International Management: Dual Bachelor's Degree at HSBA

Business Administration (English) (BSc)


Study Profile

The programme combines practice-related studies of business administration with simultaneous systematic in-company training. It gives students the relevant specialist knowledge in the individual areas of business administration, and enables them to apply it in the practical phases in the different departments of their training company. Students can select an appropriate study focus in their third year, to prepare them optimally for the requirements of the company in the respective areas and functions.

Highlights of the Study Course

  • Dual Bachelor's programme in business administration with alternating theoretical and practical phases

  • Extensive financial independence through monthly remuneration

  • Extensive range of options and focal points

  • Digital Toolbox @ HSBA

  • Lecturers with extensive practical experience

  • Attractive career prospects after gradtuation

  • Stays abroad possible

  • Campus in the heart of Hamburg 

Facts on the study course

Degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc) with 180 ECTS
Language: English
Accreditation: FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation)
Programme start: The programme starts on 1 October each year. In 2020 it starts with a practice phase.
Study duration: 3 years

Study Organisation

The dual programme integrates phases of theory at the university (on average 32 weeks a year) and practical phases of training in their training company (on average 20 weeks a year).

Success Stories of our Graduates

With the bachelor degree in Business Administration (Specialisation Finance) and as a banker certified by the Chamber of Commerce, I am now a Consultant of the Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG. I assist wealthy individuals and families in all financial topics.

Hannes Roffmann
Wealth Management, Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG

The dual study programme at HSBA was the ideal basis to continue my career in one of the big four auditing companies. The university has a very dynamic character and I am happy to have been a part of it – three very significant years.

Felix Peleikis
Assurance, Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

I started to work in the internal audit department and during the audits learned more about the many different national and international subsidiaries and areas of the Otto Group. I find the way that HSBA and Otto support the further development of their students outstanding.

Julia-Mara Rückert
Revisorin & HSBA-Masterstudentin, OTTO GmbH & Co. KG

Programme Structure

Students acquire practical business administration knowledge and have an opportunity to specialise in certain functions or sectors. Special attention is given to method skills throughout the programme. Business administration fundamentals are communicated in the first two years of study, and complemented by method modules and courses on language and law. In the second and third years of study, selected subjects are treated in depth (Marketing, Finance, Strategic Management, Controlling).

The final year is mainly defined by the specialisation International Business Administration/Trade.

Plan of Study

Semester 1

Module Contact Hours Credits
Methodology and Basics of Business Studies (Part 1) 32 4
Financial Accounting 48 6
Microeconomics 48 6
Mathematics 48 7
International Business Law (Part 1) 16 5
Business English 48 5

Semester 2

Module Contact Hours Credits
Human Resources Management 48 6
Managerial Accounting 48 6
Operations Management 32 4
Macroeconomics 32 4
Statistics 48 7
International Business Law (Part 2) 32 5

Semester 3

Module Contact Hours Credits
Marketing Management I 32 4
Introduction to Investment and Finance 48 6
Organisation 48 6
Strategic Management (Part 1) 32 7
Labour Law or Auditing 32 3
Quantitative Methods 32 5

Semester 4

Module Contact Hours Credits
Marketing Management II 48 6
Corporate Finance 32 4
International Taxation & Group Accounting 48 6
Strategic Management (Part 2) 32 7
Operations Research 32 5
Elective or Law for Auditors    

Semester 5

Module Contact Hours Credits
Controllership 48 6
Specialisation (Part 1) 108 22
Fundamentals of Information Systems 48 6

Semester 6

Module Contact Hours Credits
Management Game 30 4
Specialisation (Part 2) 60 22

Special Weeks

Module Special Week Contact Hours Credits
Introduction to HSBA 1 18 0
Methodology and Basics of Businesss Studies (Part 2) 1 4 4
Project Management 3 24 5
Study Trip 5 30 2
Elective 4 30 3
Digital Toolbox   64 5
General Electives   75 3


The electives enable students to deepen and widen their knowledge in specific areas. In the second year of the programme, Law is an elective, with a choice between labour law and sector-specific auditing law. An international study trip (or option in Hamburg) enables students to use their know-how in an international context. 

The general electives give students the opportunity to develop their individual knowledge and skills further. The offering ranges from social skills and IT seminars to studium generale events and smaller electives where students can tackle selected business administration content in a more in-depth manner. Foreign language courses are also on offer on an extracurricular basis.


In the study course Business Administration (English version) generally the specialisation International Business Administration / Trade is chosen. Should the student want to choose a different specialisation, then in individual cases this is possible. In this case the student needs to fulfil the admission requirements of Business Administration (German version) and good knowledge of German needs to be proven.

Specialisation International Business Administration/Trade

This specialisation gives students a more in-depth knowledge of international trade. The areas covered include importing and exporting channels, trade logistics, intercultural communication, compliance, risk management, trade with third countries, legal and tax considerations, export programmes and hedge transactions. In order to prepare for the practical requirements in exportbased (trading) companies, it is recommended that students also take the external exam for wholesale and foreign trade clerks.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees are EUR 665 per month. The companies generally pay most of the course fees, at least if the student remains with the company after finishing his/her degree. In addition, students generally receive traineeship remuneration, the amount of which depends on the industry and company in question.