The International Business Administration program covers all the essential areas of business and management with an international outlook. Students will develop strategic and practical perspectives on value creation in a globalized, culturally diverse, and technology-driven world. Topics that are emphasized include the management of international firms, the integration of information technology in all business areas, and the influence of the economic and cultural context on business activities. The program covers all essential areas of international business and management, combining theoretical knowledge, practical application and scientific methods.
Job description and job opportunities
With its clear focus on the management of firms in international business activities, students acquire solid labor-market qualifications for careers in a broad range of businesses, especially international and internationalizing firms. In the last years, our graduates obtained internships and positions in a variety of leading companies, including Bosch, Deloitte or KPMG.
The IBA program has taken our graduates onto a rich diversity of career paths. The academic rigor of the program prepares students for highly ranked graduate programs, such as IE Madrid or University of Amsterdam.
Due to their experience working and living with students from more than 100 countries on Jacobs University’s international campus, IBA graduates are well prepared to take on responsibility in intercultural work environments. What is more, The Jacobs Career Services Center offers students, amongst others, an exclusive internship program, individual career counseling, professional skills seminars, an online job portal, and employer networking during on-campus recruiting events.
Today’s business world requires disciplinary knowledge from graduates as well as the ability to apply this knowledge. Career-related services at Jacobs University provide information, counseling and training, networks, and events. Jacobs University’s students participate in trainings on project management, business communication, job interview skills, and more. Digital job and internship portfolios help students to prepare for their career.
The ?rst study year is characterized by a broad offer in disciplinary education that builds on and extends the students’ entrance qualification. IBA Students select introductory modules with a total of 45 CP from the CHOICE area of a variety of study programs, of which 30 CP will be from their intended major.
Students can still change to another major at the beginning of the second year of studies if they have taken the corresponding modules of the study program in the first year of studies.
IBA students take the following discipline-specific CHOICE Modules in their first year of study:
- CHOICE Module: Introduction to International Business (7.5 CP)
- CHOICE Module: Introduction to Finance and Accounting (7.5 CP)
- CHOICE Module: Microeconomics (7.5 CP)
- CHOICE Module: Macroeconomics (7.5 CP)
The combination of business administration and economics allows students to understand the interactions between the activities of individual firms and the economic environment they act in.
In their second year, students take modules with a total of 45 CP from in-depth, discipline-speci?c CORE modules. These modules aim to extend the students’ critical understanding of the key theories, principles, and methods in their major at the current state of knowledge and best practice.
IBA students take 30 CP from the following CORE modules:
- CORE Module: Applied Project Management (7.5 CP)
- CORE Module: International Strategic Management (7.5 CP)
- CORE Module: Digital Transformation and Information Economy (7.5 CP)
- CORE Module: Entrepreneurship and Innovation (7.5 CP)
- CORE Module: Marketing (7.5 CP)
- CORE Module: Organization and Human Resource Management (7.5 CP)
15 CP in CORE modules can be selected in the second year of studies according to interest and with the aim to pursue a minor in a second field of studies.
During their third year, students prepare and make decisions for their career after graduation. To explore available choices fitting individual interests, and to gain professional experience, students take a mandatory summer internship.
The 5th semester opens also a mobility window for ample study abroad options. Finally, the 6th semester is dedicated to fostering the research experience of students by involving them in an extended Bachelor thesis project.
IBA students take 15 CP of major-specific and major-related Specialization modules to consolidate their knowledge at the current state of research in areas of their choice.
IBA students choose 15 CP of the following Specialization Modules:
- Specialization: Lean Management (5 CP)
- Specialization: Managerial Accounting (5 CP)
- Specialization: Contemporary Topics in Marketing (5 CP)
- Specialization: Advanced Econometrics (5 CP)
- Specialization: Managing Public and Nonprofit Organizations (5 CP)
- Specialization: Information Economics (5 CP)
Admission to Jacobs University is selective and is based on a candidate’s school and/or university achievements, recommendations, self-presentation, and performance on required standardized tests. Students admitted to Jacobs University demonstrate exceptional academic achievements, intellectual creativity, and the desire and motivation to make a difference in the world. Please note that there is no application fee.
Fees & Finances
We believe that everyone has the right to a good education – and this is the principle we live by here at Jacobs University. This is why we offer students a personalized financial aid package to finance their studies, consisting of scholarships and deferral options, for example. You only start repaying the deferred tuition fees once you successfully entered the job market. That way you can focus completely on your studies. We are convinced that a Jacobs’ education will form the perfect foundation for your future career – that is why we are happy to invest in you. Our financing options are automatically available to you upon admission to a study program.