We believe that a successful career in tomorrow's global world will depend on several areas of competence which are the backbones of the International Business and Technology (IBT) program. IBT is a unique study combination of International Business, a technical specialization (Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Natural Sciences) and two languages. 

The program will teach you different modules starting out with basic courses in business and technology, moving forward in a chosen technical specialization to become more professional through our advanced and specialized courses. With parts of the program being offered in English as well as a possible study semester abroad and a mandatory internship, our students have the chance to get accustomed to an international environment.
There is the possibility to switching into our IBT Plus study option: IBT Plus includes a mandatory internship abroad of 20 weeks and a study semester abroad. IBT Plus has a standard duration of 8 semesters and is based on 240 ECTS.

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Degree:

Bachelor of Engineering

Program duration:

7 semesters (210 ECTS)

Admission requirements:

Numerus Clausus

Last semester’s minimum grade point average for admission

Apart from the average grade you can improve your application (for more information please follow this link)

Language of instruction:

Englisch and German
During the first semester, course instruction will be 100% in English. In the second semester there will be one course "Introduction into Physics" in German. Starting from the third semester all courses in your technical specialization will be taught in German.

Subject distribution:

Studienfachanteile IBT

Special features:

  • Possibility of one exchange semester at a partner university
  • Possibility of internship abroad
  • Lectures in English: All lectures in business are held in English. Technology-related courses are held in English for the first two semesters, and afterwards in German.
  • International student group
  • IBT Plus study option: B.Eng. with 240 ECTS (8 semesters) with a mandatory internship abroad of 20 weeks and a study semester abroad

Facts and figures:

  • 70 first semester students
  • 40 % new female students per year
  • 1 degree program assistant

Admission semester:

Winter semester or summer semester
In the summer semester only admission to a higher semester is possible

Application period:

For the winter semester which starts on 1 October: 2 May - 15 July
For the summer semester which starts on 15 March: 15 November - 15 January

Accredited:

Yes

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.

Modules

  • Foundations of Business Administration
  • Accounting Basics and Principles of Law
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Mathematics I
  • Mathematics II
  • English
  • Intercultural Competence: Second foreign language + Intercultural Communication
  • Introduction to Physics (in German)
  • Computer Science
  • Cost Accounting
  • Strategic Management
  • Principles of International Economics
  • Operations Management
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics III: Statistics
  • Writing and Speaking English in a Multicultural Environment

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

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

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
  • Advanced Special Elective Modules in Business and/or technical specialization
  • Internship
  • Bachelor's Thesis

IBT Plus:

  • Internship Abroad
  • Semester Abroad
  • Special Elective Module
  • Technische Projektarbeit / Term Project - Engineering/Technology
  • Bachelor's Thesis


Sample study plan (first semester)

Stundenplan erstes Semester
1st semester schedule

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 (technischer Vertrieb)
  • Project Manager (organisatorische Projektleitung)
  • Marketing Manager (technisches Marketing / Strategieentwicklung)
  • Field Engineer (Ingenieur im Außendienst)
  • Customer Relationship Manager (Schulungen und Servicetätigkeiten)
  • Risk Manager (bei Banken und Versicherungen)
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO / Finanzvorstand)
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO / Unternehmensführung, Vorstand)


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!

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 Georg Simon Ohm 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 study the master program "Internationale Wirtschaftsinformatik/ International Informational Systems" at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg starting October 2018 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?

- 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 started as a Junior Product Manager at Electrolux. Now I am employed as a Product Manager at Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe GmbH

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

Year of Graduation

2015


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.

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.



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.

Formal requirements

  • Admission to the Bachelor International Business and Technology is granted on the basis of the so-called Numerus Clausus (NC) which ranks the applicants according to their final average grade of their school graduation certificate.The NC - grade up to which grade applicants will be admitted - is not known prior to the admssion process. It rather changes with each admission process based on the number of applicants and their individual grades.
    The level of the NC in the semester the application is submitted is unknown, but the values from previous semesters are useful starting points (Last semester’s minimum grade point average for admission). Apart from the average grade, German applicants and applicants from EU-member countries can improve their application and increase their chances of getting into the program. For more information please follow this link.
  • International applicants need to prove basic skills in German (A2 level) at the time of enrolment.

Personal characteristics and skills

  • having strong mathematical, analytical skills and great enthusiasm for technology
  • being interested in different fields of study and think on interdisciplinary level
  • being open-minded and internationally oriented

Common stumbling blocks

  • being able to move around different fields of study: Business, engineering and natural sciences, languages and soft skills
  • starting semester 3: being able to deal with high workload in engineering subjects

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

Preparatory Course Mathematics

 

If you are not sure if International Business and Technology is the right degree program for you, Nuremberg Tech offers a number of tools and resources to assist you.

Trial lectures

 Attend one of our trial lectures in International Business and Technology. You will get a first impression of the degree program and the atmosphere of our university.

Student Counseling Portal

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Student Counseling Portal

Student Counseling Service

If you are seeking individual advising and support in finding the right degree program, please contact the team at our Student Counseling Service.

Student Counseling Service

International Business Office

We offer advice on the recognition of (foreign) academic certificates, your application, the admission process or the curriculum of the degree program.

Phone: +49 911/5880-2886
Email: IB-bachelor-ibt@th-nuernberg.de
www.th-nuernberg.de/ib

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Events and Fairs

Once a year, on the last Wednesday and Thursday of September, our campus information days take place at Nuremberg Tech. All of our bachelor degree programs are presented in depth and you can see our campus in person.

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