MBA Exchange

Academic Calendar

Fall 2018
Semester dates September, 1 - December, 31
Preferred Arrival Dates
MBA Exchange Students August, 29 - 30
MBA Double Degree Students August, 27 - 28
Mandatory Orientation Days
MBA Exchange Students August, 31
MBA Double Degree Students August, 28 - 30
Spring 2019
Semester dates January, 7 - August, 31
Short break (Optional: Independent Study) February, 18 - March, 3
Spring Term extension* April - end July
Preferred Arrival Dates
MBA Exchange Students January, 6
Mandatory Orientation Days
MBA Exchange Students January, 7**
* for those students who opt to either extend their stay or want to join the program at a later stage
**Please note: Date might still be subject to change.
Fall 2019
Semester dates September, 2 - December, 22
Preferred Arrival Dates
MBA Exchange Students September, 1*
Mandatory Orientation Days
MBA Exchange Students September, 2*
*Please note: Dates might still be subject to change.

Academic Excellence

  • 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.

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 to 1.5 - VERY GOOD
1.6 to 2.5 - GOOD
2.6 to 3.5 - SATISFACTORY
3.6 to 4.0 - SUFFICIENT
5.0 - FAIL  

  • Accredited by AACSB, EQUIS and FIBAA


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 to "student" districts such as Pempelfort, Friedrichstadt, Unterbilk, Düsseltal and the hip 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 a rent deposit of up to three months may be required.

  • 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
  • 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, and cultural events
  • Düsseldorf is situated in the state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). 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.  
  • The pass is valid 24/7; during certain hours, the pass includes taking additional people with you free of charge
  • Learn about life, work and recreation in a metropolitan German city while interacting with people from around the world. Learn more about Düsseldorf
  • Free travel to Germany cities within North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) with Regional Travel Pass. Visit  German cities like Cologne, Münster, Bonn or Aachen whenever you like
  • Discover famous cultural events within Germany, such as Oktoberfest in Munich, Carnival in Cologne and Düsseldorf 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


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 work experience (full-time job or full-time internships).

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.

After the home university has emailed the nomination to the respective exchange coordinator at WHU, the nominated student(s) 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 for each student electronically to the international office at the home university. 

If your home university is not a WHU partner university (see list of WHU partner universities), you may, under certain conditions, apply to WHU as a free mover.

For more information about our free mover program and our current tuition fees for free mover students, please contact the MBA exchange coordinator.

WHU Campus Düsseldorf

Your contact

Wiktoria Hilz

Manager International Relations Office