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.
Head of Degree Program
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
- 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
Introduction to Management and its Quantitative Methods
Introduction to Scientific Research Methods
English/German as a Foreign Language 1
Basic Principles in Strategic Management
English/German as a Foreign Language 2
Study year 2: Transfer of theoretical knowledge to company projects
- 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
Managing Operations Globally
Introductory Company Project
Foreign Language 2.1
International Finance and Sustainability
Advanced Company Project
Foreign Language 2.2
Study year 3: Internship, Semester abroad and Bachelor Thesis
Current Issues in International Management
Compulsory Elective: Internationalization in Marketing - Operations - Finance
Elective: Ethics in Management: Globalization, Sustainability, Practice
Change & Innovation
Elective: Culture & Language
Bachelor Thesis including its defense
What's special about Karls?
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."
Nadège Ducottet , International Business
"The Karlshochschule is a place in which every student is encouraged to believe in their dreams and ambitions, no matter their cultural or academical background. As a student there, I was given the keys and confidence I needed to realize my dream of traveling the world while succeeding professionally, by being taught that no dream was too big or too high and constantly being challenged to reconsider my ways of perceiving the world around me, which is what some people would call "Think out of the Box". But in order to think out of the box, you first need to think and fully understand the content of the box itself. Through high-quality course material, case studies, Karls-discussions and team activities, the Karlshochschule allows students from all around the world to gain the critical reasoning abilities that they will later need to succeed in the professional world."