Finding Your University

Deciding what university is best for you depends on many things such as your personal considerations, academic requirements, your study program at MBS, the numbers of spots available as well as the courses offered at the host university. This section will help you in this finding process by providing essential information as well as a link to the MBS Partner university online database.

Which languages do you speak? Which languages do you want to improve?
Do you feel comfortable taking courses in a foreign language other than German or English? Do you want to take courses in English, but practice another language with the locals?

Which international focus have you chosen at MBS? What are your concentrations (MA IB)?
All students: Your semester abroad can be a great way to experience the region you have been learning about in your classes.

Master IB students: You will need to take courses in at least one of your concentrations. When searching for a university, check whether it offers classes in your concentrations.

What costs are involved?
There are different types of semester abroad options associated with different costs. Besides tuition, also make sure to factor in the cost of living in your host city, travel, visa fees etc. More information can be found on the Finances page.

Financing your studies

What are your future career plans?
Do you want to work outside of Germany later on? If so, a semester abroad is a great way to build connections with potential future employers and professors who could write letters of recommendation.

Do you want to attend an MBS partner university or apply as a freemover?
MBS has partnership agreements with over 60 universities around the globe. Applying to a partner university can mean a reduced cost compared to other applicants and more resources and support from the International Center throughout the application process. If you would like to attend a non-partner university, you must complete a request to attend a non-partner university form and be mindful that this will mean less support from the International Center team.

Download Application to attend a non-partner university

Requirements of the Host University

Language Requirements
Most universities require either the TOEFL or the IELTS. Check out the partner university database for detailed information. Make sure your test scores are still valid (2 years from test date) and/or schedule a new test. For some universities, you may also need to show language proficiency if you want to take classes in the host language (e.g. Spanish).

Academic Requirements
For Bachelor students going abroad during their 4th semester, the 1st and the 2nd semester grades (GPA or NC) count. For Bachelor students going abroad during their 6th semester, the 1st though 4th semester grades count. For MA-IB/MBA-IM/SBC students the 1st semester grades count (there are exceptions for dual degrees).

GPA/NC 2.5 or better

→ Free choice of university

GPA/NC 2.8 or better

→ Fewer choices

GPA/NC otherwise

→ Very limited choice of universities

Students who have open MBS exams have limited choices for their semester abroad. Bachelor students with open exams which amount to more than 24 ECTS may not be able to go abroad (see examination rules for the program) or may have very limited choices. Students pursuing a dual degree must have successfully completed ALL courses to qualify for the dual degree program.

How to calculate your GPA (NC)

Repeat Exams at MBS
If you have open MBS exams, you will need to repeat the exams during the following semester (May or December) in person at MBS.  Please check at the host university’s academic calendar to ensure that their semester does not overlap with the MBS repeat exam time. Otherwise, students must be prepared to travel back to Munich to take part in the exam.

Additional & Specific Requirements
Some universities and programs may have additional requirements that your Study Abroad Advisor will inform you about. The additional requirements may include a certain amount of work or internship experience, completing certain courses at MBS (mostly for Dual Degrees) etc.

MBS Requirements

Rules for Choosing Courses Abroad - Approval from MBS
During your time abroad you must complete certain course requirements. Each MBS program has different requirements and all courses must be pre-approved by MBS prior to the actual course registration abroad.

While you are abroad - choosing the right courses for your MBS program

Recognition of Courses - Learning Agreement
Students will also need to submit a Learning Agreement to MBS once they have received pre-approved from MBS for their courses abroad.

The Learning Agreement verifies that your courses are approved and that the credits can be transferred back to MBS and applied to your degree.

Download Learning Agreement

Spot Limitations at Host University

There are limited spaces at the host university and therefore space restrictions. However, since MBS has such a wide network of partners, students have many study options and most likely get their first choice, provided they qualify and meet all requirements.

  • General information about the study abroad and dual-degree options
  • Detailed information on each MBS international partner university, including range of courses, admission requirements, number of spots, tuition fees etc.
  • Names of MBS students who have previously studied at the university
  • Student feedback reports of MBS students

MBS Partner University database

Head of International Center

Responsible for Partnerships & Dual Degree Development
Erasmus Management

Elvira Stephenson Soetewey, MBA
international(at)munich-business-school.de
+49 (0)89 547678-11

Office Hours: Tue-Fri, 9:00-17:00 CET

Prior to her employment at Munich Business School in 2008, Ms. Stephenson lived in the U.S.A. where she obtained her Bachelor and MBA degree and worked as a director in various positions at a U.S. university.


Study Abroad Advisor

Responsible for Asia, Oceania, Latin America, North America, Africa & Middle East
Manager, Buddy Program

Friederike Habbel, MSC
Friederike.Habbel(at)munich-business-school.de
+49 (0)89 547678-274

Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 9:00-17:00 CET

Ms. Habbel joined MBS in October 2016, after a 10-year stay in the U.S.A. where she obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degree. In addition to her studies, she also worked at a U.S. university as an assistant director in student services. She is fluent in German and English.


Study Abroad Coordinator

Responsible for Eastern & Western Europe

Alice Fortunato, M.A.
alice.fortunato(at)munich-business-school.de
+49 (0)89 547678-284

Office Hours: Mon-Thur, 13:00-17:00 CET

Ms. Fortunato joined the MBS International Center in 2018. Besides her native tongue Italian, she is fluent in German, English, Spanish and French. She is also a part-time language instructor.


Manager Undergraduate Exchange Program
Incoming Exchange & Study Abroad Coordinator

Daniela Ludwig, B.A.
daniela.ludwig(at)munich-business-school.de
+49 (0)89 547678-270

Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 9:00-17:00 CET

Ms. Ludwig joined MBS in 2011. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in the U.K. and has formerly been employed in a leading position in the hospitality & service area. She is fluent in German and English. Early 2018, she has taken over the management of the undergraduate exchange program where she also teaches Crosscultural Awareness and Communication.

 Contact us


Office Hours: Tue-Fri: 9-17 CET

Head of International Center &
Erasmus Program

Elvira Stephenson-Soetewey, MBA

+49 (0)89 547678-11
international(at)munich-business-school.de

Office Hours: Mon-Fri: 9-17 CET

Study Abroad Advisor
Asia, Oceania, Latin America, North America, Africa & Middle East

Friederike Habbel, MSc

+49 (0)89 547678-274
Friederike.Habbel(at)munich-business-school.de