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International Business Administration (MSc) • European University Viadrina • Frankfurt (Oder)

Master of Science in International Business

Joint Degree/Double

Course language(s)
Generally, students can choose from a wide variety of
courses according to their interests. Depending on the
lecturers and the subject, courses are held in German,
English or French.
In contrast to the remaining tracks, the functionally
oriented study programme "Information and Operations
Management (IOM)" and "General Management" is
held entirely in English. Students who decide to study
the "IOM" or "General Management" tracks will not
need to provide proof of any further language skills
other than English.

Admission semester
Summer and winter semester

Winter semester - October
summer semester - April

Programme duration Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)

International Business Administration
Four semesters (two years), part-time (seven
Ingo Trenkmann
Große Scharrnstraße 59
Application deadline 15230 Frankfurt (Oder)
Application period:
1 November to 30 November for the following summer Tel. +49 (0) 3 35-55 34 29 92
1 May to 31 May for the following winter semester E-mail [] »
Course website [
Course content
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The Master's programme has a modular structure
allowing for alternative ways of designing your
individual study schedule. Depending on your personal
academic interests, you can choose not only a field of
specialisation ("track"), but also interdisciplinary
support classes in Cultural Sciences and Law. The
offered tracks are:
offered tracks are:

Finance, Accounting, Controlling & Taxation (FACT) Further Contacts

(English, German) Marco Krinowski
Finance & International Economics (FINE) (English,
E-mail [] »
Information & Operations Management (IOM)
(English) Course website [
Marketing & Management (M&M) (English, German)
ernationales/contact/index.html] »
Additionally, we offer a "General Management (GM)"
track (English)

Submit application to
Because of the excellent language education, the
Applicants with a German degree have to apply directly to
global diversity of students and staff as well as the
the matriculation office at the European University
extensive international partner university network, IBA
Viadrina. Please use the online application form:
is one of the most international study programmes
available. The study programme has been accredited
by the FIBAA for its high standard of education and
received the Seal of Excellence from the DAAD and]
the Erasmus Programme.
More information:
Applicants with an international degree:
1) Register to our online application portal:
html [http://study.europa-
Educational organisation
The IBA Master's degree can be completed in four
alternative tracks: FACT, FINE, IOM, and M&M. For 2) Send your application documents to Mr Klugert
those who do not want to specialise in any of these (
fields, the cross-sectional Master's degree studies offer Europa-Universität Viadrina
an alternative. International Office
Bernd Klugert
FACT Große Scharrnstraße 59
The FACT track within the study of International 15230 Frankfurt (Oder)
Business Administration is aimed at students pursuing Germany
management positions at consulting firms (auditing, tax
and business consultancy), finance- and capital http://www.europa-
market-oriented companies (investment banks,
research departments, risk management departments [http://www.europa-
of banks and stock markets), or corporation controlling.]
The studies are arranged around companies with an
international orientation that are focused on Central
and Eastern Europe.

Because of European integration and the process of
globalisation, interdependencies between national
economies (especially between the EU member states)
have starkly increased. These interdependencies and
the connected coordination issues build the core of the
FINE track. Overcoming these inhibitions is vital for the
success of national economies as well as multinational
companies and organisations. The major FINE
generates a holistic understanding of the common
market, international trade, and international financial
markets as well as an understanding of European and
international economic policies - especially monetary
policy. Special emphasis will be put on the question of
policy. Special emphasis will be put on the question of
European integration, the European and international
environment and energy politics, the international
taxation competition, and the competition of social
systems and their coordination within the EU.

The societal framework that limits companies, along
with their internal and external co-operation partners, is
changing quickly and fundamentally due to the process
of globalisation. Therefore, international management
requires profound knowledge that will outlive the
current structures and processes in the long run.
International management must offer orientation to
agents and help them learn skills for taking action. The
major M&M teaches the latest state of the theoretical
discussion in the fields of management and marketing.
It provides the participants with the necessary
orientation that they will need in order to actively take
part in shaping the changes evoked by the
globalisation of markets. The target group of the M&M
major are students who are interested in working for
international companies and organisations - especially
in Central and Eastern European markets.

Our mission is to provide first-class education in
business and IT focusing on Information & Operations
Management. Both theory and practice are combined
in the programme since we know that both parts are
needed as a sound foundation for a successful
business career. We teach concepts, methods, and
computer-based tools and systems (like SAP R/3). This
includes hands-on practice. IOM graduates have the
option of becoming chief information officers (CIO) or
chief operating officers (COO). Typical positions IOM
graduates can fill include project or programme
managers, logistics managers, systems analysts, IT
application specialists, or consultants in key areas like
ERP and SCM.

Students attend track modules, research modules, and

support or language modules. Track modules (T-
modules) serve the purpose of teaching core
knowledge and core competences from economic
subjects. Depending on the selected study option, six
to eight of the track modules (T-modules) that are
offered must be successfully completed. Because of
these alternatives, you may specialise your studies
according to your individual educational preferences.
Subject matter of the research modules (R-modules)
can be - based on the underlying track module - for
example, project work, a working paper, an
interdisciplinary seminar, a simulation game, an
excursion, or a workshop lasting several days with
practitioners or other universities. Support modules (S-
modules) conduce to the interdisciplinary education.

Study abroad unit(s)

The European University Viadrina emphasises its
The European University Viadrina emphasises its
international character in its cooperation with approx.
240 universities worldwide.
The Faculty of Business Administration and Economics
at the European University Viadrina maintains double
degree programmes with both EU and non-EU
Outgoings/index.html [
As a result of these agreements, Viadrina students are
able to obtain two or three final degrees. In order to
support Viadrina students abroad, the Department of
International Affairs at the European University
Viadrina coordinates closely with the DAAD (The
German Academic Exchange Service) and the
Erasmus Programme in order to provide the best
possible international experience for its students.
We currently maintain double degree programmes
Universidad Católica de Cordoba (ARG)
École Supérieure de Commerce de Reims
École Supérieure de Commerce de Montpellier
University of Vaasa

The Career Centre of the Viadrina assists students in
finding an appropriate internship:
Once a year, the European University Viadrina
organises the career fair "Viadukt", at which leading
companies recruit our students and graduates for
internships and jobs:

Forms of assessment
In total, students of the IBA Master's programme have
to attain 120 ECTS credits. Depending on the teaching
time and the workload, courses equal four to six ECTS
Students' performance is assessed in different ways.
Basically, written or oral examinations are held.
Furthermore, depending on the courses and the
lecturer, assessment might be carried out in the form of
a written paper and a presentation of its results.
Combinations of both are also possible.

ECTS credits

Diploma supplement

General promotion /
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
EU (e.g. ERASMUS+)
Deutsch-Französische Hochschule - L-Université

Course-related German
language courses

Course objectives
The IBA Master's study programme at the European
Viadrina University is intensive and stimulating. It gives
you the opportunity to specialise in the subject of your
choice and at the same time keeps the fundamentals of
business in close focus. It provides you with the right
set of academic and social skills required to succeed in
today's dynamic business environment. Opportunities
are supported by interdisciplinary education. The
combination of economics, law as well as social and
cultural studies enables students to broaden their
knowledge and gain a variety of valuable experience.
Throughout your studies you will be choosing your
elective modules which will determine your field of
specialisation within the programme. In the
specialisation of your choice, you will be able to
expand the general knowledge gained in your previous
This Master's programme will prepare you to enter
professional life with the highest level of capability.

Tuition fees
Thanks to the publicly financed German university
system, no tuition fees are charged. You therefore
have the unique chance to receive high-quality
education free of charge! However, some language
courses might require a small financial contribution.

Enrolment fees
An administrative fee of about 230 EUR per semester
has to be paid (incl. contribution to the student union
and a ticket for free public transport within the federal
states of Brandenburg and Berlin for the whole

Costs of living
Student life in Frankfurt (Oder) is less expensive than
in most other German university towns. In order to be
able to live here with all the expenditures you can
expect (health insurance, rent, etc.), you will need
about 500-600 EUR per month. A dorm room here
costs about 180 EUR per month, a meal in the
students' cafeteria about 3 EUR and a large beer in a
pub 3 EUR.

Job opportunities
At present, it is quite possible to find an acceptable and
well-paid job in Berlin, which can be reached within one
hour. Thanks to the semester ticket, the trip to Berlin
and public transport within Berlin is free of charge for
students at the European University Viadrina. Most of
the big players in the consulting and assurance
business such as KPMG, PwC, Ernst & Young, BCG
and McKinsey as well as DAX companies such as
Daimler, BMW and Siemens are represented in Berlin.
Recently, the German capital was also recognised as
one of the world's most important cities for start-up and
internet businesses such as Ebay, Groupon, PayPal,
and Zalando.

Funding opportunities
within the university
The European University Viadrina has developed
special financial support programmes for international
students. Recipients receive approx. 150 EUR and do
not need to pay part of the administration fees. [http

Language requirements
A certificate of sufficient knowledge of the English
language on the C1 level of the Common European
Framework of Reference (CEFR) is needed as an
admission prerequisite, which can be done by providing
proof of having successfully passed one of the
following equivalent exams:
Cambridge English Advanced: Grade B at minimum
Cambridge English Proficiency: Grade A-C
IELTS (academic): 7.0 points at minimum in all areas
TOEFL (iBT): 100 points at minimum (TOEFL ID
Code: 4782)
TOEIC: 490-495 points (listening), 455-495 points
Certificate UNIcert III

Foreign students who have gained permission to enter
a university in a language other than German need to
prove their knowledge of the German language by
taking the DSH (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den
Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber) or
an equivalent test (e.g., TestDaf with level 4 in all
components). Students who already took the DSH but
did not obtain the necessary level are allowed to
improve their skills and re-take the DSH exam by the
end of their first semester at the European University
Viadrina. The Language Centre of the European
University Viadrina offers adequate German courses
and provides further concrete information: [ []
Alternatively, students can be exempted from proof of
German proficiency if they decide on the functionally
oriented study programme "Information and Operations
Management (IOM)" or the "General Management"
study option.

Academic requirements
Application for admission to the Master of International
Business Administration requires a successfully
completed Bachelor's degree in the fields of business
administration and/or economics. Admission into the
Master's programme generally requires a minimum of
30 ECTS credits in mathematics, statistics, business
informatics, microeconomics or macroeconomics.
Forms to be submitted:
online application form, completely filled in and
photocopy of the graduation certificate
translation of the graduation certificate
a functioning e-mail address (important!)
proof of language skills (see Language
a (non-certified) copy of your passport, which clearly
shows your name, date of birth and place of birth

Where to apply
Applicants with a German degree have to apply directly
to the matriculation office at the European University
Viadrina. Please use the online application form:
html [

Applicants with an international degree:

1) Register to our online application portal:
html [http://study.europa-

2) Send your application documents to Mr Klugert

Europa-Universität Viadrina
International Office
Bernd Klugert
Große Scharrnstraße 59
15230 Frankfurt (Oder)

http://www.europa- [http://www]

Arrival support
Arrival support
Frankfurt (Oder) is situated 90 km west of Berlin, right
on the Polish border. Access to international
destinations is secured via Berlin-Brandenburg
(Schönefeld) airport. From Berlin central station there is
a regular train connection to Frankfurt (Oder). Two
trains arrive in Frankfurt (Oder) from Berlin every hour.
Frankfurt has a good public transport system. The
European University Viadrina is a 10-minute walk from
the station.
The International Business Administration team will
support newly arrived students in every way possible
with any difficulties they may encounter. To secure a
safe arrival and prevent any inconvenience, we
recommend that you arrive on weekdays before 5pm.

Services and support for

international students
The team at the European University Viadrina attaches
great importance to its international profile. There are
lots of institutions which help international students to
cope with their new situation and deal with
governmental as well as university regulations.
Tutors as well as staff at the International Office
introduce new students to their new environment.
There is also a student society called Interstudis (
ettling-in/Adjusting-to-live-in-Frankfurt-O.html; [https://w
ettling-in/Adjusting-to-live-in-Frankfurt-O.html;] Here, international
students can participate in weekly meetings at a
student pub, where they exchange views and
experiences, arrange trips to other cities in Germany
and make contact with other students. Finally, the
"Fremde werden Freunde" ("Foreigners become
Friends") initiative pairs inhabitants of Frankfurt (Oder)
with individual international students. Through regular
meetings, trips and other events, intercultural
exchanges are nurtured. [http://ww]

The European University offers very good and
affordable student accommodation. Prices for a single
bedroom in a three-room apartment start at approx.
160 EUR. Prices for a single apartment on campus
start at approx. 215 EUR. All prices include a
broadband internet connection, electricity and warm
water. Student residences are furnished. Each tenant
has access to a well equipped common kitchen.
Lockable refrigerators, washing machines and dryers
are provided by the student service as well.
For information about the student residences in
For information about the student residences in
Frankfurt (Oder) please follow this link:
StandortFrankfurt/ff_wohnanlagen_flyer_en.pdf [http://
For information about the Polish student residences in
Slubice please follow this link:

Course website [http://www.wiwi]

About the university

The European University Viadrina is located by the
River Oder, near to neighbouring Poland. This location
has been instrumental in developing a close German-
Polish connection; Viadrina is transforming itself into a
German-Polish, European university.
Since its re-establishment in the year 1991, the
European University Viadrina has adhered to a policy
of bringing together young people from every corner of
the world. This has proven to be successful: Viadrina
has grown to become a lively, highly regarded member
of the community of German and European
Please follow this link for some impressions of the
university's surroundings and further information:

Total number of students


Total percentage of
international students
30 %

About the city

Frankfurt (Oder) lies in the heart of Europe on the River
Oder and directly on the border with Poland, about one
hour away from the German capital, Berlin. Frankfurt
(Oder) has approx. 62,000 residents. The famous poet
Heinrich von Kleist was born in Frankfurt (Oder) in
1777 and was a student at the town's university. The
town is very proud of its famous son and has dedicated
numerous buildings and parks to him (e.g. Kleist
Museum, Kleist Forum, and Kleistpark).
Take a walk along the River Oder and enjoy the view
across the river to Poland. Just behind the university
facilities lies Ziegenwerder island, with its lovely
pathways. Leave the island and walk towards the city
bridge which connects the two countries and which is
bridge which connects the two countries and which is
an important border crossing. If you wish, you can
cross the bridge and visit the Polish town of Slubice.
Next to the border is the Collegium Polonicum, a joint
study and research centre attached to the Adam
Mickiewicz University of Poznan/Poland and to the
European University Viadrina.
The surrounding area of Frankfurt (Oder) is also worth
a visit. Most popular with locals and students is nearby
Lake Helenesee. Other interesting destinations include
the Lebuse region and the River Oder's marsh to the
north, the well-known spa Bad Saarow, Lake
Scharmützel to the west, and the former monastery
Neuzelle to the south.
Here you will find some pictures of Frankfurt (Oder)
and the university buildings:
http://www.europa- [http://ww]

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