Innovation Management is versatile and exciting degree to study at university. It’s the perfect subject if you are forward-thinking and creative and enjoy combining high-level strategy with hands-on work on new business ideas. Students that pursue this field are well-equipped to become the innovators, thinkers, creatives, and leaders of tomorrow.
International Innovation Management is a key feature for successful business creation. It is the process of managing innovative ideas, or the way these ideas are developed and refined until they become a reality.
Today’s employees are expected to develop methods and tools for managing the complex and challenging process of innovation successfully in interdisciplinary and intercultural teams – in the technological area as well as in the business sector.
In this international innovation exchange programme, international students at CBS learn how to link technical knowledge with management skills in an international context and acquire the language skills required for their future careers when participating in our semester programme „International Innovation Management“ (IIM).
International Innovation Management is offered each year from the first half of February until the end of May. The programme is completely English-taught.
During your International Innovation Management exchange programme, you can select courses out of different disciplines to enhance and complement your skills in theory and practice.
Acknowledging that working successfully in an international environment also requires excellent intercultural soft skills, German Language and communication skills form another integral part of the programme. Combined, our programme allows for an interdisciplinary and profound study experience within an intercultural context, where you:
Learn about innovation management and how to turn technology into business
Learn to work effectively in teams of students from different subjects, e.g. business, technology
Learn how to link technical knowledge with management skills
Enhance your knowledge in management, economics, and marketing
Develop your communication and teamwork skills and knowledge of English and German
Some information about the study plan for the International Innovation Management programme:
* Modules contain 2 courses, which cannot be taken separately
* Please note that changes in the course offer are possible and that a minimum number of participants is required for modules to be offered.
Basic concepts including examples
Goals of Smart Cities
Municipal decisions: Democracy and digital participation
Networking and durability of digital infrastructures
Internet of Things (and services)
The course aims to develop the general German skills of the students. They are designed so students can improve their German language skills (i.e. grammar, vocabulary, etc) in everyday situations as well as in a work environment.
CBS International Business School is a private, state-accredited university and has been awarded top rankings. Our practice-oriented exchange programme programmes teach broad skills from an international perspective.
As a small private university, we are able to quickly update our courses in order to adapt to a fast-changing world. This way we ensure that our students are always on top of the latest management trends and highly competitive in the job market.
We offer internationally accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees
Our courses are developed in collaboration with industry and commerce
We are located in or close to exciting cities like Cologne, Bonn, and Düsseldorf
Short and intensive study abroad experience that matches your home university’s academic calendar
Entirely taught in English: gives you more confidence regarding your spoken and written (academic) English language skills
Personal and welcoming atmosphere: small study groups with close contact with our lecturers and the international office
46 ECTS on offer: pick and choose your favorite modules and acquire up to a full semester workload
Intercultural competence: interact and work with students from different cultural backgrounds
German language course (on different levels): acquire basic German language skills or work on your existing German language ability
Central location: Brühl is located close to Cologne and therefore is an ideal starting point to discover the Rhineland, Germany and Europe
Application deadline: 1st of November
|Introduction Week: Mid February||Start of lectures: Mid February||End of lectures: Mid May|
|Exam period: Mid May - End of May|
At least level B1 in English according to CEFR (Common European Framework of References for Language)
Exchange / Erasmus students from our partner universities are exempted from the tuition fees.
6 ECTS cost 900 €
12 ECTS cost 1200 €
Students from international partner universities must be nominated by their home institution before starting the CBS application process.
Nomination & Application Deadline: 1st of November
For Erasmus+ students: Guideline for filling in the Erasmus Digital Learning Agreement
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