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.
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.
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).
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
→ 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Responsible for Partnerships & Dual Degree Development
Elvira Stephenson Soetewey, MBA
+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.
Responsible for Asia, Oceania, Latin America, North America, Africa & Middle East
Manager, Buddy Program
Friederike Habbel, MSC
+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.
Responsible for Eastern & Western Europe
Alice Fortunato, M.A.
+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.
Daniela Ludwig, B.A.
+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.
Office Hours: Tue-Fri: 9-17 CET
Office Hours: Mon-Fri: 9-17 CET