Students take a variety of modules for which they gain credits. Credits are based on the European Credit Transfer Scheme (ECTS). One ECTS credit assumes a student workload of 25 to 30 hours.
Altogether there are 28 five-credit modules and a small number of 2 or 3 credit modules. In the 4th semester students spend a minimum of 18 weeks, but more usually six months doing an internship, for which they earn 30 credits. In their sixth and final semester the students also write an 11,000 word, academic dissertation, which is worth 10 credits. The total Bachelor of Arts degree involves earning a minimum of 180 ECTS credits.
The core of the degree consists of 11 Economics and Management Modules, which include Business, Marketing, Economics, Mathematics, Statistics, Human Resource Management, Financial Accounting and Management Accounting.
There are eight modules related to communications, including three English Language modules, Public Speaking and Intercultural Communications. Several of the modules have a high intercultural content, in particular Intercultural Communications and Business Culturess.
A further eight modules emphasise the international nature of the degree. Earlier modules in Economics, Marketing and Human Resource Management are followed by modules such as International Marketing, International Economics and International Human Resource Management.
International Business Law, International Sales Management, International
Corporate Governance & Ethics and International Politics & Organisations follow, making it clear that this is truly a degree course about “international business” and not just another Business Degree.
For most of the 4th semester the students are away from the university, undertaking in-company Internships. Students are encouraged to do these internships outside of Germany or in companies, where they have the opportunity of interacting with people from other countries and other cultures. (Internship locations in recent years have included New York, Mexico, China and Ireland).
We are particularly proud of the international nature of the MIB degree course. This is not just the fact that everything is in English. Lectures, seminars and workshops of course, but also books, articles, films and all contacts with staff teaching on the programmes are in English.
Many of the course lecturers studied outside of Germany and they also come from other countries. At the last count their countries of origin included Britain, America, India, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria.
Students also learn about other cultures from other students, so applications from overseas students are encouraged. Currently we have students enrolled who come from North and South America, various Asian and African countries and many other countries in Europe.