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CBS short-term Programmes for International Students


Short-term Programmes at CBS

You want to learn about different topics related to business, but not spend too much time abroad? Join one of our short-term programmes:

Short-term Summer Programme in Cologne

If you want to spend an exiting month in Cologne during the summer, come and join us from 17 June to 12 July 2024 and earn credits towards your degree.

CBS provides a short-term programme that is full of opportunities for you: During your stay at CBS you can select courses from different disciplines to enhance your skills in theory and practice. Acknowledging that working successfully in an international environment requires excellent intercultural soft skills, you will work together with Bachelor and Master students from all over the world. Furthermore, you will get the chance to discover Europe and benefit from a wide range of extracurricular activities!

We welcome students from all institutions, at all ages and from across the world to join us.

Structure of the Short-term Programme

Join us for a 4-week programme in Cologne from 17 June to 12 July 2024 and gain up to 12 ECTS!

The intense short-term programme is designed for highly motivated and advanced Bachelor and Master students who are at least in their second year of studies with a profound Business, Management or Engineering background.
All participants must prove an upper intermediate level (B2) of English.

Credits information:
Upon successful completion of our short-term programme, you will receive a certificate with 12 ECTS credits.

Fee information:
Tuition includes extracurricular social activities, but excludes travel expenses and accommodation:

6 ECTS = 900€
12 ECTS = 1.600€

01 April 2024

Application requirements:

  • Online Application
  • Proof of English language proficiency (at least B2 level or equivalent official language certificate
  • Transcript of records
  • Copy of Passport/ European ID card
  • Passport picture

Please send an email to in order to receive your personalised application weblink. 

CBS will provide recommendations and suggestions for accommodation options. However, participants are not bound to these suggestions. They can choose further accommodation options in Cologne.

Study Course Plan

Some information about the study plan for the short-term programme for international students

Sustainable Transformation

Basic concepts for sustainable transformation3 ETCS ? !
  • History of sustainability

  • Sustainability concepts

  • Climate justice

  • Innovation & Sustainability

  • Finance & Sustainability

  • Communication & Sustainability


Case studies for sustainable transformation 3 ETCS ? !
  • Concepts of sustainability and best practices

  • How to create climate justice in a world of nations

  • How to create sustainable economies in a globalized environment

  • How to innovate sustainably

  • How to invest sustainably

  • How to identify and avoid greenwashing

Fundamentals for Smart Cities

Framework and Infrastructures of Smart Cities3 ETCS ? !
  • Basic concepts including examples

  • Goals of Smart Cities

  • Municipal decisions: Democracy and digital participation

  • Digital infrastructures

  • Data sovereignty

  • Networking and durability of digital infrastructures

Technologies for Smart Cities 3 ETCS ? !
  • Internet of Things (and Services)

  • Big Data

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Cybersecurity

  • Robotics

  • Block Chain

European Politics and Economics

EU Politics 3 ETCS ? !
  • EU policy-making

  • Distribution of competencies in the EU

  • Important areas such as agriculture, money and currency, trade issues etc.

  • Impact on business

  • Problems of effectiveness and assessment of criteria

EU Law and Institutions 3 ETCS ? !
  • EU institutions such as The European Council, The European Parliament, The European Central Bank etc.

  • Law and law-making in Community

  • National or supranational law?

  • Direct applicability and direct effects

  • EU Competition law

  • The jurisdiction of the European Courts


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.

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.

Dates of the short-term programme

Dates of the short-term programme ? !

Application deadline: 30 April 2024

Introduction Day: 17 June 2024

  Start of lectures: 18 June 2024

End of lectures: 12 July 2024


Do you have any questions?

The team at the CBS International Office is happy to assist you with all questions around studying abroad at CBS and planning your stay in Germany.