Business Administration

Degree
Bachelor of Science
Requirements
General university entrance qualification (Allgemeine Hochschulreife)
or subject-specific university entrance qualification/business branch
Language requirements
German C1
Admission restriction
No
Selection procedure
No
Enrollment period winter semester
Aug 16 - Oct 08
Place of study
Ingolstadt
Start of the program
Winter semester
Standard length of the program
6 Semester
Semester fee
56,00 Euro
Part-time studies possible
No

Overview

If you have an enthusiasm for business topics and an affinity for numbers and want to understand how companies function and are managed successfully, then the Ingolstadt School of Management (WFI) is the right place for you. The Bachelor's degree program in Business Administration is aimed at capable and committed students with a general or subject-specific university entrance qualification. Communication skills, determination and the ability to work in a team also contribute to the success of the program, as many courses are interactive.

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The program in detail

Contents

Structure and conceptual design of the degree program

In the program, students complete 180 ECTS credits. They are grouped in basic studies, majors and elective modules and the Bachelor’s thesis. In addition, students will complete an introductory seminar in preparation of the Bachelor’s thesis and a module on culture and society.

In your first three semesters at the WFI, you will acquire basic knowledge on business administration. The courses cover topic areas such as business administration, economics, law, quantitative methods and business languages. The major subjects and freely elective modules can be chosen from the fourth semester. Students are given the opportunity to focus on one of five areas of specialization in-depth on the one hand, and on the other hand to select modules according to personal preferences within certain framework conditions. This structure also allows them to spend one or two semesters abroad within the program.

Structure

90 ECTS credits: required modules

The required modules in the program impart knowledge on interdisciplinary basics. These will lay the foundation for a substantiated training in business administration, irrespective of the chosen specializations.

45 ECTS credits: major

The major subject is worth 45 ECTS credits. It covers four required modules and five required elective modules. Admission for the major in Business and Psychology is capped to 40 students. The aim of the major is to further develop students’ methodological knowledge and apply learned methods in a specific disciplinary field. All required courses of the major will be held in the fourth or sixth semesters to give students the possibility to go on a semester abroad in the fifth semester.

25 ECTS credits: elective modules/minor

Students must complete elective modules worth a total of 30 ECTS credits. They can choose their elective modules freely from the entire range of majors or minors in the Bachelor’s program in Business Administration. Upon request, students also have the possibility to integrate modules completed abroad or from the entire range of modules offered at the KU into their degree program.

The elective area gives students the possibility to approach a subject in business administration, economics, business languages or law in-depth or to dedicate themselves to general scientific questions.

5 ECTS credits: culture & society

The module “Culture & Society” provides you with the opportunity to take a look beyond the boundaries of your subject. The module’s interdisciplinary approach introduces you to topics outside of your major field of study, for example in the field of philology, political science of sociology. You can also take business languages in this section.

5 ECTS credits: introductory seminar

In the introductory seminar, you will acquire the ability to work on a given topic in individual or group work sessions using scientific literature in a logical structure and in correct application of the principles for scientific work. You will expand your ability to structure and process information, to reflect critically, to put results into your own words and to present them in writing and orally. Through the exchange with your fellow students and by having to defend your work, you will receive valuable feedback regarding your presentation and argumentation skills and learn to critically deal with the results of scientific work.

10 ECTS credits: Bachelor’s thesis

Students must write their Bachelor’s thesis (10 ECTS credits) at a Chair that ideally also offers the modules of the chosen major. However, they also have the possibility to write their Bachelor’s thesis at a Chair that is not involved in their chosen major. It is generally also possible to write the Bachelor’s thesis in collaboration with a company.

Module plan

Conceptual design

In addition to the structure of the program and the examination law requirements in terms of the distribution of ECTS credits, the conceptual structure of the degree program is also important. A study plan gives you a clear overview of all modules, the form of instruction and examination, the semester schedule and the teaching language. In addition, all modules of a specialization are listed there and it is ensured that the modules build on each other with regard to the skills imparted. Depending on which major you choose, there are different requirements and possibilities for your further professional or academic life.

The program is supplemented by optional internships, stays abroad and work in student organizations.

Major

In the major, the knowledge acquired in the basic studies is linked to specific questions and the students’ knowledge is deepened further.

The major offers a wide range of in-depth courses. This ensures that students acquire relevant specialist and methodological knowledge in the respective areas of study. This results in a stronger focus on the future professional field or the choice of a subsequent Master's degree program. Interdisciplinary modules also support interdisciplinary learning processes.

The in-depth courses deal with specific problems and build on the basic studies. This allows students to focus specifically on one major.

We offer the following majors:

Business and Psychology

You acquire in-depth specialist knowledge in the fields of human resources and organization and social and organizational psychology.

Management and Marketing

You acquire comprehensive theoretical, methodological and practical knowledge in the field of marketing and strategic management.

Financial Management

Deepen your knowledge and skills in subjects such as accounting, controlling, finance and taxes. During the course of the major, the program offers further possibilities for specialization.

Supply Chain & Information Management

Learn to understand the strategic connections and common mistakes in decision-making processes. Become familiarized with problems in decision making processes in the economic field and in socio-economic interactions.

Business and Economics

This major is offered in English and has the aim of providing students with a broad basic training in business and economics, allowing them to acquire knowledge on the functioning of companies and the entire economy.

The program in awards and rankings

The degree programs offered by the Ingolstadt School of Management (WFI) regularly score top positions in popular university rankings.

  • Top positions in Trendence Graduate Baromenter 2017
  • CHE Ranking: WFI was awarded top ranking in categories “teaching offer”, “completion of programs within reasonable time period” and “students overall”
  • According to the magazine Wirtschaftswoche, the KU and its faculty WFI is among the top 20 universities in Germany for business administration programs that recruiters like to see in job applications of graduates.
  • Top rankings in 'Logistik Masters' 2016, 2017

Rankings and assessments

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KU students and alumni have voted for their University to be Germany's most popular university in the 2021 ranking of the online portal StudyCheck. The ranking was based on over 40,000 evaluations for more than 500 higher education institutions and universities. 98 percent of students questioned for the ranking would recommend studying at the KU to others.

"There is no better praise for a university than almost 100 percent of students and alumni agreeing: I can only recommend studying at the KU! That is why we are very pleased with the ranking’s outcome, because it expresses the high level of satisfaction of our students," says KU President Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gien.

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Studying abroad

Our students are at home in Ingolstadt and in the world: Multilingual degree programs and a unique network of more than 90 partner universities worldwide make the WFI a global campus with an international study atmosphere. It is with great enthusiasm that the vast majority of our students (approx. 90%) spend one or even several semesters at one of our renowned international partner universities. Irrespective of where you would like to spend your semester abroad: North America or Asia, Australia, South America or Europe – we have the perfect program for you.
We promote and supplement the study abroad with a required business language, English-language courses and additional offers from international guest lecturers.

Experience reports from semesters abroad programs at the Ingolstadt School of Management

Semester abroad in Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy

Rolf Kleylein-Feuerstein

Where did you stay: Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy

Would you recommend a stay in Bolzano to other students:

Definitely yes! If you are looking for a very modern, trilingual university, in one of the most beautiful places in Europe, Bolzano is just the right place. And please don't let the proximity to Germany scare you off. The mentality there is completely different, as are the climatic conditions. Sometimes you can't believe that it's "only" four hours by car to Ingolstadt.

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Stay abroad in Portugal

Anja Mutter

Where did you stay: in Portugal at Universidade do Porto

Tell us about your daily university life there:

A usual day at university there started with a relaxed breakfast with my roommates in our shared flat or at the Douro river. Afterwards I went to the lectures at university; I spent my free time between the courses with my friends on the university meadow or in a cafe. After I finished my tasks for the group work alone or together with the group in the library, I went to the gym, which is right next to the university. In the evening, I cooked and ate with my roommates and afterwards I spent the night in small bars or clubs.

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Stay abroad in Angers, France

Maurice Stoerk

Where did you stay: I spent my semester abroad in Angers, at the ESSCA School of Management. The partner university of WFI is one of the Grandes Ecoles in France and is Triple Crown accredited.

Tell us about your daily university life there:

Lectures were held in small classes (no larger than 20 students) and were characterized by a high proportion of group work, presentation and oral participation. I liked the concept very much, as it encouraged personal initiative.

Leisure time

Angers is a nice student town and offers numerous bars, restaurants but also nice spots like the Esplanade Coeur de Maine, which is inviting for ending the week and welcoming the weekend together with fellow students. In addition, it is a good opportunity to visit cities such as Paris, Nantes or Rennes, all of which are less than two hours away by TGV.

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Stay abroad in Finland

Jacqueline Heibel

Where did you stay? 

I spent my semester abroad at the University of Vaasa in Finland. Vaasa is a small town, but it has its charm and the campus of my host university is super beautiful, right on the waterfront.

What did you like best? 

My absolute highlight was the trip to Lapland. Shortly before Christmas we traveled far north with a group, visited Santa Claus and spent cozy days deep in the forest in cozy wooden cabins surrounded by snow. The typical Finnish ice swimming after a sauna session was a must.

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Semester abroad in the USA

Manuel Scheerer

Where did you stay?

University of California at Davis, USA

Tell us about your daily university life there? How did you spend your leisure time? 

Since we attended a total of 5 courses, we were on campus almost every day. Nevertheless, there was still more than enough time for leisure activities, and the offer at the University of California in Davis is extremely extensive. The Recreational Center offers courses for all kinds of sports. We also participated in the Intramural Soccer League. Davis is definitely a student town where there is always something going on in the evening. 

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Stay abroad in Mexico

Anna-Maria Contino

Where did you stay?

Guadalajara, Mexico

Tell us about your daily university life there? How did you spend your leisure time?

I had Spanish four times a week in addition to normal courses. In general, I liked being at the university very much, because the campus is very nice and green. There is also a gym and several canteens / cafés.

What did you like best?

Actually, "everything” – I made many friends there whom I would like to visit again soon. I also find the culture very open and warm-hearted. In addition, Guadalajara has a lot to offer and you can also travel very well from there.

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Practical connection

Students at the WFI have many opportunities to put what they have learned into practice. Thanks to collaborations with leading companies and organizations in many different fields, the KU is able to offer excellent prospects when it comes to finding internships and starting a career in Germany or abroad. Networking opportunities are provided by our University’s career fair “Company Day” and many other recruiting events, as well as presentations by companies and various workshops.

Studying at the WFI is more than ‘just’ learning. Most students are active in different student organizations. Like this, they continuously hone their soft skills and can exchange views with students from other disciplines. The “WFI spirit” means outstanding commitment.

Career possibilities and professional fields

Career prospects

Due to the broad orientation of the basic training in business administration, you have a wide variety of possible career fields to choose from after graduation:

Specialist and management positions in national and international companies and organizations or a (consecutive) Master's degree program in Germany or abroad.

Depending on the major, the training focuses on different specialist areas within a company. In addition to entering professional life, our graduates are also predestined for pursuing subsequent Master's studies.

Business & Psychology

In this major, you will gain practice-oriented knowledge to take over activities in personnel work or personnel management. The major qualifies you for cross-sectional tasks in various professional fields and the economy.

Management & Marketing

With the acquired methodical knowledge and analytical approaches, graduates of this major are ideally equipped for starting a career in strategic planning and corporate development. Graduates mainly focus on the professional fields of marketing‑ or product and service management.

Financial Management

This major is ideal for starting a career in auditing, tax consultancy and controlling, for example in banks or investment companies. Graduates also work in finance departments at companies or consulting firms.

Supply Chain & Information Management

Become an expert in one of the professional fields of logistics, production and purchasing or in the growing market for operative and/or strategic logistics consulting. In this major, students also acquire skills required for positions in information management.

Business & Economics

Graduates of this major are excellently suited as generalists in strategy consulting and in the general management of companies. Due to the focus on various specialist areas, a career in public institutions, ministries or international organizations is also possible.

What students say about the program

Maximilian Bauer

“"Small - challenging - rewarding” – these three keywords describe the business studies at the Ingolstadt School of Management very aptly. Theoretical foundations paired with practical projects in small groups have not only enabled me to build up a good relationship with fellow students and professors, but also created a valuable basis for my career.”

The KU

Campus

Short distances on campus at the KU save time and avoid stress. The campus in Ingolstadt, home to the Ingolstadt School of Management (WFI), consists of the Main Building and the New Building, separated by a peaceful courtyard. The ample green spaces on the Ingolstadt campus invite students to enjoy their surroundings outside during lecture breaks and meet fellow students. If you prefer to spend your breaks in town running errands, Ingolstadt’s city center is just a few minutes’ walk away. Other faculty buildings are the Studierendenhaus and the Hohe Schule that was home to the first Bavarian state university in the 15th century.

[Translate to Englisch:] Studierende Ingolstadt

What sets the KU apart

Studying at the KU is more than just acquiring specialist knowledge. We broaden our horizons together and take on responsibility in and beyond the individual degree programs. The KU has a particular focus on topics such as personal development, sustainability, social skills and social commitment.

It offers its students the possibility to study and work in a welcoming atmosphere and benefit from outstanding support and comprehensive service offers, a well-stocked library, a broad range of sports and leisure activities and a large global network with over 260 partner universities.

The location

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Ingolstadt is the second largest city in Upper Bavaria after Munich and is only a 30-minute drive away from the state capital. Located in the heart of the Altmühl valley and the largest hop-growing area in the world - the Hallertau - Ingolstadt has a broad cultural offer.

There are regular classical concerts in the AUDI forum, many different student events, and the Volksfeste, beer festivals that are typical for Bavaria (small Oktoberfest Wiesn festivals). Ingolstadt has many restaurants, bars, beer gardens and clubs that are all located in the historical, picturesque old town and are perfect for enjoying a beer or two with friends after the lectures. Last but not least, Munich with its vast cultural offer is just around the corner.

Together with the district of Eichstätt, the Ingolstadt region has the lowest unemployment rate in Germany. This is partly owing to the fact that many well-known large companies such as EADS, AUDI, EDEKA, Media-Markt Saturn or Hipp have their headquarters in the Ingolstadt region.

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