Programme Overview

Course Overview

Final DegreeBachelor of Arts
European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)210
Application periodSummer term: Anfang November - 15. Januar
Winter term: Anfang Mai - 15. Juli


Accreditation certificate
Postgradual Study (Master)No
Part-Time ProgrammNo
Consecutive Degree ProgrammeNo
Vacant University Places (chosen by the lot)No
Pre-study Internship RequiredNo
Administration FeesThe administration fee is 154€ per semester. The amount is due at the beginning of each semester on re-registration, i.e. must be paid at time of enrolment. The fees include the following: 70 euros administrative costs, 12 euros fee for the constituted student body, 72 euros student services fees (social contribution for student services)
Selection Process

Numerus Clausus

Examination Rules and Regulations

Our Programme

Study Schedule

  • Introduction to International Business Administration
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Contracting
  • Bookkeeping
  • Mathematics for Business
  • Business Communication
  • HR Management
  • Information Systems
  • Business Law
  • Accounting
  • Statistics
  • Business French I / Business Spanish I
  • Organizational Management
  • Business Software
  • Cost Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Statistical & Empirical Methods
  • Business French II / Business Spanish II
  • Marketing & Assignment Project
  • International Law
  • Controlling
  • Taxation
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Business French III / Business Spanish III

Internship abroad (in a non-German-speaking country)

Compulsory programme:

  • Intercultural Management
  • International Macroeconomics
  • Corporate Governance
  • Supplementary Module

Study Concentration: Finance, Accounting and Taxation

  • International Accounting
  • Corporate Finance

Study Concentration: International Program

  • Study Abroad

Study Concentration: Marketing

  • International Marketing
  • Digital Business Systems

Study Concentration: Human Resources & Business Transformation

  • Business System Transformation
  • International Human Resources Management

Compulsory programme:

  • Strategic Management
  • Bachelor Thesis
  • General Studies

Study Concentration: Finance, Accounting and Taxation

  • National and International Taxation
  • International Controlling

Study Concentration: International Program

  • Compulsory Elective 1
  • Compulsory Elective 2

Study Concentration: Marketing

  • Digital Marketing
  • Marketing Mix

Study Concentration: Human Resources & Business Transformation

  • Change Management
  • Leadership

Programme Characteristics

Characteristics IBW English

International Experience

Progressing internationalisation and advancing globalisation stress the importance of intercultural competencies, linguistic competencies and international experiences as key qualifications.

Our study program includes an obligatory internship abroad as well as language skills in another language (i.e. French or Spanish) than German or English to prepare our students for the challenges of international careers. The internship abroad offers the opportunity to apply their professional competences and their language skills in real working environments. Besides the gains in practical experiences the students also learn how to deal with the challenges that appear when working in international and intercultural environments.

Furthermore, our students can spend a semester studying abroad. Although this is possible for all our study focusses, the study focus “International Program” comprises an obligatory semester abroad. This study focus was designed to support the international experience of our students and preparing them for international careers. Typically, the students spend one semester (i.e. their 6th semester) abroad, attend courses that supplement their studies in Aalen and can still finish their studies together with their fellow students when they come back to Aalen, without losing any time.

Ranking Results

In the latest edition of the university ranking U-Multirank, the subject area Business Studies achieved very good results in the U-Multirank 2017/2018 and is positioned in the national top group. The U-Multirank is a new global, user-oriented university ranking with increasing significance, which includes information about more than 1,500 universities from 99 countries. For highly international oriented study programs in economics and business science, this international ranking delivers opportunities to compare universities.

These very good results were confirmed by the CHE - University Ranking 2017/2018. The university ranking of the Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) compares the study conditions of more than 300 universities in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

To learn more about the ranking results of the study programmes of the Faculty of Management and Business Sciences please visit the University Ranking section on the faculty website.

Your Career Perspectives

Graduates of International Business Studies experience a variety of careers due to their broad professional expertise in International Business:

Our Graduates can work in large international organisations in areas such as finance and accounting, marketing, human resource management or they start a career as service providers in management consulting or financial services.

Companies like to recruit our graduates because they offer the unique combination of broad expertise in international business, deep expertise in a specific study focus as well as intercultural experiences and language skills in German, English and another foreign language (i.e. French or Spanish).

The degree “Bachelor of Arts” is internationally accepted, hence some of our former students work as

  • Chief Executive Officer in a German-Chinese joint venture,
  • International Trainee in an automotive company,
  • Accountant in a large global organization, or
  • Marketing Assistant of a US company based in Brazil

Master Programmes

In addition to a professional career, our graduates can also start an academic career and continue their studies within a master programme.

Our graduates can apply for full-time or part-time master programs. In both areas Aalen University offers attractive master programmes that allow further specialization of the studies.

The School of Management and Business Sciences of Aalen University offers the following full-time master programmes (duration 3 semesters):

In addition, there are also part-time programmes (duration 7 semesters):

Further Questions?

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with our student advisory service. We are happy to answer your questions by e-mail or in a personal meeting. In both cases, please contact us via e-mail to

If you are a foreign student interested in spending one or two semesters in Aalen, please visit our Incoming Students IBW section.