WHU is proud to welcome many international MBA exchange students to Düsseldorf each year.

Düsseldorf has about 600,000 inhabitants and is located in North Rhine-Westphalia. As a good-sized city, it benefits from very good infrastructure, including especially efficient public transport. Düsseldorf's cityscape is characterized by various cultures, with Düsseldorf even being home to the largest Japanese community in Germany. Internationality, its state capital status, and a strong economy are what make Düsseldorf unique. Moreover, there is a wide range of sports and cultural activities available, especially for our students.

Academic Calendar for Spring 2023

Flexible Semester Dates   January, 06 - August, 31, 2023*
Orientation   Will be arranged individually

Academic Calendar for Fall 2023

Flexible Semester Dates   September, 01 - December, 21, 2023*
Orientation   Will be arranged individually

*Please note: Dates might still be subject to change.

Courses and workload at WHU

The MBA Exchange Program offers a selection of courses from our WHU Full-Time and Part-Time MBA Programs, covering topics such as Marketing & Sales, Advanced Finance & Accounting, Operations, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and Strategy & Organization. The classroom lectures are very interactive, often including guest speakers, company visits, and real-life case studies. Small class sizes allow the renowned professors to provide a high level of top-quality mentoring.

The course offer is normally available 2-3 months before the start of the semester and is sent to you via email. Registration takes place approximately 2 months before the start of the semester, also via email. Each Full-Time and Part-Time MBA course is worth 3 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). 1 ECTS credit equals 8 contact hours or generally 25-30 hours of overall workload, including lectures, group work, cases, lectures and exam preparation, for example.

A normal workload at WHU is 5-7 courses per semester. However, you should always talk to your home university advisers so that you can fulfill your home university requirements.

Career Services:

In addition to our regular course offers, exchange students are welcome to use the excellent services offered by our Career Center:

  • Networking events, including company presentations
  • Recruiting Days on our Vallendar Campus
  • Customized Career Center Newsletter, including a job and internship database

Visit the website of our outstanding Career Service Center to get more information, including active companies and placement statistics.

Apply for admission as an exchange student

After your home university has emailed your nomination to the MBA exchange coordinator at WHU, you will receive instructions for the online application procedure via email. Shortly after the application deadline, we will process the complete online applications and send the letter of acceptance electronically to the international office at your home university.

The nomination deadline for the fall semester is June 1, and the nomination deadline for the spring semester is October 1.

MSc and MBA exchange students may apply for our MBA Exchange Program if they fulfill the following admission requirements:

  • Minimum Age: 24 years
  • Fulfill one language requirement below:
    • English as mother tongue
    • Completed or currently studying in a university degree program taught and examined entirely in English
    • Minimum internet-based TOEFL score of 100 points
    • Minimum 7.0 in IELTS
  • Additionally, MSc students wishing to enroll in our MBA Exchange Program need to prove two years of full-time work experience (full-time job or full-time internships).


If your home university is not a WHU partner university, you may, under certain conditions, apply to WHU as a freemover. For more information about our freemover program and our current tuition fees, please contact our MBA exchange coordinator.

Free travel pass for the NRW state

Unfortunately, WHU cannot offer exchange students university-sponsored housing in Düsseldorf. After the application deadline, you will be provided with 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 "student" districts such as Pempelfort, Friedrichstadt, Unterbilk, Düsseltal, and the trendy district of Flingern Nord. Our exchange students will receive a free travel pass for the NRW state, allowing for free travel to cities within the state (e.g., Cologne) and within Düsseldorf. 

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