How can organisations successfully handle the problems that arise when they operate in an international environment? How can they create public value? Which managerial and entrepreneurial skills support a sustainable development at the national and international levels? What are the differences between successful and less successful start-ups? These are some of the issues that the English- language Bachelor programme International Business Administration & Entrepreneurship (IBAE) will teach you to handle.
Studying International Business Administration & Entrepreneurship
In the Bachelor programme IBAE, you acquire the core managerial and entrepreneurial skills for working in a rapidly changing and complex global environment. The programme prepares you for jobs in the various sub-fields of business administration, in particular within companies with an international profile.
The programme puts a special emphasis on a managerial and entrepreneurial orientation from an international perspective. The theory and practice of entrepreneurship will be one of the main focus points throughout the programme.
You will gain knowledge about various business processes and managerial functions, such as accounting, finance, marketing, and organisational behaviour. How the global business environment affects managerial and entrepreneurial practice will be another focus point.
For example, you will learn how technological shifts such as digitisation transform organisations and create new business opportunities, how companies can handle social and ethical challenges, and how laws and regulations affect businesses. You will also become competent in using qualitative and quantitative methods to conduct sound analyses that can inform managerial decision-making.
Management as a Liberal Art
Combining all these understandings constitutes a holistic approach to business education that follows the ideal of “Management as a Liberal Art.” The IBAE programme prepares you for positions in organisations with an international profile and for pursuing entrepreneurial activities in a responsible manner.
Developing a broad understanding of business, building entrepreneurial skills, and reflecting on responsibility and accountability are core competencies to take on the challenges of the 21st century.
A Vibrant Community
The small cohort size allows vivid interaction with fellow students and lecturers. By exploring interesting and relevant topics together, you acquire relevant knowledge and learn how to critically question established understandings. Thereby you also learn to work in different contexts and to deal with change.
We welcome students who:
- are engaged, curious, and strive to understand the world in an analytical, systematic, and critical-reflective way
- approach their individual study and career development in an independent, proactive, and entrepreneurial way
- think beyond the pure profit orientation of business and demonstrate a genuine interest in how business can contribute to society
You are WRONG at the IBAE programme if you expect:
- A standard/conventional business administration (BWL) degree
- A clear-cut disciplinary orientation without insights from neighboring academic disciplines (e.g., sociology, political science, psychology, philosophy, etc.)
- A long-established and set-in-stone study program
- A hands-on, primarily practice-oriented business degree without theoretical reflection and without a scientific-methodological orientation
- Being trained in a specialist rather than a generalist profile
You are RIGHT at the IBAE programme if you expect:
- A critical-reflective look at international business, management, and entrepreneurship – one which rethinks the value creation of business in a broader sense (i.e., beyond mere profit-maximisation)
- A clear theoretical and methodological orientation – but without losing sight of the practical challenges of business, international business, management, and entrepreneurship
- A clear international research orientation
- An interdisciplinary orientation – especially through the liberal arts education in the Leuphana Semester, the Complementary Studies, and the choice of a minor from a neighboring discipline
- Academic education in a generalist rather than a specialist profile (in the same context, note that many leadership positions require generalist and analytical skills rather than subject-specific expertise)
At a Glance
- Degree awarded: Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.)
- Duration: 6 semesters (3 years)
- Start of course: winter semester (October)
- Number of student places: 67
- Language: English (no German required)
- Study abroad: possible
- Admission restrictions: yes
About the School
Leuphana University established Germany’s first public college. Its Graduate School merges the academic demands of masters and doctorates, and its own Professional School offers highly regarded furthe ... Read More