You would like to study in Germany and at the same time prepare for an international career? To achieve this goal, studying International Business and Management M.A. at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences could be the ideal option for you:
- Through the international curriculum, our graduates are well prepared for specialized and leading positions in international companies and organisations.
- Both German and international students from all over the world study together in intercultural teams.
- Students can opt to study abroad for a semester or even pursue a dual degree.
- The program can be studied completely in English language.
- Lecturers with international experience provide for in-depth insights into current international business and management issues.
- The master program has a strong practical orientation, which is manifested through practice-related assignments or lecturers who have previously worked in international companies.
Our students had the opportunity to attend a workshop on agile project management on November 12th, 2019. Ms. Julia Bosbach (Senior Consultant) and Ms. Ann-Christine Museler (Consultant and graduate of Hochschule Osnabrück (Business Psychology)) from Assure Consulting GmbH provided an insight into the method Scrum as an agile project management tool. The workshop consisted of two parts: during the theoretical part the students learned the basics and theories behind Scrum and how agile project management is applied in companies to manage processes and projects. During the practical part of the workshop, the students applied the method by themselves in a Scrum simulation with Lego blocks in two seperate groups. Not only did the students enjoy the interactive simulation and learned how to work with the Scrum method, they also received insights into the work of a consulting company and possible career opportunities in this field.
Current and up to date expertise is often brought into the lectures through guest speakers from companies or other organisations. Many of these workshops and presentations are held within the individual electives to provide our students with current and practical knowledge on topics relevant in their chosen specialisation. The guest speakers usually follow the invitation of the respective lecturers.
Workshop and presentations within our various electives included the following:
November 8th, 2019: Chatbots and the future of jobs - a workshop with data scientist Ashish Rai (HR Forecast)
Master students of the electives „Change Management” and “Innovation and Transformation” had the opportunity to try programming Chatbots by themselves on November 8th, 2019. After a short introduction through the Data Science expert Ashish Rai, the student teams created questions and answers typical for a recruiting process in a self-learning system. Following the analysis of the results, Prof. Dr. Heike Schinnenburg and Prof. Dr. Nicole Böhmer discussed with the students the impact Chatbots and automation will have on future jobs. At the end of the discussion, all participants agreed on the fact that many routine tasks will cease to exist, which lead to the conclusion that life-long learning, increasingly based on e-learning and self-regulated learning, will become more and more important for most people.
November 13th, 2019: Gastvortrag von Florian Fleischmann: Digital Literacy als zentrale Kompetenz der Zukunft
Wie relevant diese Aussage für die persönliche Karriereentwicklung und auch für deutsche Unternehmen ist, zeigte Florian Fleischmann (Mit-Gründer und Geschäftsführer von HR Forecast) den Studierenden des Schwerpunktes Personalmanagement am 13. November 2019 anhand von Praxisbeispielen aus verschiedenen Branchen. Mit Hilfe von Künstlicher Intelligenz (KI) wertete das Team von HR Forecast öffentlich zugängliche Daten wie Fähigkeiten, die in Stellenanzeigen gesucht werden, neue Patentanmeldungen und Aktienkurse aus. „Rekrutierungsmuster zeigen eine Mindset“, so Fleischmann. Seine Analysen machen deutlich, dass eine vergangenheitsorientierte Rekrutierungspraxis oft in eine negativen Aktienkursentwicklung mündet. Im aktiven Austausch mit den Studierenden wurde klar, wie KI die Möglichkeit bietet bisherige Organisationsstrukturen durch eine netzwerkartige Organisation zu ersetzen, in der Hierarchien verschwinden.
The presentation was held within our elective "Human Resource Management" (taught in German language).
November 19th, 2018: Gastvortrag von Tabea Schwarz: Digitaler Wandel und Datenmanagement bei der Otto-Group
Tabea Schwarz (Senior Projektmanagerin Business Intelligence Strategie & Entwicklung, Otto Group und Absolventin des Masterprogramms Business Management, HS Osnabrück) präsentierte am 19. November 2018 für die Studierenden der Schwerpunkte Change Management und Digitalisierung der Gesellschaft, wie modernes Datenmanagement nachthaltige Wettbewerbsvorteile und konkrete Umsatzpotenziale für die Unternehmensgruppe schafft.
Angesichts der Komplexität heutiger Kaufprozesse wird es für Unternehmen immer herausfordernder, die Aufmerksamkeit der Kunden zu gewinnen. Sie zeigte, wie schon heute aus einer Vielzahl von Kundenrezensionen mittels Textmining relevante Informationen für potentielle Käufer hervorgehoben werden und wie prognostische Produktlistensortierungen das Einkaufserlebnis am Endgerät verbessern können. "Es geht um die Relevanz für den Kunden", so Tabea Schwarz und zeigte auf, wie unterschiedliche Endgeräte des Kunden miteinander verknüpft werden, um ein personalisiertes Angebot zu zeigen und den Kauf zu vereinfachen. Die neuen Smart Speaker seien dabei eine neue Herausforderung für den E-Commerce. Einfacher dagegen wäre es schon heute, mit Hilfe von künstlicher Intelligenz Produktbeschreibungen zu erstellen.
Sie ermutigte alle Studierenden, sich mit dem Thema Datenmanagement zu beschäftigen: "Dazu müssen Sie keine IT´ler sein. Sie sollten einfach keine Berührungsängste haben!"
November 16th, 2018: Gastvortrag von Olga Penner: "Agile Organisationsformen der Zukunft - Wie wir uns von Hierarchien und Organigrammen verabschiedet haben!"
Am 16. November 2018 berichtete Olga Penner (Agile Transformation Coach bei der DB Vertrieb GmbH und Absolventin des Masterprogramms Business Management, HS Osnabrück) im Schwerpunkt Personal sehr anschaulich, wie seit drei Jahren die Personalabteilung zur "Agilen HR" umgebaut wird. Statt klassischer Führung setzt das Team heute auf agile, verteilte Führungsrollen mit den Prinzipien:
- HR fürs Geschäft mit mehr Transformationsbegleitung und weniger Administration
- Geteilte Führung mit einer demokratisch gewählten Führungskraft für disziplinarische Themen und fachliche Führung über die Rollen Product-Owner, Teamcoach und Team
- Fluide Teamstrukturen für eine flexible Anpassung an Themen und Personalveränderungen
- Partizipation als verankertes Organisationsprinzip bei der Weiterentwicklung der agilen HR
- Agiles Mindset bestimmt die interdisziplinäre Zusammenarbeit mit den Fachbereichen und Sozialpartnern
Sehr ehrlich diskutierte sie auch die schwierigen Punkte und machte deutlich, dass Hierarchiefreiheit sogar mehr Führung und mehr Regeln erfordert und der Umstellungsprozess auch Produktivitätsverluste mit sich brachte. "Das Tal der Tränen gab es auch bei uns. Diese Arbeitsform verlangt viel Eigenverantwortung, Leistungsbereitschaft und Gestaltungswillen; was vor allem zu Beginn nicht jedem leicht fällt", stellte sie fest.
Ganz aktuell hatte sich das Team nach den ersten zwei Jahren Pilotstatus in einem 2-tägigen Workshop mit mehr als 75% Zustimmung dazu entschieden, den begonnenen Weg weiter zu verfolgen und nicht zur alten Struktur zurückzukehren. "Und wie ist das für dich? Würdest du noch einmal in einer klassischen Hierarchie arbeiten wollen?" fragte eine Studierende aus der Gruppe. "Wenn, dann nur um sie zu verändern!" antwortet Olga Penner spontan.
The presentation was held within our elective "Human Resource Management" (taught in German language).
The Management Master programs of Hochschule Osnabrück have again achieved top scores in the current CHE Ranking 2017 / 2018 (Center for Higher Education).
The Master program "International Business and Management" has again achieved top scores in the current CHE Ranking 2017 / 2018 (Center for Higher Education). The Master program was ranked within the top group in all categories: Graduation within a reasonable study period, internationality of the study program and relation to practical work experience within the program. The renowned CHE Ranking is updated every three years and the results serve students as a guide to choose and find a suitable university and study program which fits their requirements.
As a university, Hochschule Osnabrück with its business-oriented Master programs reached the top position in the category "Management Master Programs at Universities of Applied Sciences". Excellent scores were awarded by the students in the categories "General study situation", "Graduation within a reasonable study period", "Internationality of the Master programs" and "Contact to the business world", resulting in the top rank the university has again achieved. With this result, Hochschule Osnabrück is the only University of Applied Sciences in Germany where the Management Master programs have achieved top scores in all categories.
Also in the previous CHE Ranking of 2014 / 2015 the Management Master programs of Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences have reached a top position. This excellent result could now be repeated in the current ranking.
The results of the CHE-Masterranking 2017 / 2018 were published in December 2017 in the print magazine ZEIT Studienführer and online at the ZEIT website.
In October 2020 we will welcome Prof. Bernardinus M Purwanto (PhD) from our partner university Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Prof. Purwanto will give a lecture to our third semester students in the module "Empirical Research Methods". He has been part of the IBM program as a guest lecturer for many years in the past and we are pleased having him back in the program again.
We offer two workshops of Intercultural Competernce for the first year International Business and Management´s students on October 16th and November 06th, 2020 with the following topics:
How NOT to cross a street in Germany: Survival guide for foreigners AND Germans
This tongue-in-the-cheek interactive lecture introduces students to “core German values”. With the help of a handful of humerous stories, participants will learn about the art of ordering a bread rather than a pig, the secret around the sausage and the joy to be found in a really bad mood. Participants will also get the chance to share their own funny stories about life as a foreigner in German and other cultures.
The aims of the lecture are to:
- raise students’ awareness of aspects of German culture with which many foreigners struggle and
- give them basic tools (including having a good laugh) with which they can handle challenging situations in any culture.
Becoming YOU: Identity, culture and change – making the best of your experiences in new cultural contexts
No matter where you go in the world, you take your concept of yourself with you. Our ideas about our own identity are shaped by the cultures in which we grow up. Experiences in new cultural contexts can sharpen our awareness of who we think we are and help us challenge and develop our self-concepts. Why would we want to do this? Because the image you have of yourself has effects on your wellbeing. Becoming more aware of this image and working on it can make you happier, healthier and more successful at achieving what you set out to achieve.
The aims of this workshop are to:
- raise students’ awareness of important ways in which our cultures shape our identity,
- give students basic tools with which they can reflect about their own identity and about the processes by which their self-concepts change over time and
- show students ways in which experiences in new cultural contexts can be used to challenge and further develop self-concepts.
How to write coherent academic texts
In this semidiurnal training session on December 07th, 2020, the IBM Master´s students will get the opportunity to improve their academic writing and critical thinking skills. This will be done by practical exercises and discussions with their peers and their teacher. The training has been designed to support master students who would like to become more experienced in writing term papers and similar texts requiring a high level of internal consistency and linguistic precision.
A company visit to one of the many interesting companies located in the greater Osnabrück region has become a regular event for our students. On April 17th, we will have the opportunity to visit the Central Distribution Center of adidas AG in Rieste and gain an insight into the "World" of adidas.
In May 2020, Prof. Romyen Kosaikanont, PhD, Vice President of our Partner University Mae Fah Luang University in Chiang Rai, Thailand is going to visit Hochschule Osanbrück again and will give a lecture during the block week. There will be an evening talk about the latest topic with her and our Master IBM students.
It became a cherished tradition of our Master program to get together at the end of the second semester for some food and drinks either in a restaurant or on campus. Since many students will leave Osnabrück for spending a semester abroad or pursuing a double degree at one of our partner universities from the winter semester onwards, this is always a nice occasion to meet once more as a whole group.
What makes studying at Hochschule Osnabrück unique for German and International students? Find out more on our Youtube channel what Hochschule Osnabrück means for our students: Studying at Hochschule Osnabrück & International students and lecturers at Hochschule Osnabrück.
Besides making a choice for Hochschule Osnabrück as a university, many of our students choose the Master program International Business and Management also for the following reasons:
The Master's program in International Business and Management aims to guide young people on their way to executive positions in international companies and organisations.
Balance of theory and practical content
Courses such as Global Economic Framework, International Marketing and a choice of specialisations are linked to case studies to bring in expertise that can be transferred directly to an international working environment.
Intensive training of social and intercultural skills
Small international groups, individually counselled and supported, create a setting for a rich learning experience as well as for friendships that may last a lifetime.
Internationality at its best
Dual degree programs with universities in South Korea, France and Indonesia as well as cooperations with many international partner universities facilitate international experiences.
Teambuilding and companionship
Teambuilding seminars and regular get-togethers help the students to become a community.
The city and greater region of Osnabrück
Osnabrück with its green and historic city center and the surrounding region in the middle of Europe is home to many innovative and well-known companies in the high-tech, engineering, food and logistics sectors. Find out more here why the largest and research-intensive University of Applied Sciences in Lower Saxony may be a good choice for you.
We are convinced that the program provides our students with an ideal learning environment and experience.
The Master program International Business and Management qualifies students for employment in various industries and trade branches as well as in various functions and departments of international companies or organisations. Depending on the specialisation chosen during the course of studies, our graduates work in diverse positions in marketing, sales, HR or purchasing and logistics departments, as well as in consulting. Past evaluations have shown that most graduates work in larger medium-sized or multinational companies, mainly in the manufacturing sector (automobile sector, food industry & others). Several students have decided to join start-ups after their graduation. Moreover, IT-based and consulting companies are also attracting our graduates, the same applies to logistics and other service-based companies.
The details of the qualifications that will be obtained during the studies are outlined here:
Studying for a degree and living abroad in a foreign country and culture can be a challenge, albeit a very rewarding one. Degree-seeking students from all over the world come to Osnabrück for studying in the Master program International Business and Management and we offer several services to support our international students:
- Individual counselling through the program coordinator before and during the studies
- Arrangement of accommodation in a student dormitory
- Buddy program (support before and during arrival through a student from a higher semester)
- International Orientation Days before the first semester starts, offered by our International Faculty Office (IFO)
- Support with registration formalities at the local authorities and counselling on financing / scholarship possibilities through our Center for International Students (CIS)
- German Summer Language School and German classes during the studies
- Counselling on academic writing standards and self-management through our Learning Center
- Explore Germany (cultural program for international students)
Why Osnabrück? International students of the program appreciate the city and its surrounding area for the following reasons:
Nguyen Tram, Student from Vietnam:
Osnabrück is a friendly, cozy and peaceful city in Germany. The city is the ideal destination for students thanks to affordable living expenses. It's a place where you most precisely get to know the German culture.
Modesta Adulyte, Student from Lithuania:
Osnabrück is a perfect city for a student. Everything is quite concentrated easily reached. The city has lots to offer: swimming pools, ice-skating arena, cinemas, theatres, gyms, different bars, restaurants and clubs, green areas as a lake. I highly recommend it!
Jose Armando Grimaldo Mendez, Student from Mexico:
Osnabrück is a perfect city because it is neither too big nor too small. You can reach easily any place either by bus, bike or even walking. Another good reason for choosing Osnabrück is because it is located in a very convenient geographical place. You can easily reach other nice cities from Germany, such as Hamburg, Hannover or Köln, even another countries, such as the Netherlands, Denmark or Belgium!
Mahtab Sadat Yamani, Student from Iran:
I really find this country very peaceful with kind and supportive people. In addition, I feel that Osnabrück is a very interesting city to live in Germany. I come from Tehran, which is a crowded city, therefore, I like Osnabrück as it is not crowded and there is no traffic jam. People have access to everything that they need and can easily use their bikes to go to work or university. Furthermore, living costs are not high in this city in comparison to other cities.
Click on the links above and receive more information for international degree seeking students at our university and on living and studying in Osnabrück.
Students who wish to intensify their international exposure as well as their language proficiency and intercultural competencies beyond the borders of Osnabrück, have the opportunity to spend the third semester of their studies abroad at one of the faculty's partner universities. For German students who did not go abroad for a study semester or an internship during their Bachelor's program, the study semester abroad is mandatory. In the Master program we work together with several partner universities abroad, where our students have already studied successfully (see below). Other universities from our faculty's general list of partner universities might be possible to attend for master students as well. The same applies to universities, which are not yet our partners. We will check and evaluate the possibilities at other universities individually with the student at the time of application for a study semester abroad.
The choice of the foreign university for a study semester abroad depends inter alia on the following criteria:
- Adequate offer of postgraduate courses at the partner university
- Compatible semester dates at the partner university
- Ability to study in the language of instruction at the partner university
- Proof that a minimum of 25 ECTS credits have been attained in the master program in Osnabrück by the time of the application for the semester abroad
The faculty can offer free study places for master students (without tuition fees) at some partner universities. For all other universities, tuition fees (depending on the partner university) apply.
Master students from the program International Business and Management have successfully completed their study semesters abroad at the following universities:
- Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
- University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
- University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, Australia
- Murdoch University, Perth, Australia
- Vancouver Island University, Canada
- Ecole de Management Normandie, Caen, France
- Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
- Università degli Studi di Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy
- Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence, Italy
- Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan
- University of Auckland, New Zealand
- University of Economics, Poznan, Poland
- Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal
- James Cook University, Singapore
- Kyung Hee University, Suwon, South Korea
- Sunkyun Kwan University, Seoul, South Korea
- University of Economics, Bratislava, Slovakia
- Universidad de DEUSTO, San Sebastián, Spain
- Buckinghamshire New University, Buckinghamshire/Uxbridge, United Kingdom
- Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
- National University, San Diego, USA
- Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, USA
- University of New Orleans, New Orleans, USA
Dual degree agreements
What about studying abroad and coming back with a second degree? Master students have the possibility of acquiring a double master degree at Hochschule Osnabrück and at universities in South Korea, France or Indonesia. In all three agreements students study two semesters at Hochschule Osnabrück and two semesters abroad, concluding with a master's thesis. Tuition fees are waived at the partner universities.
Kyunghee University in South Korea
Students of the Master's program International Business and Management have the possibility to acquire a Double Master's Degree through the cooperation with Kyung Hee University, a prestigious university in South Korea. If students study two semesters at Hochschule Osnabrück and two semesters at Kyung Hee University and write their master thesis at Hochschule Osnabrück they can receive their master's degree from both universities.
Ecole de Management Normandie in France
In February 2012 another double degree agreement was signed, enabling our master students to graduate from both Hochschule Osnabrück and Ecole de Management (EM) Normandie in France.
After spending the first two semesters at Hochschule Osnabrück, the third and fourth semester will be spent in France (August-December and January-April). The studies must be concluded by writing a master's thesis that is assessed by either university.
Universitas Gadjah Mada in Indonesia
Master students of the program International Business and Management have the possibility to graduate with a double degree from Hochschule Osnabrück and Universitas Gadjah Mada in Indonesia. The dual degree agreement between both institutions was signed in January 2014 and the first students were exchanged in the winter semester 2014/15. The students study their first two semesters in Osnabrück and continue to study for another two semesters in the program Master of Management at Universitas Gadjah Mada. The dual degree concludes with a master thesis that is mainly assessed by lecturers of Hochschule Osnabrück.
E-Quality Label for Hochschule Osnabrück
In July 2006, the European Quality Label (E-Quality Label) was awarded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to Hochschule Osnabrück as best university in terms of international mobility, especially within the ERASMUS student and teaching staff exchange program.
With 35% to 40% of the students coming from abroad in the last three years, the Master program International Business and Management is truly international. Of these 35% to 40% of international students, 6% were from the US, 4% from South and Latin America, 7% from Asian countries such as China, Indonesia, Taiwan, Vietnam or South Korea, 13% from Russia and countries such as the Ukraine, Kyrgyz Republic Turkmenistan or Georgia, 6% from Europe (countries of the European Union) and 4% from African countries.
Read what German and international students say about the program:
- Nationality: Mexican
- Position after graduation: Sales Executive for Latin America at OTV International GmbH & Co. KG (Lubricants Industry)
"The two years that I spent as a student of the International Business and Management Master program at Hochschule Osnabrueck were framed by great experiences and high quality education. The multicultural composition of the class made every discussion quite interesting and dynamic. Being part of a highly international community gave me the opportunity to widen my horizons and reshape my way of thinking. Regarding the program itself, I could say that the variety, structure and content of the courses exceeded my expectations. Moreover, the professionalism and excellent preparation of the lecturers facilitated the learning process. Studying at HS Osnabrueck gives the students the feeling of always being supported by the academic and administrative staff. For any situation, there is always somebody there to help. I benefited from the connectivity that HS Osnabrueck has with multiple partner universities around the world. In particular, going one semester to Kansas (USA) as an exchange student was a rather simple process. Finally, based on my personal experience, I would definitely recommend Hochschule Osnabrueck as a great option to do your studies."
- Master thesis:
"OTV International introduction into the Latin American Market"
- Nationality: German
- Position after graduation: Trainee Organizational Development at Landesbank Berlin AG
"I had a great time studying International Business at the Hochschule Osnabrück. The program offered me the opportunity to attend courses that had a strong practical focus and often integrated local and international companies. Small study groups provided a personal atmosphere and the professors encouraged us to share critical views and opinions. The environment of international students and professors united different perspectives and provided an enriching cultural experience for me. Furthermore the large variety of partner universites and the uncomplicated transfer system for courses completed internationally allowed me to spend my third semester abroad. Overall the master program left me well prepared for my professional future and I strongly recommend it."
- Master thesis:
"Conscious capitalism" , "creating shared value" , "creative capitalism" - a comparison of new concepts to move society towards sustainability"
- Nationality: German
- Position after graduation: Product Specialist, at Product & Price Planning - Volkswagen Sales North America at Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg
"I always like to look back on my time at Hochschule Osnabrück and the two years I’ve spent with the most wonderful people. Straight from the beginning I loved the mix of students from all over the world, with all their stories and values they shared with us. Studying in an intercultural context helped to build an understanding for different lifestyles, working methods and approaches towards problem solving.
On the academic side the Master programme International Business and Management was designed to give us a deep understanding about various fields of business and economics. The curriculum was diverse and exciting and the professors gladly shared their broad knowledge about their scientific discipline. The supervisory relationship with our professors was very high given the small amount of students. This allowed a close exchange with our professors to discuss and exchange ideas.
Furthermore the administrative care around the academic programme was amazing. Especially international students were taken care of concerning academic and personal issues. The professors regularly prepared expert discussions with personalities from business or government officials from various international institutions. Extracurricular activities such as field trips, application and soft skill training were great additional benefits.
After graduation I quickly noticed that companies valued the quality education but also the cross-cultural competence. The Master programme was the perfect entry ticket into the professional world."
- Master thesis:
"Development of recommendations to enhance the degree of internationalization for the Volkswagen R GmbH in the Latin American market for automotive based products"
- Nationality: French
- Double Degree EM Normandie
- Position after graduation: Master Student in Cultural and Creative Industries at King's College, London
"Studying International Business and Management by the Hochschule Osnabrück has been a great experience. I have learned new things on a daily basis and have been able to develop a strong understanding of he challenges our society encounter and interactions between the different actors that shape our world. The quality of teaching is undeniable with a large variety of classes, the provision of electronic and paper materials to understand and learn at best. The teaching and administration staff were very present and always available. Within the context of foreign studies it is always amazing to be able to rely on the hosting university.
I would strongly advice any students to join the master degree as it permits to have a better understanding of our world, open the minds to develop a critical view on what drives that world and help to shape our professional path for the future."
- Master thesis:
"Chinese Foreign Direct Investments in Africa. A case study on: Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria and South Africa."
- Nationality: Chinese
- Position after graduation: Accenture Management Consulting, Talent & Organization Analyst
"I spent the most wonderful time studying International Business and Management at Hochschule Osnabrueck. It was an enriching business and cultural experience. This study program was truly international with students of diverse cultural backgrounds and highly competent professors with global experience.
The curriculum was well organized. Different from lectures with large group of students, most of our seminars had smaller size, which allowed frequent interaction among students and professors. The level of exposure to business as well as cross cultural orientation was terrific. The highly practical courses equipped me with skills and competence to solve real world issues. My studying experience at the graduate program was proved to be invaluable to thrive in the professional world."
- Master thesis:
"Internationalization Strategies of Chinese Companies in Electronic Industry – based on an Exploratory Study of Lenovo, Haier, and TCL in Global Business"
Any student enrolled at Hochschule Osnabrück has to pay enrolment fees of approx. EUR 350 per semester to cover administrative charges, contributions to the Student Welfare Services, membership fees for the Students' Union and the costs of the semester ticket. The semester ticket covers public transportation in Osnabrück and the Osnabrück greater area. The cost of living in Osnabrück amounts to approx. EUR 750 per month, depending on personal needs and habits. This includes rent health insurance, books, living and miscellaneous expenses. There is no tuition fee.
There are various possibilities for students to get supported by state institutions, companies and foundations.
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
The DAAD offers scholarships for foreign students and graduates and an overview over funding opportunities can be found here: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Hochschule Osnabrück: Scholarships, Foundations and other Financing Possibilities
The following website provides more information about scholarships and foundations as well as other financing possibilities for your studies: Hochschule Osnabrück: Scholarships and Financing Possibilities
International and German students speak about their scholarships:
Maria Mora, Syria, DAAD Scholarship
“’Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be’ - George Sheehan
Ever since I was in the university studying for my bachelor degree, I had big hopes for myself. In order to study what I love the most and to get that degree, I had to endure 4 years of war, but I never once regretted it! It got me to here. And to be able to say that I have a DAAD scholarship, it means that all the effort I put into my study, did not go to waste. The DAAD opened a door for me in a time where I needed just a small window of hope. And not only to succeed in my studies here in Germany, but also to enrich myself and my personality with the German culture and to try to leave a small mark in this amazing country and to give something back to the DAAD and to my country as well, through hard work and success. I’m more than honored to have been accepted by the Hochschule of Osnabrück to study the master program: International business and management and I’m deeply grateful for their help in every possible way.”
Abdalrahman Alfarra, Palestine, DAAD Scholarship
"Ambitious persons always seek their goals in life by taking giant steps. Since the finalization of my bachelor degree in Palestine, I began to prepare myself for this step when I applied to the DAAD scholarship to complete my Master’s study in Germany. My application to the scholarship was combined by accumulating a list of the most attractive Master’s programs in the field of Business and Management in Germany. I was very lucky to be awarded the DAAD scholarship and at the same time secure a place in the master program of International Business and Management in Osnabrueck University of Applied Science. DAAD scholarship is considered among the most prestigious scholarships for international students and it supports its holders to engage very well in the German community through, for example, learning the German language. Osnabrueck Hochschule as well enables its students to pursue their studies in a very supportive and convenient learning environment."
Mariam Meparishvili, Georgia, DAAD Scholarship
"Obtaining my master's degree in Germany is of great importance to me as this is the country with the leading European education system. I am now being granted this amazing opportunity through The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). It is the largest scholarship organization in the world that funds the international exchange of students and scholars. The program supports and encourages motivated students all over the world to study and experience German language and culture. Through close collaboration with many public universities in Germany, DAAD program provides students with a variety of potential universities and fields for their studies. I feel lucky to be a DAAD fellow and to have been accepted by Hochschule Osnabrück as a master’s student of International Business and Management. The experience that I gain within this program will help me to achieve my career goals and become a successful businesswomen."
Anna Zayats, Belarus, DAAD Scholarship
"I applied for a DAAD-scholarship in 2011 while still living in Minsk. It was a deliberate decision that is why I began to build my portfolio for the application much earlier. In 2012 together with the scholarship I was awarded the possibility to fulfill my dream – to obtain the international and high quality Master degree. DAAD-scholarship is not only the financial support which helps me to concentrate on my studies. DAAD itself inspires scholarship holders to constant personal improvement, for example to learn German language, to participate in conferences and forums as well as to integrate into the German environment in general."
Ahmad Zia Barekzai, Afghanistan, DAAD Scholarship
"After completing my Bachelor program in Kabul, I wanted to do an internationally recognized master degree in a multi-cultural university of a developed country through an opportunity of merit-based grant. My first choice was the DAAD, the world’s largest scholarship-awarding organization for all academic disciplines. Fortunately, I won the scholarship and now study International Business and Management in Osnabrück. I was really pleased by the selection process of DAAD. I was thrilled by the proper planning of the program for each scholarship holder and the guide provided for travel preparations, staying in Germany, intensive German language course, German cultural workshops, participation in DAAD seminars and the chance to network with other international elite scholarship holders. I am in the process of realizing my dreams because of the DAAD and would like to be an ideal DAAD alumnus in near future."
Kira Potowski, Germany, Scholarship Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
"I applied for a scholarship at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, one of the largest foundations in Germany. Since the beginning of my bachelor studies and later during my master studies, I received this scholarship which allows me to concentrate on my academic work only. However, not only financial support is assured, also the ability to join conferences, presentations and a huge network of other scholarship holders, alumni, professors, politicians, managers etc. Therefore, I would like to encourage other students to apply for a scholarship and hope many others will be able to take advantage of this kind of support while studying in Osnabrück."
Mirja Nordhoff, Germany, Deutschlandstipendium
"Last year I applied for the ‘Deutschlandstipendium’. This scholarship is financed one half each by the federal government and by a sponsor. My sponsor is the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung GmbH & Co. KG. Me and two other scholars, who are also sponsored by the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, were already invited to their premises and we had a vivid discussion about their business model, strategy, and future plans. We also talked about the opportunities this scholarship could mean for us: anything from internships and project work to a possible career entry were mentioned during our meeting. In our next meeting we will visit the printing plant. So aside from the financial support this scholarship brings, it represents a great opportunity to gain experience and to network which is becoming more and more important in today’s business world."
In the master's program International Business and Management emphasis is put on the students becoming a community and experiencing a sense of companionship. In order to promote this, extra-curricular activities are organized and offered for the students throughout the semester. These include company visits, discussions with guest lecturers from partner universities, Christmas parties and other social events.
Teambuilding and get-togethers
Not only does the teambuilding in the first and second semester serve to help the students learn how to work together and solve problems in different kinds of teams, but it also poses as the perfect opportunity to get to know each other right at the start of the study program. Students cherish this opportunity, as it helps them to start into the program as a team. Our yearly Christmas party together with the Master program Business Management and our summer event at the end of the second semester, during which it is usually time to say good bye to the students going abroad in the third semester, are always highlights as they are spent in a nice location in a relaxed atmosphere.
Company visits and "Fireside chats" with senior managers
Fireside chats are get-togethers with senior managers for interactive discussions. Students of the master program "International Business and Management" come together with senior managers to share views on challenges of managing companies and career development. Visits to companies of the region, such as VW Osnabrück, CLAAS, manufacturer of agricultural machinery, or producer of specialized paper Felix Schöller Group are a good opportunity to look behind the scenes and to talk to managers or graduates from Hochschule Osnabrück working there.
Together with professors lecturing in the Master program International Business and Management some of our students and graduates have already participated in conducting research published in the academic world. A few examples of successful publications are listed below:
- Harald Trabold and David W. Weaver, Pay What You Want - Möglichkeiten und Grenzen eines alternativen Geschäftsmodells. Vierteljahreshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung, DIW Berlin, 85. Jahrgang, 02.2016, pp. 81 - 97.
- Mayer, P.; Freese, U.; Treptow, J.; Weaver, D.; A Comparative Analysis of Water Service Delivery in Germany and South Africa - Part 1: Water Service Delivery in Germany - A Synopsis of Issues. Discussion paper, Osnabrück, No. 1/2011.
- Steinert, C.; Halstrup, D.; Schlechte Führung wird toleriert, wenn die Zahlen stimmen. Stellenwert der Personalführung in deutschen Unternehmen. Personalführung, No. 7/2011; pp. 38 - 41. Note: This publication resulted from an empirical research project conducted by Master students taking part in the course "Strategic HR Management and Organization".
- Steinert, C., Wagner, L.; Globales Talentmanagement. Personalmagazin, No. 1/2010; pp. 16 - 19.
Steinert, C.; Bockemühl-Simon, K.; Grenzenloses Wissen. Personalwirtschaft, No. 2/2009; pp. 51 - 53.
- Program management
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