International Business

The exchange and trade of goods and services is what defines all our human relationships. That is why I am sure economics needs to have a human perspective and be guided by clear values. I want to understand the economy as something that is not merely a way of maximizing returns and having simply a profit mentality, but by sustainability and commitment. An economy where globalization is perceived not as a threat but as an opportunity for fair and humane treatment. This is one of the reasons I chose the International Business study program at Karlshochschule.

Because here the economy is studied not just in economic terms, but also as a cultural and linguistic phenomenon. Here is where I can acquire the ability to identify differences within and between cultures and to act with confidence on an international level. One of the things that has helped me has been the wide range of management tools available to me at Karlshochschule.

One of the other benefits is that the International Business course has a completely international orientation: Right from the beginning, English is the course language, and learning at least one of another seven languages, such as Chinese or Russian, is mandatory.

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Degree Program Structure

Karlshochschule opens up a whole new, exciting world with each module in the International Business study program. When I look at the module overview, I discover at the same time how the contents of my studies are logically interconnected, thereby revealing International Business to me as an overarching whole.

 

 

Study year 1: Analysis and Strategy in Management and Scientific Research Methods

Global Economy

6 ECTS
6 ECTS
Global Economy
As a critical introduction to the many backgrounds of globalization, this module will provide me with key insights about our global economy and its implications for business, politics and society. Among others I will investigate the following topics:
  • History and theories of globalization
  • Classics of economic theory: Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Karl Marx
  • Globalization as innovation: Joseph Schumpeter
  • John Maynard Keynes and Bretton Woods: global gconomic institutions
  • International actors: governments, inter-governmental and supra-national bodies, multinationals
  • Globalization and ecology
  • Postcolonial perspectives
  • Globalization at the crossroads: "Clash of Cultures" or global cooperation
Type of examination: Examination (120 minutes)

Introduction to Management and its Quantitative Methods

10 ECTS

Business Environment

10 ECTS

Introduction to Scientific Research Methods

10 ECTS

English/German as a Foreign Language 1

4 ECTS

International Management

6 ECTS

Intercultural Marketing

5 ECTS

Basic Principles in Strategic Management

5 ECTS

English/German as a Foreign Language 2

4 ECTS

Study year 2: Transfer of theoretical knowledge to company projects

Area Studies

6 ECTS
6 ECTS
Area Studies
  • Global dynamics (politics, society and population, economics, ethics, etc.) and their crystallization in local processes
  • The main features of integrated civilization and culture
  • Demography and regional stereotypes
  • Socio-economic society structures
  • Current economy and politics
  • Composition and dynamics of the market and its media
  • Case studies on representative companies
  • International aspects of business activities in the host country, as well as market and demand requirements, in particular as regards exchanges between the host and home country
Type of examination: Presentation

Managing Operations Globally

6 ECTS

Introductory Company Project

6 ECTS

Resources

6 ECTS

Foreign Language 2.1

6 ECTS

Sustainable Development

6 ECTS

International Finance and Sustainability

6 ECTS

Advanced Company Project

6 ECTS

Managerial Accounting

6 ECTS

Foreign Language 2.2

6 ECTS

Study year 3: Internship, Semester abroad and Bachelor Thesis

Current Issues in International Management

6 ECTS
6 ECTS
Current Issues in International Management
Contents depend on international offers and on the learning agreement. Aforementioned outcomes will be guaranteed through selected course programs in the partner institution.
Type of examination: Essay

Compulsory Elective: Internationalization in Marketing - Operations - Finance

6 ECTS

Elective: Ethics in Management: Globalization, Sustainability, Practice

6 ECTS

Change & Innovation

6 ECTS

Elective: Culture & Language

6 ECTS

Internship

18 ECTS

Bachelor Thesis including its defense

12 ECTS
Pascal Stulier

Pascal Stulier, International Business

"The special aspect of the International Business degree program is the intense experience using the English language. English is the language of instruction right from the first semester and this is supported with an intensive language course. I really value the practical approach, as well. It is not just theory which we are taking in here: we benefit from the practical experience all our lecturers have and the opportunity to take part ourselves in company projects. I gained an incredibly enriching personal experience from the two company projects during my course of studies, where I had to deal with authentic assignments from exciting companies such as Axel Springer, Lufthansa or Daimler. The high proportion of international students and teaching staff also gave me direct insights into other cultures – and my language skills improved almost without having to really think about it! I believe the teaching here is something really special. We really do not have the feeling we're sitting in purely theoretical lessons. Instead it is more like enjoyable teamwork with a close relevance to our later professional lives when one of the main skills I will need is to be able to communicate with people and work in teams to develop joint solutions."    

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