The International Business and Technology (IBT) bachelor’s degree programme offers a unique combination of International Business, a technical specialization, and two foreign languages. Our students later work as industrial engineers (B.Eng.) in an international working environment. You will learn the language of engineering and natural sciences as well as the language of economics and apply them in a company with an international focus. 


The study programme initially provides a grounding in economics and engineering as well as two foreign languages. From the third semester onwards, students specialize in one subject area (Science and Technology, Electrical Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering) and study this at the participating Faculties.

English-language teaching, a possible semester abroad, and a compulsory internship provide our students with the best possible preparation for a career in the field of international industrial engineering.

It is also possible to transfer to the IBT Plus programme, a bachelor’s degree programme with eight semesters and 240 ECTS. IBT Plus includes a 20-week internship abroad and a full semester abroad.

Degree
Bachelor of Engineering
Program duration
7 Semester
Admission restrictions
Numerus Clausus
Language of instruction
English
Some modules also in German
Subject distribution
Special features

Key international elements:

  • Possibility of a semester abroad at a partner university
  • Possibility of an internship abroad
  • English as the language of instruction in all business subjects and in some basic engineering subjects in the first semesters
  • International student group
  • IBT Plus option including a compulsory year abroad
Interesting numbers and statistics

70 first semester students

Approx. 40% of first-year students are female

1 degree programme manager

Admission semester
Winter semester
Beginning in the summer semester is only possible for transfer students starting at a higher semester (application period: 15/11/2020 – 15/01/2021)
Application period
For the winter semester: 02.05.2022 to 31.07.2022
Dual system options
Dual International Business and Technology
Faculty
Business administration
Accreditation

The study program consists of three components:

  • The first component takes place during the 1st and 2nd semester. This is where foundation courses are taught in English. Additionally, you study two other languages.
  • The second component is during the 3rd and 5th semester where you choose a specialization (taught in German): Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Natural Sciences.
  • The 6th and 7th semester, the third component, consists of elective modules in business and/or your technical specialization (can also be done abroad), internship and the bachelor thesis.
  • In IBT Plus, the 6th till the 8th semester consists of a mandatory internship abroad, a mandatory semester abroad, project work and bachelor thesis.

 

For detailed course descriptions, please see our Module Catalogue.

First Component: Modules Semester 1 and 2

Accounting Basics

Learning objectives
Techniques of bookkeeping. Understanding of Financial Statements.
Getting comprehensive knowledge about correct application of subject specific terminologies and vocabulary in English.

Course contents
Concept and ideas behind Bookkeeping, techniques of book keeping, establishing and valuing of the positions in an annual report (Balance Sheet, Profit & Loss).

Principles of Law

Learning objective

  • To obtain a basic understanding of the fundamental concepts in common and civil law
  • To learn to apply these principles and/or to be conscious of problems with regards to negotiations and contracts

Course contents

  • Main differences between civil law and common law
  • Contract characteristics civil law / common law
  • What is the content of a contract 
  • Discharge of contract
  • Organisation of courts / legal profession under civil and common law
  • Principles of tort law and property law

Learning objectives

To understand the economy as a complex, self-organizing system.
To know basic concepts and techniques of microeconomic analysis and to be able to apply it to business and economic problems.
To understand basic issues of economic and environmental policy.
Getting comprehensive knowledge about correct application of subject specific terminologies and vocabulary in English.


Course contents
Introductory course into Microeconomics: The economy as a complex, self organizing system, economic theory of human behaviour, theory of the firm and market structure, implications of different market structures, game theory and strategic decision making, economic analysis of the state and economic policy, externalities and national and international environmental policy issues.

Learning objectives
To understand the macroeconomic frame conditions in which companies act.
To know basic concepts and techniques of macroeconomic analysis and to be able to apply it to business and economic problems.
To understand basic issues of macroeconomic policies.
Getting comprehensive knowledge about correct application of subject specific terminologies and vocabulary in English.

Course contents

Intermediate course in Macroeconomics. Topics include macroeconomic accounting; the business cycle, money and inflation, unemployment, economic policies under different exchange rate arrangements, Phillips-Curve analysis, demand vs. supply side policies, problems of demand side policies, determinants of economic growth.
The theoretical analysis is consistently applied to real world cases.

Learning objectives

  • Profound knowledge in praxis oriented mathematical methods
  • Comprehension of mathematical notions, laws and methods
  • Qualification to apply these methods to solve problems in different topics
  • Basic knowledge of numerical methods : Computer Software
  • Getting comprehensive knowledge about correct application of subject-specific terminologies and vocabulary in English

Course contents
Complex numbers, vector and matrix algebra with applications

Learning objectives

  • Profound knowledge in praxis oriented mathematical methods
  • Comprehension of mathematical notions, laws and methods
  • Qualification to apply these methods to solve problems in different topics
  • Basic knowledge of numerical methods: Computer Software
  • Getting comprehensive knowledge about correct application of subject-specific terminologies and vocabulary in English


Course contents
Differentiation (R1 and Rn) and integration (R1 and line integral in Rn) with applications

English I

Learning objectives

  • To become familiar with both the system of English as well as the various ways English is used in multicultural environments.
  • Getting comprehensive knowledge about correct application of subject-specific terminologies and vocabulary in English.


Course contents

  • Fundamentals of the grammatical system of English including introduction to the form-function dichotomy
  • Fundamentals of reading comprehension including systematic vocabulary learning and vocabulary building
  • Fundamentals of written communication in English including text types, interference issues and style levels
  • Fundamentals of listening comprehension and speaking skills

English II

Learning objectives

  • To achieve a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of the system of English as well as the most important ways English is used in multicultural environments.
  • Getting comprehensive knowledge about correct application of subject-specific terminologies and vocabulary in English.


Course contents

  • Comprehensive theoretical treatment of and application oriented practice with the grammatical system of English, reading comprehension skills and writing skills
  • Practice with listening comprehension and speaking skills

Second foreign language (French, Spanish or Italian - German for International Students)

Learning objectives

For all languages there are different levels:
Beginners: A1, A2; Intermediate: B1, B2; Advanced: C1, C2

  • Enhancement of basic knowledge of business and trade correspondence within the target group.
  • Initiating and carrying on of business or trade procedures in written form; possible subject areas: sales, finance, advertising, and economics.
  • Oral presentations and conversations in the target language.
  • Applying and furthering of presentations and conversational techniques.

Course contents

Vocabulary and Grammar of the respective language

Intercultural Communication

Learning objectives

  • To become familiar with the notions of culture, culture studies, multicultural communication as well as practical problems that may arise resulting from contact between people having differing cultural backgrounds.
  • Getting comprehensive knowledge about correct application of subject-specific terminologies and vocabulary in English.

 
Course contents
Readings on and discussion of important topics in intercultural communication: defining culture; motivation for intercultural studies; objective vs. subjective culture; other important components of culture; practical applications of intercultural studies

Learning objectives

  • To obtain a basic understanding of the fundamental concepts in classical mechanics
  • To learn to apply these concepts qualitatively as well as quantitatively
  • To gain an appreciation of how large a role physics plays in your daily life


Course contents

  • Physics as a quantitative science
  • Kinematics: Matter and Motion
  • Dynamics: Newton’s laws; Concept and application
  • Energy and momentum; laws of conservation
  • Description of rigid bodies; center of mass
  • Rotation and its laws

Learning objectives

  • Kenntnisse über den Programmentwicklungsprozess
  • Kenntnisse über Handhabung und Besonderheiten einer Programmiersprache
  • Fähigkeit zur Programmierung abgegrenzter Aufgaben


Course contents

  • Der Programmentwicklungsprozess, Problemanalyse, Entwicklung des Algorithmus und Umsetzung in eine Programmiersprache
  • Programmieren mit Python, Grundsätzlicher Programmaufbau, Entwicklungsumgebung von Python, Programmsteuerung, Sprachelemente von Python, Funktionen und Prozeduren, Felder und Strukturen
  • Objektorientierte Programmierung, Objekte, Klassen und Instanzen, Kapselung und Modularisierung
  • Die Methodik der objektorientierten Programmierung an Beispielen
  • Ereignisorientierte Programmierung, Prinzip, Vorgehensweise bei der Erstellung von Anwendungsprogrammen, Beispiele

Sample study plan (first semester)

Second Component – Modules Semester 3 to 5

Learning objectives

  • Techniques of Cost accounting
  • Basic understanding of the types of costs, actual and standard costing, variance analysis
  • Getting comprehensive knowledge about correct application of subject-specific terminologies and vocabulary in English


Course contents

  • Purpose of cost accounting
  • recognition and measurement of cost element
  • calculating the manufacturing and sale prices
  • budget / actual comparison
  • variance analysis

Learning objectives

This is an advanced course aimed at bachelor students in their semesters 4-7. The course builds on, and extends, concepts experienced in “Foundations of Business Administration”.
The four pillars of general management (planning, organizing, leading and controlling) will be revisited. Links will be introduced from these four pillars to strategic choices and made apparent through cases.

  • By the end of the course the student will have grasped how to develop a strategy. This development process uses an integrated planning and control system. The system affects and steers an organization, both at the strategic and operative levels.
  • Additionally the student will have gained knowledge of how strategy is formulated in the opposite way to the planning approach of ii above. Here strategy will be seen as a craft arising out of incremental experiments.
  • The course will reach its culmination when the student grasps the logic involved in the learning organization, the currently accepted most modern form of management.


Course contents

  • What is Strategic Management –definition and basics
  • Why Strategic Management – conceptual framework
  • Normative, strategic and operative management
  • Strategic analysis external view
  • Strategic analysis internal view
  • Strategic formulation at business level
  • Strategic formulation at corporate level
  • Strategic implementation
  • System and structure in context to strategic management
  • Selected specific strategic topics (innovation, internationalization…)

Learning objectives

  • To understand the development of traditional and modern trade theory in the historical context
  • To understand the objectives and effects of trade policy measures
  • To learn how the international financial system works
  • Getting comprehensive knowledge about correct application of subject-specific terminologies and vocabulary in English


Course contents

  • Introduction in international trade theory in an historical context (Mercantilists, classical theory and modern trade theories)
  • international trade policy (e.g. effects of taxes and subsidies, nontariff trade barriers, modern arguments related to protection)
  • the forms and effects of economic integration (EU, NAFTA, Mercosur) and an introduction in exchange rates and the international financial system
  • we will discuss case studies and current developments in international economics

Learning objectives

  • Getting to know the importance, complexity, tasks, challenges and success factors in operations management in different types of companies
  • Learning how to use methods, techniques and procedures to manage these complex challenges in operatons management


Course contents

  • Operations management, performance and strategy
  • Process design, design of products and services, supply network design
  • Layout and flow, process technology, people, jobs and organization
  • Capacity planning and control, inventory planning and control, supply chain planning and control, enterprise resource planning
  • Lean synchronization, project planning and control, quality management
  • Operations improvement, risk management, organizing for improvement
  • Operations and corporate social responsibility

Learning objectives

  • Provides an overview on Financial Management, Financial Systems, Financial Concepts incl. Time Value of Money, Risk and Return Valuation
  • Long-term Investment Decisions incl. Capital Budgeting and Cash Flow, Capital Budgeting Techniques and Long-term Financial Decisions, Short-term financial Decisions
  • Leverage and Capital Structure
  • Getting comprehensive knowledge about correct application of subject-specific terminologies and vocabulary in English.


Course contents

  • Liquidity, financial balance, organisation of internal finance management, payment transactions, instruments of financial management (financial ratios, plans and controls)
  • Types of financing, relevant markets for financial management, financial substitutes, credit rating
  • Practising capital budgeting, project analysis, cash flow estimation, balance sheet analysis, financial regulations, new developments in the field of finance, corporate financial policy
  • Types of investment, problems of uncertainty, investment analysis based on ROI, NPV, IRR, annuity

Learning objectives

  • Understanding Principles of international Marketing as well as concepts and practical usability
  • Develop the ability to compare concepts and instruments depending on the situation
  • Ability to apply the theory to the real world challenges in Marketing


Course contents

  • Marketing concepts and philosophies, marketing organisation, instruments and marketing mix, marketing aims, planning, control and strategies
  • Basic concepts of market research, secondary research, setting up of primary research projects, evaluation techniques and information processing, market forecasting
  • Customer relations, product strategies, product planning and development, product range policy
  • Pricing policies/strategies, price determination, terms and conditions policies
  • Direct and indirect sales concepts and strategies, physical distribution/communication theory
  • corporate identity
  • advertising PR, sales promotion
  • Examples from the consumer goods industry, the capital goods industry or from the services sector sector-specific marketing concepts
  • Introduction into international marketing

Learning objectives

  • Profound knowledge in praxis oriented methods applied to statistics
  • General comprehension of notions, laws and methods used in statistics
  • Qualification to apply these methods to solve problems in statistics
  • Basic knowledge to use software tools for numerical and statistical problems


Course contents

  • Descriptive statistics: bivariate data analysis; linear regression
  • Stochastics: random variables; probability distributions; limit theorems
  • Inferential statistics: estimation of parameters; testing hypotheses

Advanced Writing Course

Learning objectives

  • To achieve C1 level writing skills in English as it is used in (corporate) multicultural environments
  • Getting comprehensive knowledge about correct application of subject-specific terminologies and vocabulary in English

Course contents

  • Theoretical aspects of written communication including definition of writing, types of writing, guidelines for good writing
  • practical aspects of written communication including style levels, interference and complex sentence structure

Advanced Speaking Course

Learning objectives

  • To achieve C1 speaking skills in English as it is used in a (corporate) multicultural environment
  • Getting comprehensive knowledge about correct application of subject-specific terminologies and vocabulary in English

Course contents

  • Theoretical aspects of the spoken medium
  • practical oral communication skills including listening comprehension exercises, public speaking skills, style levels and professional presentations

+ Modules Technical Specialization "Mechanical Engineering"

This specialization will provide you with a solid foundation in mechanical engineering. Furthermore you will be able to shape your profile in different areas such as power engineering, vehicle technology, engineering design and production engineering. Taught in German.

  • Konstruktion / Engineering Design
  • Festigkeitslehre und Maschinenelemente / Solid Mechanics and Machine Elements
  • Technische Mechanik / Engineering Mechanics
  • Werkstoffkunde / Materials Sciences
  • Messtechnik mit Praktikum / Measuring Technology with Lab
  • Technische Strömungsmechanik / Fluid Mechanics
  • Technische Thermodynamik / Thermodynamics
  • Elektrotechnische Grundlagen / Principles of Electrical Engineering
  • Grundlagen der Fertigung / Manufacturing Technologies

+ Modules Technical Specialization "Electrical Engineering"

Students receive a solid foundation in electrical engineering. This will not only enable them to understand the technical jargon as well as exchange experiences on technical contexts but also to choose other specializations such as Master’s program in electrical engineering. Taught in German.

  • Elektrotechnik 1 / Electrical Engineering 1
  • Elektrotechnik 2 / Electrical Engineering 2
  • Digitaltechnik / Digital Electronics
  • Datennetze / Data Networks
  • Elektrische Messtechnik / Electrical Measuring and Testing
  • Technologische und energietechnische Grundlagen / Fundamentals of Power Engineering and Technology
  • Elektronik / Electronics
  • Systemtheorie und digitale Signalverarbeitung / System Theory and Digital Signal Processing

+ Modules Technical Specialization "Natural Sciences"

The imparting of a wide range of scientific and technical foundations at a high level is central to this specialization, in order to provide graduates with the competence to communicate with engineers and natural scientists of all disciplines. Additionally, selected fundamental principles of electrical and mechanical engineering are taught which establishes a relation to the technical applications. Taught in German.

  • Physik I / Physics I
  • Physik II / Physics II
  • Physik III / Physics III
  • Einführung in die Elektrotechnik / Introduction to Electrical Engineering
  • Ingenieurwissenschaftliche Anwendungen / Principles of Applied Mechanical Engineering
  • Elektrische Messtechnik / Electrical Measuring and Testing
  • Technologische und energietechnische Grundlagen / Fundamentals of Power Engineering and Technology

Third Component - Semesters 6 and 7 (and IBT Plus: Semester 8)

During the 6th and 7th semester, the student needs to complete electives that consist of 20 ECTS. The student is free to choose from a variety of courses that we offer according to his/her future career focus. It can be either business and/or technical electives. It is highly recommended to take this module of 20 ECTS abroad at one of our partner universities for an international experience.

After the 6th semester students will take their internship of 16 weeks in the business or technology field either in Germany or abroad. If you take your internship within the IBT Plus study option, you have to find a working possibility outside of Germany with the duration of 20 weeks.
The internship should bring students closer to the job functions of organizations and companies which are operating in an international setting.
It should provide an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learnt so far in the program and to evaluate the experiences they gain in their practical work.
After a corresponding introduction students should carry out their task independently on their own or in a group with expert guidance. The practical experiences acquired should provide a better understanding and help students complete their studies.
IBT students will benefit from our extensive company network which includes world-renown companies such as Deutsche Bank, Siemens, Adidas, Staedtler, Audi and BMW.

You will conclude your studies with a Bachelor’s Thesis with a topic in engineering, natural sciences or business, written either in German or English. It is possible to write your thesis in cooperation with a company. The thesis should show that the student is able to work independently on a problem from the subject areas of the degree program using academic methods. The problem should be systematically presented and developed, if possible solutions provided. Independent research is expected to show how to relate and apply current academic understanding to a practical or academic issue.
In IBT Plus you have to write a Term Project with a technological topic before finishing your studies with your Bachelor's Thesis.

Fields of work, Job profiles

Anyone who wants to master the challenges of the 21st century must be able to understand both the language of engineering, natural sciences and of economics. In view of the growing globalization, these skills must furthermore be embedded in an international context. Internationally operating companies are looking for individuals with innovative brains who assist them in overseeing today’s complex world markets and taking advantage of any opportunities that may arise.


Occupational fields:

  • Product Manager (technical sales)
  • Project Manager (organizational project management)
  • Marketing Manager (technical marketing / strategy development)
  • Field Engineer
  • Customer Relationship Manager (training and service activities)
  • Risk Manager (at banks and insurance companies)
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO / Finanzvorstand)
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO / Management, Board of Directors)


The continuing globalization of the economy invariably brings about constantly changing international markets. Today as well as tomorrow, this dynamic international economy calls for highly-qualified managers with an interdisciplinary background.
As an International Business and Technology graduate, you may work in a wide variety of positions located at the intersection of business and technology. After completing your studies, you are prepared to assume management tasks in internationally-oriented companies of any scale. Not only big industrial companies, but also medium-sized businesses offer attractive job opportunities.
You may specialize in the procurement or sale of international high-tech products, or work directly in the area of product management. You may take over advisory functions, conclude business transactions, or collaborate in technological processes and developments. Other employment opportunities exist in the field of project management at the nexus of business and technology. You may also engage in technical risk assessment in the banking and insurance sector.

Current labor market

Overall, the job options that are open to you are plenty and varied, as you will not only acquire a profound and comprehensive knowledge base in the fields of both technology and natural sciences and economics, but also receive international training. The job prospects can be considered as very good not only at present, but also in the medium to long term.

What do our alumni do now?

 Meet some of our alumni!

Eileen Lübke

Eileen Lübke

Year of Graduation
2020.

Which company are you working for at the moment and what is your position/ your Master’s program at the moment?
Global Carrier Manager, Air Logistics at Kuehne + Nagel Management AG.

Which technical specialization did you take during your IBT studies?
Electrical Engineering.

Where did you take your mandatory internship during your studies?
I got the opportunity to start my internship at the HQ of Kuehne + Nagel in Switzerland. I was part of the Air Logistics team, where I supported multiple departments during the course of my internship: Carrier Management, Business Development, and Process Management. I later extended my internship and completed my thesis with Kuehne + Nagel in the field of Product Development. The great support from my supervisors from company- as well as from university-side led me to be awarded by a non-profit organization for my final paper.

What did you like about your International Business and Technology studies in particular?
I especially appreciated the multi-national environment that the study degree sponsors. I enjoyed the benefits of working with students from different backgrounds on both, business and tech topics. The interface of those two and the different projects with fellow students kept the learning curve engaging and interesting. Besides, IBT accommodates for a variety of practical opportunities from excursions and leadership lectures to an internship abroad and the final in-company thesis.

Did your studies prepare you well for your first job after graduation/ for your Master‘s program?
My studies gave me a profound understanding of business processes and the mechanics of economic development. In combination with the concurrent practical experience I gained through opportunities provided by the university as well as working student positions, I transitioned smoothly into my first job.

Do you have any recommendations for future International Business and Technology students?
Companies highly value hands-on experience while calling for academic degrees so take every opportunity that the university offers to link your collegiate learning to corporate problem-solving - and go abroad!

Felix Endress

Felix Endress

Year of Graduation
2019.

Which company are you working for at the moment and what is your position/ your Master’s program at the moment?
Currently, I am writing my Master’s thesis at the Engineering Design Centre of the University of Cambridge. I am enrolled in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Management at the Friedrich-Alexander-University in Erlangen-Nürnberg.

Which technical specialization did you take during your IBT studies?
I specialised in Mechanical Engineering.

Where did you take your mandatory internship during your studies?
I joined the e-mobility department of the Continental AG. Within a highly motivated team I was supporting the mechanical development of drive units for e-bikes.

What did you like about your International Business and Technology studies in particular?
The IBT programme is a great opportunity to start your career. The diverse and open community of IBT students offers a great opportunity to make friends and grow while working in teams. A two-sided structure allows participants of the programme to gain a broad knowledge in various fields of economics, but also in the engineering domain. Thereby I appreciated the specialization, which allows you to follow your personal interests, as well as the possibility to study abroad.

Did your studies prepare you well for your first job after graduation/ for your Master‘s program?
I found myself well prepared to start a Master’s programme. The highly interdisciplinary education allows graduates to continue and contribute in a wide range of disciplines.

Do you have any recommendations for future International Business and Technology students?
If you haven’t already, try out many things to find your passion. Then, keep on working for your personal goals and don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Also, I recommend joining a club at university, like the formula student team. For those interested in research and engineering I suggest getting familiar with programming. But most importantly: have fun in what you do!

Katleen Meutcheye

Katleen Meutcheye

Year of Graduation
2018.

Which company are you working for at the moment and what is your position/ your Master’s program at the moment?
I am currently working as a Consultant in Digitalization & IT at UNITY AG.

Which technical specialization did you take during your IBT studies?
I chose the Electrical Engineering specialization.

Where did you take your mandatory internship during your studies?
I did my mandatory internship at Schaeffler in Herzogenaurauch, in the Digitalization Department, where I then wrote my bachelor thesis in the field of Robotic Process Automation.

What did you like about your International Business and Technology studies in particular?
What I liked the most about the IBT program was the people, the students as well as the professors. Everybody was so open minded and nice. Our professors were great. I especially enjoyed the writing of my bachelor thesis with Prof. Rogers, she was such as good supervisor. The fact that the program was both in English and German was a great advantage, but also the right combination between business and engineering open to me great opportunities. I was able to do working student positions as well as internships at Siemens, Audi and Schaeffler. Nuremberg is a great location to study!

Did your studies prepare you well for your first job after graduation/ for your Master‘s program?
I think that both my studies and my work experience really prepared me for my first job as a graduate. Without one or the other, I would not have the skills that I have and I wouldn’t have got the position in the first place. While I was writing my bachelor thesis I applied to only one position, which was my 1st choice, and I got the job! What else could I say!

Do you have any recommendations for future International Business and Technology students?
2 words: discipline and perseverance. With those 2, you will be fine. It is a very challenging program, but it will give you access to so many opportunities in the job market. It is really worth the effort and I am really happy I chose this program. Another piece of advice for the international students, do not neglect German, you will need it when you start looking for a job! Do as many German courses as necessary while you are studying, not only because it is free but also because it is the best time to learn. It will seem hard all along the way and believe me the first semesters are the easiest one but if we did it, you can!

Anastasia Ostritchi

Anastasia Ostritchi

Year of Graduation
2018.

Which company are you working for at the moment and what is your position/ your Master’s program at the moment?
Currently, I am pursuing a Dual Studies program in Frankfurt where I spend 3 days a week (Mo-Wed) working and the other 3 (Thu-Sat) studying for my Master’s. I work part-time at UBS Europe SE, where I support the Corporate& Institutional Clients team in their daily business and interesting projects. The second part of the week, I am at Frankfurt School of Finance& Management studying for the Master’s in Management.

Which technical specialization did you take during your IBT studies?
Electrical Engineering.

Where did you take your mandatory internship during your studies?
I took my mandatory internship in Frankfurt am Main at Deutsche Börse Group in Project Controlling, part of the Controlling Department, where I stayed as a Working Student afterwards.

What did you like about your International Business and Technology studies in particular?
The IBT program is very flexible and students get the wonderful chance to choose amongst lots of study paths. It is not only the technical specialization, but also different languages, electives in the 6th semester, possibilities of going abroad as well as the unlimited variety of topics for the Bachelor Thesis. I enjoyed switching from business subjects to technical ones, where one never gets bored as well as learns to work fast and efficiently with different types of information.

Did your studies prepare you well for your first job after graduation/ for your Master‘s program?
During the IBT Program, I didn’t only acquire a very solid base for my employment and further studies through business, technology and intercultural skills but also by gaining soft skills such as discipline, sense of responsibility and teamwork. I believe it is just the right mix for future personal and professional life in our digital and globalized world.

Do you have any recommendations for future International Business and Technology students?
Sure! I highly recommend students to commit to their studies although it is hard and sometimes seems impossible. Also, this program definitely requires affinity for mathematics and strong logical skills. With a high failing rate, it can be frustrating to go further but trust me, you can do it. For international students, I also recommend to learn German as quickly as possible. Do not give up and believe in yourself!

Florian Prößl

Florian Prößl

Year of Graduation?
I graduated in 2017.

Which company are you working for at the moment and what is your position/ your Master’s program at the moment?
I am working as a sales strategist for the automotive supplier Bocar Group in Mexico-City, where I analyze mobility trends (electric, autonomous, connected and shared) and their implications for the Bocar Group.

Which technical specialization did you take during your IBT studies?
Mechanical Engineering

Where did you take your mandatory internship during your studies?
I have completed my internship at the BMW Group in Munich within the purchasing area of lightweight casting parts, where I was involved in the procurement process for electric vehicles and the development of the area’s supply chain strategy.

What did you like about your International Business and Technology studies in particular?
Before I decided to go to university, I worked about 5 years (incl. apprenticeship) as an industrial clerk for Pilkington AG, an international glass manufacturer. This experience has taught me that in an increasingly complex and globalized working environment, it is essential to demonstrate profound economical, but also adequate technical knowledge; ideally complemented by English linguistic skills. This is what I was looking for, when searching for a bachelor study program.
The Technische Hochschule Nürnberg provides exactly these key attributes in its unique bachelor’s degree course “International Business and Technology”. You develop several areas of competence, you can choose between three different technical study subjects (according to your needs) and the majority of lectures are taught in English.
Besides, I fondly remember the international environment of this study program, with fellow students from all over the world. This allowed me to grow personally, become more open-minded and appreciate different point of views from people of diverse background and cultures.

Did your studies prepare you well for your first job after graduation/ for your Master‘s program?
Yes, absolutely. As I mentioned, in today’s and tomorrow’s world, more and more companies are looking for the attributes that the International Business and Technology studies offer. Be it at BMW or at Bocar Group, the IBT study program was highly regarded when I applied for those companies. During your studies, you develop several areas of competence, not only hard skills but also soft skills, that are required to successfully start your professional career.

Do you have any recommendations for future International Business and Technology students?
Enjoy your time and all the freedom that a student life brings with it. Don’t be afraid of upcoming obstacles. Be disciplined and attend your courses on a daily basis, then you are well prepared for all the challenges that you will encounter during your studies. I also recommend gathering as much experiences abroad as possible. Being in a foreign country, separated from your familiar surroundings, are the moments where you learn about your personal skills and strength profile and surpass yourself.
To finish off with a quote by Theodore Roosevelt: “Nothing worth having comes easy.”

Jennifer Mitchell

Jennifer Mitchell

Year of Graduation?
I graduated in 2018.

Which company are you working for at the moment and what is your position/ your Master’s program at the moment?
I will continue a Master‘s program in Business Engineering and be employed as a working student.

Which technical specialization did you take during your IBT studies?
My technical specialization was Electrical Engineering.

Where did you take your mandatory internship during your studies?
At Diehl Defence in Quality Management.

What did you like about your International Business and Technology studies in particular?
What I particularly find interesting about International Business and Technology is that the study program is partly offered in English and covers both the fields of Engineering and Business. Furthermore, you are well prepared for an international environment because you get to know people from different countries.

Did your studies prepare you well for your first job after graduation/ for your Master‘s program?
I am confident that the program has prepared me well for the next step in my career because it is international and broad-based.

Do you have any recommendations for future International Business and Technology students?
My recommendations for future IBT students:

  • Have an interest in Business and Technology
  • Strong affinity towards Engineering
  • Be open-minded for new ideas
Shahrokh Kananizadeh

Shahrokh Kananizadeh

Year of Graduation
2017

Which company are you working for at the moment and what is your position/ your Master’s program at the moment?
I am a Junior Product Manager at Electrolux.

Which technical specialization did you take during your IBT studies?
Electrical Engineering

Where did you take your mandatory internship during your studies?
Electrolux (Nuremberg)


What did you like about your International Business and Technology studies in particular?

The Program was quite dynamic and there were many interactions between colleagues and professors which helped us improve our soft skills in addition to the technical ones.

Did your studies prepare you well for your first job after graduation/ for your Master‘s program?
Yes, the program helped me have a sophisticated approach while encountering issues at work and gave a technical perspective to solve problems.

Do you have any recommendations for future International Business and Technology students?
Yes, I suggest my fellow colleagues to try to focus on subjects at university not just as exams to pass but as projects which prepare them for their future careers. Furthermore, I recommend all to be more involved with the International Office of the school to get to know other international colleagues.

Markus Ratzesberger

Markus Ratzesberger

Year of Graduation?
I graduated in June 2017.

Which company are you working for at the moment and what is your position?
I am currently working as a project engineer at N-ERGIE, a regional energy supplier, here in Nuremberg. I am responsible for the successful rollout of digital metering systems, all kinds of interesting pilot projects and overall the testing and evaluation of new technologies (e.g. the use of a Long-Range-Wide-Area-Network or short LoRaWAN in Nuremberg).

Which technical specialization did you take during your IBT studies?
I took mechanical engineering. In hindsight, I am personally really happy that I decided for this specialization as the lectures covered a lot of interesting topics. All three options are great and every student should take his or her time to decide which one they want to choose at the end of the second semester.

Where did you take your mandatory internship during your studies?
My internship was “my foot in the door” to my current position mentioned above. I am actually siting at the same desk now with the same colleagues since day one of my internship more than one and a half years ago. Back then my task was to test the receive level of GSM and LTE within the power supply network of N-ERGIE. I used a geo spatial analysis tool to display the different quality levels of reception that would help us decide what kind of communication technology we should use in different areas of our supply network to communicate with our digital metering systems.
 
What did you like about your International Business and Technology studies in particular?
Oh to make it short I would say I liked a lot of it. The nice atmosphere overall, the interesting topics covered in the lectures or the many new friendships made during your studies are just small parts of all the things that make this program so outstanding. I think everyone has certain expectations towards the program when they apply for it but I do not think that anyone can actually imagine the things that happen in and around the lectures. Just by being part of a group of people from all over the world with different cultural backgrounds, religions and mindsets you become a more open-minded person yourself and you learn to understand and appreciate differences between the several members of this group. IBT certainly had a big impact on my personal development and I would not want to miss any of it.
 
Did your studies prepare you well for your first job after graduation/ for your Master‘s program?
Content wise? Well, initially I wanted to build cars or planes, hence I decided for mechanical engineering as my specialization. Now I am sitting here planning the digitalization of our electric meters and dealing with digital communication and electric stuff overall. I never had a single lecture in all these topics besides the basic electrics lecture that everyone gets. Do I struggle because of that fact now? No, I do not struggle because content of the lectures is by far not everything you learn during your studies: IBT combines so many different fields of studies and students face new and completely different challenges every semester, that once you have graduated, you are basically ready to face all kinds of challenges in your future career. You learn how to adapt quickly, how to teach yourself new and unfamiliar content and most importantly to combine the ways of thinking from the perspective of a business (wo-)man as well as an engineer. I left the IBT program with a degree that made me feel prepared for everyone and anything waiting for me. And so far I managed quite well with all that electric stuff.
 
Do you have any recommendations for future International Business and Technology students?
You are interested in business topics as well as technical topics? You want to lay the foundations for a bright professional future?
IBT is not high school anymore and by far not your typical study program where you can just come to lectures once in a lifetime, learn the summary of a student from 5 semesters ago by heart, do a few old exams that you got from a friend of a friend and then somehow still pass with an acceptable grade because you could guess the multiple-choice questions. No, IBT is challenging right from the beginning and you will most certainly say at some point: “it is a lot right now”. However, what you gain from investing all this sweat and tears (no worries, just a saying…) is definitely worth the struggle: you are an engineer that knows as much about the business side as you do about the technical side. Do not underestimate that fact, as this is a big, big plus compared to your competitors on the job market.  You have gained experiences in working in an international atmosphere which is becoming a “must have” with most global players nowadays. You managed to organize yourself and you showed the stamina to overcome a variety of challenges. Once you have graduated, you are ready and a wanted job prospect. So what are you waiting for? Join the IBT program and become part of something bigger!

Daniel Demian

Daniel Demian

Which technical specialization did you take during your IBT studies?
My technical specialization was Natural Sciences (Naturwissenschaft und Technik). My special elective specialization modules were Supply Chain Management and Electrical Physics.

Where and when did you take your mandatory internship during your studies?
I took my mandatory internship at the Corporate Security Division at Mc Donald´s Germany in Munich for 6 months during semester 6 and 7. They also provided me the possibility to write my Bachelor’s thesis with Mc Donald’s.

Did your studies prepare you well for your first job after graduation?
The IBT studies, especially the intercultural and physics part, gave me a good preparation for my current job. I am now working in the renewable energy sector for the German and International market. The technical lectures and especially the course “Technologische und energietechnische Grundlagen” have built a very good foundation for a deeper understanding of this sector. I am also responsible for special projects in foreign markets in North and South America. The language education during my studies, especially Spanish lectures, gave me the necessary communication skills.

Which company are you working for at the moment and what is your position?
I am employed by agriKomp GmbH located in Merkendorf close to Ansbach. I am a Product Marketing Manager and I am responsible for Special Projects, Foreign Market Development, Product Development and Domestic Marketing. I work together with a highly skilled team and they support me on every issue.

First salary
43.000 € +

Academic options after you've earned your bachelor's degree

With a strong focus on their technical or business specialization during semester 6, students have the chance to follow an academic career with a master degree in either Engineering or Business after graduating from the program.

For the bachelor’s programme, there are formal requirements that you must fulfil in order to be able to start the degree programme. There are also a number of personal requirements that you should meet.

Formal requirements

  • International applicants must demonstrate proficiency in German (A2 level) at the time of enrolment.

Personal characteristics and skills

  • Interest in different disciplines and an interdisciplinary way of thinking

  • Open-mindedness and an international outlook

  • Strong mathematical and analytical skills

Common stumbling blocks

  • Ability to cope with different specializations: business, engineering and natural sciences, languages and social skills

     

  • High standards in engineering

How do my skills measure up against the program requirements? How do I prepare myself?

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Events, e.g. educational fairs

  • Our general Information Days take place at Nuremberg Tech once a year, always on the last Wednesday and Thursday in September. All bachelor’s degree programmes are presented there in detail.
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