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3+1 Programmes at CBS

Make the most of your study abroad and gain a second international Bachelor´s Degree within only 2 semesters. Complete your final year of studies in Germany and get the chance to complete a BA in International Business in addition to the degree of your home institution.

This programme is exclusively offered to students from selected partner universities. Please contact your home institution in order to find out, whether you are eligible to apply to the 3+1 Programme.

At CBS, internationality and practical orientation are our top priority. Currently, students from more than sixty-nine different countries study and share housing on our campus. This diversity creates a great atmosphere, which is appreciated by our students, professors, and staff alike.

CBS is full of opportunities for you: Besides improving your English and German proficiency, and developing your personal skills, you will find that our program’s ideal mix of academic and practice-oriented teaching fully prepares you for a career in today’s international business world. What’s more, you can benefit from a wide range of extracurricular activities, ranging from student clubs and initiatives to sports programs and field trips!

Structure of the 3+1 Programme

During your final year of studies with CBS, you will be able to focus on one of the 3 specialisations of Financial Management, Marketing Management or International Trade.

The study language is English. German language training is part of your study plan during the first semester and is provided as an additional certificate-rewarding module during the final semester.

Successful completion of the 3+1 degree will open doors for you on the job market of your home country, but also on the German job market.

The CBS BA degree in International Business will allow you to remain in Germany for 18 months after graduation in order to do an internship or find a job – or to continue your studies with us by applying for an English-taught Master Programme.

Study Course Plan

Some information about the study plan for the study programme 3+1 for International Students:

Financial Management

Financial Analysis3 ECTS ? !
  • Key components of a set of domestic and foreign financial statements

  • Techniques of financial analysis (Ratio Analysis, Accounting Analysis, Cash Flow

  • Analysis)

  • Estimating Weighted Average Cost of Capital

  • Computing Free Cash Flows and Interpreting Earnings

  • Valuation

Integrative Case Study3 ECTS ? !
  • Guide and Strategic Plan to Case study analysis

  • Writing a proper case study analysis report

  • In-depth Case Study Analysis with focus on Financial Management

  • Solving of interdisciplinary case studies with a focus on digital management

New Age Financial Markets & Institutions3 ECTS ? !
  • Role of Underwriters

  • Understanding Money Markets – local and foreign

  • Introduction to Foreign Exchange

  • Introduction to Bond Markets – local and foreign

  • Introduction to Equity Markets – local and foreign

  • Central Banks and Regulatory Authorities across developed markets

  • Outlook to the further development of International Financial Markets

Financial Instruments3 ECTS ? !
  • Overview of various types of fixed income securities, valuation of fixedincome securities, understanding bond ratings, securitisation and asset backed securities, risks associated with investing in bonds, understanding yield spreads,interpreting the yield curve, Spot rates and Forward rates, measurement of interest rate risk, bond portfolio management strategies in the international context

  • Derivatives instruments; Futures and forwards, option payoffs and options strategies, option valuation techniques

Concepts of Value & Risk3 ECTS ? !
  • Introduction: Financial decision making and law of one price

  • Interest rates and quotes

  • Investment decision rules

  • Fundamentals of capital budgeting

  • Capital (global) markets and the risk of pricing

  • Optimal portfolio choice and CAPM

  • Estimating the cost of capital locally and internationally

  • Capital structure in perfect capital markets

  • Financial Distress and restructuring

Applied Financial Management3 ECTS ? !
  • Objectives of financial decision making, also in multinational context

  • Investment principle – risk and return

  • Estimation challenges

  • Capital structure trade-offs

  • Finding the right financing mix

  • Timing, location and financing choices

  • Sustainability and ethics in finance

Strategic Management3 ECTS ? !
  • Introduction to Strategy and Strategic Management

  • External Analysis: understanding opportunities and threats the environment offers

  • Internal Analysis: uncovering strengths and weaknesses of the organization

  • Generic business-level strategies for competitive advantage

  • Basic Corporate-level strategic choices for long-term profitability

  • Diversification strategy

  • Internationalization

  • Mergers and acquisitions

  • Strategic entrepreneurship

  • Strategic leadership

  • Social Responsibility and Ethics of Strategic Management

  • Basics of Corporate Governance

Marketing Management

Consumer Behaviour3 ECTS ? !
Integrative Case Study3 ECTS ? !
  • Guide and Strategic Plan to Case study analysis

  • Writing a proper case study analysis report

  • In-depth Case Study Analysis with focus on Financial Management

  • Solving of interdisciplinary case studies with a focus on digital management

Customer Relationship Management3 ECTS ? !
  • Introduction to CRM

  • Relationship Marketing vs. Transactional Marketing in front of increased complexity in the contemporary global landscapes

  • Concept of the Customer Lifetime Value

  • Market Segmentation and the Customer Lifetime Value

  • Marketing Strategies in the field of CRM

  • Efficiency and effectiveness of loyalty programs

  • Privacy concerns and CRM

  • Future Trends in CRM

Corporate Communication3 ECTS ? !
Supply Management3 ECTS ? !
  • Industrial Buying Behaviour

  • New perception of supply management

  • The procurement marketing process

  • Situation Analysis: Defining critical supply problems, potentials, targets and strategies

  • Need Analysis: Defining the demand

  • Evaluating and Selecting Supply Markets

  • Supplier Evaluation: Find the ‘right supplier’

  • Supplier Relationship Management: Importance of supplier collaborations

  • Supplier Negotiation Process: Strategies and tools

  • Green procurement: Describing a sustainable procurement model

  • Creating a basis for sustainable procurement and integrating sustainable measures into procurement processes

  • Sustainable supplier management: Key theories and practices

Cost Management along the Value Chain3 ECTS ? !
Strategic Management3 ECTS ? !
  • Introduction to Strategy and Strategic Management

  • External Analysis: understanding opportunities and threats the environment offers

  • Internal Analysis: uncovering strengths and weaknesses of the organization

  • Generic business-level strategies for competitive advantage

  • Basic Corporate-level strategic choices for long-term profitability

  • Diversification strategy

  • Internationalization

  • Mergers and acquisitions

  • Strategic entrepreneurship

  • Strategic leadership

  • Social Responsibility and Ethics of Strategic Management

  • Basics of Corporate Governance

International Trade

International Trade Theory & Policy3 ECTS ? !
  • Comparative advantage

  • Resource-based Heckscher-Olin model

  • Modern trade theories

  • Mobility of the factors of production

  • Trade policy and protectionism

  • International monetary and financial systems

  • Multinational corporation and “product cycle”

  • Global and regional trade regimes and organizations

  • Economic integration and the European Union

  • WTO

  • National efforts to boost innovation and competitiveness

  • International trade and globalization

Integrative Case Study3 ECTS ? !
  • Guide and Strategic Plan to Case study analysis

  • Writing a proper case study analysis report

  • In-depth Case Study Analysis with focus on Financial Management

  • Solving of interdisciplinary case studies with a focus on digital management

International Trade Law3 ECTS ? !

Based on the rules and regulations under the WTO, UN, EU and certain national laws the following contents will be covered:

  • Restrictions on trade in goods

  • Restrictions on trade in services

  • Minimum quality requirements

  • Intellectual property rights

International Trade Management3 ECTS ? !
  • The organisation of import and export operations

  • Planning and preparations for export marketing strategy

  • International logistics and channels of distribution

  • Payment terms and procedures

  • Export sales contracts

  • Documentation, risk and insurance

  • Countertrade

  • Trade finance (L/C)

  • Import / Export regulations

  • Product selection and suppliers

  • The entry modes in international trade

Global Supply Chain Management3 ECTS ? !
  • Fundamentals of international logistics

  • Inventory management

  • Warehouse management

  • Packaging and transportation

  • Procurement logistics

  • Production logistics

  • Distribution logistics

  • Disposal logistics

  • Basics of Supply Chain Management

  • Supply Chain Strategy & Design

  • Supply Chain Planning & Synchronization

  • Trends in supply chain management

Strategies of Multinational Enterprises3 ECTS ? !
  • The strategic imperatives

  • Expanding abroad: motivations, means, and mentalities

  • Understanding the international context: responding to conflicting environmental forces

  • Understanding the impact of globalization and technological change on company’s ability to achieve and sustain above-average returns

  • Developing transnational strategies: building layers of competitive advantage

  • The organizational challenge

  • Developing a transnational organization: managing integration, responsiveness, and flexibility

  • Creating worldwide innovation and learning: exploiting cross border knowledge management

  • Engaging in cross border collaboration: managing across corporate boundaries

  • The managerial implications, including assessment of corporate strategic options such as internationalization, domestic and international merges and acquisitions, as well as strategic alliances under various environmental conditions in diverse international markets

  • Implementing the strategy: building multidimensional capabilities

  • The future of the transnational management model and its evolving global role

Strategic Management3 ECTS ? !
  • Introduction to Strategy and Strategic Management

  • External Analysis: understanding opportunities and threats the environment offers

  • Internal Analysis: uncovering strengths and weaknesses of the organization

  • Generic business-level strategies for competitive advantage

  • Basic Corporate-level strategic choices for long-term profitability

  • Diversification strategy

  • Internationalization

  • Mergers and acquisitions

  • Strategic entrepreneurship

  • Strategic leadership

  • Social Responsibility and Ethics of Strategic Management

  • Basics of Corporate Governance

Interdisciplinary competencies - All programmes

German as a Foreign Language*6 ECTS ? !
Understanding European Culture2 ECTS ? !
Scientific Working I2 ECTS ? !

Financial Management

Ethical Aspects of Finance3 ECTS ? !

This course focuses on basic ethical concepts and how they might be applied in the world of Financial Management. The course starts with four basic questions:

  • What is ethical behaviour?” – “Why is Business Ethics important for Financial Management?

  • What has been done so far to integrate Business Ethics into Financial Management? and –

  • What can be done to integrate Business Ethics into Financial Management more effectively in the future?

On the basis of these questions several instruments and projects in Financial Management will be studied, discussed and analysed.

Strategic Management in Banking & Finance3 ECTS ? !

The lecture is divided into three course sections:

  • Introduction and review of concepts

  • Banks as Financial Intermediaries

  • General Principles of Bank Management

Marketing Management

Social Media Marketing3 ECTS ? !

Every year, state-of-the-art topics in Social Media Marketing will be presented, analyzed, and developed. The topics will be changed in the respective semester, responding to current trends. Examples for the contents of Social Media Marketing are:

  • Crowdsourcing

  • Personality Branding

  • Social Media Customer Service Center

  • Social Media for B2B communication.

Optimizing the Sales Process3 ECTS ? !

International Trade

E-Commerce3 ECTS ? !
International Trade & Finance3 ECTS ? !
  • Principles of financial transactions

  • Risk identification

  • Structure of clean payments and documentary credits

  • Cross border leasing

  • International factoring

  • Project finance

Programme specific teaching units - All programmes

Business Simulation Game4 ECTS ? !

In a business simulation game participants have to manage their own virtual company which operates in the same market as other participant-operated competitors. This involves making typical management decisions in realistic environments. Beside the deepening and active examination of subject-specific knowledge the simulation games also include the team environment, where interaction, communication and prioritization are of paramount importance. Participants learn how to manage risk and uncertainty while time is limited and information constrained. Group-reflections help to take over different perspectives and to discuss pros and cons of content- as well as behaviour-related actions.

Bachelor Thesis + Tutorial13 ECTS ? !

During the Bachelor Thesis Tutorial you will learn the fundamentals for your Bachelor thesis: Defining the topic as well as structuring the thesis and you will learn the theoretical knowledge for scientific working.

During your 2nd semester you are working on your Bachelor thesis. You have 12 weeks to complete your thesis and the subject is freely selectible. A supervisor from CBS will support you and you can write the thesis in collaboration with a company as well.

Interdisciplinary competencies - All programmes

English for Academic Purposes4 ECTS ? !
Scientific Working II2 ECTS ? !
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Cologne – Living and learning in the Rhine Metropolis

Cologne – Student city and multicultural metropolis in the Heart of Europe

A pro CBS International Business School decision is always a decision for the city of Cologne. As one of Germany’s largest and best-loved university cities, Cologne has plenty to offer and attracts students from Germany and all over the world. The city, the people, the culture and the economy – Cologne is a pure experience. Cologne boasts more than 1 million inhabitants, of which 95,000 alone are students. The pub and party scene in Cologne is as colourful and diverse as the city itself.

Study in the heart of Europe and take weekend trips to Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels or Berlin – all of which are only a stone´s throw away!

Art, culture and carnival

Cologne is a tolerant and liberal city where you feel at home very quickly. The inhabitants of Cologne are open, direct, talkative, cheerful and always in a celebratory mood – the embodiment of the cheerful Rhenish nature.

Whether the Lanxess Arena, the Cologne Opera or Philharmonic – international stars perform on several stages in Cologne. Not only the home football club, 1. FC Köln, plays in the RheinEnergieStadion, but also renowned world stars repeatedly perform there.

The Cologne Cathedral, Cologne’s showpiece and landmark, alone draws in excess of 6 million visitors from all over the world to the cathedral city each year.

Experience carnival in Cologne like nowhere else in the world. The city is in an exceptional state during the wild days. The fifth season, the carnival session, starts on November 11 at 11.11 am for the inhabitants of Cologne and runs through February.

Vibrant economy

In professional life later, the proximity of the CBS to the economy pays off. Cologne is a location with a long-standing commercial and trade fair tradition. Numerous commercial enterprises and industrial firms, for example from the metal, automobile, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, printing or textiles industries just as the music and media sector are searching for enthusiastic and highly motivated junior employees who wish to shape their future successfully. Well-known TV programmes such as WDR, RTL and VOX are located in Cologne. However, a large number of computer, Internet and telecommunications companies also make Cologne a dynamic IT location.

Semester Dates

Start of Program in the Fall Semester ? !

Application deadline: 1 May

Semester 1

Introduction Week: End of August

Start of lectures: End of August

End of lectures: End of November

Exam period: Beg. of December - Mid December

   
 

Semester 2

Start of lectures: End of January

End of lectures: End of March

Exam Period: End of March - mid April

Bachelor Thesis: Mid April - June

Graduation Ceremony: End of August

 

 

 
Start of Program in the Spring Semester ? !

Application deadline: 1 November

Semester 1

Introduction Week: End of January

Start of lectures: End ofJanuary

End of lectures: End of May

Exam period: Mid May - Beginning of June

   
 

Semester 2

Start of lectures: End of August

End of lectures: Mid October

Exam Period: Mid October - End of October

Bachelor Thesis: End of October - End of December

Graduation Ceremony: End of January

 

 

 
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

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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."

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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."

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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
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"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."

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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

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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."

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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

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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

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

Christian Böhmer

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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."

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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

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Application

Applicants must have successfully completed 3 years of studies in a Business related study programme which has been approved by your home institution for the 3+1 Programme. As the courses at CBS are fully taught in English a high English language proficiency is essential. For the application to the 3+1 programme at CBS please submit the following documents:

  • Completed online application form for the 3+1 programme

  • Copy of your most recent transcript (in English)

  • 1 passport sized photo

  • Your CV/résumé in English

  • Proof of English proficiency TOEFL Certificate (550 pts. paper-based, 220 pts. computer-based, 83 pts. Internet-based) or IELT S (minimum Band 5) or APIEL (Grade 4)

  • Copy of your passport (photo page)

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