Three of eight semesters abroad – this is what the University of Mannheim offers you with the International Business Education Alliance, in short: IBEA, study option in the Bachelor's program in Business Administration. Apart from spending five regular semesters at the University of Mannheim, you will broaden your academic and intercultural competences at leading business schools in the US, Singapore and Brazil.
I applied for IBEA because I found the program to be the perfect blend of academic excellence and cultural advancement. My expectations were exceeded. With IBEA I not only developed academically and professionally, but also grew as a person with the other students, made possible through the composition of this unique international cohort!
The IBEA study option gave me the opportunity to look at the economy from a 360-degree perspective. The courses tailored to the different countries, living together with the IBEA cohort and dealing directly with three different cultures have allowed me to mature academically and above all – as a person. For me, IBEA means having unforgettable experiences and making lifelong friends.
For me, IBEA means the privilege of being able to develop not only academically and professionally, but also personally in an environment that could hardly be more global. The contrasts between the countries and the personalities within IBEA are unique and make you think in completely new perspectives. But what surprised me the most, was how much the cohort is growing together into a community and how friendships and networks develop that will continue long after IBEA.
Students in their second semester of the bachelor's program in Business Administration have the opportunity to apply for the IBEA study option. All IBEA students start the program in Mannheim in the fourth semester. They will then study together as an international cohort. They will travel to the University of South Carolina (USA) in the fifth semester, to the ESSEC Singapore campus in the sixth, and to the FGV EBAPE in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in the seventh. All students will return to their home universities to complete their studies before graduating in the eighth semester.
Students will receive the IBEA certificate after successfully completing the program.
For Mannheim students, the fifth semester will serve as the regular integrated semester abroad.
A specifically designed course program is offered to the IBEA group at all locations.
You will take the culture course ISC 470 Business, Culture, and Society by lecturer Alexander Pfisterer in Mannheim. This will give you insights into the current economic situation in Germany and into Germany’s role within Europe. The course addresses economic, cultural, and social relationships.
The cohort-specific course TAX 470 Business and Corporate Taxation in Europe by Prof. Spengel, a leading expert in international taxation, describes Europe’s taxation system. This information will be subsequently applied to the corporate project in Mannheim: Students will spend six to eight weeks working on projects in multinational teams at EY in Stuttgart and PwC in Frankfurt, and will present them to the corporate partners.
Further course information is available in the module catalogue.
Is the IBEA study option just right for you? We look forward to receiving your application, following your successful admission to our Bachelor of Business Administration.
Applicants should be motivated and prepared to broaden both, their academic and cultural horizon. Apart from above-average grades and comprehensive language skills (English is mandatory, other languages a bonus), you should demonstrate excellent intercultural and social skills. Extracurricular activities and practical experience will be advantageous.
Interested students enrolled in the bachelor's program in Business Administration at the University of Mannheim may apply during their second semester. The deadline for the application documents, which have to be handed in at the International Office, is 30 April.
A detailed application instruction can be downloaded from the website of the International Office a few weeks before the application deadline. This step-by-step guide explains what you need to submit and comply with when applying for the IBEA study option.
You can apply for both the Double Degree and the IBEA Program!