ranking
  • U-Multirank 2020: Reutlingen University is awarded eleven top placings, e. g. in the fields of International Orientation and Student mobility. ESB Business School performed especially successfully in regard to the contact to work environments. To the ranking
  • Die Zeit (CHE) 2020/21, Business Management: Top group in several areas including international orientation, support during study entryphase, support during practical semester, support by teaching staff and overall study situation
    To the ranking

News & Events

Graduates throw their caps in the air once more

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23.03.2024 - 23.03.2024: Graduation Ceremony of ESB Business School March 2024

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