Bachelor of Arts – International Business

What do I need to know about the profession?

DHBW International Business students speak one or more foreign languages fluently. Departments which have contact with customers, such as Marketing and Sales, are ideal.


  • Duration of study: 3 years (6 semesters)
  • Required school-leaving qualification:
    University entrance qualification (Abitur) or University of applied sciences entrance qualification (Fachhochschulreife) ->Include general test of study capability of the application.
  • Partner university: DHBW Ravensburg
  • Semester abroad (theory/practical)

Further education opportunities

  • Master of Arts


  • Drafting and preparation of information
  • Carrying out correspondence
  • Creation and presentation of evaluations
  • Contact with customers
  • Checking processes
  • Planning, organisation and coordination of projects
  • Making telephone calls
  • Working with Office and other programs

Requirements profile

  • Quick decision-making
  • Interest in commercial activities
  • Communication skills
  • ability to make contacts
  • Willingness to learn
  • Ability to think logically
  • Love for languages
  • Systematic way of learning and working
  • Sense of responsibility

What will I learn at the Cooperative State University?

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1st and 2nd semester

  • Civil law
  • Introduction to academic work
  • Basics of business administration
  • Basics of information management
  • Intercultural management I - Basics, international locations
  • International business I - Basics, international production and logistics
  • Cost accounting and results accounts
  • Marketing (
  • Financial accounting techniques
  • Economics I - Introduction and microeconomics
  • Business English or Business Spanish
  • Mathematical economics and statistics
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3rd and 4th semester

  • Intercultural management II - International cooperation, intercultural learning and competence
  • International business II - International marketing and finance
  • Investment and financing
  • Methodological and social competence I
  • Organisation and human resources
  • Corporate accounting
  • Economics II - Macroeconomics, money & currency
  • Business English or Business Spanish
  • Commercial law
  • Philosophy of science & methods of empirical social research

5th and 6th semester

  • Integration seminar
  • International business II - International marketing and finance
  • Methodological and social competence
  • Leadership
  • Corporate management
  • Economics III - Economic, environmental, social policy
  • Business English or Business Spanish
  • Two elective modules - select from international marketing, international controlling and financial accounting or international human resources management

    What will I learn in the specialist departments?

    • Materials management (3 weeks)
    • Purchasing (6 weeks)
    • Sales/Marketing (6 weeks)
    • Project work I
    • Juniorfirma (1/2 day per week)
    • Personnel development (4 weeks)
    • Vocational training (4 weeks)
    • Financial accounting (3 weeks)
    • Human relations (5 weeks)
    • Project work II
    • Semester abroad
    • Juniorfirma (1/2 day per week)
      • Controlling (5 weeks)
      • Sales/Marketing (6 weeks)
      • Bachelor thesis

      Questions & answers on the application process at Handtmann

      Applications via the online portal are preferred.

      However, you still have the possibility to apply either by post or by mail.

      • Covering letter
      • Full curriculum vitae
      • Last 3 school records
      • Certificates

      The application portal is open from July of the previous year.

      You will receive confirmation of receipt after you have sent your application. You will therefore know that your documentation has definitely reached Handtmann.

      Your application documents will then be read personally and considered with respect to suitability by the training team. Therefore it may take a few weeks before you receive a reply. Thank you for your understanding. Even if it may take some time to consider your application, this on no account reflects on your chances of being accepted for the position.

      If your application and the requirements of your career aspiration match, we will invite you for a personal interview. This is usually with the respective instructor.

      Please refer to the Directions section to find out how to get to our locations.

      You will receive a written response to the success of your application in the weeks after the interview. If your application is confirmed, we will send you a trainee contract and further information.

      We ask for your patience. There may be several applicants and a decision can only be reached once all the interviews are complete.

      Of course you can apply again after an unsuccessful application. It is quite possible that a suitable trainee position will be available at a later date or that a skilled worker position is vacant after your training. We look forward to receiving your application.

      Your contacts

      Marie-Therese Siegl
      Marie-Therese Siegl
      HR Manager Vocational Training and Further Education

      Phone: +49 7351 342-2322

      How to reach us

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