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
  • Human Resources and Business Transformation (starting in winter term 2017)

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 Communication” 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 meeting you in Aalen.

Best wishes,

The International Business Studies Team


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

Next appointment:

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English Taught Lectures

Winter Term 2017/18

Module NameSemesterECTSSubject No.SPO

Business Communication




Information Systems



Capital Markets

Previous knowledge in Mathematics for Business, Statistics as well as Finance and Investment is requried.

Introduction to Marketing & Assignment Project


67404 & 67405


The two modules form one exam, hence you have to attend both.

Intercultural Management




Corporate Finance




Prerequisit: Capital Markets

International Marketing




Electronic Business Strategy and Systems




Corporate Strategy

and Case Studies



International Trade & Regional Studies


67708 & 67709


The two modules form one exam, hence you have to attend both.

Comparative Business Systems


Please note, some of the lectures are build 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 advisory service of International Business Studies

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 to get in touch with our student advisory service for International Business Studies. You can either contact us via email ( to ask your questions, call +49 7361 576 2227 or make an appointment for a personal meeting.