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This applies to all students who have started their studies by the winter semester 2017/18.

Dear students in the degree program,

Please note that students who started their studies up to and including the winter semester 2017/18 will complete their studies in the program structure that is valid up to this point in time, including the examination regulations on which they are based. For students starting their studies in the winter semester 2018/19, an updated program structure and examination regulations apply. 

Program Structure

The program is modular in structure. A module is completed by proof of achievement in the respective semester. During the lecture-free period you will complete internships in companies. In this way, you can combine theory and practice in an optimal way.

The modular degree program has three focal points:

  • Classical basic business administration subjects
  • Complementary aspects of the business environment
  • Language and key competences such as team and communication skills, working scientifically, time management, integration of different knowledge elements and transfer to project- and application-oriented questions, intercultural competences, general education

The various achievements - examinations, presentations, papers, poster presentations, case study work, specialist articles on book projects - strengthen and promote your skills in different fields and prepare you in the best way possible for the professional requirements in practice.

An international orientation is made possible by the offer of languages, English lectures in part, the possibility of stays abroad and our around 40 partner universities abroad.

In an Orientation Week before the actual start of the semester you will receive an overview of all important topics and an introduction to the various subjects.

In the module Introduction to Business Administration you get to know different business topics and apply them in a business simulation.

The module Mathematics teaches the basic contents of linear algebra and financial mathematics as well as methods for modelling and optimizing decision-making processes for application in subsequent semesters.

The Fundamentals of Accounting module introduces you to the sub-areas of accounting, the fundamentals of bookkeeping and integrated income, financial and balance sheet accounting, while Law I teaches the fundamentals of contract law.

In English I you will improve your business vocabulary and grammatical structures. The compulsory elective course in the module Studium Integrale I offers not only language courses but also courses on social and study skills.

The module Methodology, Classification, Presentation aims to impart knowledge and skills for scientific work using the example of writing and presenting a written paper. This is about research, text editing, formulation, structure and correct citation.


In the 2nd semester the modules Law and English and the Studium Integrale will be continued. Law II introduces you to the basics of commercial and company law, while the English module will further develop your language skills and understanding of texts. The structure of the Studium Integrale II corresponds to that of the first semester.

The module Mathematics in the 1st semester is followed by the module Statistics in the 2nd semester. Here you will learn important basics such as frequency distribution, correlation, regression and probability theory.

In the modules Management Accounting, Material Supply/ Logistics/ Production, everything revolves around business figures.

The Applied Project in Statistics is a module in which you combine different topics and concrete project contents. Not only will you deepen your knowledge of statistics, you will also be involved in empirical work and research in economics. Further teaching contents include the teaching of statistical software knowledge and the design of a scientific research paper. Starting point are questions from companies and institutions that are as concrete as possible.


The modules Marketing, Investment and Finance and Taxes cover the classic areas of business administration. In the first economics module you will become familiar with questions of microeconomics.

The Companies and ICT module focuses on the importance of information technology for companies and on internet-based business models.

The module Language and Intercultural Competence is an elective subject that deepens the language skills acquired in a corresponding elective of the first two semesters and combines them with cultural backgrounds from the respective language area. Alternatively, you can use a new language instead - as shown in the example of Chinese.


With the modules Strategic Management, Human Resources Management/Organization, Financial Accounting and the economics module Macroeconomics you will dedicate yourself to classical business administration in this semester.

The module Integrated Business Processes/Project Management teaches the connection between business processes and business application systems. You will also learn the basics of project management and understand the different tasks within projects.

Within the framework of Social Interaction, one- and multidimensional models of human information processing and communication from communication research, for example by Mehrabian or the neurosciences, are taught.


This semester, you can choose four electives from a wide range of business administration and economics courses to suit your inclinations or career aspirations.

The only compulsory course in this semester is the International Management module. Theory, forms and consequences of internationalization, interrelationships of international structures and strategies and intercultural management are the focus of this lecture.

All modules of this semester are designed so that you can also complete them abroad without any problems. The 5th semester is therefore best suited for your stay abroad.


This semester, Business Planning is the only course with regular module status. In teams you design your own project, check its marketability and transform it into a business plan. The aim is to transfer various contents and skills from previous lectures to a concrete project. The courses take place in blocks with regard to internships and your bachelor's thesis.

The Bachelor's Thesis follows the semester. You have eight weeks to work on it and the reviewers have twelve weeks.

The Practical Module comprises 16 weeks of practical work. This can be done as a single internship of 16 weeks or in smaller units of at least four weeks. A practice report must be prepared for all internships.


At a glance

Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Standard period of study:
6 semesters
ECTS credits: 180
Languages of instruction: German and English

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Lecture periods

The courses take place five days a week from Monday to Friday.

Lectures are held in the summer semester from mid-March to mid-July and in the winter semester from the end of September to the end of January. The periods in between are referred to as lecture-free periods, but are often used for company internships or writing papers.

A standard study period of six semesters is quite realistic. Even a stay abroad in the 5th semester does not normally lead to an extension of the total duration of studies.

Orientation Week 1HRS/WK

Introduction to Business Administration
Material Supply/Logistics/Production
Human Resources Management and Organisation
International Management
Business Planning
Principles of Accounting
Management Accounting
Investment and Finance
Financial Accounting
Option I
Bachelor Thesis 10ECTS/2HRS/WK

Law I
Law II
Strategic Management
Option II
Option III
Applied Project
English I
English II
Companies and ICT
Integrated Business Processes & Project Management
Option IV
Required Elective I 3ECTS/4HRS/WKRequired Elective II 3ECTS/4HRS/WK
Methodology/ Classification/ Presentation 5ECTS/2HRS/WKApplied Project in Statistics
Optional Subject
Social Interaction

Dates and exam schedules

The lecture and examination schedules of the degree programs of the School of Business are completely available under HIP.

Who to contact

Prof. Dr. Claudia Kurz
Examination board
T +49 6131 628-3233
claudia.kurz (at)