Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration and Entrepreneurship


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Program Description

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

Your Choice

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
Last updated May 2020

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

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 further education programmes. Read less