International – Knowledge that knows no boundaries

Internationalization is firmly anchored as a strategic goal in the Business School's identity. Cooperation across national and cultural borders creates new perspectives for teaching and research as well as for the students. Courses and lectures in English, international guest students and co-working in intercultural teams enrich the Pforzheim campus. A network of over 100 partner universities in more than 40 countries opens the doors to the world for students.

The Business School relies on a three-pillar strategy: In addition to the option of a semester abroad and the double-degree option available in some programs, students gain "international experience at home" in foreign-language courses and in contact with visiting students from abroad.

In 2017, the CHE ranking for the category "International Orientation" gave Business School Pforzheim a top position among German universities - a pleasing result that is also an incentive to steadily strengthen internationalization.

On campus: courses taught in English language

Business administration and business law students at the Business School are prepared for the international job market in a variety of ways. Topics of a dynamic, global and increasingly interdisciplinary working world have their established place in the courses. Bachelor's and master’s students are offered a wide range of English-language subjects and the number of credits that can be taken in English-language courses has risen steadily in recent years. Students who take English-language courses equivalent to a full semester (30 credits) and have earned at least ten credits of these at Business School Pforzheim receive an additional International Study Program certificate (ISP).

Studying in intercultural teams at the campus is also part of the Business Schools internationalization strategy: Working together across cultures, learning from each other and receiving new impulses broadens the horizon. Exchange students from partner universities and international students who decide to study at Pforzheim Business School bring internationality to the campus.

Spend a semester abroad: at one of over 100 partner universities

The number of students who spend a semester at a partner university abroad is constantly increasing. For a semester abroad, students of business administration and business law have access to a network of mostly AACSB- or EQUIS-accredited partner universities in more than 40 countries. The Business School cooperates with the best international partner universities in order to inspire as many students as possible to spend a semester abroad. Some programs also offer the option to acquire a double degree: Students can complete their studies with a double degree from Pforzheim University land a partner university abroad.

Intercultural programs: Bachelor & Master’s programs in English language

The Business School offers three bachelor programs with a particularly distinctive international profile: The trilingual, intercultural bachelor's program in International Business, the bachelor's program in International Marketing with a mandatory double degree, and the bachelor's program in Digital Enterprise Management which is aimed not only at applicants from Germany, but from all over the world.

The MBA International Management master's program, taught in English, targets German and international professionals.

Teaching and research: international guest professors

Internationalization at the Business School also lives from visiting professors from abroad, who are usually on the Pforzheim campus for a few weeks a year to give some guest lectures, many of them returning year after year. With their courses, they bring in new subject areas, academic cultures and teaching styles. In addition, they generate impulses for new courses, joint research projects and publications. In return, Pforzheim colleagues teach and conduct research at international partner universities. As visiting professors, they teach individual courses or even spend an entire research semester abroad.