ISP | International Study Program - Information for incoming BACHELOR EXCHANGE students

Jorge Daniel, Mexico, 1-year exchange (study semester + internship semester) To study abroad at the Pforzheim Business School was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. It was the perfect fit between studying at a competitive university and also have all the support I needed from the school’s international department for my next plan: to do an internship in one of Germany’s top companies. At the end I got the opportunity to spend one semester at the Hochschule as a regular student and a second semester as an intern at Bosch.”

Are you looking for a real international experience for your bachelor level study abroad semester?

- Welcome to the International Study Program (ISP) at Pforzheim University!

  • The ISP offers a vast range of business courses taught in English* to exchange students from our partner universities as well as to our domestic students
    - As a result, you as an exchange student will quickly become a vital part of our university life.
  • With 200 to 250 incoming students every year from over 30 countries around the world, we offer you an exciting and inspiring semester abroad with new impressions, lively discussions and rich interaction at a highly reputable business school.
  • Our Business School provides the ISP core. Courses from the Department of Industrial Engineering, which is part of the School of Engineering, increasingly extend the comprehensive ISP program.
  • ISP also cooperates with our student initiatives to offer organized visits.
  • Furthermore, ISP provides field trips to German & European firms/institutions.
  • Please take a look at our program brochure


Yongzong, China “I feel very honored to have experienced Pforzheim University‘s learning environment. The open atmosphere, the multi-cooperative model of studying and the warm help of the professors have really made me grow in the past months. I am in love with the university and the city. My semester in Pforzheim will always be a great memory and have a great impact on my future studies!”


*Are you already fluent in German?! - Welcome to our well over 200 business courses offered in the German language within our business and industrial engineering bachelor study programs.

Yu-En, Taiwan
“It really was a great pleasure to be one of the International students of Hochschule Pforzheim. Initially I planned to stay for one semester only. The high quality of education  provided by the professors, the diversity of cultural interaction and the friendly reception of the ISP however were important factors that made me prolong my stay for another  semester. After one year at Hochschule Pforzheim, my ability of independent thinking, my German and English language skills have been improved tremendously. I highly recommend  to study at the HS PF and experience how wonderful it is here!“

Good reasons to choose Pforzheim University’s International Study Program for your study abroad semester:

We welcome around 200 incoming students every year from all continents.

Thus, intercultural networking begins right in the classroom.

With 3000 students and 95 full-time professors, the Business School is among the largest business schools in Germany.

As a result, every semester you will have access to well over 50 classes in Business Administration and Economics, entirely taught in English.

These course offerings are completed by contextual studies such as »The History of Post-War-Germany« and »The History of German Art«.

Our commitment to quality and continuous improvement was confirmed when we received the initial accreditation of AACSB International in July 2011. In May 2017 we have again received this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education. Less than 5% of business schools worldwide are AACSB accredited, in Germany only 10 universities out of about 200 with business programs (status: September 2017).

As a university with an applied mandate, we deliver business competence, not just theory. Our professors do not only hold Doctoral, or Master degrees – they have worked for at least three years in the industry. Our teaching is based on research as well as on professional experience.

ISP student group on a field trip to BMW in Munich
German intensive class with Senior Lecturer Sabine Schnabel

Our Institute of Foreign Languages offers a wide range of courses in German as a foreign language, from beginners to advanced classes (CEFR A1 - C1)


These courses are fully integrated into the ISP timetable and subsequently don’t clash with any English taught business class you’ll take.


All courses will be free of charge for you!

Pforzheim is located between the cities of Stuttgart and Karlsruhe in the state of Baden- Württemberg, Germany.

Baden-Württemberg is one of Europe‘s most innovative and globalized regions. Many internationally renowned companies such as Daimler, Porsche, Bosch, SAP as well as powerful small and medium-sized enterprises have their headquarters in this southern German region.

Where we are - in the Heart of Europe

Kyle, USA “Pforzheim and the ISP exposed me to diverse and rich culture from all over the world. The friends and memories I made during my study abroad experience will truly never be forgotten. My classes introduced me to experienced professors, and a diverse range of courses to choose from. Choosing to come to Pforzheim was a life changing decision that I will never forget, and hope to visit again.”

Lucas, Brazil
“I had an amazing experience in Pforzheim! Due to the internationalization of the university, I had the pleasure to interact with people from all over the world and build friendships. For me, that is the biggest you can get from an exchange program! The receptiveness from everyone in the university and the proximity from the professors to the job market impressed me. This exchange was very important not only for my studies, but for my personal growth and the opportunity it gave me for an internship in Germany.”

Exchange Scenarios & Prerequisites

ISP Exchange Scenarios

International students coming to Pforzheim University Business School do have the following options for designing their study abroad period - based on agreement of their home universities:

1) Please note, that students will apply for their internship semester in Germany by themselves

2) For your orientation: CEFR B1 in the German language is the level which is necessary to
acquire the German citizenship

* Field trip to Berlin – offered every summer semester in mid-July: 4 days, historical & political
focus, highly sponsored (75 to 95 EUR participation fee only! - Status September 2019)


Language Requirements

Exchange students should have the necessary command of either the English or the German language in order to follow lectures in the respective language (depending on the language of instruction for the courses they wish to attend).

  • To attend courses taught in English, students are expected to have earned TOEFL results of more than 87 (TOEFLiBT) or equivalent results in a comparable test.
  • To attend business courses taught in German, students are expected to have mastered Level B2 according to the Common European Reference Framework (CEFR).

General Prerequisites

  • Exchange students should have successfully completed at least one full year of study in Accounting, Business Administration or Economics at their home university.
  • All incoming students are expected to have passed
    courses in:
    • Analysis / Calculus, and
    • Introductory Statistics
  • In addition, exchange students enrolling in one of our specialization offerings
    should be familiar with Introductory Microeconomics and Introductory
  • To enroll in the specializations in International Business or Marketing, students must have familiarity with Management Accounting / Cost Accounting on an introductory level.
  • Students enrolling in the specializations in International Business should have an understanding of Fundamentals of Corporate Finance.
  • Furthermore, students are kindly asked to carefully check the specific prerequisites for individual courses as indicated in the course descriptions/syllabi.
ISP field to Berlin: Students in front of the Federal Chancellery

Tata, Georgia
“People always ask me why I chose ISP: Studying at Pforzheim Business School was not just attending classes and writing exams. This school offered me much more. Our classes were so interesting that I didn’t miss any of them. I attended various field trips, games, cultural activities, that were organized by university. Today I have friends from half of the world and my year at Pforzheim University had a huge effect on my career.” 

Course offerings

  1. Business courses in the English Language

  2. Business courses in the German Language

  3. Business courses in Spanish and French

  4. Courses in German as a foreign Language
Campus Tiefenbronnerstraße – in front of the library

Julia, Australia
“Hochschule Pforzheim is a fun and diverse place to study and meet new friends from all over the world. I have enjoyed adapting to a new, German culture including beer, brezels and curry wurst. Pforzheim is full of hidden gems, such as the Stadtpark, Enzauenpark and the Wallberg, which are perfect to relax in on a sunny afternoon with friends. HS PF has been very welcoming and flexible with the needs of the international students. I loved all of the ‘meet and greet’ type events at the beginning of the semester which helped us meet new people from both Germany and other countries. The ISP and Gemini excursions had been fantastic as well.” 

ISP offers two non-degree certificates

(1) The “Certificate International Management” issued to students who successfully complete courses with a total workload of 30 ECTS credits.

(2) The “Diploma International Management” for students earning 60 ECTS credits within two semesters.

Students may achieve the required number of credits

  • by successfully passing courses with a total workload of 60 ECTS credits, or
  • by combining successfully completed courses with a total workload of 30 ECTS credits from the first semester of study, with an one-semester internship completed in the second semester.