Nomination and application deadlines

Fall semester and one academic year: June 1
Spring semester: September 15

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

MSc and MBA exchange students may apply for the MBA exchange program at WHU if they fulfill the following admission requirements:

  • Minimum age: 24 years
  • Language requirements: English as mother tongue, OR having already completed or currently studying in a university degree program taught and examined entirely in English, OR an internet-based TOEFL score of 100 points or equivalent IELTS (7.0)

 In addition, MSc students wishing to apply for the MBA exchange program at WHU need to show proof of

  • minimum 2 years of work experience (full-time job or accumulated full-time internships in business administration)

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.

Academic Calendar

Fall 2017
Semester September, 2 - December, 22
Independent Study (Optional) September, 10 - October, 09
Preferred Arrival Dates
MBA Exchange Students August, 30 - 31
MBA Double Degree Students August, 25 - 27
Mandatory Orientation Days
MBA Exchange Students September, 1
MBA Double Degree Students August, 28 - 30
Spring 2018
Semester January, 8 - August, 31
Independent Study (Optional) March, 5 - 31
Spring term extension* April, 1 - July, 31
Summer Break August
Preferred Arrival Dates
MBA Exchange Students January, 6 - 7
MBA Double Degree Students January, 6 - 7
Mandatory Orientation Days
MBA Exchange Students January, 8
MBA Double Degree Students January, 8
*For exchange students who either aim to increase the number of credits by extending their stay or who opt for a short-term exchange program.
  • The MBA Program is made up of course offers from our Full & Part time MBA Program.
  • The MBA is specialized in topics such as: Marketing & Sales, Advanced Finance & Accounting, Operations, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Strategy & Organization.
  • Course offers are normally available 2-3 Months before the start of the semester and are sent to the students via email.
  • Registration takes place approximately 2 Months before the start of the semester via email.
  • Credits at WHU are stated in ECTS credits. ECTS, the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, is a standard for comparing the study volume / workload and performance of students of higher education across the European Union and other collaborating European countries. The system is used to facilitate the transfer and progression of course achievements throughout the European Union. In the MBA Programs at WHU, 1 ECTS credit equals 8 contact hours or generally 25-30 hours of overall workload, i.e. including contact hours, group work, cases, lectures and exam preparation.
  • Each full time or part time MBA course is worth 3 ECTS.
  • A normal work load at WHU is 5-7 courses per semester; however, students should always talk to their home university advisers so that they can fulfill their home university requirements.
  • Classes are interactive (guest speaker, company visits, real life case studies, etc.)
  • Classes are taught by world renowned professors in small class sizes which ensures excellent mentoring.
per Section

German Grading USA
100-96 1.0 A
95-90 1.3 A-
89-84 1.7 B+
83-78 2.0 B
77-72 2.3 B-
71-66 2.7 C+
65-60 3.0 C
59-54 3.3 C-
53-52 3.7 D+
51-50 4.0 D
49-0 5.0 F
  • Accredited by AACSB, EQUIS and FIBAA

Personalized Services

At the moment WHU cannot offer exchange students university sponsored housing in Düsseldorf. After the application deadline you will be provided additional information and resources which you can use to find housing.  It is each student's responsibility to secure accommodation but we are happy to help and give you advice during the process.

The Düsseldorf campus is located in Flingern Süd, close to the city center and to "student" districts such as Pempelfort, Friedrichstadt, Unterbilk, Düsseltal and the ´in´ district Flingern Nord.

Private apartments vary in price per person and are between 400 € and 600 € according to the equipment, size and district.  Electricity, heating, water etc. is usually not included in the monthly rent and is paid separately. Please keep in mind that usually a rent deposit of up to three months may be required.

  • Networking Events including company presentations.
  • Recruiting Days on our Vallendar Campus location.
  • Customized Career Center Newsletter including a job and internship database.
  • Find out more about our outstanding Career Service Center including active companies and placement statistics here:
  • Exchange students are fully integrated into MBA student life on campus.
  • Special Events are arranged by the International Relations Office for exchange students such as orientation day(s), regional tours, or cultural events.
  • Düsseldorf is situated in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). Exchange students will receive a free travel pass for the NRW state which allows free travel to cities within the state like Cologne and free travel within Düsseldorf on public transportation.  
  • The pass is valid 24/7 and during certain hours guests can travel additionally for free with the exchagne student.
  • Learn about life, work and recreation in a metropolitan German city while interacting with people from around the world. Learn more about Düsseldorf here:
  • Free travel to Germany cities with in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) with Regional Travel Pass. Discover wonderful regional German cities like Cologne, Münster, Bonn or Aachen.
  • Discover world known cultural events within Germany like Octoberfest in Munich, Carnival in Rheinland or Christmas Markets all over Germany.
  • Easy Weekend Travel to Europe's major cities:
City Travel Method Distance
Paris Flight 1h 5m
Brussels Train 2h 30m
Amsterdam Train 3h 25m
London Flight 1h 25m

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