WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

Bachelor in International Business Administration

B.Sc. (Bachelor of Science)
Subjects: Business Administration, International Business
No. of places
English & German
Winter semester:  15 May
Application Deadlines
3 Years (starting: Winter semester)
€7200 / €12600
Tuition fees (per semester)
Winter semester
directly at University
Study mode:
On campus

Course description

The program is taught mainly in English with some courses offered only in German. You can choose to study completely in English.


Qualification Requirements

Previous Degree

Secondary school diploma or equivalent higher education entrance qualification (e.g., IB, Abitur, A-Levels). If your secondary school diploma has not been issued by the application deadline, you may apply with the most recent mid-term report card/predictions available.

Work Experience

Practical experience: Achieved through either a business internship or apprenticeship amounting to a total of six weeks. This can also be a combination of multiple internships lasting at least two weeks each.

Language Requirements

The following certificates are recognised as proof of your language proficience.

min 95
min 6.5
min C1 Advanced (CAE)
Specification: At least C.
Does the university recognize "other equivalent language certificates"? no information provided by university

Additional information:
If you are currently studying at an English-speaking school, you may be exempt from an English test. There is an English track for the bachelor program, and for that, it is required a TOEFL iBT of 100, an IELTS of 7, or the CAE with at least a grade of B. No information provided by the university regarding the German language skills required.

Application & Admission

Application Deadlines

Applications are open from:
Winter semester:September 15 (German)September 15 (EU)September 15 (Non EU)
Summer semester:

Application Procedure & Selection

Admission test/interview:
No. of places available:
directly at University
Application Fee:
50 €. Applications submitted until March 15th will receive an application fee waiver.

Application Documents

  1. Chronological resume. Formatting: maximum of 2 pages DIN A4, Font size: Arial 11, standard borders 2. Must include the following content:
    1. First name.
    2. Last name.
    3. Date of birth (no other personal contact information, no picture).
    4. Education (from the past three years).
    5. Work experience (e.g. internships, student jobs, apprenticeships, freelance work).
    6. Volunteer experience (unpaid work or projects).
    7. Intercultural experience (e.g in your home country or abroad through projects or traveling).
    8. Interests and hobbies (e.g sports, the arts, clubs).
    9. Languages (native language and any others with proficiency level).
  2. Letter of motivation. Formatting: maximum of 2 pages DIN A4, Font size: Arial 11, standard borders 3. Must include the following content:
    1. First name.
    2. Last name.
    3. Date of birth (no other personal contact information, no picture).
    4. The motivation for wanting to study international business administration.
    5. The motivation behind wanting to study at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management.
    6. Personal profile (e.g. strengths, weaknesses, fit for WHU, career goals).
  3. Portrait photo of yourself (jpeg, ideally 3x4cm, 150dpi). Please upload the file as Last Name_First Name.jpeg.
  4. School leaving certificate/Diploma or the most recent grade report.
  5. Proof of English proficiency (see language requirements) or registration for the Institutional TOEFL Test at WHU. Please note: English-based curriculum students (A-Levels, IB, etc.) are exempt.
  6. Proof of an apprenticeship (with a certificate from the Chamber of Commerce) or of a commercial internship. The duration of the placement must be clearly stated in order to demonstrate your fulfillment of the six weeks. This can be achieved through multiple internships as long as each one lasts a minimum of two weeks. An internship shorter than two weeks will not qualify. If you have yet to complete an internship, a letter from the company confirming the upcoming position is acceptable.
  7. Scholarship form. If you are interested in applying for one of the WHU scholarships please apply here through the link provided on the program website.

Further Information

For more information please check the

Course Website