Want to get out, discover the world and take on important tasks? Then choose to study International Business at Nuremberg Tech! We will prepare you professionally and personally for an international career and provide you with all the skills you need in the dynamic world of international business.

A wide-ranging first academic phase, numerous specialization options, professional language instruction and two stays abroad offer you a well-founded and application-oriented education and prepare you for a job in an internationally focused company.

Interested? We look forward to your application!

Bachelor of Arts
Program duration
7 Semester
Admission restrictions
Numerus Clausus
See requirements
Language of instruction
100% of the teaching in the first three semesters takes place in English. This is also the case for all compulsory modules in semesters six and seven. Among the required electives, the majority of courses are in English, with a few German-language subjects offered in addition.
Subject distribution
Special features
  • International atmosphere in a personal learning environment: 60 study places per year guarantee small seminar groups and a tight supervision ratio. About one third of our students are from outside Germany, ensuring an inter-cultural learning environment from the very first semester. Currently, our IB students represent more than 40 nationalities.

  • Another special feature of the International Business programme is a one-year stay abroad. This consists of a 20-week internship abroad and one semester at a partner university. The two semesters abroad are compulsory and firmly anchored in the curriculum.

Interesting numbers and statistics

60 new students per year; about one third are international students

2 compulsory semesters abroad (20-week internship abroad and one semester at a partner university)

100% of lectures in English

High success rate: 85% of first-semester students complete their International Business degree

More than 98% of graduates enter the workforce within six months of graduation

Testimonials: This is how our students rate the degree programme on StudyCheck

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
Business administration
Prospective degree programs
International Finance and Economics (M.Sc.)
International Marketing (M.A.)
Business Administration (M.A.)

The program duration of International Business is seven semesters. The degree will be awarded with 210 ECTS. The program includes two semesters abroad and consists of three major components.

The first component comprises the basic study modules. During this first three semesters, students focus on foundation courses, e.g. Business Mathematics, Foundations of Business Administration, Marketing, Finance, Personnel Management. Besides English, additional language courses in Spanish or French as well as "German for International Students" prepare students for their international careers. Students receive an application-oriented education which also includes special courses for developing soft skills (Presentation Techniques, Intercultural Communication).

Sample Schedule of Semester 1

Internship Abroad

An important part of the International Business program is an internship abroad of 20 weeks. It significantly contributes to the student's personal and professional development and enhances his/her employment prospects. The internship is generally scheduled for the fourth semester.

By means of this internship, IB-students have the opportunity to work alongside experienced managers from all over the world and to acquire valuable professional skills. Theoretical knowledge will be applied in day-to-day business situations, in order to allow the student to accumulate a wide range of practical and managerial tools.

Study Semester Abroad

During the fifth semester, each student is expected to study for one semester at one of over 70 partner universities of the Faculty of Business Administration.

The study semester abroad is an exciting opportunity to gain insight into different approaches to management teaching, to experience life in a different society and culture, and to develop one's own language proficiency. It is an integral part of the IB degree program for which our students are carefully prepared during their first years of studies.

More information about the benefits of international experience you can finde here.

During the last two semesters of the program, classes with an international perspective, like International Financial Management or International Pricing Strategies, will be emphasized. The ability to apply theoretical knowledge to real live settings will be acquired through the course Project Work. Students must develop and carry out an independent project which can consist of a business plan, an event or an applied research project.

Besides the mandatory courses students will be able to choose from a variety of electives depending on their future career plans.

IB-students conclude their studies with the Bachelor´s Thesis in their 7th semester. In dealing with a large scale international topic students will be able to work independently on a scientific issue. The Bachelor´s Thesis can be carried out in form of a research project at our university or in cooperation with a company. The duration for writing it is 5 months.


The program duration of International Business is seven semesters. The degree will be awarded with 210 ECTS. The program includes two semesters abroad and consists of three major components.

The career focus “Finance” provides a comprehensive overview on main concepts in the field of corporate finance. Topics such as capital budgeting, capital structure decisions, the time value of money and further basic subjects of managerial finance are covered in an application-oriented way. The courses lay the foundations for a career in the corporate finance-, banking-, or insurance industry.

Human Resource Management deals with the different aspects of personnel management, including recruitment, retention management, talent management, and leadership issues. The overall objective is, to develop an understanding of basic issues in human resource management and how to tackle these issues with economic methods.

The career focus International Economics provides a general introduction into the economics of globalization. Issues like what determines international trade patterns or exchange rates are tackled. Furthermore, a strong focus will be put on European economic integration.


Marketing is the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large.
As a specialization Marketing deals with concepts that are needed to satisfy needs of customers on the long term.

On a strategic level this comprises a thorough understanding of customer characteristics, needs (through market research) and customer buying behavior as well as the derivation of sustainable competitive advantage(s) (on the base of the prior information). On an operational level marketing treats with questions on how to create the right product / offering (for the descripted target customer group), how to price this offer adequately, how to place this offering (at locations where the key customer group would buy it) and how to communicate with customers in order to convince them to know, value and buy the product offering.

Operations Management / Logistics

Efficient logistic networks are essential requirements for successful economies. In the course “Distribution and Supply Chain Management” the focus is placed on the logistical processes and structures within these networks, which are necessary for supplying customers.

The reason why distribution logistics is given such a high degree of importance is due, on the one hand, to the high costs involved in distribution logistic tasks. On the other hand distribution logistics is increasingly taking on a more important role in the service policy of many companies.

Students gain a strong knowledge in the tasks, specific features, challenges and success factors of the distribution systems within industry, trade and the services sector. They will also gain the ability to choose, evaluate and use relevant solutions in distribution logistics in a structured manner.

Fields of work, Job profiles

Feel confident on the international stage: International Business graduates work in leading positions in all aspects of international business. They can be consultants for corporations, managers in human resources and take responsibility for business transactions and finances. On their own or within a team they work on formulating strategies, negotiate with business partners and allocate materials and human recourses. Since the world has become a global village, International Business graduates are sought after by medium-sized companies as well as global players, like Adidas and Siemens. Employment is also offered with multi-national organizations, government agencies and NGOs (non-governmental organizations mainly in the development aid sector).

Current labor market, starting salary

The advancing globalization of the economy brings about constant changes in international markets, and dynamic processes require highly qualified business experts who work with a long range perspective on shaping the future.

Graduates of our specialized International Business degree program are well prepared to assume leading positions in internationally operating companies, and almost all of them easily find employment (98 % within 6 months after graduation).

Salaries are highly divers depending on the employers. However, they are usually somewhat higher than a graduate of a classical Business Administration program would get, since the international component is highly valued by prospective employers.

What do our alumni do now?

What might happen once the IB program is over? International Business alumni at a glance:

Polina Ivanova

Polina Ivanova

Date of Graduation
July 2019

Topic of the Bachelor´s Thesis
Assessing talents effectively and efficiently. Critical analysis of the implemented selection process of information technology managers in Puma SE and development of recommendations for the future improvement

Current position
Junior Manager People Development & Organizational Learning at PUMA SE

How would you describe your work in one sentence?
Assisting various learning initiatives as blended and digital corporate education, communicating learning opportunities to employees.

What did you like about your International Business studies in particular?
Diversity of covered topics during the program fascinates! It makes IB exceptional among other programs on the market. Disciplines cover as classical theoretical foundations, as well as modern trends and technologies, capturing all major business functions. This magical combination makes graduates prepared for dynamic business world and highly demanded on global job market.

Do you have any recommendations for future International Business students?
Enjoy these outstanding years of IB studies! Learn, network and experience as much as you can. It is great intercultural environment for it. Remember, that there are no more and less important subjects, all of the knowledge received you are going to successfully integrate into your future work.

Felix Neulinger

Felix Neulinger

Date of Graduation
June 2019

Topic of the Diploma/Bachelor´s Thesis
Concept development of an evaluation tool for Return of Investment calculation of SIMATIC RTLS (Real-Time Locating System)

Current position
Virtual Sales Associate of the Cisco Sales Associate Program

How would you describe your work in one sentence?
My goal is to provide the industry with the best IoT and telecommunication solutions the market can offer.

What did you like about your IB studies in particular?
I particularly liked the practicality of the program. You can really feel that the professors, who are teaching the subjects, come from the industry, have hands-on experience and are enthusiastic to share their knowledge with the students. They were always very responsive and I constantly felt like if I had a question or a problem, there was someone I could have asked.

Do you have any recommendations for future IB students?
Understanding what business is truly about is not solely achieved by sitting in a lecture and listening to the experiences other people have made throughout their lives. It should serve as a motivator to get YOU moving. Take the initiative, get an idea of what you are good at and capitalise on these strengths. Get a working student job, even if you do not need the money, but it will provide you with such valuable, practical experience. It is the perfect opportunity for you to apply in practice what you have studied in theory. Take inspiration from great people, choose a hero figure for yourself. It has helped me greatly, as you will not always feel as motivated all the time. Eventually, become the hero for others and try to serve as a good example.

Julia Rose

Julia Rose

Date of Graduation:
September 2018

Topic of the Bachelor´s Thesis:
Attractiveness of the Employer Brand “Siemens” for Generation Z – Empirical Analysis of the Target Audience “Technical Apprentices of the Siemens AG Nuremberg Vogelweiherstraße”

Current position:
Local HR Business Partner at the Siemens AG

Before: Dual Master Studies with the Siemens AG in cooperation with the Steinbeis-Hochschule Berlin (Course of study: Business Development with focus on Human Resources Management)

How would you describe your work in one sentence?
I am currently involved in projects concerning the strategic workforce planning at Siemens with a main focus on the topic #NextWork (=what we will work in the future), where we are closely working together with the business.

What did you like about your IB studies in particular?
Personally, I most valued the international orientation of the studies. The fact that all the courses are solely taught in English might be a challenge at first, but it certainly is one worth taking. Furthermore, it is something that makes the IB-studies quite unique. From the very beginning, you find yourself in an international environment, since roughly half of your fellow students are from abroad. Moreover, the chance to go abroad for at least two semesters will not only shape you personally, but also build a solid international business network. As for me, the combination of the academic knowledge with hands on experiences during an internship semester and a working student position as well as the internationality of the program has been the perfect preparation for working in an internationally oriented company.

Do you have any recommendations for future IB students?
Enjoy your studies to the fullest! Yes, schedules and exam phases can be tough, but they will shape you for what's next. Be open-minded, make new friends, have interesting conversations, do something you have never done before and simply enjoy this terrific part your life.

Katharina Thomas

Katharina Thomas

Date of Graduation
July 2017

Topic of the Diploma/Bachelor´s Thesis
The Influence of Shifts in Brand Image on Market Relevance – On the Example of Hollister Co.

Current position
Communication Coordinator, LEGO Foundation, Denmark

How would you describe your work in one sentence?
I drive projects that communicate what the LEGO Foundation is, what we do, how we do it and why learning through play is essential for children to develop a breadth of skills that are crucial for the 21st century.

What did you like about your IB studies in particular?
I loved the international atmosphere, especially that we had the opportunity to go abroad twice during our studies. It made wonderful memories and helped me to find out who I am and where I want to go. It also helped me to find out a little more where my career should take me.
I highly appreciated the strong focus on soft skills such as presentation techniques. This is rather unique and helps immensely for Master studies as well as in different work environments.

Do you have any recommendations for future IB students?
Make the most of your time abroad, it shapes you personally and professionally! Appreciate the sometimes tough schedule, it prepares you perfectly for master studies and your future career. Lastly, do not forget to enjoy your studies and do some extracurricular activities that you love.

Andreas Felscher

Andreas Felscher

Date of Graduation:
February 2014

Topic of the Bachelor´s Thesis:
International Financial Contagion – Analysis and Evaluation of Transmission Channels

Current position:
Segment Manager Executives & Entrepreneurs at UBS Wealth Management Switzerland Chief of Staff Office
Graduated from the University St. Gallen MBA program in August 2019

How would you describe your work in one sentence?
We offer comprehensive advice for business owners and executive clients in Switzerland and I manage the business development of this client segment with focus on strategic growth initiatives, value propositions, staff development, innovation and digitization.

What did you like about your IB studies in particular?
I very much enjoyed the small groups and the personal atmosphere, which facilitated highly interactive sessions and exciting exchanges with professors and fellow students during and after class.

Do you have any recommendations for future IB students?
Start to gain professional experience through internships or part-time jobs early on to build your network and to find an industry/sector that suits you well. But most importantly: Enjoy your studies, have fun, go out with friends. It's never too early to start working on your work-life balance and networks for life are not made in the lecture hall.

Alexander Wolf

Alexander Wolf

Date of Graduation
July 2011

Current position
MBA Candidate at Columbia Business School in New York, graduating in 2017.

Topic of the Bachelor´s Thesis
Country Risk Management with particular consideration of North Africa.

How would you describe your Pre- and Post-MBA work in one sentence?
From Risk Management Consulting to Strategy Consulting – Client-centric, Project Management, Holistic view of organizations, Travel intensive.

What did you like about your International Business studies in particular?
I really enjoyed the program’s small size and tight-knit community. In addition, my IB studies laid the foundation for strong soft skills, which have been invaluable for my career to date.

Do you have any recommendations for future International Business students?
I couldn’t have picked a better undergraduate program than IB. I had some of the best years of my life and it enabled me to reach all of my professional goals so far.

Dr. Eva Maria Boder

Dr. Eva Maria Boder

Date of Graduation
Diplom 2004, MBA 2007, Dr. rer. pol. 2016 (FAU)

Current position
Professor and Head of Department BWL - International Business at the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW)

Topic of the Diploma/Bachelor´s Thesis
Diplom Thesis: ”The effects of Free Trade Areas, Case Study: Mexico and the EU”
MBA Thesis: “Offshore Outsourcing – adidas in India”

How would you describe your work in one sentence?
I am working as an in internal Senior Business Consultant owning, coaching, and providing methodologies, that focus on clarifying management roles, reengineering core processes, driving a professional communication culture and enabling leadership within adidas.

What did you like about your International Business studies in particular?
•    International group of students and mindset
•    English as main language
•    High level of practice orientation
•    Opportunity to move abroad to study and doing an internship as part of the curriculum

Do you have any recommendations for future International Business students?
"Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen." (Michael Jordan)
“The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion” (Paulo Coelho)

By the way
Eva Maria shows impressively that it is possible to raise children while pursuing your own career: She and her husband have two small children. She received a governmental scholarship for highly qualified doctoral students and received her Dr. degree in 2016.

International Business is an NC (numerus clausus) degree programme. This means that there are more applicants than there are places available. We are therefore unable to offer places to all applicants who meet the admission requirements. The following page summarizes the main formal and personal requirements. These will help you find out whether a bachelor’s degree programme in International Business is a good fit for you.

Formal requirements

In everyday language, the NC refers to the Abitur or FOS/BOS average you need to gain admission to International Business. This minimum grade point average (GPA) is recalculated every year on the basis of the number of applications and the individual grades of the applicants. It is therefore impossible to say in advance which average you will need in order to be admitted. The previous years’ minimum GPAs can be used as a guide. However, do not be discouraged if your average does not match previous years’ NCs. The International Business programme offers applicants the opportunity to improve their personal average, thereby increasing their chances of admission.

More information on the application process and subject-specific requirements

Personal characteristics and skills

To be well prepared for the International Business programme, we recommend the following:

  • Interest in and knowledge of business administration and economics

  • You should enjoy learning in multinational teams and be motivated to engage with international issues

  • Solid grounding in mathematics: algebra, functions, equations and inequalities, and differential and integral calculus

  • Very good command of English (C1)

  • Basic skills in another language (A1 or A2): Spanish or French for German applicants and German for international applicants

    Please note:
    For the bachelor’s degree, students must successfully pass levels B1 and B2 in their second business language – preferably within the first three semesters of study. First-year students without any prior knowledge of one of the languages mentioned can start at the beginner’s level. However, no degree credits will be earned from the A1 and A2 language courses. Students who have not met the language requirements by the end of the third semester must continue their language studies after the year abroad. We therefore recommend that you already have the relevant language skills at the time of application.

Common stumbling blocks

In the first two semesters, Business Mathematics, Foundations of Business Administration, and English are subjects of particular relevance. First-year students in particular often underestimate the importance of mathematics, statistics etc. and jeopardize their academic success.

International Business students at Nuremberg Tech spend two of the seven semesters abroad: a 20-week internship abroad and a study semester at one of more than 90 partner universities worldwide. Finding and organizing an internship abroad in particular is certainly a challenge. However, rest assured that we will do our best to prepare you for this exciting stage of your studies.

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

Are you unsure whether International Business is the right degree programme for you? Nuremberg Tech offers you a range of services to help you find out exactly that.

Inside view from students

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Testimonials at www.studycheck.de


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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.
    Information Days
  • Of course, Nuremberg Tech also has an information stand at many degree programme selection fairs, where you can be advised by students and academic advisers in detail about the full range of degree programmes offered by Nuremberg Tech. You can find an overview of the fairs we regularly attend here:
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