International Programmes 2021/2022

Digital Technology and Management (BSc), full-time Digital Technology and Management

OTH Amberg-Weiden • Weiden in der Oberpfalz

Degree
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Teaching language
  • English
Languages

Mandatory modules are taught 100% in English. Language classes (German and possibly other languages as well) are held in the respective language. In the sixth and seventh semesters, students may choose up to four electives from a catalogue of English-taught modules. However, students are free to select some modules from other study programmes that are held in German.

Programme duration
7 semesters
Beginning
Winter and summer semester
Application deadline

Winter semester application period:

For the winter semester starting 1 October, you can apply from 1 May until 15 July.

Summer semester application period:

If you prefer to commence your studies in the summer semester, you can apply for admission from 15 November until 15 January.

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
None
Joint degree / double degree programme
No
Description/content

Digitisation, connectivity, big data and AI as well as globalisation have a huge impact on the way companies operate. They are revolutionising not only how but also which products and services companies develop, procure, produce and market, and how they earn money as a result. To master this transformation, graduates are needed who think and act in an interdisciplinary, cross-functional and interfacing way and who have a deep understanding of digital technologies as well as management know-how, language skills and intercultural competencies. Therefore, the Digital Technology and Management programme has a strong interdisciplinary and international orientation. It consists of the following foci and modules:

Fundamentals of Mathematics, Informatics and Scientific Methods

  • Mathematics
  • Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Object-Oriented Coding
  • Applied Statistics and Quantitative Methods
  • Information Systems and Databases
  • Evidence-Based Methods (EBM)

Digital Technology

  • IoT Technology
  • Product Management
  • Sensors for Smart Systems
  • Communication Technology
  • Production Technology
  • Innovation and Technology Life-Cycle Management

Management

  • Fundamentals of Business Administration
  • Principles of Accounting and Finance
  • Business Processes Management
  • Digital Marketing and eCommerce
  • Business Simulation

Integrative Modules

  • Project Management and Agile Methods
  • Logistics 1
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Ethics in Business and Technology
  • Entrepreneurial Project 1: Developing a Digital Product
  • Entrepreneurial Project 2: Business Plan for a Digital Product
  • Research Project

Language and Soft Skills

  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Technical English
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Basic Elective 1-4 (e.g. German classes, summer/winter schools, soft skills, etc.)

Specialisation Modules, Internship and Bachelor's Thesis

  • Specialisation Electives 1-4 (e.g. systems engineering, big data, digital factory, international management, second foreign language, etc.)
  • Internship
  • Bachelor's Thesis
Course organisation

Semester 1-4:

  • Fundamentals of Mathematics, Informatics and Scientific Methods
  • Fundamentals, Components and Applications of Digital Technology
  • Fundamentals of Business Administration, Accounting and Finance, Business Processes Management and Digital Marketing and eCommerce
  • Project Management and Agile Methods, Logistics, Industrial Engineering
  • English for Academic Purposes, Technical English, Intercultural Communication
  • Basic Electives 1-4

Semester 5-7:

  • Internship
  • Innovation and Technology Life-Cycle Management
  • Business Simulation
  • Ethics in Business and Technology
  • Entrepreneurial Projects 1+2:
  • Research Project
  • Specialisation Electives 1-4
  • Bachelor's Thesis
Types of assessment

Depending on module: written exams, oral exams, presentations, term papers, project reports, portfolios, case studies

A Diploma supplement will be issued
Yes
International elements
  • Language training provided
  • Training in intercultural skills
  • Study trips
  • Projects with partners in Germany and abroad
  • International guest lecturers
  • Courses are led with foreign partners
  • International comparisons and thematic reference to the international context
Integrated internships

An internship with a duration of at least 20 weeks (full-time employment) in a company/institution in Germany or abroad is integrated in the study programme (in the sixth semester). The department staff supports the students in finding internships.

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Yes
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Yes
The course of study can be taken entirely online
No
Digital learning and teaching modules
  • Video learning
  • Blogs
  • Chats with lecturers
  • MOOCs
  • Virtual classrooms
  • Online seminar
  • Moodle and other specific tools
Description of e-learning elements

Students can attend courses at the Virtual University of Bavaria, which offers a variety of digital learning opportunities taught in English and German. They can play management and economy simulation games, use the Moodle e-learning platform, watch video productions that are provided as "screencasts", and take advantage of other digital offers.

Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory
Yes
Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programmes?
Yes
Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?
No
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
None
Semester contribution

52 EUR per semester

Costs of living

The cost of living varies from approx. 750 EUR to 800 EUR.

Funding opportunities within the university
Yes
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university

Scholarships are offered. For further information, please visit https://www.oth-aw.de/studieren-und-leben/unterstuetzung-und-foerderung/talentfoerderung-preise-und-stipendien/stipendien-foerdermodelle/ or contact us via a website form (https://www.oth-aw.de/en/contact/).

Academic admission requirements

The programme does not require applicants to pass an aptitude test. You can apply for a place within the application period in the application portal of the OTH Amberg-Weiden.

Please note: In some years, the application period is extended. Please check our website for last minute applications.

The general admission requirements can be found here.

Language requirements

A special feature of the programme is that it is completely held in English. For this reason, there are special qualification requirements for the programme that applicants should meet:

  • Applicants with a school-leaving certificate obtained at a foreign school are advised to submit a certificate of recognition of the school-leaving certificate issued by a certified institution (e.g.uni-assist) by the end of the application period. The decision on admission to the study programme is made by the examination board. (IMPORTANT NOTE: An assessment of the degree can certainly be carried out before applying for a place at the university. However, this assessment does not make an application to the OTH Amberg-Weiden unnecessary.)
  • An adequate knowledge of the English language must be demonstrated by proof of language proficiency at level B2 in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This proof can be provided by a valid/current iBT (Internet-based test) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 80, IELTS Cambridge Test with 6, the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) with a score of at least 780, or an equivalent proof, e.g., by corresponding modules in the school-leaving certificate. Proof is not required if the university entrance qualification or the university degree was obtained in English.

A second special feature of the programme is that students who have not acquired their university entrance qualification in German will acquire sufficient language skills in German to be able to enter the German labour market at the beginning of the practical study semester and be able to complete the third study section partly in German with an appropriate choice of specialisation modules.

  • In order to enable this acquisition of competence within the first two study sections, sufficient knowledge of the German language must already be demonstrated when entering the study programme by means of a language certificate corresponding to level A2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Application deadline

Winter semester application period:

For the winter semester starting 1 October, you can apply from 1 May until 15 July.

Summer semester application period:

If you prefer to commence your studies in the summer semester, you can apply for admission from 15 November until 15 January.

Submit application to

You can apply for a place within the application period on the application portal of the OTH Amberg-Weiden.

Possibility of finding part-time employment

In Weiden, there are several internationally operating companies that regularly offer internships and working student activities.

Moreover, a practical phase of at least 20 weeks is an integral part of the programme. Students with German as a foreign language are expected to (and will have to opportunity to acquire a sufficient command of the German language) to complete this in a German company. The university has a large network of partner companies and offers additional support through its career service office.

Accommodation

Student dorms are located within walking distance of the campus. The apartments have a small kitchen unit and a bathroom with a shower. The dorms offer a recreation room and a laundry room. All of them have special apartments for disabled students and for students with children.

"Fischerberg” student dorm in Weiden (60 places)

Rent: 244 EUR to 259 EUR (including advance payment of running costs), deposit: 380 EUR

“Am Postkeller” student dorm in Weiden (105 places)
Rent: 262 EUR to 265 EUR (including advance payment of running costs), deposit: 470 EUR

Career advisory service

For the advisory service, please contact the International Office or the Student and Career Service.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Tutors
  • Accompanying programme
  • Specialist counselling
  • Visa matters
  • Buddy programme
  • Cultural and linguistic preparation

OTH Amberg-Weiden

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Portfolio and departments

The university offers a portfolio of 46 study programmes in four departments (Industrial Engineering and Health, Weiden Business School, Mechanical Engineering / Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering / Media Production and Media Technology / Computer Sciences, ), which all reflect current developments in engineering and the economy.

The profile of the campus in Weiden is complemented by programmes in International and Digital Business Management, Medical Engineering and Industrial Technology Management. Both locations also offer consecutive Master's programmes.

OTH Amberg-Weiden cultivates a unique model of co-operations and partnerships with companies, guaranteeing a direct transfer of knowledge and experience between teaching and practice, science and the economy.

If you want to apply for admission to a programme at the OTH, either full-time or as part of an exchange programme, make sure that you choose the right programme and accommodation in Amberg or Weiden, respectively.

Studies

OTH Amberg-Weiden offers a broad portfolio of different programmes, focussing on up-to-date technical and economical developments. To learn more about our programmes, take a look at the website on our study programmes.

Service

The OTH Amberg-Weiden places strong emphasis on service. A staff-to-student ratio of 1:40 ensures excellent conditions for students. Discussions during lectures, small groups and close contact between students and staff are simply taken for granted. The university's Student Office, Study and Career Service and International Office are in close contact with applicants and students. They will help whenever a student needs information, support or guidance regarding studying or doing an internship abroad, especially with respect to application and admission procedures, scholarships and other funding opportunities.

Research

The OTH is firmly rooted in the region of the Upper Palatinate, working in close collaboration with renowned regional, national and international businesses, which in turn benefit from the OTH’s expertise and innovative strength. The university has very close relationships with the 28 member companies of the PartnerCircle, a close network of the most renowned companies in the region. Together, they systematically promote research and knowledge transfer initiatives between the university and its regional partners.

Key benefits:

  • Small student groups
  • No tuition fees
  • State-of-the-art infrastructure
  • 24/7/365 library
  • Fast and easy contact with lecturers
  • Close linking of theory and practice
  • Top business contacts for optimal career opportunities during and after your studies
  • Contact with partner universities worldwide
  • Favourable rental prices and living costs
  • Unfolding of personal and intellectual potentials
  • Varied sports/activities

University location

When you need a break from the library and lecture rooms, Weiden and Amberg with their centuries-old history offer plenty of culture, sports and culinary events. Highlights like old city celebrations, Christmas markets, marathons, traditional Bavarian festivities, art or music festivals amongst others will make you feel at home soon and provide a perfect balance between your body and mind. Just see for yourself!

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