Practical project (IB)

The International Business degree programme (PO 2021) includes a practical study phase for students in the seventh semester.
During your practical project you can apply and deepen the qualifications you have acquired during your studies. On the one hand, you will learn which tasks business administrators with an international focus have to fulfil in everyday professional life, and on the other hand, which organisational, economic, and social aspects are important in the workplace.

The practical study phase can be completed in a company abroad or in a domestic company with an international context. The practical project is completed with a report and, if necessary, a presentation and comprises 18 ECTS points.

Additional voluntary internships are possible.

Important note: You must remain enrolled at Trier University of Applied Sciences during your practical study phase.

1. Requirements

The practical project should be completed after the end of lectures in the sixth semester. You must have achieved at least 120 ECTS before you can start your practical study phase.

You can find the practical project regulations in the download area on the right-hand side.

2. Searching for an internship

Applying for an internship

You apply independently for a relevant internship of your choice in a company or institution.
Possible internship offers will be sent to your university email address at regular intervals. You can also find information on the notice boards in the K-building, on our homepage, at the career fairs on campus, and at the job board of the Career Service of Trier University of Applied Sciences.

Finding an academic supervisor

Once you have been accepted, find a supervising professor and document the contents of the internship. This includes, for example, that you briefly introduce the company, explain your motivation, and describe your tasks during the internship. Your supervisor must approve your internship and sign the admission form.

3. Registration and duration

Please note that you cannot register for the practical project via the QIS.

  1. Please first have it checked whether you fulfil the admission requirements (e-mail to pp-business(at) If you fulfil them, you will receive a signature on your application for admission.
  2. Submit your application for admission as well as a copy of the contract and a brief description of your planned fields of activity to your supervisor.
  3. Once all the necessary signatures have been obtained, please send all documents digitally to pp-business(at)

The duration of the practical project must be at least 14 weeks in full-time employment. Days of absence must be made up.

4. After the internship

In order to have your practical project recognised, you must submit the following documents to your academic supervisor AND at pp-business(at) at the end of the practical project:

  • Practical project report: Prepare a practical project report of approx. 15 pages during or after the internship. Coordinate your report with your supervisor in the department and in the company.
  • Certificate from the company: This certificate should show the start, end, weekly working hours, absences and the topics covered during the practical study phase.

Arrange an appointment for a presentation at the university (approx. 30 minutes plus interview) and/or send the report to the supervisor without a presentation (depending on the agreement).

The practical project is graded. The grade is based on the presentation, the report and your internship certificate. The practical project is worth 18 ECTS credits.
Finally, please submit your Application for Recognition of the practical project at pp-business(at)

5. Insurance Coverage

Health Insurance

Domestic: When working in Germany, students are insured through their general health insurance.

Abroad: The scope and area of validity of the health insurance (statutory or private) must be enquired about with the insurer. If necessary, take out health insurance abroad.

Liability Insurance

Liability insurance is compulsory.

Accident Insurance

Domestic: Statutory accident insurance only applies to the geographical area of the university. During an internship in Germany, students must therefore be insured via the employer (not the university).
Abroad: The scope of the insurance must be clarified with the employer in each individual case.

Accident insurance is highly recommended.

Practical Project (PO 2016)

Information on the year abroad in the IB degree programme (PO 2016) can be found here.

Julia Schätz-Al Mahamid
International Business coordinator


+49 651 8103-528


Schneidershof l building K l room K3b


Monday: 09:00-12:00 h, 13:00-14:00 h (Home Office) Tuesday-Thursday: 09:00-12:00 h, 13:00-14:00 h Friday: 09:00-12:00 h
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