The International Business students represent about 40 nationalities. They come from all over the world to study in the International Business program which is designed for a maximum intake of 60 new students per year. This relatively small number allows students, faculty and staff to develop mutual relationships on a personal level. The intensive exposure to other cultures during their studies allows our students to develop both an awareness of cultural variety and an intercultural competence, which will prepare them to work in an international environment.

Admission to the Bachelor in International Business is granted on the basis of a so-called Numerus Clausus (NC) which ranks the applicants according to their final average grade of their university entrance qualification. The NC is the grade up to which applicants will be admitted, under consideration of the number of study places available (total of 60).

The NC is not known prior to the admission process. It rather changes with each admission process based on the number of applicants and their grades.

Basically, places in the International Business program are awarded according to the average final grade of the university entrance qualification (e.g. Allgemeine Hochschulreife, Fachhochschulreife).

German applicants can improve their average final grade of the university entrance qualification:

  1. If high proficiency in the English language can be proven by at least eight continuous years of English language instruction:

    If your final English grade
    is between:
    Your average final grade
    improves by:
    1.0 and 1.50.4
    1.6 and 2.50.3
    2.6 and 3.50.2
    3.6 and 4.00.1
  2. If an apprenticeship and/or employment (no internship) in a business-related profession can be proven your average final grade improves by:

    • 0.4, if you have completed an apprenticeship in a business-related profession
    • 0.2, if you have work experience in a business-related field of at least one year (full-time)

    The maximum amount of grade improvements (apprenticeship and work experience combined) is 0.5!
  • 2 May until 15 July for the following winter semester (1 October) for first semester applicants and transfer applicants
  • 15 November until 15 January for the following summer semester (15 March) for transfer applicants

The Online Self-Assessment (OSA) will assist you to find out whether our program fits your interests and if you meet the general and program-specific requirements.

The test takes about 60 minutes to complete and should be processed very carefully. Your achievements will be summed up in a pdf-file, including information on your strengths and weaknesses. Your results do not have to be handed in and will not affect your application. The OSA is available all the time.


Important Links

Online Self-Assessment

As the International Business program is restricted by a NC (Numerus Clausus), the application process will be based on a service-oriented admission system, called Hochschulstart. On behalf of the state-recognized German higher education institutions, Hochschulstart coordinates admissions to undergraduate programs, nationwide.

The following explanations will assist you in preparing your application:

  1. Please register with Hochschulstart in order to receive your Applicant Authorization Number (BID) and Authentication Number (BAN).
  2. Now you also have to register through the application portal of TH Nürnberg. Please enter your BID and BAN. Your core data, e.g. name, address, will then be transferred from Hochschulstart to the application portal of TH Nürnberg. Now select the programs you wish to apply for. You can choose one or more programs (up to twelve) offered by the TH Nürnberg.
  3. When preparing the online application, you will be asked to upload certain documents. Therefore please have your CV, your university entrance qualification (e.g. school graduation certificate such as the “Abiturzeugnis”) and, if applicable, further documents (e.g. proof of your English skills) available in a digital version (pdf- or gif-documents). Please only upload final graduation certificates (no preliminary certificates). Please make sure to upload complete documents so that we can verify your final average grade as well as the issue date of your university entrance qualification. You will find more information about the required application papers below.
  4. If you intend to apply for several programs and/or more universities, your Hochschulstart account allows you to prioritize your choices. If you do not prioritize manually, your applications will be ranked chronologically.
  5. From mid-July on, TH Nürnberg will evaluate your applications and make the results available on Hochschulstart. You can view the status of your applications and admissions in your user account.
  6. If admitted, you have to accepted the offer, or choose one if you have several. Once you accepted, your other applications will be deleted and places will become available to other applicants. If you did not decide by mid-August, the highest ranked program will automatically be determined using your priority list and the university´s ranking list. We, therefore, highly recommend to make use of prioritizing your choices. After admission, you can find the letter of admission in the application portal of TH Nürnberg.
  7. Once you accepted a place of study at TH Nürnberg, you have to enroll officially. This needs to be done on the application portal of TH Nürnberg. Please print out the enrolment document, sign it, and send it by postal mail along with other required documents to the Student Services (Studierendenservice) of the TH Nürnberg.

Attention: The deadlines relating to your Hochschulstart account, such as prioritizing your applications, vary from year to year. You will find more information about the current application period on the webpage of Hochschulstart.


Important Links

Application Portal of TH Nürnberg

Application Portal of Hochschulstart

Information about the registration and application through Hochschulstart

Please upload the following documents not later than 15 July in the application portal of TH Nürnberg:

  • Complete curriculum vitae in English, with dates showing the beginning and end of your school education/studies
  • School graduation certificate
  • If applicable: Proof of 8 continuous years of English language instruction
    Please note: If the number of years you took English classes at school is not mentioned on your final school graduation certificate, please send us regular copies of the annual school grade reports of the last eight years during which you attended English classes
  • If applicable: Proof of completed apprenticeship
  • If applicable: Proof of work experience if employed at least one year in a business related profession (no internship!)


Important Documents

Application Checklist for Download

Applicants who have already been studying at another university have the opportunity to apply for admission to a higher semester under following conditions:

  • Only courses which have been taught in English can be accredited
  • At least 45 ECTS from previous studies have to be accredited by the IB Examination Board of our faculty
  • And you need to take into account that there is a limited capacity for transfer students

If you meet the above mentioned requirements you have to submit the following documents:

  • Application form, including your application number. You receive the application form as pdf-file after successful registration through the application portal of TH Nürnberg. For transferring students, the registration through Hochschulstart is not required.
  • Complete curriculum vitae in English, with dates showing the beginning and end of your school education/studies
  • School graduation certificate (regular copies)
  • Request form on which you have to list all the courses you want to receive recognition for
  • Transcript of records with stamp and signature from your previous university (certified copy or original): The Transcript of records must show the modules, grades and credit points achieved in your previous studies as well as the total amount of credit points and the preliminary grade point average. Transcript of records from non-German or non-English-speaking countries must be submitted in the original language and additionally in English or German translation.
  • If the module catalogue (providing more details about the courses you want to receive recognition for) is not available online, please enclose a certified copy with stamp and signature from your previous university

Please note:

You will be asked to upload documents during the online application process. Additionally, please send the documents listed above in paper form via post within the application period to our university.

If you are applying for the winter semester, in order to improve your chances for admission to this degree program we recommend that you also apply for admission to the first semester should your request for admission to a higher semester be denied. In this case, you have to submit two separate sets of application documents!

One year abroad

All of our students are required to do a 20-week internship abroad and to spend one semester at a partner university abroad. Finding and organizing an internship abroad is surely challenging. But please be assured that we will do our best to assist and prepare you for this exciting part of your studies.

Solid background in mathematics and analytical skills

You need to be familiar with algebra, standard functions, equation systems and inequalities, differential and integral calculus as usually taught in school.

Language proficiency

  • Excellent command of the English language (C1 level)
  • Basic skills in Spanish or French (A1 or A2 level)
    All of our German students have to take either Spanish or French as second foreign business language. Mandatory for earning credit points (so called ECTS) towards the Bachelor's degree is the successful completion of language classes at B1 and B2 level preferably within the first three semesters. Students without any prior knowledge may indeed start at the beginner's level, but the language classes A1 and A2 will be on a voluntary basis. Consequently, those students will not be able to complete the language requirements for the second foreign language until the end of their third semester, and would have to continue with their second foreign business language after the time abroad. Therefore, we strongly suggest having basic knowledge in one of the mentioned languages before the start of your studies.

Contact person for questions

Stefanie Bartenstein

Inquiries via e-mail: ib-bachelor-ib[at]

Inquiries via telephone: 0049-(0)911-5880-2888 (Tuesday 9:30-11:30 h and Thursday 13:00-14:00 h)