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How is the admission process at CBS?

Learn more about the admission process at CBS International Business School. Here you will find information on each of our degree programmes.
The application process differs depending on whether you live in the European Union or not. Simply select the corresponding field below.
The study programs generally start in the winter semester (English & German language: end of August). In addition, we also offer some study programs in the summer semester (English-language: end of January; German-language: end of March). Information on the start of the program can be found on the respective program pages. Please note that due to the limited number of study places at CBS, an early application is advisable. This applies in particular if you require a visa to study in Germany. For this reason, we accept your application all year round - even before you graduate from high school.

What are the documents required for my admission at CBS?

In the following, we explain what requirements you must meet and how you can apply.

Admission to Bachelor Programmes for national & international Applicants

1. Requirments

The admission requirement for studying at CBS International Business School is a secondary school completion and university qualification or full entrance qualification to an applied sciences university. Equivalent qualifications from schools abroad are recognised accordingly. Examples: A-Levels, General Certificate of Education, or IB Diploma. In case you do not already possess a school leaving certificate you can submit the previous report. If you wish to obtain in advance an initial assessment of whether your degree is recognized by us, please visit the following website: www.anabin.kmk.org (this database is only available in German), or send your documents directly to us via our online form You don’t have a direct university entrance qualification? We’ll be happy to consider your application for Prep4University, our foundation year for Bachelor studies at CBS! For detailed information, head over to the Prep4University page. After successful completion, you are admitted to enter a Bachelor programme at the CBS.

2. Application Process

Please submit the following documents: (Please note: we can only accept documents in German or English)

  • Your CV in tabular format

  • Copy of your last school certificate with a transcript of records for each subject (original language plus translation in either English or German)

  • Letter of Motivation

  • Copy of your passport (and residence permit, if available)

  • Proof of English proficiency (if English is not your native language).

  • We accept the following certificates: TOEFL certificate (at least 83 points Internet-based) or IELTS (at least band 6.5), Cambridge English First (FCE), BEC Vantage and further certificates. The tests must not be older than two years. Alternatively, you can furnish proof by taking the CBS language test within the scope of our Assessment Day (on campus) or an interview (via skype). Also, you can substitute the required language test if you provide evidence of a six month stay abroad in an English-speaking country or if you prove parts of studies in English (examination of individual case).

  • Only in the event that you have previously studied at another college or university: Please submit a current transcript of courses taken (official Transcript of Records) or a certified copy of your degree (Bachelor Degree or Diploma; original language plus translation in either English or German)

Please apply online using our application form.

3. Assessment Day

In order to commence your studies with us, you must first successfully complete our selection process at one of our Assessment Days. These take place regularly and, due to the current situation, are currently carried out via Skype.

Further information on the exact procedure and other technical aspects will be communicated later on during the application process.

A successfully completed test is valid for two years.

4. Admission

Pending successful completion of the Assessment Day or the telephone interview and a positive evaluation by our Admissions Office, we will make you a contractual offer. In order to be able to study at CBS you have to accept the offer within a given period of time.

Deposit

If you require a visa for studying in Germany you will be required to pay an advance deposit of 3,000 €. In case your visa application is rejected we will refund the amount minus the applicable enrollment fee. The enrollment fee of 600 € is only applicable after securing your admission at CBS. More information on our study fees. More information on international payments.

Do you need a visa to study in Germany?

Please note that it can take up to four months to process the application for your visa. As soon as you have transferred the full deposit and sent us the signed study contract we will send you the Letter of Admission from the CBS. You need it to apply for the visa. Should your visa application be rejected we will retransfer the deposit less the one-time registration fee on presentation of visa rejection documents. Please meet the following application deadline(s) if you need a visa:

  • English-language programmes: June 15

  • German-language programmes: June 15

Travel to Germany

Perfect! If all formal requirements are met you are ready to start your trip to Germany and Cologne, Mainz or Potsdam. Please arrange your travel wisely to arrive on time before the term starts. You find further information for international applicants in our International Students section.

1. Requirments

The admission requirement for studying at CBS International Business School is a secondary school completion and university qualification or full entrance qualification to an applied sciences university. Equivalent qualifications from schools abroad are recognised accordingly. Comparable certificates include, for example, a High School Diploma, Matura, A-Levels, General Certificate of Education, or IB Diploma.

In case you do not already possess a school leaving certificate you can submit the previous report.

2. Application Process

To apply, please submit the following documents:

  • Your CV in tabular format

  • Certified copy of your last school certificate with a transcript of records for each subject (original language plus translation in either English or German)

  • Letter of Motivation

  • Copy of your passport (and residence permit, if available)

  • Proof of English proficiency (if English is not your native language). We accept the following certificates: TOEFL certificate (at least 83 points Internet-based) or IELTS (at least band 6.5), Cambridge English First (FCE), BEC Vantage and further certificates. The tests must not be older than two years. Alternatively, you can furnish proof by taking the CBS language test within the scope of our Assessment Day (on campus) or ask for an interview (via skype). Also, you can substitute the required language test if you provide evidence of a six month stay abroad in an English-speaking country or if you prove parts of studies in English (examination of individual case).

  • Only in the event that you have previously studied at another college or university: Please submit a current transcript of courses taken (official Transcript of Records) or a certified copy of your degree (Bachelor Degree or Diploma; original language plus translation in either English or German)

Please apply online using our application form.

3. Assessment Day

The Assessment Days take place regularly and are, due to the current circumstances, carried out in a video or telephone interview.

Further information on the technical aspects will be communicated during the application process. Your scholastic ability and motivation will be tested in a telephone Interview. You will also receive a link to a virtual English test. Throughout the whole process, you will have the opportunity to get to know us better.

The Assessment Day consists of the following parts:

  • English test

    • Required only for the English language degree programmes

    • To be completed online before the interview

  • (Skype) Interview (consisting of a joint discussion on current topics, and your motivation to study)

  • Virtual Campus Tour (Onsite tours are currently not available)

  • A successfully completed test is valid for two years.

Tipp: You can apply for your desired course of studies at CBS throughout the year to secure your study place early on.

4. Admission

Once you have completed the Assessment Day successfully, you will receive an offer for a place in the course from CBS International Business School. In order to secure your place in the course at our university, you must confirm it within a predefined period.

Admission to Master Programmes for national & international Applicants

1. Requirments

The admission requirements for our CBS Master programmes are a first academic qualification with a minimum of 180 ECTS-Credits of a recognised university with a final grade of at least “good”. Applicants who have not attained this grade in their first study course must take a separate entrance examination. The degree should be business-related.

2. Application Process

Please submit the following application documents for the English-language degree courses in English language:

  • Your CV in tabular format

  • Proof of your study achievements to date (official academic transcript of records) and if already applicable the certificate of your first academic degree (e.g. Bachelor)

  • Letter of Motivation: 1-2 DIN A4 pages which answers the following question: “How do you view your vocational future after your studies at CBS?”

  • Copy of your passport (and residence permit, if available)

  • Proof of English proficiency (if English is not your native language). We accept the following certificates: TOEFL certificate (at least 92 points Internet-based) or IELTS (at least band 6.5), Cambridge English First (FCE), BEC Vantage and further certificates. The tests must not be older than two years. Alternatively, you can furnish proof by taking the CBS language test within the scope of our Assessment Day (on campus) or an interview (via skype). Also, you can substitute the required language test if you provide evidence of a six month stay abroad in an English-speaking country or if you prove parts of studies in English (examination of individual case).

  • Optional: proof of studying abroad / job experience

Please apply online using our application form.

3. Assessment

The CBS Admissions Office will review your application documents and is open for questions. In order to begin your studies with us you must first successfully complete our selection process. We will inform you within a few days if you meet the formal requirements.

4. Admission

If you meet the formal requirements for a Master degree course at CBS we will offer you a place at our university. A pre-admission interview could be required in some cases and due to the current situation, it would be conducted via a video call (preferably Skype). Further information on the technical aspects will be communicated later on during the application process.

In order to be able to study at CBS, you have to accept the offer within a given period of time.

Deposit

If you require a visa to study in Germany you will be required to pay an advance deposit of 3,000 €. In case your visa application is rejected we will refund the amount minus the applicable registration fee. The enrollment fee of 600 € is only applicable after securing your admission at CBS. More information on our study fees. More information on international payments.

Do you need a visa to study in Germany?

Please note that it can take up to four months to process the application for your visa. As soon as you have transferred the full deposit and sent us the signed study contract we will send you the Letter of Admission from the CBS. You need it to apply for the visa. Should your visa application be rejected we will retransfer the deposit less the one-time registration fee on presentation of visa rejection documents. Please meet the following application deadline(s) if you need a visa:

  • English-language programmes: June 15

  • German-language programmes: June 15

Travel to Germany

Perfect! If all formal requirements are met you are ready to start your trip to Germany and Cologne, Mainz or Potsdam. Please arrange your travel wisely to arrive on time before the term starts. You find further information for international applicants in our International Students section

1. Requirments

The admission requirements for our CBS Master programmes are a first academic qualification (Bachelor of Arts, Diploma, Master of Arts) with a minimum of 180 ECTS-Credits of a recognised German or international university, university of applied sciences or university of cooperative education with a final grade of at least “good”. Applicants who have not attained this grade in their first study course must take a separate entrance examination. The degree should be business-related. Should you not have your diploma yet, please hand in your academic transcript of records.

2. Application Process

Please submit the following application documents for the English-language degree courses in the English language:

  • Your CV in tabular format

  • Proof of your study achievements to date (official academic transcript of records) and if already applicable the certificate of your first academic degree (e.g. Bachelor)

  • Letter of Motivation: 1-2 DIN A4 pages which answers the following question: “How do you view your vocational future after your studies at CBS?”

  • Copy of your passport (and residence permit, if available)

  • Proof of English proficiency (if English is not your native language). We accept the following certificates: TOEFL certificate (at least 92 points Internet-based) or IELTS (at least band 6.5), Cambridge English First (FCE), BEC Vantage and further certificates. The tests must not be older than two years. Alternatively, you can furnish proof by taking the CBS language test within the scope of our Assessment Day (on campus) or ask for an interview (via skype). Also, you can substitute the required language test if you provide evidence of a six month stay abroad in an English-speaking country or if you prove parts of studies in English (examination of individual case).

  • Optional: proof of studying abroad / job experience

Please apply online using our application form.

3. Assessment

The CBS Admissions Office will review your application documents and is open to questions. In order to begin your studies with us, you must first successfully complete our selection process. We will inform you within a few days if you meet the formal requirements.

4. Admission

If you meet the formal requirements for a Master's degree course at CBS we will offer you a place at our university. A pre-admission interview could be required in some cases and due to the current situation, it would be conducted via a video call (preferably Skype). Further information on the technical aspects will be communicated later on during the application process.

In order to be able to study at CBS, you have to accept the offer within a given period of time.

Admission to MBA Programmes for national & international Applicants

1. Requirments

The admission requirements for our CBS MBA programmes are a first academic qualification (Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts) with a minimum of 180 ECTS-Credits of a recognised university with a final grade of at least “good”. Applicants who have not attained this grade in their first study course must take a separate entrance examination. Furthermore, you need initial job experience of at least one year.

2. Application Process

Please submit the following application documents for the English-language degree courses in English language:

  • Your CV in tabular format

  • Proof of your study achievements to date (official academic transcript of records) and certificates of your academic degree (e.g. Bachelor)

  • Proof of at least one year of professional experience

  • Letter of Motivation: 1-2 DIN A4 pages which answers the following question: “How do you view your vocational future after your studies at CBS?”

  • Copy of your passport (and residence permit, if available)

  • Proof of English proficiency (if English is not your native language). We accept the following certificates: TOEFL certificate (at least 92 points Internet-based) or IELTS (at least band 6.5), Cambridge English First (FCE), BEC Vantage, and further certificates. The tests must not be older than two years. Alternatively, you can furnish proof by taking the CBS language test within the scope of our Assessment Day (on-campus) or an interview (via skype). Also, you can substitute the required language test if you provide evidence of a six-month stay abroad in an English-speaking country or if you prove parts of studies in English (examination of the individual case).

Please apply online using our application form.

3. Assessment

The CBS Admissions Office will review your application documents and is open to questions. In order to begin your studies with us, you must first successfully complete our selection process. We will inform you within a few days if you meet the formal requirements.

4. Admission

If you meet the formal requirements for an MBA degree course at CBS we will offer you a place at university. In order to be able to study at CBS, you have to accept the offer within a given period of time.

Deposit

If you require a visa to study in Germany you will be required to pay an advance deposit of 3,000 €. In case your visa application is rejected we will refund the amount minus the applicable registration fee. The enrollment fee of 600 € is only applicable after securing your admission at CBS. More information on our study fees. More information on international payments.

Do you need a visa to study in Germany?

Please note that it can take up to four months to process the application for your visa. As soon as you have transferred the full deposit and sent us the signed study contract we will send you the Letter of Admission from CBS. You need it to apply for the visa. Should your visa application be rejected we will retransfer the deposit less the one-time registration fee on the presentation of visa rejection documents. Please meet the following application deadline(s) if you need a visa:

  • English-language programmes: June 15

  • German-language programmes: June 15

Travel to Germany

Perfect! If all formal requirements are met you are ready to start your trip to Germany and Cologne. Please arrange your travel wisely to arrive on time before the term starts. You find further information for international applicants in our International Students section.

1. Requirments

The admission requirements for our CBS MBA programmes are a first academic qualification (Bachelor of Arts, Diploma, Master of Arts) with a minimum of 180 ECTS-Credits of a recognised German or international university, university of applied sciences, or university of cooperative education with a final grade of at least “good”. Applicants who have not attained this grade in their first study course must take a separate entrance examination. Furthermore, you need initial job experience of at least one year.

2. Application Process

Please submit the following application documents for the English-language degree courses in the English language:

  • Your CV in tabular format

  • Proof of your study achievements to date (official academic transcript of records) and if already applicable the certificate of your first academic degree (e.g. Bachelor)

  • Proof of professional experience

  • Letter of Motivation: 1-2 DIN A4 pages which answers the following question: “How do you view your vocational future after your studies at CBS?”

  • Copy of your passport (and residence permit, if available)

  • Proof of English proficiency (if English is not your native language). We accept the following certificates: TOEFL certificate (at least 92 points Internet-based) or IELTS (at least band 6.5), Cambridge English First (FCE), BEC Vantage and further certificates. The tests must not be older than two years. Alternatively, you can furnish proof by taking the CBS language test within the scope of our Assessment Day (on campus) or ask for an interview (via skype). Also, you can substitute the required language test if you provide evidence of a six month stay abroad in an English-speaking country or if you prove parts of studies in English (examination of individual case).

Please apply online using our application form.

3. Assessment

The CBS Admissions Office will review your application documents and is open to questions. In order to begin your studies with us, you must first successfully complete our selection process. We will inform you within a few days if you meet the formal requirements.

4. Admission

If you meet the formal requirements for an MBA degree course at CBS we will offer you a place at university. In order to be able to study at CBS, you have to accept the offer within a given period of time.

The application process for Prep4University for national & international Applicants

1. Requirments

Secondary school certificate that qualifies you for direct university entrance in your home country.

For the English foundation course

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will have to demonstrate an approved level of English proficiency. The minimum requirements are:

  • IELTS: 6.0

  • TOEFL: 72 (iBT)

In case your school uses English as the language of instruction, a statement from the school can be accepted as a demonstration of your English proficiency.

For the German foundation course

Applicants who do not have German as their first language will have to demonstrate an approved level of German proficiency on B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

2. Application Process

You will be asked to upload the following documents for your Prep4University application:

  • Your secondary school certificate or university entrance qualification (e.g. High-School diploma, A-Level, Gaokao, IB, Bachillerato, etc.), including transcripts of records

  • Copy of your passport

  • Letter of Motivation

  • CV

  • Proof of language skills

Please note: In case that your documents are in another language than English or German, we kindly ask you to add a certified translation of the original documents.

Please apply online using ourapplication form.

Deposit

Is your residence outside the EU? You will be required to pay a deposit of 2,250 € towards your tuition fee in order to secure your place in the Prep4University course.

Once your study place has been confirmed, you will be required to pay your deposit: You will receive an email with the admission confirmation and the request to pay your deposit. After having paid, you will receive the formal letter of admission and your study contract. You will need the admission letter for your student visa application. The enrollment fee of 600 € is only applicable after securing your admission at CBS.

More information on our study fees. More information on international payments.

Admission

Once you have successfully completed the application process, you will be admitted to your Prep4University place at CBS.

Do you need a visa to study in Germany?

Once you have decided to apply for Prep4University and to study in Germany, you should start to take all necessary steps as soon as possible. Find out whether you need a visa to study in Germany. The visa application process can be tedious, so it is always good to inform yourself about all required documents and to process your application in a timely manner. If you need more detailed information about the visa application process, please visit the homepage of the German embassy or consulate in your country of residence. Do you need help with the general bureaucratic steps you have to take? We’ll be happy to assist you!

Applicants from China, Vietnam, and Mongolia must pass the APS procedure to apply for a student visa in Germany.

Please note that all applicants who require a student visa should process their application before 01 May/ 01 October.

Travel to Germany

Perfect! If all formal requirements are met you are ready to start your trip to Germany and Cologne. Please arrange your travel wisely to arrive on time before the term starts.

1. Requirments

Secondary school certificate that qualifies you for direct university entrance in your home country.

For the English foundation course

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will have to demonstrate an approved level of English proficiency. The minimum requirements are:

  • IELTS: 6.0

  • TOEFL: 72 (iBT)

In case your school uses English as the language of instruction, a statement from the school can be accepted as a demonstration of your English proficiency.

For the German foundation course

Applicants who do not have German as their first language will have to demonstrate an approved level of German proficiency on B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

2. Application Process

You will be asked to upload the following documents for your Prep4University application:

  • Your secondary school certificate or university entrance qualification (e.g. High-School diploma, A-Level, Gaokao, IB, Bachillerato, etc.), including transcripts of records

  • Copy of your passport

  • CV

  • Letter of Motivation

  • Proof of language skills

Please note: In case that your documents are in another language than English or German, we kindly ask you to add a certified translation of the original documents.

Please apply online using our application form.

3. Admission

Once you have successfully completed the application process, you will be admitted to the Prep4University foundation programme.

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Do you still have questions about our application process?

Please call us at the Cologne Campus at 0221 / 93 18 09-31, at the Mainz Campus at 06131/ 88 055-31 or at the Potsdam Campus at 0331/9839810–210!
Our student advisors will be happy to help you with any questions you may have about the program and the application process. Or just visit one of our Open Campus Days and Open Campus Nights!
We look forward to your application and wish you all the success!

Anika Zaeske

Anika Zaeske

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

+49 (0) 221 93 18 09-31
study@cbs.de
Mirjam Zimmermann

Mirjam Zimmermann

Study advisory: Campus Mainz
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+49 (0) 6131 88055 31
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Anika Zaeske

Anika Zaeske

Study advisory: Campus Cologne
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Leah Krug

Leah Krug

Study advisory: Campus Mainz
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Terézia Eich

Terézia Eich

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Olumide Dawodu

Olumide Dawodu

Study advisory: Campus Cologne
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