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

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. Course offerings from the Department of Business Administration & 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.

  • *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.

  • Please take a look at our program brochure

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

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 March 16, 2018)


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


Campus Tiefenbronnerstraße – in front of the library

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.