International Business Studies
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Language of instruction: German



Standard period of study: 7 semesters


Content of the degree programme: international

The degree programme International Business Studies is your gateway to the world of international business. The content of the degree programme extends far beyond national borders. A third of the teaching courses are held in English. The strength of our degree programme also lies in its practical emphasis: case studies, simulation exercises, practical exercises and training as well as practical project work are all part of the teaching plan. In order to give you the best possible chance of success in your studies, we admit a maximum of 25 students per year to the programme.  

Partner universities: international

You will spend the 5th and 6th semesters at one of our partner universities. The Harz University of Applied Sciences works with universities throughout the world: France, Denmark, Finland, Great Britain, New Zealand and the USA.  

Campus: international

For us, cultural interaction is not just a question of the teaching content. At the Harz University of Applied Sciences you will meet students from a wide spectrum of countries worldwide. Our campus offers you the possibility to exchange experiences – our degree programme gives you the chance to perform intercultural projects together.  

Final qualification: double degree

As a student of International Business Studies you will work towards an internationally recognised double degree: the Bachelor of Arts from the Harz University of Applied Sciences and that of the foreign partner university. Our graduates enjoy a good reputation on the employment market: in addition to their experience abroad, they are known for their first-class business education, high motivation, flexibility and ability to work in teams as well as their excellent English. This is why students from throughout Germany enrol at the Harz University of Applied Sciences every year.


1st – 2nd SEMESTER


Lectures in Business Administration, Economics, Statistics, Business Mathematics, Marketing, Logistics Management, Bookkeeping, Managerial Accounting, Management I (Organisation and Company Management), Management II (Teamwork Training, International Markets, Introduction to Marketing), Company Financing (Balance Sheets and Balance Sheet Analysis, Investment, Financing).  

Methods of teaching and learning:

The programme content is taught using numerous case studies, practical examples and simulation exercises. Proof of abilities is achieved through written examinations, presentations and assignments.

Language courses:

English; you can also choose a second language (French, Spanish or Russian) 

3rd – 4th SEMESTER

Compulsory courses:

Commercial Law, seminars on selected business and economic problems of international management, Logistics Management. Proof of abilities is achieved through written examinations, presentations and assignments.                                

Practical project:

Team project including coaching and training on leadership techniques and project management; working, learning and presentation techniques, EDP.  

In addition to the compulsory courses, in the third and fourth semesters you select three professional field orientations:

  • International Management (compulsory)
  • Personnel Management & Planning and Organisation
  • Consumer Goods Marketing & Planning and Organisation
  • Financial Risk Management & Annual Report Analysis  

Language courses:

English; you can also choose a second language (French, Spanish or Russian)

5th – 6th SEMESTER

Studying abroad at one of our partner universities in France, Denmark, Finland, Great Britain, New Zealand or the USA. The courses are generally held in English.


Twelve-week work placement abroad, bachelor's thesis, colloquium


We prepare you to take on management tasks. When you have completed the degree programme you will have the competence to actively support the management of companies and to solve practical problems in business and administrative positions under your own responsibility.

Career Prospects:  

The graduates of International Business Studies work in all management functions at national and international companies, for example in the following areas:

  • Marketing
  • Personnel management
  • Accounting
  • Consulting

Prof. Dr. Jens Cordes

Degree Programme Coordinator

Professor Faculty of Business Studies
Tel +49 3943 659 230
Room 2.125, Haus 2, Wernigerode
Visiting Times Dienstag 14:00 - 15:00 Uhr

Carina, IBS student

»I prefered to chose Harz University of Applied Sciences than one of the universities at home in Bavaria. The courses offered, the small seminar groups as well as the great selection of partner universities convinced me. Although I didn't know Wernigerode before I never regretted my decision to study here.«