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Bachelor of Science (BSc)
2, at least one abroad
6 semesters | 3 years
Vallendar, Germany, partner university, & internship
English or German/English
CHE Hochschulranking 2023: Top Tier
Three unforgettable years. Two internships. One semester abroad. Small classes, big topics. And a large WHU family for life.

For who you want to be. And for everything you want to achieve. Welcome to WHU.

Your Sustainability Journey with the WHU Bachelor in International Business Administration*

A group of ten young people sit on grey sofas facing the camera. They are laughing and some raise their arms. There is a  pile of transparent gift bags in front of them
1st Semester
Welcome Week – get settled in on campus, get to know your fellow students and learn about the programs & student initiatives. Talk to residents at a local retirement home over ice cream during the “Valler Aktion” with WHUSH (WHU Studenten Helfen).

Learn about the drivers of sustainability management and how it is integral to the core functions of business during Introduction to Business Administration.

Gain first insights into the interplay of business and regulatory requirements when learning about the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) as part of Introduction to Financial Accounting (Asst. Professor Barbara Stage).

*Examples provided for illustrative purposes only

2nd Semester
Join the SensAbility team to help host Europe’s largest conference on social and ecological business that is entirely organized by students. After the conference, you are selected for next year’s core team.

Support the WHU Sustainability Management Center and take on projects to help sustainability topics gain more visibility within and beyond the WHU community.
A young woman and a young man are relaxing in blue armchairs in front of a large window. They are smiling and looking at an unseen person in front of them.
Summer Internship
Complete your summer internship at a green tech company, such as Enpal, a green unicorn founded by WHU graduates. Learn about the power of rapidly scaling business to support environmental goals.
A smiling young woman with long dark hair and wearing a grey sweatshirt stands in front of three large boxes of chocolate santas. She is carrying a box of large chocolate santas which are wrapped in gold foil.
3rd Semester
With a team of fellow students, develop a business idea for a sustainable startup during Entrepreneurship (Professor Dries Faems). Pitch your business to WHU alumni working in VC.

In Public Finance (Professor Christian Hagist) delve into the complex challenges of setting up a country’s public finances to support current and future generations in a sustainable manner.

Help WHUSH (WHU Studenten Helfen) with their annual Chocolate Santa initiative in support of the children’s cancer ward Koblenz.
A group of around 20 young people pose and smile for the camera in front of a large screen on which is written SensAbility - The WHU Impact Summit. Many of them are holding colourful flowers.
4th Semester
Work through a range of case examples to understand how social and green entrepreneurs navigate the challenges and opportunities they encounter as they balance financial and nonfinancial ambitions for their businesses in the course Sustainable Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Professor Priscilla Kraft).

Develop as a leader in your role in the core team of SensAbility. The conference in March offers an energizing and purpose-driven experience as well as interactions with thought-provoking speakers, your fellow students, and other participants.
Eine junge Frau mit langen blonden Haaren, die eine langärmelige schwarze Bluse trägt und einen weißen Ordner in der Hand hält, steht lächelnd vor der Kamera. Im Hintergrund sitzen sechs Studierende an einem Tisch und arbeiten an zwei aufgeschlagenen Notebooks.
Summer Internship
Complete your second summer internship and join adidas, for instance, as a Sustainable Finance intern. Explore how sustainability questions are increasingly moving beyond CSR into the more “traditional” financial steering architecture of business. Conduct in-depth market research on current trends and contribute new ideas to the team.
Semester Abroad
Complete a semester abroad at, for instance, the BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo. Gain first hand insights into the inherent tension of using fossil fuel income to finance a socially just transition towards a decarbonized economy. Travel to Sweden and Finland to visit fellow students on their semester abroad in Scandinavia.
Ein schmaler junger Mann mit dunklem Haar und Brille, der ein Graduierungskleid mit blauer Schärpe trägt, steht neben einem kleineren Mann im dunklen Anzug mit weißem Hemd und einer marineblaue Krawatte. Sie lächeln beide in die Kamera, und der Absolvent hält stolz eine Urkunde in der Hand.
6th Semester
Explore the tradeoffs between growth and sustainability in the seminar Sustainable Marketing: Research and Practice (Asst. Professor Anna-Karina Schmitz).

Write your bachelor’s thesis on Transforming Urban Mobility Landscapes in Europe with Professor Stefan Spinler; Your thesis is shortlisted for the In Praxi Outstanding Thesis Award, which recognizes a thesis that generates impact for both business and society.

As graduation approaches, you are planning out your gap year, looking at a combination of an internship in the sustainability practice of a strategy consulting firm, an internship in the Berlin office of your local member of the German parliament and a stint at a nature conversation project abroad.

Why WHU is right for you

Grow with a globally recognized degree from Germany’s top business school.
Study in Germany and at any one of our 220+ excellent partner universities.
Small classes and excellent facilities ensure you have more quality time with our outstanding faculty leaders.
We are a supportive community. We offer a diverse range of student clubs and activities. And we want you to have an unforgettable three years.

Your successful career starts here

What will you learn during the program?

A broad curriculum with a focus on developing leaders.

From core modules to chosen subjects, data analysis to intercultural competence, psychology to sustainability. Your curriculum will pack six semesters with creative challenge and deep discussion.

Everything you need to know to join WHU.

Your grades are important. But they are not the only thing we’re interested in …

We require a secondary school diploma or equivalent. We need you to be proficient in English. But after that, it’s all about you – your passion, your experience, and your motivation. If that sounds good, we would love to meet you.

Funding should not stop your future.

We offer simple financing options and scholarships. We know a WHU Bachelor Program is a solid investment in your future. We believe financing should not stand in your way. Ask about our financing options and scholarships for talented candidates.

You can start something amazing. Today.

Apply online. Our system is easy-to-use. From uploading your documents to interviewing with our faculty leaders, our application process is entirely online and really simple. The best way to secure your place is to apply early. So why not begin your WHU journey today?

Be part of our close-knit community. Be part of an international family.

WHU is a supportive place to be. We take very real pride in our diverse and international student body. In our wide range of student clubs and activities. In our campus and facilities. And in every one of the thousands of lifelong friendships that started here.

Business is global. And so are we.

Don’t just learn it. Live it. Technology brings the world closer. Supply chains knit us together. Intercultural competence is a critical skill for today’s business leader. And the best way to learn it is to experience it. At WHU, you will spend one semester abroad at any one of our 220+ outstanding partner universities.

It is all about your career. And our network.

What do you want to achieve? From our award-winning career center to our international alumni network, we are always building for your life after WHU. Major employers of WHU graduates include Fortune 500 companies. While other graduates are shaping the startup scene. From here, your future looks great.

Talk with some of our current students

Alumni, in their own words

Elena Gonzalo Saul
Bachelor in International Business Administration
Class of 2023
"For me, three things make studying at WHU unique: the practice-oriented teaching style in small groups, the student initiatives, and the strong community spirit among students."
David Gazarian
Bachelor in International Business Administration
Class of 2023
"Before attending the WHU Schnuppertag, I had visited other business schools but felt like something was missing from each. At the WHU Schnuppertag, I was instantly captivated by the unique WHU spirit and while walking around campus I could see it in action: in the way students interacted with each other, how they collaborated creatively in the study rooms and how helpful all the staff was. I immediatedly felt at home and knew I wanted to study at WHU, so I began my application the following week."

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Frequently Asked Questions

BIBA is the abbreviation for Bachelor of Business Administration. This academic degree is awarded to students who have studied business administration. The standard period of study is 3 years. In the WHU degree program, you will be taught the following core content: Basic knowledge of business, sales, marketing, finance, corporate management, logistics, production and economics. From the fourth semester onwards, you can deepen your knowledge even further and specialize in the following areas: international economics, entrepreneurship, business law or sports management and event management. In addition to the core subjects, at WHU you will also benefit from numerous other events on the topics of psychology and philosophy, which will further expand your knowledge. WHU also provides you with excellent foreign language skills. During your Bachelor's program, you will choose one language from seven foreign languages. You will find more detailed information on our page: Bachelor in Business Administration - Courses & Curriculum.

With a Bachelor's degree of Business Administration, you'll have access to an almost endless range of careers in a wide variety of industries. Whether you later want to do marketing for consumer goods, plan to found your own start-up, or find stock market transactions exciting - this degree can be your perfect starting point for all this and much more. The academically based, but at the same time very practice-oriented degree program offers you a sound education in business and economics, with a focus on strategic tasks in companies. The aim of your studies at WHU is that you will later be able to manage a company or a division of a company. Postgraduate Master's programs offer the possibility of further in-depth study as well as the addition of additional subject components such as computer science, psychology, law, etc., thus creating even more Bachelor of Business Administration career options.

The career platform Stepstone.de gives an average starting salary of €35,200 for career starters with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration degree. At WHU, we do not calculate our own average for our Bachelor graduates, as the vast majority of our students either start a Master's program directly after graduating with a Bachelor's degree or continue their professional orientation in a gap year, initially with internships or an Entrepreneur-in-Residence position. An overview of the first steps after a WHU Bachelor's degree can be found here. Information on starting salaries after a Master's program at WHU can be found here. Basically, you can say that the range of Bachelor's degree of Business Administration salaries is huge. If you start at a start-up in the early stages or found your own company, you can usually not expect as much salary as if you start at a large corporation, as an analyst in investment banking or as a junior consultant in consulting. The range we see among the rather few bachelor's graduates who start their careers directly with a bachelor's degree extends from less than €35,000 to more than €65,000. 

To be able to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at WHU, you must have the following admission requirements: A university entrance qualification (e.g. IB or A-Levels), advanced English language skills and a 6-week internship. Other personal skills such as determination and organizational skills are helpful for you to successfully complete your studies.