International Business Studies

Bachelor of Arts

Incoming Students International Business Studies

A very warm welcome at IBW

Dear exchange students.

We want to welcome you in Aalen and we hope you will spend a great semester or even one year in our study programme.

The programme is divided into two major phases. In the first phase, the common core (1st- 3rd semester), students learn the rigors of fundamental basics, with an emphasis on quantitative, social, and linguistic skills. In the second phase (4th – 7th semester), the students have the opportunity to individualise their studies by specialising in one of the three concentrations:

  • Marketing
  • Finance, Accounting and Taxation
  • International Program

Analytical flexibility is learned best through practice. And, to achieve this goal, classes are held numerically small so that there is opportunity for working in small groups, supervised closely by a professor. The active mode of learning sets into practice what was learned during the common core phase of the study and allows students to test out their theoretical knowledge. The success of our approach lies in the success of our alumni, many of whom are working in top firms in taxation, consulting, and marketing.

To learn more about our course of study in general read the Programme Overview section.

All our lectures are offered each semester. However, not all lectures are taught in English. Each semester we offer a special selection of English taught lectures, which are with the exception of “Business English” professional lectures in the area of International Business Studies. Our English lectures are mostly located in the main study period of our study programme.

This means you will be integrated in lectures with the regular German students and you will be doing project and group work with students from different semesters which makes it easy for you to get in contact with your fellow German students.

We wish you a great time studying International Business Studies in Aalen and experiencing the nice southern part of Germany.

We are looking forward to meet you in Aalen.

Best wishes,

The International Business Studies Team


If you are enrolled as student of International Business Studies, pleas do not miss the information appointment in International Business Studies at the beginning of the semester. 

Next appointment:

  • Thursday, 22 September 2016, 09.00h, room 225
  • Thursday, 22 September 2016, 14.00h, room 225

Please note, both appointments deal with the same issues. Due to overlappling German language lectures we offer the appointment two times.

English Taught Lectures

Winter Term 2016/17

  • Business English & Culture and Communication (1st semester; 5 ECTS)
  • Capital Markets (4th semester, 5 ECTS)
  • Introduction to Marketing & Assignment Project (4th semester, 7 ECTS)
  • Intercultural Management (6th semester, 5 ECTS)
  • Corporate Finance (6th semester, 5 ECTS)
  • International Marketing (6th semester, 5 ECTS)
  • Electronic Business Strategy and Systems (6th semester, 5 ECTS)
  • Corporate Strategy and Case Studies (7th semester, 5 ECTS)
  • International Trade & Regional Studies (7th semester, 5 ECTS)
  • Comparative Business Systems (7th semester, 5 ECTS)

Please note, some of the lectures built on each other, e.g. students who want to do “Corporate Finance” need previous knowledge in “Capital Markets”. Hence, these courses cannot be attended at the same time. Please read the English Course Catalogue of the International Relations Office for more information. If you are unsure about the courses you selected, please do not hesitate getting in touch with contact the foreign student advisor of International Business Studies Johannes Schlunsky (

In addition the Language Center of Aalen University offers “German as a Foreign Language” courses on several language levels as well as other language courses or lectures that are specifically designed for foreign students (e.g. German and European Culture). Visit the website of the Language Center to learn more.


If you have questions about admissions as exchange student, please read the Come-In Studies section of the International Relations office or contact Antje Discher (

If you have questions about our study programme, the English taught lectures, your learning agreement or your registration for exams, please do not hesitate getting in touch with Johannes Schlunsky (, the student advisor for International Business Studies. You can either contact him via e-mail to ask your questions, call him under +49 7361 576 2414 or make an appointment for a personal meeting.