HNU | Bachelor Betriebswirtschaft – Internationale Ausrichtung

Die Sprachen Englisch sowie Französisch oder Spanisch sind fester Bestandteil des Studiums. Dadurch werden Sie optimal auf Auslandsaufenthalte vorbereitet. Internationale Erfahrung können Sie erwerben, indem Sie

Double Degree Programm

Beschreibung

Im Studiengang „Betriebswirtschaft“ haben besonders qualifizierte Studierende  die Möglichkeit, drei Semester an der HNU und dann drei Semester bei einem ausländischen Partner zu studieren. Alle Leistungen werden gegenseitig anerkannt, was zu einem Double Degree führt. Besonders zu betonen ist die sehr intensive Auslandserfahrung, die weit über das Maß der durchschnittlichen Double Degree Programme hinausgeht.

Voraussetzungen für die Teilnahme

Teilnehmen können Studierende der Betriebswirtschaft, die innerhalb der ersten drei Semester weit überdurchschnittliche Leistungen gezeigt haben.

Studienstart

Bei den meisten ausländischen Universitäten beginnt das Programm mit dem Wintersemester, allerdings im Allgemeinen bereits Anfang September. Je nachdem ob Sie Ihr Studium im Winter oder im Sommer begonnen haben, können Sie ihr Praxissemester so wählen, dass keine Wartezeiten erfolgen. Diese Sonderregelung gilt natürlich nur für die Studierenden, die in das Programm aufgenommen sind.

Studium im Ausland

Je nach Partner werden die Vorlesungen im Ausland im Allgemeinen in englischer Sprache erfolgen. Ferner gibt es im Ausland sehr unterschiedliche Studiengebühren und verschiedene Möglichkeiten einer (Teil)erstattung.

Im Gegensatz zu Deutschland gibt es bei fast allen ausländischen Universitäten jedoch zwei Besonderheiten:

  • Es gibt kein (verpflichtendes) Praxissemester.
  • Eine Bachelor Thesis ist maximal optional.

Beides müssen Sie natürlich trotzdem vorweisen. Ihr Praxissemster können Sie wie oben erwähnt zu einer beliebigen Zeit im In- oder Ausland (entweder vor dem Double-Degree-Studium oder danach) durchführen. Die Bachelor-Arbeit erfolgt am Ende des Studiums.

Bewerbung

Allgemeine Auskünfte zum Programm und ggf. Kontakt zu Studierenden innerhalb des Programms erhalten Sie im International Office.

Die Bewerbung für dieses exklusive Programm richten Sie bis zum 1. Februar d.J. für den Start Mitte August desselben Jahres an das International Office. Gemeinsam mit dem Dekanat erfolgt die Auswahl der Kandidaten.


Erforderliche Bewerbungsunterlagen:

  • Online-Bewerbung - hier
  • Motivationsschreiben
  • Tabellarischer Lebenslauf
  • Online-Leistungsnachweis
  • Sprachzeugnis Englisch mind. B2
Ausführliche Informationen zum Double Degree Program

Definition
“A double degree program is a specific study path established between two universities, usually located in two different countries, which allows a student to earn two official degrees upon completion of the program, as long as the specific requirements set for the program are met. Double degree programs can be found at undergraduate, at postgraduate level, or can be articulated in such a way as to offer the opportunity to earn both an undergraduate and a postgraduate degree at the end of the study path.” (Consortium of International Double Degrees, 2011)

Structure of the business double degree program

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Application process
Application process for the business double degree will take place during the Spring of each year. If you want to apply, please contact the International Office first, as access to the program is very limited (five students per academic year).

The sending university will determine which students it will send to the partner university. Both of the schools emphasize the academic performance of the applicant. In addition to having completed enough studies, the grades must be adequate. Furthermore, English language skills are seen as important. At HNU this is evaluated according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF), which was developed by the Council of Europe. Students of HNU must have a minimum English language level of B2 to be able to participate in this program.

Once the selection has been completed by HNU, the formal application is sent to Oulu UAS for a final decision. The students must also fill out an additional application to the receiving university, before being finally accepted to the program.

Oulu UAS organizes the application process to its students by a formal application. The application period for students at Oulu UAS follows the same timing as the general application period for other student exchange programme. In selection, an applicant’s grade point average (study success) and English language skills are considered. Furthermore, the importance of German language skills prior to the beginning of the double degree exchange period is highlighted. The applicants from Oulu UAS will be invited to an interview which is used to assess the overall motivation of the student as well as language skills.

Once the selection has been completed at Oulu UAS, the process advances similarly as by the HNU.

What study blocks should I choose at Neu-Ulm?
The student can complete the three semesters in Neu-Ulm by choosing study blocks taught in German or in English. In order to improve your knowledge in German we recommend to complete study blocks in German. All offered study blocks are available also for Oulu students. Please bear in mind that some courses might have limited access (number of students). Hence, you have to apply to be allowed to these courses. It might be that some obligatory courses are taught in German only and the exam has also be done in German.

What should I know before my departure?
Especially for Oulu students, the knowledge of the local language is key. All students should be active in learning the language and the culture even before departure. This will make settling in easier. Also, contacting students who have formerly been on exchange in the partner school is advised, as these people have first-hand experience on what it is like to study there. Be sure to understand, that although the schools and cultures might be similar, practices are different and you should never expect anything to work the same way as back home.

How do the working cultures of the two universities differ?
In Oulu the professors and staff come and ask you how you are doing in order to make sure everything is going okay. In Neu-Ulm, the common practice is to assume everything is going okay until the student comes and asks for help. It should be noted, that the local culture (German or Finnish) plays a big part in the practices of each school. Oulu has a certain degree of freedom whereas Neu-Ulm is more bound to its rules.

Are there similarities between the two cultures?
Both Finns and Germans like to be punctual and matters are addressed with certain bureaucracy. Cheating is strictly forbidden and students are expected to turn in their assignments on time. Help is always given to those who need it and students are also expected to take an active role.

Where should I go in case of problems or questions?
The first place to start would be the International Office. In Neu-Ulm you are advised to contact them in order to get more information regarding whom you should contact and the International Office will also help with this. Naturally, if it is a question concerning a course, it is best to directly contact the respective professor. In Oulu the students are usually encouraged to contact directly the person who is responsible for the area in question (for example, a teacher of a course). But similarly, the International Office is always a good place to start, as they can give more guidance on whom to contact.

How are exams organized?
In Neu-Ulm, the exams normally take place at the very end of each semester, where the last weeks are reserved solely for examinations. The school determines the time and the place for each exam. In Oulu, the school year is organized in periods, rather than semesters. Towards the end of each period there are exams, of which the date and time are decided together by the students and the professors. This means there are no predetermined exam times and that a student might have an exam in the morning from one course and the lectures of another course in the afternoon.

What if I fail an exam?
In Oulu students have the possibility to take part in repeat examinations held approximately once every month. These dates and the information about the formal registration can be found on the Student Intranet of Oulu UAS. In Neu-Ulm students can participate in repeat examinations only at the end of each semester, and this has to be agreed upon with the respective teacher. Furthermore, if there are any lectures taking place during that semester, the student should participate.

Final advice for new business double degree students?
Take the time to learn the language and don’t hesitate to use it. Although people will most likely tend to speak English with you, insist on using the local language, as practice makes perfect. Try to make friends with locals as well and avoid spending time only with the exchange students, as none of them stay as long as you do. Be active and ask as many questions as possible, because there are no stupid questions. Make sure you have understood everything correctly and that you have the correct information. Try to make sure the professors know who you are and that you are a double degree student, so that they understand your situation better. Attend the lectures and be a hard-working student, as your positive reputation will help along the way. Try to enjoy the exchange and make the best of it. If you have any questions or problems, do not hesitate to contact the International Office, as things are easier to deal with right away rather than waiting until it’s too late.

Structure of the business double degree program

Successful Double Degree alumni:

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Lehrveranstaltungen in englischer Sprache

In vier Schwerpunkten des Studiengangs Betriebswirtschaft finden die Lehrveranstaltungen in englischer Sprache statt:

Business Information Systems

Strategic Information Management

Contents

  • The course provides an introduction to the concepts and methods of strategic information management, elaborating topics like e.g. information and IT systems strategy and planning, change management, IT risk management, information systems and business strategy alignment, and managing the relationship of IT to its organizational environment.

Credit Points

  • 3 ECTS
E-Business and Internet Applications

Contents

  • The seminar covers selected topics of e-business and e-commerce, like e.g. business models or its organisational and technological foundations, and of Internet-based Applications in general, elaborating different aspects like e.g. Web-based business IT-solutions on the Intra- and Internet, Web-design, current trends and future developments and the related business value.

Credit Points

  • 2 ECTS
Business Process Management

Contents

  • The course gives an overview of the state-of-the-art concepts, methods and tools used in business process modelling and business process management (BPM). The widely used methods and diagram types for modelling business processes as well as the related software tools are elaborated and compared, the techniques used for business process re-engineering are discussed, and an overview of recent developments in software applications supporting BPM is given.

Credit Points

  • 3 ECTS
Enterprise Applications

Contents

  • The course explains the different kinds of enterprise applications typically used in today's enterprises, like e.g. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Supply Chain Management (SCM) Systems, their respective software architectures as well as the business value gained and the functionality and business processes supported by each of these standard applications. In addition, state-of-the-art concepts for connecting heterogeneous enterprise applications to realize information and process integration, like Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) or Service-oriented Architectures (SOA), are discussed.

Credit Points

  • 3 ECTS
Databases and Business Intelligence

Contents

  • The course first explains the concepts of enterprise-wide database management systems (DBMS), data modelling and provides hands-on introduction to using databases. It then focuses on Data Warehouses as an important database application, providing the basis for different kinds of Business Intelligence (BI) applications. The different BI concepts and tools, like e.g. data mining, multi-dimensional data analysis and Management Cockpits, are explained and demonstrated and their respective purposes and business value are discussed.

Credit Points

  • 3 ECTS
IT Infrastructure Management

Contents

  • The course elaborates the state-of-the-art methods for effectively managing the essential operation components (policies, processes, equipment, data, human resources, and external contacts) of an enterprises IT infrastructure. It first discusses important partial aspects like e.g. systems, network, and storage management. Second, the standards and concepts of the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) as means for providing an integrated enterprise IT service management are introduced.

Credit Points

  • 2 ECTS

International Business Administration

The Process of Internationalization

Contents

  • This lecture analyses and elaborates the opportunities and ways of "Going International" as well as the advantages and risks involved. Moreover, the process of internationalization as part of the overall strategy of companies is explored. For this purpose, case studies, annual reports, newspaper articles and information from the internet are utilized and analyzed.

Credit Points

  • 2 ECTS
International Controlling

Contents

  • This part of the programme deals with the issue of what effects different national business environments have on the success of companies, the provision for exchange rate fluctuations, inflation, the question of transfer prices. Within the scope of strategic international controlling, questions of portfolio management and management of resources also play an important role.

Credit Points

  • 3 ECTS
International Accounting

Contents

  • More and more companies which operate internationally convert their accounting systems to IAS/IFRS. From the year 2005 this conversion is compulsory for the consolidated financial statement of public stock companies. In addition, in the US the regulations of the US-GAAP have to be taken into account. Another topic is the conversion of the German HGB standards into IAS/IFRS.

Credit Points

  • 3 ECTS
International Taxation

Contents

  • One of the key questions of companies operating internationally is the clash of different national fiscal systems. The lectures deals with the resulting double taxation problems, opportunities of tax optimization, the determination of transfer prices. The optimal choice of location and legal form under the aspect of minimizing taxes is studied. Another interesting aspect is the optimization of the individual tax burden of expatriates.

Credit Points

  • 3 ECTS
International Finance and Risk Management

Contents

  • International business activities lead to financial transactions in foreign currencies. Therefore central questions here are the management of exchange rates and cash management. Furthermore, techniques of international financing and of global asset management and international investment are crucial.

Credit Points

  • 3 ECTS
International Value Chain Management

Contents

  • The internationalization of the procurement process in the sense of "Global Sourcing", outsourcing of production to other countries and the opportunities and threats of this strategy, off-shoring and the associated logistical challenges as well as supply chain management are the central issues of this programme.

Credit Points

  • 2 ECTS

International Logistics

International Logistics Seminar

Contents

Managers need to be able to analyse and solve problems and to present the results in front of an international audience.

Thus the course starts with training on how to conduct a scientific research project (with reference to Karl Poppers theories “All life is problem solving”). Then small groups of students will work together to conduct a research-project on a topic in the field of logistics (one project per group).The work on the research topic is organized by each group and conducted outside of class.

A project report (=seminar paper) and an oral presentation to all students is mandatory for each group after the research project has been conducted.

Credit Points

  • 4 ECTS
Transport Logistics

Contents

International logistics is not driven by one universal principle, but is strongly characterized by the diversity of the specific logistical processes within different vertical industries. The detection of vital necessities, the detection of optimization potential and the methods of harvesting optimization potentials are keys to success in international logistic management. As transport logistics consume a significant amount of our world’s resources, too, it has a strong impact on our ecology.

 The lecture aims at:

  • Broadening the knowledge on logistical principles & methods
  • Enabling students to use formal modelling methods which help to thoroughly understand the underlying optimization problems
  • Enabling students to use selected algorithms to solve defined optimization problems
  • Giving an insight into the impact of decisions in the logistics world on our traffic and on our environment

Credit Points

  • 3 ECTS
Production & Warehouse Logistics

Contents

Mastering intra-logistics (i.e. production logistics and warehouse logistics) requires the thorough understanding of the processes and technologies used in intra-logistics. Next to this thorough understanding, quantitative methods to determine lot sizes, throughputs and many other performance indicators are key to success for managers of production and warehouse systems.

The lecture aims to:

  • Broadening the knowledge on intra-logistical principles & methods
  • Building “hands on understanding” of warehouse and production processes (exercises in the HNU Logistics Lab are used for this purpose)
  • Enabling students to use formal modelling methods which help to thoroughly understand the underlying optimization problems  
  • Enabling students to use selected algorithms to solve defined optimization problems

Credit Points

  • 4 ECTS
Project Management

Contents

Project management is required in many cases in the world of logistics. Thus the course aims at teaching selected project management methods.

Credit Points

  • 4 ECTS

International Management & Leadership

International Management

Contents

  • This part of the programme deals with the theory for the case study group work described in International Cases Studies.

Credit Points

  • 3 ECTS
International Case Studies

Contents

  • Working in groups, students analyse the strengths and weaknesses of a particular company and the opportunities and threats of the developments of the world-wide market and competitors. Case studies, business reports, and information from the media and internet are used as a basis for this. Using the analysis as a starting point, possible strategies are worked out and critically reviewed. Specific and defined ways of putting the selected strategies into action are presented, and criteria for controlling the supervision of these are formulated.

Credit Points

  • 4 ECTS
International Marketing

Contents

  • The issues and methods of international market research and the construction of the international marketing mix are the central concerns of this section of the course. With reference to cases, careful consideration is made of the objectives and possibilities open to global brands and their adaptation to local and regional markets.

Credit Points

  • 2 ECTS
International Law

Contents

  • Those working in the field of international business are confronted with offers and contracts formulated according to international law, and they need to be aware of international legal regulations. This course deals with the underlying basic principles and structures of current international law.

Credit Points

  • 3 ECTS
International Human Resource Management

Contents

  • International management requires an international approach to the deployment of personnel - local staff employed locally and abroad as well as foreign staff active in overseas subsidiaries. This gives rise to a multitude of issues such as dispatch of staff to other countries and their reintegration, selection of employees, employee development, leadership, motivation etc.

Credit Points

  • 2 ECTS
Intercultural Management

Contents

  • Using specific examples and exercises, course participants consider the cultural issues which can create stumbling blocks in international business, and what measures are suitable for adapting styles of staff leadership, advertising and negotiations.

 Credit Points

  • 2 ECTS

Kontakt

Professor Dr.
Alexander H. Kracklauer Zum Profil

Leitung Kompetenzzentrum Wachstums- und Vertriebsstrategien
Internationalisierungs- und Alumnibeauftragter der Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaften

E-Mail an Professor Dr. Alexander H. Kracklauer
Phone:
0731/9762-1416
Büro:
Edisonallee 7,ZWEI, 7 EDISON 7

Kontakt

Professor Dr.
Hermann J. Demmel Zum Profil

Prodekan der Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Leitung Kompetenzzentrum Finance, Accounting, Controlling, Taxation

E-Mail an Professor Dr. Hermann J. Demmel
Phone:
0731/9762-1406
Büro:
Hauptgebäude,ZWEI, 23 BÜRO

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