BSc/MSc Exchange

Academic Calendar BSc/MSc

Course Information

  • Students are allowed to take courses according to their academic background and program studied at their home university. 
  • 80% of courses in the undergraduate program and 100% of the courses in the graduate programs are taught in English. 
  • Each semester at WHU is divided into two quarters. Therefore, most of the courses are taught only in one quarter.  
  • Information about courses that have been offered during past terms you may find in the online course guide.
    Due to the ongoing process of implementation of the new campus system, you may only be able to see at the moment courses offered until Spring 2016. In order to discuss your course approval with your home university, we kindly ask you to check courses offered in the last semesters, for your initial reference. The final course selection can only be made once the term has started at WHU.

Course registration will be opened only after the beginning of a semester, through our intranet. During the orientation days, there will be a separate info session dedicated to this topic. You will have an access to a detailed schedule of classes and exams upon arrival at WHU. It will be available in our intranet ( You will receive your login data only after your arrival at WHU.

We consider the regular workload for exchange students to be 5 to 7 courses per semester. However, you should always discuss your choice of courses with your home university to make sure that your semester abroad will be validated!

Credits at WHU are stated in ECTS credits. This credit transfer system is used across the European Union and some other countries.

1 ECTS credit equals 25-30 hours of overall workload, i.e. including contact hours, group work, cases, lecture and exam preparation.

  • WHU offers classes running one quarter, as well as compact courses with a duration of just two or three full days. 
  • There are different methods of assessment (exams, papers, presentations, etc.).
  • In general a Bachelor of Science course has a total of 24 contact hours whilst a Master of Science course has 30 contact hours in total. 

WHU applies grading on a curve system whilst assessing the exams for each class. That means, that grades are distributed based on the performance of the class as a whole.

Grades at WHU are based on the following scale:

1.0 and 1.3 - EXCELLENT
1.7 and 2.0 - VERY GOOD
2.3 and 2.7 - GOOD
3.0 and 3.3 - SATISFACTORY
3.7 and 4.0 - SUFFICIENT
5.0              - FAIL  





Nomination and application deadlines

Fall semester and one academic year: June 1
Spring semester: October 1

If you are unable to nominate your students in time or fill out the online application before the deadline please inform us.

Exchange Student

Admission Procedure
  • If you're interested in studying for up to two semesters at WHU and your home university is a partner university of WHU, you may apply for admission to WHU as exchange student after being selected and officially nominated by your school. Please contact the international office at your home university for details on your school’s exchange program with WHU.
  • Once we have received your official nomination as an exchange student from your home university, you will be provided with further information about our online application system from our exchange coordinators.
  • After submitting a complete application, you will then receive an information package and your letter of acceptance, opening the doors to Germany.
Admission Requirements

BSc and MSc exchange students do not need to prove their proficiency in English as we trust the selection process of our partner universities. Yet, we strongly recommend having an internet-based TOEFL score of at least 95 points or equivalent.

Free Mover

If your home university is not a partner university of WHU (see list of WHU's partner universities), you may apply for admission to WHU as a guest student / freemover under certain conditions.

If you are interested in studying for 1-2 semesters at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management but your home university is not one of our partner universities, you could benefit from a slot as a feepaying guest student / freemover.

To apply for admission as a guest student / freemover at WHU, please send your application including your CV, motivation letter and transcripts to our exchange coordinators.

Contrary to exchange students whose tuition is covered by the cooperation agreement between WHU and their home university, freemover students have to pay tuition fees at WHU.

For more information on our freemover program and current tuition fees for freemovers, please contact the responsible exchange coordinator.

Degree-seeking Students

If you would like to apply for admission to WHU as a degree-seeking student, please contact the respective program office at WHU.



Our housing office will help you in finding suitable accommodation for your stay. WHU offers various furnished housing options in Vallendar ranging from a single room to an apartment. Housing prices range from 435 to 600 Euros per month. The housing application will be done within the scope of the online application.

Available housing options

For information on the housing options available for international students, please check out the website of our Housing Office.

Please indicate your preferences within the online application under the section "Housing". It is also important to know that housing will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Exchange students will receive detailed apaprtment plans and describitions to help them choose an apartment. Alternatively, WHU students will be available to help look for an apartment.

Once you have accepted the housing option offered, this is binding for the whole semester, or the duration of your stay, and will be confirmed with a kind of “preliminary rental contract”. As a general rule, this cannot be revoked or altered in any way.

Contact at the housing office:
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Philomena Richartz

Housing Manager Facility Management


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Sabine Neuer

Housing Manager Facility Management

+49 (0)261 6509 506

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