In the International Business (B.A.) degree programme, the seventh and eighth semesters are completed in the form of a compulsory year abroad. You can flexibly combine study abroad at a partner university and an internship abroad. Both options are slightly shorter in the eighth semester, as according to the study plan you are also supposed to write your final thesis in this semester.
The following table provides an overview of all the options and the scope of the work to be completed in each case:
|Semester according to study plan||As study abroad||As internship abroad|
|7th semester / winter semester||30 ECTS points||23 weeks full time|
|8th semester / summer semester||18 ECTS points||14 weeks full time|
If your personal course of study deviates from the recommended study plan, you are welcome to swap the two semesters described above.
You can find further information in the information presentation on the semester abroad.
You can apply for admission to the year abroad if, at the time of submitting the application, you have acquired a total of at least 120 ECTS points and have successfully completed all modules of the first three semesters according to the study plan. No exceptions are permitted.
Please note: If you intend to additionally acquire a Master's degree abroad, you need 180 ECTS points, the thesis and at least "good" grades in advance.
Please note that you must apply for admission to the year abroad using the appropriate form prior to your year abroad.
If your year abroad includes study abroad, you must also submit a Learning Agreement agreed with your host university and your supervisor. If your host university is in the European Union, please use the form for ERASMUS+, otherwise use the second form provided.
The easiest way to obtain a place to study abroad is to apply for a place at one of our numerous partner universities. Reports by preivous students will help you get to know our partner universities better.
How to apply: If you are interested, you must apply via email and select two partner universities (with first and second priority) there.
Application period: The application for the summer semester is in September, for the fall semest in February. The exact dates will be announced in a circular email as well as in the "news" segment on our homepage.
Alternatively, as a free-mover you can look for a place at another university abroad on your own.
Internship placement abroad
You are responsible for finding a suitable internship abroad. To help you, we have put together some tips and helpful links.
After completing your year abroad, you must submit an application for recognition of your year abroad using the appropriate form. Please enclose the transcripts from the foreign university and/or your internship certificates with your application.
If your year abroad includes an internship, you must also make an appointment with your supervisor to present your internship (approx. 30 minutes plus an interview). In the case of a study abroad programme, on the other hand, you must write a short final report. By submitting this report, you give us permission to publish it on our website. Please refer to the relevant guidelines.
The grading of a study abroad programme is based on the conversion of the grades of the academic work done abroad. For an internship, on the other hand, the grade of the presentation is decisive.
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