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BSc Internationales Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen - Operations

Professor Doctor Dirk Schieborn

"With a B.Sc. in International Business and Engineering – Operations, all doors are open to you – whether in medium-sized companies or global corporations. During your studies, you will already work in small groups with state-of-the-art technology. An integrated semester abroad completes our international profile, as well as the possibility of an internship abroad."

Prof. Dr Dirk Schieborn, Programme Director Internationales Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen – Operations

Why study BSc Internationales Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen - Operations (IWI)?

because you are fascinated by the combination of technology and aspects of corporate and business management: In the B.Sc. programme in International Business and Engineering – Operations you will do an interdisciplinary course and gain key knowledge in business and engineering. 

… because after graduating in industrial engineering you would like to be equally attractive to globally operating and medium-sized companies.

because you would like to study in an international context: From the third semester onwards, most lectures are held in English. You will spend one semester at one of our prestigious partner universities and, if you wish, spend the integrated internship semester abroad.

because you would like to do a course with a practical orientation: During the integrated internship semester you will gain wide-ranging real-world experience and during the practical and interdisciplinary modules, labs, case studies and simulations you will also learn to work in teams.

because you are excited about working with technologies from the fields of digitisation, automation or Industry 4.0. At Werk150 – the innovative training, research and development factory on the campus of Reutlingen University, you will link these with real-world industrial engineering.

because you are fascinated by designing and optimising production and logistics processes – both from a technological perspective and from an economic perspective.

… because you would like to develop your personal and social potential during your studies through project and team work, through experience abroad and in practice, and not least through the community on campus.

because you value good personal support from the lecturers: In laboratories, projects and simulations, you will be closely supported and tutored by our lecturers. We also consider it important to have small groups with a good staff-student ratio in the lecture rooms.

because you already want to get in contact with companies during your studies: ESB Business School and its teaching staff cultivate intensive contacts with companies and make intensive use of this practical experience.  

Speaking of which: What does the addition “operations” mean in the name of the degree programme? The term “operations” is very broad and refers to all activities that occur in a company in connection with the production of goods and services. With this addition to the name, we make clear that our degree programme is broadly based and is not limited to a particular sector or industry. 

Key facts

Length of course

7 semesters, including one practical semester (at home or abroad) and one study semester abroad

Place of study

Reutlingen and partner university abroad

Beginning of course

Summer and winter semester

The winter semester 2022/2023 starts on 04 October.

Application deadline

Summer semester: 15 January

Winter semester: 15 July

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

Language of instruction

German and English

Foreign languages





Bachelor of Science (BSc)


Semester contribution 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.

Admission requirements
  • General or subject-related university entrance qualification, entrance qualification for university of applied sciences or other equivalent university entrance qualification

    You can improve your entrance grade by providing evidence of special qualifications (relevant work experience).
Available places

42 per winter semester, 28 per summer semester

This degree programme deals with questions such as...

  • How do manufacturing companies operate worldwide? How do they design and optimise their global value-adding processes – now and in the future?
  • What challenges do global companies face and how can they be solved – both from a technical and a business perspective?
  • What do new technologies from the fields of machine learning, automation or Industry 4.0 achieve for manufacturing companies? How can they be best deployed?
  • How can business models of the future be marketed? Which strategies and tools are relevant?
  • How can theoretical aspects of production processes be implemented and optimised in Werk150 using real-world industrial technology and digital methods (e.g., digital twinning)?
  • What contribution can you make to reconcile social responsibility, intercultural competences and service orientation with optimisation requirements? 
  • Which aspects of “digital engineering” will prevail in the future?
  • How do production facilities work and how can they be managed?
  • How do successful teams cooperate in an international and interdisciplinary context? Which forms of work will be relevant in the future?

Perspectives: Careers & opportunities

Graduates of the B.Sc. in International Business and Engineering – Operations have the best career entry opportunities in a field in which German companies are global leaders.

Their qualification profile:

  • International industrial engineers are team players, have a good command of the English language, have intercultural skills and can negotiate in an international environment with confidence and respect.   
  • In global networks, they are able to understand, design, control and optimise the flows of value, material, information and financial resources.
  • They analyse corporate activities, plan with foresight and keep an eye on the technical and financial aspects as well as the ecological and social impacts and risks.
  • They have a sound technical and scientific education, understand technical correlations and can think in networks as well as technically plan and continuously improve dynamic processes.
  • They know the latest technologies and trends, can evaluate them and flexibly familiarise themselves with new topics.

Typical industries:

  • Manufacturing companies
  • Business consultancies
  • Public authorities and institutions
  • Trade

Typical business sectors and responsibilities:

  • Operations management, production planning and optimisation
  • Logistics management, materials management and purchasing
  • Planning and construction of factories, production facilities and warehouses
  • Analysis, optimisation and digitisation of business workflows and processes
  • Planning and control of supply chains in a globalised environment (supply chain management)
  • Planning of production and logistics systems  
  • Optimisation of technical systems
  • Technology evaluation and implementation
  • Management of international teams
  • Technical product 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 2021: ESB Business School faculty maintains its first place among German universities of applied sciences in the field of business administration. Business and Engineering is still ranked among the top ten at universities of applied sciences. To the ranking (German Article)
  • Trendence: No. 1 in the fields "Internationality" and "Practical Relevance". 100 per cent of students recommend ESB Business School.
  • Studycheck: 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) Studienführer 2020/21: Business Engineering: Top group in several areas including international orientation, support during study entry phase, support during practical semester and overall study situation
    To the ranking

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

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Systemakkreditierung durch FIBAA