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Studying at CBS: Practical learning, international experience & career springboard

Why should I study?

Are you wondering why you should study? Studying has many advantages and opens up many career opportunities for your future. The experience you gain during your studies will shape the rest of your life and bring you closer to your dream job. Choosing the right degree programme is often challenging. With a wide range of study programmes and universities or universities of applied sciences, Germany offers many opportunities to shape your future.

Business studies at CBS in Germany: Immerse yourself in the world of business & management

We will be happy to advise you on choosing the right degree programme and the university that suits you best. If you're interested in economics and management, you've come to the right place!

Our degree finder helps you to find your way around the wide range of courses that we offer. CBS International Business School offers a wide range of business degree programmes with many specialisation opportunities. Whether Bachelor's, Master’s, or MBA, whether full-time or part-time - we have a suitable study programme that suits you. If you are looking for practical studies with an international orientation and personal support, CBS in Germany is the right university for you! On this page we have summarised all the reasons why studying at CBS in Germany is the right choice for you!

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Get to know the CBS family

The CBS is a state-recognised private university of applied sciences for business in Germany. It comprises three campuses in Cologne, Mainz, Potsdam, Aachen, Brühl, Solingen & Neuss. Over 1,900 students from more than 75 nations study at CBS. Through small learning groups and a modern campus environment, we create a personal learning atmosphere in which everyone is welcome. All CBS study programmes are accredited; this means that all degrees are recognised at national and international colleges or universities around the world. In the WirtschaftsWoche ranking, HR managers certify that CBS is the best private university of applied sciences for business administration in the Rhineland and is one of the top digital education providers in Germany

Why study at CBS in Germany?

A university with an international focus

  • English-language Bachelor's, Master’s, and MBA programmes

  • Semester abroad in all study programmes (integrated or optional)

  • International Accreditation IACBE

  • Intercultural learning, promoting diversity & inclusion

  • 30 % international students from over 75 nations

  • Possibility of a double degree

  • 180 partner universities worldwide

Practical management study programmes

  • Business Projects: Students as consultants

  • Compulsory internship in every full-time degree programme

  • Part-time courses

  • Top rankings

  • Study quality confirmed by accreditations

  • Career Service as a department for your career planning

  • Career Center with over 800 registered companies

  • 40 professors with expertise in economics

  • Freelance lecturers from various sectors

  • Individual career planning and counselling

  • Input & Networking for founding Start-Ups

Unique student services & support 

  • Small study groups

  • Presentations, case studies, group projects

  • Service departments: contact persons in all areas

  • Student initiatives

  • Ombudspersons & Equal Opportunities Officers

  • Central & easily accessible campuses

  • Digital equipment

International study programmes at the CBS - 

Have you always been fascinated by other languages and cultures and are you looking for an international business degree?

Study in English & attend language courses

At CBS, you have the chance to study entirely in English or to choose individual language courses. The soft skills offer supports you in expanding your intercultural competencies and helps you to strengthen your communication skills in international teams.

Study at one of over 180 partner universities

With a degree course at the CBS, you can turn your dream of an adventure abroad true by studying at one of the 180 partner universities worldwide. Many international students from over 75 countries have already decided to study at CBS. You live and learn in an international environment and benefit from intercultural exchange through student initiatives such as the Study Buddies.

Diversity, Inclusion & Intercultural Learning

As a signatory of the Diversity Charter, we attach great importance to diversity and inclusion. The Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the CBS offers various events for students in which you can actively participate. Approximately 25 percent of the teaching staff at CBS also come from abroad. The CBS family sees itself as a living multicultural community and offers you a variety of opportunities to build an international network.

Internationally oriented curricula

Business does not stop at national borders, which is whythe curriculum of the CBS study programmes includes subjects such as International Economics, International Stakeholder Management & Employment Relations, or International Project Management. International symposia and research projects are also regularly conducted by the professors and enable you to broaden your outlook.

Practice-oriented studies:

Would you like to apply your business knowledge directly in practice and build up a career network early on? Get to know the practice-oriented study programmes at CBS!

The World of Management: Internships, Business Projects, Business Simulation Game

A business degree introduces you to the world of management (Bachelor's degree) or makes you an expert in your field (Master's degree, MBA). In addition to theoretical approaches, models, and methodological knowledge, one thing is particularly important to all lecturers at CBS: Linking theory and practice. For this reason, all CBS study programmes have a practical focus: A compulsory internship provides the necessary insights into everyday working life and can set the course for your career entry. In Business Projects and Business Simulation Games, you learn to apply methods to concrete company issues and strengthen your analytical skills.

Business experts teach at CBS

Our lecturers themselves come from the business world and bring their expertise and experience directly into the classroom. Guest lecturers and excursions provide variety in everyday teaching and allow you to immerse yourself directly in the business & management. You can also write your Bachelor's and Master's thesis with a company partner and thus gain valuable practical experience for your job entry. The lecturers' contacts in the business world can play a decisive role for you in business projects, case studies or the thesis. The best proof of the practice-oriented degree programme comes from the HR departments of well-known companies: According to a survey conducted by WirtschaftsWoche among HR managers, CBS graduates are among the best trained career starters on the German job market.

Career Service: The service department for your career planning

There is a separate department at CBS for the successful dovetailing of theory and practice - the Career Service. This service institution brings you together with potential employers. Through events such as Career Days, expert lectures, alumni talks, or job application training, you have the opportunity to meet managers from the first semester onwards and to find out in the various event formats where your business degree can take you. The digital Career Center contains job advertisements and events from over 800 CBS corporate partners. You can create your own profile, apply via Career Center, and register for events. You will also receive support from our career advisors for the selection and application of your compulsory internship.

CBS Alumni as managers or entrepreneurs

You will meet our alumni at many events. The former CBS graduates
can give you valuable tips for your career planning and you can start your dream job well prepared. Through the alumni association CBS Family & Friends e.V., they are still networked with the CBS family after graduation. It is exciting to see the management positions they are now working in.

Did you know that many former CBS students are entrepreneurs themselves today? The foundation for these start-ups was laid at the CBS, where the founders got to know each other. Through the cooperation of CBS with the Hochschulgründernetz Cologne (hgnc) and the student initiative Founders Factory, you can already network with like-minded entrepreneurs during your studies.

Studying while working: Part-time courses

CBS also offers a variety of further education options for working professionals. In the Bachelor's programme at the Mainz campus, you have the opportunity to complete an IHK-certified training alongside your studies or to pursue your profession full-time. Those interested in a Master's degree can become an expert in their field of work in a weekend course and gain further qualifications in a postgraduate course. Here you can find an overview of the part-time study programme at our campuses. Even during full-time studies, students have the chance to gain further practical experience through student jobs. CBS Career Center offers tips and job offers.

Become part of the CBS family and benefit from personal support during your studies

A degree should help you develop personally and network with other people. Learn now what it means to become part of the CBS family.

Small learning groups & personal support

At CBS, you learn in small groups of no more than 35 students per course. This means you can ask questions at any time and benefit from the fact that the teachers know you personally. This means you always have a direct contact person for homework or your final thesis. The group work and presentations during your studies promote teamwork and strengthen your cohesion with fellow students. You learn to organise your daily study routine and your study workload and receive help from the CBS service staff or lecturers at any time if you have questions. Through the introductory week and student events, friendships are quickly formed that are useful not only in your studies, but also in your later working life.

Campus & Student life at the CBS campuses

There are many student initiatives at CBS in which you can actively participate and help shape a fun campus life. Would you like to represent your fellow students? Become part of the Students' Parliament. Are you interested in social engagement, financial issues, or sustainability? Here you can find more information about the initiatives.

Whether it's Christmas, Carnival, or Halloween - there's always something to celebrate. Thanks to the student e-mail distribution list and our social media channels, you'll always be up to date and quickly get to know your study city. Around the campuses, there are cafés, the campus garden, and the beautiful Rhine meadows. Find out more about the CBS university locations here.

Digital & innovative learning environment

Our modern university campuses are located in the city centre and are easy to reach by car or public transport. With the student ticket, you are mobile and can decide for yourself whether you want to study on campus or at home. The digital equipment at the locations includes smartboards in the lecture rooms as well as broadband internet for the entire campus. In the library or the CBS Lounge, you can withdraw to study or prepare the next presentation with fellow students. Print, copy, scan - you can do all this with your student ID card, which functions as an interactive card for the service devices. In addition to books, numerous databases are available to you for research. Via the digital administration system of the CBS, you can view your timetable and your exams, manage documents, and have your grade report generated.

Direct contact persons in every area

Especially at the beginning of your studies, you probably have many questions: How do I find the book I'm looking for in the library? What do I have to do if I am sick during an exam? The CBS service teams will answer all this and more during the introductory week. But we also have an open-door policy, so that you can ask questions in the corresponding department office at any time. The colleagues in the Examination Office, Scheduling, Students Office, IT, or the library will be happy to help you if things don't go as planned. The International Office and the Career Service take care of your questions about your semester abroad and career planning. This means you are well taken care of and can concentrate perfectly on your studies.

Alumni Testimonials_Oliver Kiderle

"The focus on internationality and practical skills have had a very positive influence on my development at Google. Especially the structured and very versatile project work, which is often found at a private school, was extremely helpful."

Oliver Kiderle

EMEA Regional Product Expert
Google Inc.
Alumni Testimonials_Patrick Stein

"The strongly practice-oriented studies and the international orientation of the CBS, as well as the lectures held in English, were an absolutely necessary basis for starting a career with a renowned, international company."

Patrick Stein

Head of Human Resources
Boston Consulting Group
Alumni Testimonials_Katrin Rieger

"The practical learning in small groups prepared me optimally for today's project and team work. The CBS provided me with the decisive soft skills and current knowledge from the world of business."

Katrin Rieger

Bereichsdirektorin Reisevertrieb Deutschland / Vice President Sales
HanseMerkur Krankenversicherung
Alumni Testimonials_Kalle Kenkel

"My studies at CBS prepared me for a career in today's dynamic, global work environment. As one's origin and physical location become less and less decisive, it has become increasingly important to have a multinational network and adapt quickly to various cultures and environments."

Kalle Kenkel

Commercial Excellence Manager
GE Healthcare

"Above all, practice-oriented learning and soft skills made it easier for me to enter the professional world and I still benefit from this today. Internationality, learning in small groups and soft skills were then and still are my main reasons for choosing the CBS."

Henriette Hellwig-Stieger

Senior Consultant
Compass GmbH
Alumni Testimonials_Philip Kollmann

"Especially the soft skill courses have been of great help for my performance in job interviews. Through my work in the Finance and Business Club I have built up a broad network and acquired project management skills that have enabled me to score points with companies."

Philip Kollmann

Projektmanager
Wayne´s Coffee Deutschland
Alumni Testimonials_Julia Hack

"My studies at the CBS have given me a very good basis, which helps in many ways with a start-up - be it with financial planning or marketing strategy."

Julia Hack

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Alumni Testimonials_Florian Schuhmacher

“In addition to an excellent academic education CBS provides its students with all the necessary tools and instruments they need to allow them to take responsibility and shape their future in an international environment.”

Florian Schumacher

Programme Director and Senior Consultant
KCIG GmbH
Alumni Testimonials_Christoph Rosenbaum

"The Management Studies programme prepares you thoroughly for the tasks of a consultant. In particular, the development of presentation techniques as well as analytical thinking is of enormous importance in the everyday life of a consultant."

Christopher Rosenbaum

Manager
Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

"The CBS taught me the essential professional basics for this with realistic and up-to-date lectures."

Christian Böhmer

Strategic Analysis Manager
Oman Oil Company S.A.O.C
Alumni Testimonials_Britta Jansen

"The CBS is an internationally oriented and very practically orientated university which prepared me very well for the professional world through the compulsory internship, the courses offered and the required project/group work."

Britta Jansen

HR Business Partner
HRS Group
Alumni Testimonials_Neil Jordaan

"Many professors shared their professional business experience with us in class and were able to illustrate dry theory with practical examples. I also enjoyed the international atmosphere on campus."

Neil Jordaan

Global Content Manager
Bayer AG
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Your benefits as a student at CBS in Germany

As soon as you are enrolled at CBS, you benefit from numerous offers from various providers. With most companies, you authenticate your student status via your student email address or enrolment certificate.

Discover the student discounts now:

Amazon Prime

Faster delivery, series and film streaming or listening to music. It's all possible with Amazon Prime. As a student, you get the Amazon Prime membership for free for six months and then get a 50% discount.

ISIC student card

With the International Student Identity Card, you can identify yourself as a student anywhere in the world. This allows you to benefit from discounts when travelling or during a semester abroad. The card is valid for one year from the date of issue. You can apply for the International Student Identity Card here.

UNIDAYS

As a student member of the UNIDAYS platform, you can get up to 50% off your favourite fashion, technology, or lifestyle brands. You can register here.

Adobe Creative Cloud

The right software is not only useful for your private life, but also helps you in your everyday studies. As a student, you can benefit from reduced prices when you purchase the Adobe Creative Suite. Click here for the Creative Cloud annual licence for students.

Rosetta Stone

Want to learn more foreign languages or take your language course at CBS to the next level with further training? Rosetta Stone was voted the best fully equipped language learning programme for the second time. Click here for the programme's student conditions.

Spotify

Your favourite music - always and everywhere and without annoying advertising. As a student, you can have this at a particularly low price via the Spotify streaming service. The Premium version is available at a special price for students. Click here to go to Spotify Premium.

Cologne Student Union

As a CBS student, you can apply for BAföG funding at the Cologne Student Union (Kölner Studierendenwerk) and receive advice on financing your studies, regardless of the campus where you are studying. You can find more information about the Cologne Student Union here.

MS-Office 365

As an enrolled student at CBS, you have free access to all MS-Office 365 software. You are able to use the license on 5 computers, both iOS, and Windows. On top of that, you have the possibility to install the license on 5 different mobile devices such as cell phones or tablet computers.

Furthermore, you receive free access to 1 TB OneDrive Cloud.

Apple

Students of CBS also benefit from Apple Education Pricing. This gives you the opportunity to buy Apple products at a discount.

think-cell

CBS uses the PowerPoint add-in think-cell to create complex diagrams. Think-cell directly connects Excel and PowerPoint and enables you to update diagrams quickly and easily. This includes among others Marimekko-, Gantt and Waterfall charts. The use of think-cell is free for all students, lecturers, and employees of CBS International Business School. You can find further information under www.think-cell.com.

Datenbanken

Zusätzlich zu den oben genannten Services bietet die CBS International Business School ihren Studierenden die Möglichkeit, auf verschiedenste Datenbanken zuzugreifen. Darunter fallen Datenbanken wie EBSCO Business Source Complete, Statista und WISO. Zudem können CBS-Studierende das umfangreiche Datenbankangebot der Universitätsbibliothek Köln nutzen.

CBS Alumni

Are you wondering where CBS graduates end up after graduation? Our Alumni Wall reveals a lot about the fields of work of our graduates.

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Do you have any question?

Download a CBS brochure for an in-depth look at our business study programmes. We hope you enjoy getting to know more about our school and what we stand for. Follow us on Social Media, meet us at an event, or reach out directly to one of our study advisors to get to know us better.

Anika Zaeske

Anika Zaeske

Study advisory: Campus Cologne
Got any questions? We are happy to help!

Phone: +49 (0) 221 93 18 09-31
WhatsApp: Reach us via WhatsApp
E-Mail: study@cbs.de
Leah Krug

Leah Krug

Study advisory: Campus Mainz
Got any questions? We are happy to help!

Phone: +49 (0) 6131 88055 31
WhatsApp: Reach us via WhatsApp
E-Mail: study@cbs.de
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