BACHELOR International Business – Testimonials

There are many stories around the Bachelor studies at Munich Business School. Below, current as well as former students describe their study experiences, report on their internships, and recall their semester abroad. In addition, MBS alumni provide insights into their working life.

BA students 2019

Why did you choose to study at MBS?

I wanted to study on a highly practical level, in small groups, and with an international focus. I also liked the fact that the academic calendar at MBS was tightly organized. In addition, you had to do internships, which I think is extremely important. Finally, I liked the opportunity to spend a semester abroad at a renowned international university.

Following my Bachelor's degree, I decided to do a more scientifically oriented Master of Science. For me, the combination of a practical and solution-oriented Bachelor degree with a specialized Master was the perfect path.

What are you doing today, and how do you benefit from your MBS studies in your daily work?

After completing my studies, I worked in a small management consultancy for a short time, and then moved to Google, where I worked for almost seven years in various positions. I then changed over to CHECK24, where I was able to put my previous experience to good use, and set up the online marketing team for their travel business unit. Ultimately, however, it had always been my goal to start my own company, which I did together with two strong partners in August 2018. We founded compera.at, an energy comparison site for the Austrian market.

My MBS studies help me a lot, especially in my current position as CEO. From my point of view, it is very important to understand the interrelations between different areas in order to be able to make the right decisions. For in-depth issues, there are of course specialists for each area. Studying at MBS has ensured that I have gained insights into many areas – a good foundation on which I can build today.

Which lecture was particularly interesting for you, and why?

There were many good lectures at MBS. I especially remember the cultural history lectures held by Professor Dr. Müllich. They were very interesting, and I was able to take a lot of knowledge with me, apart from the classical business administration topics.

What advice do you give to MBS freshmen for successfully starting their studies?

Be open for different topics! Many students say that they don't like working with numbers, others feel comfortable doing so. My tip would be to be open to all areas. Maybe you should do an internship in finance just because you are not fond of this area. At the end of the day, it is all about building a solid foundation, and linking many topics with each other. You can still specialize later during your career.

What recommendations do you give MBS students for a successful career start?

Definitely do some internships in different areas. For example, I never knew what I really wanted to do after my studies, and internships always provided me with some invaluable orientation. In general, I would recommend young professionals not to leer at the big corporations. In small (digital) startups or even medium-sized companies, there are often much more exciting projects. In addition, you can do a lot more, and get more responsibility more quickly. And one more thing: dare to start your own business if you have a good idea. That's where you learn the most, and the times have never been better.

Where did you spend your semester abroad? Tell us about your experiences.

I spent my semester abroad in Cape Town. That was definitely one of the best times during my studies. Cape Town is a great and affordable city. You drive from the lecture directly to the beach for surfing, and of course, you can party there, too. What more could you ask for if you get the chance to spend a semester abroad? Last, but not least, University of Cape Town is a really great university.

Where did you do your internships, and why? What did you get from your internships?

As described above, in many areas: in consulting, in the industry, and also in banking. Today, I would recommend young students to do an internship in consulting, and an internship in a startup. As an intern, you can make a difference, and learn a lot. If you have the opportunity to do an internship abroad, this is of course also a great opportunity that I would take at any time. A somewhat longer time abroad always opens up new horizons, and you can also develop yourself further on the personality level.

Which course did you find most interesting and why?

To me, economic and cultural history by Prof. Dr. Harald Müllich was highly interesting because it provided us the students with the opportunity to broaden our horizon. Over the course of the five semesters with Prof. Dr. Müllich, we were able to refresh our general knowledge and education and gained insights into art history, philosophy and history. Each semester had another topic: During the first semester, for example, we treated much general knowledge and learned things about the European Union. In the third semester, art history and the characteristics of the various eras were in the focus, and the fifth semester concentrated on philosophy.

Sometimes, the course did not really seem connected to our actual study program. But now, we are able to hold knowledgeable conversations about subjects related to the arts, to history and to philosophy. In my own personal view, this is rather important.

What is the topic for your Bachelor’s thesis and what is it all about?  

I wrote my Bachelor’s thesis in cooperation with Fendt. Fendt is a subsidiary of the big American corporation AGCO.

This cooperation emerged thanks to an event that was organized by one of our MBS lecturers. There, I had the opportunity to present my seminar paper on “Smart Farming – Pay per Use” to various business partners such as Audi, Lufthansa, BMW, Fendt and others.

As a result, I made contact with Fendt and this is also how I got my Bachelor’s thesis that discusses the international wine market.

What advice do you give to MBS freshmen for successfully launching their study program?

In my opinion, the most helpful advice is to get well organized. MBS offers a host of courses, there are exams even during the semester, not only when it’s exam time. The many team projects can make organizing even more difficult because they bind the students to their teams.

Therefore, my advice to freshmen is: Find a good team with which you can work. Manage your time well. Respect others and take their needs seriously. Working in a team does not mean asserting yourself by hook or crook.

To me, a good team is characterized by harmony, where participants get along, where people understand and communicate with each other. A good team must function well and come up with results. I cannot give you much instruction on how to find the perfect team. You simply must experiment until you find a suitable constellation.

What do you learn in the Bachelor International Business study program?

In the Bachelor International Business study program, students get brilliant and profound insights into diverse disciplines that include accounting, marketing, finance and many other fields. Not only do students get in-depth theoretical knowledge of many subcategories of these modules, but the professors employ a very high practical teaching method, which enables students to apply what they learn in the real world. Moreover, they also get the chance to learn a new language during this program and even have the opportunity to select a geographic specialization based on the language they have chosen.

Why did you choose to study at MBS?

I have decided to opt for my Bachelor’s degree at Munich Business School because the school provides a broad academic offering coupled with practical teaching methods. Lessons and lectures are being taught by professors who have outstanding professional experience in their respective fields. Moreover, the highly personal and individualized approach between lecturers and students was another reason for me to choose MBS.

Bilingual Track or English Track – which language track did you choose, and why?

I decided to complete my Bachelor in English because I saw it simultaneously both as challenge and immense opportunity. Even though English is not my native language, I was convinced that completing this academic degree in a foreign language would be highly beneficial in my future professional life. In addition, the English program has led me to vastly improve my linguistic competencies due to the lectures but also the social interactions with students from all around the globe. Completing one’s Bachelor does indeed pose a challenge but I recommend it to every prospective student.

Why were you studying International Business?

I studied International Business because, in my opinion, an international study focus has been getting more and more important nowadays. We live in times characterized by increasing internationality. As an employee, you are no longer bound to a certain location but are instead able to work anywhere. International Business offers the chance to gain economical expertise not only on a national, but on an international level as well. For me, a pure business administration study program would not have been sufficient.

Why did you choose to study at MBS?

I chose MBS because there are small classes with no more than 30 fellow students at the very most. This familiar atmosphere provides room to ask any kind of questions and discuss various views. The international background of the students and lecturers guarantees an intense exchange of experiences nonetheless. In addition, I really liked the option to select two business concentrations. The basic courses taking place during the first semesters provide an overview of the different business areas, enabling you to make a decision on which concentrations to pick. Furthermore, I liked being able to gather practical experiences during the three internships as well as international experience during my semester abroad.

Which business concentrations did you pick, and why?

My concentrations were International Marketing and International Human Resources Management. I picked International Marketing because during my basic courses I noticed that I am really interested in this area. I could imagine working in the marketing field later on. International Human Resources Management was my second choice because I eventually wanted to work on the management level. Even if I won’t, it is a huge advantage to know a thing or two about the different leadership styles.

In the course of his Bachelor studies at Munich Business School (MBS), Christian Klemenz discovered within himself a strong entrepreneurial spirit. The passion for beer is anyway an inborn character trait of Christian, who was born in Upper Franconia: The region has the world’s greatest density of breweries.

“So why not connect both elements?” Christian asked himself. With his proprietary, export-focused beer brand, an ever growing network of beer shops and the vision of enhancing awareness and appreciation for the product beer, Christian emerged as Germany’s first “Beerpreneur” within a few years. And as if that were not enough, Christian has been passing on his knowledge as a business founder and entrepreneur to other MBS students as well as supporting young startups with help and advice. 

read more...

Why did you decide to study at MBS?

I had originally started my studies at a public university. But unfortunately, all lectures were held in German and were hardly oriented at any international context. Furthermore, chances to participate in an international exchange program or a semester abroad were rather small. Thus, I began shopping around for other study programs. Finally, I found MBS: Here, I was able to attend classes in English, add a second language to my curriculum without any problem, and could also spend a semester abroad.

One more reason for my opting for MBS was the selection of the lecturers – an interesting array of professors from classical university research to the likes from corporate practice. It was this special mix that made primarily the subjects of law and business administration incredibly interesting.

What are your present professional activities and how was your entry into professional life?

Near the end of my studies, I completed an eight-month internship at Sony Music in Munich. Then, I wrote my Bachelor thesis on a musical topic, offering helpful recommendations for actions to Sony.

The internship and the Bachelor thesis not only enabled me to acquaint myself better with the company, but also allowed me to show my commitment to Sony. Today, I am a Junior Manager for Sony Music, developing strategies for digital music consumption.

What recommendations for a successful career launch do you have for MBS students?

My experience proves that it pays to know one’s specific personal strengths and interests. If you are aware of your talents and passions, you can display and prove them with particular self-confidence and convincingly during an internship or address them in a job interview.

Other points are creativity and curiosity: There are so many interesting companies and areas that, at least in the beginning, you should avoid narrowing your focus to anything specific.

Why did you choose Munich Business School?

Choosing to do my Bachelor’s degree at Munich Business School was an easy decision. Amongst other universities I had visited and was considering, Munich Business School fulfilled all my requirements. It is a top tier university in Germany, and focuses highly on smaller group and open debate style teachings – highly practicable for the business world. I found that Munich Business School offered a great mix between theory and practice. Everything is tailored to getting used to a real business environment and succeeding there. What intrigued me greatly was that the professors were themselves in-part still active in the business world, thus bringing with them highly practical and up-to-date methods and practices.

Where did you spend your semester abroad? Tell us about your experiences.

For my semester abroad, I traveled to Dublin, Ireland, a country I was fascinated with and terribly wanted to learn more about. Munich Business School presented me with the opportunity to spend six months in the country and through their strong network of partner universities give me the experience I was seeking. At the International School of Dublin just next to Trinity College, I was fully immersed in the Irish lifestyle and mentality. I was able to gain a deep understanding of the country, their people and their economics and outlooks towards the dominant companies present in the Dublin area. I was part of a thirty-person class give or take, and was able to experience the same quality and attention of the educators in Dublin as I did in Munich. All in all, the experience was fantastic and allowed me to broaden my horizons.

How did enjoy Munich and your student life in Germany?

Munich was the best possible choice for me as a city to conduct my studies in. Coming from Istanbul, a highly chaotic and stressful city, I was pleased to settle into a relatively small city, which had the atmosphere of a small town but the possibilities each large city should offer. Simply through its geographic location, Munich offered dozens of opportunities for quick road trips to Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic and many more, and quick flights back to Turkey and further abroad. Perhaps what surprised me most was the Bavarian people themselves, their warm-hearted attitude and openness really took me in and made me feel comfortable and welcomed in Munich. I can positively say that I feel at home in Munich. The city offers a little bit of everything to everyone, be it a nice swim and BBQ session at the Isar or the English Gardens, to high level sport clubs, to riding horses. In the end, the city is what you make of it.

Where did you spend your semester abroad, and why? What special experience did you have during this semester abroad?

I spent my semester abroad at Regent‘s University in London. I opted for London because I’d never been there and always had been interested in the city. I selected Regent‘s University for the diversity of the programs offered, and because it allowed me to live directly on the campus.

The University’s great setting, directly within Regent‘s Park, enabled me to easily and swiftly reach all places by subway. Accommodations were, of course, not as nice as an own apartment, however, what mattered most to me were the social aspects. I connected with the other students very quickly, because many exchange students from various nations were living on the campus. Thus, I was able to gain a very broad impression about various cultures.

Where did you do your internships, and what have you gained from doing these?

In the course of my studies, so far I spent an internship at MAHAG GmbH in their Audi department in Munich, and an internship abroad in Dallas, Texas, with Primera Inc., a real estate company; another internship at Zeppelin GmbH will follow in September.

My personal highlight was the internship in Dallas: The company introduced me to the commercial real estate and warehouse market in Texas and showed me the difference between German and American companies. I learned a lot in the areas of project development and project implementation, because I was personally involved in the development of a new office building.

Which International Focus did you choose and why?

During the first three semesters of my studies, I had registered for the “Chinese” course. I opted for this language because China is a growing market and I am very interested in the Chinese culture, which is founded on ancient traditions that date back thousands of years. On the one hand, we learned the language, on the other hand, we also had a lecture on Chinese culture, which impressed me a lot.

I noticed that many things that are not normal to us are seen as self-evident in Chinese culture and are seen from a different angle. For Germans, for example, a contract stands unquestioned once it is signed, whereas for the Chinese everything remains negotiable, because to them, everything is constantly in a state of flow

What advice do you give to MBS freshmen for successfully launching their study program?

Good time management is a very valuable attribute that is associated with successful studies at MBS from the very beginning, but especially in the upper semesters. Early learning effort is highly recommended because the basic knowledge acquired in the first semesters is applied in a more practice-oriented manner in subsequent semesters. MBS students are very diverse, both those in the English track and those in the bilingual track, so one can learn quite a bit from each other. Working together with as many fellow students as possible pays off with the numerous group assignments, as you get to know your fellow students better – not only personally, but also in the academic environment.

Where did you spend your semester abroad, and why? What special experience did you have during this semester abroad?

Before attending MBS, I spent a year abroad in America, where I got to know the value of other languages, cultures, and perspectives first hand. At MBS, I wanted to explore its counterpart, the Far East, too; so I enrolled in the Chinese course and chose the Asian focus. Enthralled by Chinese characters and culture, I spent my semester abroad at Hong Kong University, where I enjoyed one of the most experience-filled years of my life. The social interactions with western and Asian exchange students as well as with the Hong Kong people themselves have left their mark on me. But the most impressive thing of all was the successful international interaction in an unbelievably dynamic city.

Where did you do your internships, and what have you gained from doing these?

I did my first internship in a social media agency in Munich and was able to learn a lot there because of the heavy workload. I also continue to appreciate the experience I gathered in professional dealings and efficient working methods.

My internship abroad in Qingdao, which is in northern China, was arranged through the “InternChina” program. I stayed with a Chinese host family and worked for an importer of German wines, where I learned a lot about China’s people and dealing with them.

I did my last internship for my MBS studies at BMW. Technical knowledge, international etiquette, and a certain self-confidence from my studies helped me to dive into the working world and to participate actively. I also wrote my thesis in cooperation with BMW.

What is the topic of your Bachelor’s thesis and what is it all about?

I wrote my Bachelor’s thesis on the topic of “Business Model Innovation” in cooperation with BMW. I examined innovation labs, accelerators, and incubators of other companies for their processual and structural implementation with a view to deriving a benchmark. The problem statement dealt with in my Bachelor’s thesis became very real because I cooperated with a company and was able to experience directly how theory is implemented in practice in various ways. The conversations and interviews for collecting data empirically were especially interesting because I was not only able to collect statements on the topic, but also insights into the various companies and industries.

Why did you decide to study at MBS?

I had just come back from my work-and-travel year in Australia and knew that I wanted to do business studies and at the same time improve my English skills. I also wanted to spend some time in my hometown Munich, so studying abroad was not an option.

A friend then recommended MBS to me. The English Track was the perfect solution for me, and the opportunity to spend a semester abroad at one of MBS's international partner universities convinced me, as well.

In which company and area are you working now? Could you describe a typical working day?

I have been working at Procter & Gamble in England as Finance Manager for two years. After an internship in Dublin, I got my first job as a Sales Finance Analyst in Leeds. About one year later, I moved on to our Northern European Quarter in London, where I have been working as the UK/Ireland Finance Manager for our home care brands (Fairy, Mr. Clean, and Febreze) since August 2017.

There is no typical working day, but I spend a lot of time designing our pricing and market strategy.

How well did the studies at MBS prepare you for your career entry?

Studying at MBS gave me a great overview of the business world, both in a scientific sense and applied to everyday working life. What distinguishes MBS from other universities is its focus on soft skills: you learn a lot of stuff such as how to make a presentation particularly catchy, or how to negotiate successfully. 

What are your plans for your professional future?

Every day, I learn something new in my job, and I have the opportunity to work in different cities and cultures. This is really important to me. I find it incredibly exciting to work abroad and to build a life here in the UK.

In a few years, I would like to travel the world again, then start an own business and apply all the experience I have gained during my studies, travelling, and working life to my own company. I am really looking forward to the freedom of being my own boss.

 REQUEST INFO        APPLY ONLINE

 

 

Contact & Information

 CONTACT US

 REQUEST INFO

Christine Heber – Program Advisor Bachelor International Business

Program Advisor Bachelor International Business

Christine Heber, M.A.

+49(0)89 547678-272

bachelor(at)munich-business-school.de

 

 

Educations Fairs