International Programmes 2019/2020

Master of Science in International Economics and Management International Economics and Management

Paderborn University • Paderborn

Master of Science in International Economics and Management
Course location
Teaching language
  • English

On the basis of the programme’s international orientation the programme can be studied completely in English. However, German courses are also available.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter and summer semester
Application deadline

Non-EU applicants:
15 March for the following winter semester
15 September for the following summer semester
EU applicants:
Current information can be found on the websites of the registrar's office

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

The MSc programme International Economics and Management prepares students for executive positions in international companies or for research and advisory activities in national and supranational institutions. The programme's specific focus lies on the globalisation and increasing internationalisation of economies and firms, their strategies to gain competitive advantages, and their activities to successfully reach and sustain a leading position. The programme is designed to impart both theoretical and methodological knowledge on international firms, open economies, development, and globalisation. The programme is structured around core and elective modules. In addition, it offers a high degree of flexibility to enable students to tailor the programme to their individual interests. It is also regularly updated to take into account the latest research and issues in international management.
Detailed information about the modules can be found on the website of the study programme:

Course organisation

International Economics and Management is a four-semester programme. Typically, the academic year begins in the winter semester, but it is also possible to begin in the summer semester. Three modules worth 10 ECTS credits each must be completed in each semester (ECTS = European Credit Transfer System, 1 ECTS credit is equivalent to around 30 hours' workload). Therefore, a total of 120 ECTS credits is needed to complete the programme. These include 20 ECTS credits for mandatory modules, 80 ECTS credits for elective modules, and 20 ECTS credits for the Master's thesis. A study plan of modules is provided (for more details, see "PDF Download" below), but this can be adjusted if necessary. Usually, each module contains several individual teaching and learning units, including lectures, seminars, labs or individual research projects.

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A Diploma supplement will be issued
International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • International comparisons and thematic reference to the international context
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution
310 EUR per semester
Funding opportunities within the university
Academic Admission Requirements

Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in economics, business administration/management or a related subject. General higher education entrance certificate or equivalent. Equivalence will be assessed as part of the application procedure.
Admission is based on the grading of the Bachelor's or equivalent degree. Applicants must either belong to the best 35% of their year or have finished the Bachelor's degree with a GPA from 2.5 up to 3.0 (depending on the course structure of the Bachelor's degree).
A detailed description can be found on the following website:

Language requirements

Applicants are required to prove proficiency in English. Proficiency must be documented in the form of: (a) a Bachelor's degree obtained in an English-speaking country or in an accredited German study programme taught in English; or (b) a language certificate with minimum level TOEFL 87 points (Internet-based); or (c) equivalent proficiency, e.g., Business English Certificate (BEC): BEC Vantage - level B2, Cambridge First Certificate (Grade A) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Band 6.5.

Students are required to prove proficiency in German. This is not a prerequisite for admission into the programme. However, students must prove minimum proficiency at level A2 GER before concluding the Master's programme. Required proficiency can be acquired at the University of Paderborn in German courses of 240 hours in duration. The courses can be credited in the elective module "General Elective" (Studium Generale).

Application deadline

Non-EU applicants:
15 March for the following winter semester
15 September for the following summer semester
EU applicants:
Current information can be found on the websites of the registrar's office

Submit application to

Universität Paderborn
International Office
Warburger Straße 100
33098 Paderborn

Possibility of finding part-time employment

Students may obtain paid jobs either at the University of Paderborn (e.g. as a student tutor or an assistant) or in other positions outside the university. Excellent students have the opportunity to work as student assistants in research groups.


There are two types of student accommodation in Germany: dormitories located on or near the university campus and private accommodation in a flat or an apartment. In Germany, most of the apartments are usually unfurnished! To save money and to have more living space, students often set up an apartment-sharing community and live together. There are two dormitories on the Paderborn campus which are run and managed by the student services (Studentenwerk). Students can apply for a one-room apartment or a room with a communal kitchen and bathroom that are usually shared with one to three other students.
Please visit the homepage of the Studentenwerk (student services) directly: or contact the International Office:
Rental charges currently range from 260-460 EUR per room and month (private renting), including costs for electricity, gas, water, etc. If rooms are furnished, the landlord is likely to ask for a deposit, which is usually equivalent to two months' rent. This is returned to the student on departure if the room is left in a satisfactory state and all rent payments have been made.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Specialist counselling

Paderborn University

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The University of Paderborn is a campus university within walking distance of the city centre. A large number of student residences are located on the campus. The campus provides a wide range of services and facilities, including an excellent "Mensa" (canteen), sports facilities and a small theatre. See also:

University Location

Despite its very modern service- and entertainment-oriented appeal, Paderborn also offers opportunities for the historically inclined, including a 700-year-old cathedral overlooking the city centre. Paderborn is known to be a very safe place, while it also offers many occasions for students to enjoy themselves. The most famous occasion is the annual "Libori" funfair, but students may also enjoy the quieter Christmas market in December. For more information, see: