International Programmes 2021/2022

ESB Business School: MBA International Management (Full-Time) ESB Business School: MBA International Management (Full-Time)

Reutlingen University • Reutlingen

Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Teaching language
  • English

English only

Programme duration
2 semesters
Winter semester
Application deadline

15 August

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

Our International Management Full-Time MBA at the ESB Business School (AACSB accredited) prepares students with high potential from engineering, scientific and social professions for management tasks in internationally operating companies. The programme provides students from abroad with the chance to find an ideal entry into the European job market.

Qualification profile of graduates: Graduates of our International Management Full-Time MBA programme know about relevant tools and skills and apply the competences needed by managers to prepare, evaluate and take management decisions. They have learned to measure the performance of business and have developed skills to face international challenges of a highly competitive globalised economy. Furthermore, graduates show a deepened understanding of integrated, responsible company management and the ability to lead professionally in international business. By having studied in international teams and having built on international professional experience, they have gained advanced communication and intercultural competences.

Content: Our programme has five core modules:

1) Organisational Behaviour
2) Accounting and Finance, consisting of Accounting and Finance
3) Economic and Legal Governance, consisting of Global Economy and Business Law
4) Managing Demand and Supply, consisting of Marketing Management and Supply Chain Management
5) Strategy and Enterprising, consisting of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management

Furthermore, students choose one of the following three electives:
A) International Technology Management (with lectures in Innovation and Technology Management, Intellectual Property Rights Management and Innovation and International Markets)
B) International Marketing and Sales (with lectures in International Marketing and Trade, International Sales and Product Management and International Negotiation)
C) International Strategy and Corporate Development (with lectures in Management Consulting, International Corporate Development and Strategy Execution)

In the third part of the programme, students complete a two-month company-based project (internship), followed by a Master's thesis.

Course organisation

CORE MODULES: October to January

ELECTIVES: February to March

COMPANY-BASED PROJECT (Internship): April to May

MASTER'S THESIS: June to August


1) Organisational Behaviour

2) Accounting and Finance

  • Accounting
  • Finance

3) Economic and Legal Governance

  • Global Economy 
  • Business Law

4) Managing Demand and Supply

  • Marketing Management
  • Supply Chain Management

5) Strategy and Enterprising

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Management


A) International Technology Management

  • Innovation and Technology Management
  • Intellectual Property Rights Management
  • Innovation and International Markets

B) International Marketing and Sales

  • International Marketing and Trade
  • International Sales and Product Management
  • International Negotiation

C) International Strategy and Corporate Development

  • Management Consulting
  • International Corporate Development
  • Strategy Execution
Types of assessment

Written exams, academic papers, oral exams, presentations, continuous assessment

A Diploma supplement will be issued
International elements
  • Language training provided
  • Training in intercultural skills
  • Projects with partners in Germany and abroad
  • International guest lecturers
Description of other international elements

A compulsory study period abroad is not part of the programme, but students have the possibility to complete some or all electives at a partner university abroad.

Integrated internships

The two-month, company-based project (internship) enables students to acquire new perspectives and fields of interest for their future professional lives. Students are supported in finding an appropriate internship through various contacts, offers and activities such as our ESB Career Center, career fairs on campus, ESB alumni network, and company visits.

Many of our students also write their theses with a company.

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
The course of study can be taken entirely online
Digital learning and teaching modules
  • Online seminar
  • Virtual classrooms
  • Chats with lecturers
Description of e-learning elements

All courses involve RELAX, an e-learning platform. Furthermore, collaboration platforms such as Microsoft Teams and video conference rooms such as Adobe Connect and Zoom are used.

Virtual classrooms, online seminars, and chats with lecturers are part of the programme. Several courses are offered using an online database.

Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory
Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programmes?
Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution

Approx. 180 EUR (student union fee and contribution to administrative costs)

Costs of living

600-800 EUR per month

Funding opportunities within the university
Academic admission requirements
  • Completed university studies, usually at least an undergraduate degree or equivalent – degrees from foreign universities must be recognised in Germany by the Studienkolleg Konstanz 
  • At least two years of professional experience between the completion of the undergraduate degree and the start of a MBA programme
  • Very good English language skills, corresponding to a level C1, according to the European Framework of Reference
  • A GMAT test score of at least 550 (score 550+ or equivalent GRE score)
  • Successful aptitude test in the context of an online interview
Language requirements

Applicants must provide proof of their English skills (CEFR: C1).

The proof is not necessary if your first degree is from a programme that was taught completely in English.

Application deadline

15 August

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Possibility of finding part-time employment

ESB Business School maintains close contacts with companies. The association V.I.M.A e.V., a network of 50 renowned companies, enables and intensifies contacts between theory and practice. Additionally, career fairs take place regularly at the university and the Career Centre assists students and graduates at ESB Business School with planning and developing their careers during their studies and when starting their professional lives.

Side jobs / student jobs: As this is an intensive study programme, it is not advisable to take up a side job while studying.


Student accommodation in Reutlingen is at a premium, and students should begin looking for somewhere to live as soon as possible.
The student residences near the campus cater for both men and women. There is one hostel for women only located nearer to the town centre. There are also some individual private rooms available on the open market.

Career advisory service

Career advisory service is provided by ESB Business School's Career Center ( Students get to attend the career fairs "Firmenforum" and "International Business Fair", which take place each year.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Other
Support programmes for international students

See information from the Reutlingen International Office:

Reutlingen University

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Reutlingen University is one of Germany's leading universities, offering international academic programmes with close ties to industry and commerce. On our campus we have around 5,800 students spread across five different schools: Applied Chemistry, Engineering, ESB Business School, Informatics, and Textiles & Design. Professors, visiting lecturers, and administrative and technical staff guide these talented young people along their academic path.

We offer 44 degree programmes at Bachelor's and Master's level, in which we train the top executives of the future. At the same time it is very important to us to support our students' personal development and to ensure that they become specialists and managers for whom social responsibility is second nature.

Lecture rooms, cafeteria, university library, sports hall and student residences: everything is close at hand on our campus. Here in Reutlingen's suburb of Hohbuch at the edge of town, we are near to beautiful countryside but still very close to the action: Stuttgart, Tübingen, and the hills of the Swabian Alb are all within easy reach.

2,400 Total number of students at ESB Business School
30 Percentage of international students at ESB Business School

University location

The city of Reutlingen is situated in an attractive region at the foot of the range of hills known as the Swabian Alb, near to the valley of the river Neckar.
Reutlingen can trace its roots back to the fifth and sixth centuries. Nowadays it is a modern industrial centre with a strong service sector; it has more than 110,000 inhabitants and provides employment for 50,000 people, making it the biggest economic hub in the south Württemberg area. Reutlingen offers outstanding shopping facilities, a large market held twice weekly, a prize-winning library, numerous museums, and a multitude of cafés, restaurants, and bistros. Service industries and trade are the city's main hallmarks. Art, music, dance, ballet, and opera can be enjoyed in the state capital Stuttgart, around 40 km to the north, and in Reutlingen's neighbouring city of Tübingen.