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Level of qualification
  • Bachelor
Duration of study
  • 6 Semester
ECTS credits
  • 180
Mode of study
  • full-time
Tuition fees
  • € 363,36
ÖH (Austrian Student Union) fee
  • € 20,20
Qualification awarded
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business
Language of instruction
  • English

Intercultural Management offers students a business degree in English with a specialization in Language and Intercultural Communication. The program is aimed at individuals interested in working in an international business environment. Students deepen their knowledge and understanding of culture and either the German or Italian language and can choose from our elective foreign language program.

In our globalized economy, with increased cross-border alliances, expanding e-commerce and more complex customer relations, there is a growing demand for business professionals skilled in managing cultural differences effectively. Intercultural Management addresses the needs of international business today.

Graduates of Intercultural Management have studied abroad, learnt at least one if not two foreign languages and have already gained experience in working with international and culturally diverse groups. The combination of Business, Languages and Intercultural Communication and Management offers graduates the basis to succeed in internationally-oriented organizations in Austria and abroad.

Possible fields of employment include:

  • Management roles for international Austrian businesses and organizations
  • International Project Management
  • International Human Resource Management
  • International Marketing

Intercultural Management combines business and management know-how with intercultural communication competence and languages. Intercultural Management is an international study program aimed at internationals and internationally-minded individuals keen to develop their ability to manage cultural differences effectively.

Curricular focus:

  • Culture, Society and Globalization
  • Foreign Languages: Majors: Italian OR German as a Foreign Language; Electives: French,
  • Russian, Slovene, Spanish
  • Fundamentals of Intercultural Management
  • Culture and Diversity 

Graduates of the Bachelor Study Pogram "Intercultural Management" are able to:

  • apply general management know-how in practical business situations,
  • explain the main concepts in the areas of finance & accounting, marketing and management,
  • evaluate the economic, social and legal environments of businesses,
  • describe and explain the ethical responsibilities and obligations of businesses,
  • lead intercultural and interdisciplinary teams,
  • communicate effectively in English and at least one further foreign language in an international business context.

The degree programs on offer at the School of Management are characterized by a strong focus on the practical demands of the workplace, including growing awareness of the importance of an international perspective.

Intercultural Management is designed to enable students to function effectively in an international business context. Students are introduced to approaches and strategies for dealing with real-life challenges in the international business world. Activating course contents and methods, such as case studies, problem-based learning and excursions motivate students to interact and engage in the learning process.

The growing demand for business professionals skilled in managing cultural differences effectively means that Intercultural Management develops precisely the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed by international business today.

There are degree program specific additional prerequisites for Intercultural Management:

  • All applicants require sufficient English language skills (B2) to follow the program in English.
  • German-speaking applicants require prior Italian skills (B1 or equivalent).
  • Non-German speaking applicants require no German skills.
Wirtschaft, ICM

"Interested in languages and working internationally? Intercultural Management offers future managers an English-taught business degree with a specialization in languages and culture. Develop your intercultural competence and learn how to manage cultural differences. Experience an international learning environment at home and abroad. Intercultural Management will provide you with the skills and knowhow you need to work effectively and succeed in today's international business world."


Janet Brown, MA, MA
Intercultural Management

 +43 5 90500 2402

School of Management International Incoming Students

Every semester, the School of Management is happy to welcome international exchange students to our program. Students from our university partners across the globe choose to spend one or even two semesters studying at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences and attend courses on either our International Program or our regular Bachelor and Master courses in English or German.  See what they think…

“Choosing CUAS as my home for one semester has left a print in my heart and I would never trade it for anything else.”

Beyza Orazova, International Exchange Student from Turkmenistan, Romanian-American University in Bucharest

“We had an awesome atmosphere both studying and partying. We were very international and organised gatherings which made my life in Austria precious.”

Ketevan Malakvadze, International Exchange Student from Georgia, Istanbul Bilgi University in Turkey

Voices from the local international community

Alessandro Dazza

"Success in today's dynamic and globalized business environment depends on providing innovative business solutions adapted to customer needs. My work is highly dependent on a multinational team. Without the ability to communicate and understand each other, and our customers, we would not be able to do business effectively. I strongly believe that "Intercultural Management" provides students with the right mix of courses to best prepare them for a career in international business."

Vice-President, High Resistance Minerals business group, Imerys; Managing Director, Imerys Fused Minerals Villach GmbH

Peter Kaiser

"Carinthia University of Applied Sciences is a longstanding partner of the region and it is good news that Carinthia now offers an English-taught Bachelor in Business. With the new international program “Intercultural Management”, Carinthia will be able to further strengthen its ties with our international partners and young graduates will be in a stronger position to find valuable work in the Europe of tomorrow."

Governor of Carinthia

Roland Graf

"I am very happy to see that Carinthia University of Applied Sciences now offers an international Bachelor program, specializing in Business and Languages. With over 30 years’ work experience, I am confident that “Intercultural Management” graduates, with added language skills and intercultural knowhow, will be able to add value to any business. Learning how to deal with cultural differences in an international learning environment means that “Intercultural Management” graduates will be better equipped to solve tomorrow’s problems in today’s international business world."

Kapsch BusinessCom AG, Klagenfurt, Obmann des CIC

Monika Kircher

"Education is the key to personal growth and an international education allows you to grow outside your comfort zone and discover your own talents. The international setting which “Intercultural Management” creates with international students, lecturers and locations is ideal for students to learn and practice intercultural teamwork, feed their curiosity and embrace difference. Studying Business and Languages is an attractive combination upon which employers can build employees motivated to make a difference."

Senior Director, Industrial Affairs, Infineon Technologies Austria AG, Villach

The Key to Successful International Teamwork

Every year our students choose to spend a semester abroad at one of our many university partners across the globe. One of the key skills they develop during this period is the ability to work in international teams, a challenge they mastered! Here is what they think the key to successful international teamwork is:

The key to successful international teamwork is being open-minded, showing an understanding for other cultures and good English skills.

Management students, Caroline Wagner, Christina Dulle, Alina-Maria Viscusi (from left to right), spent a semester at University Kuala Lumpur Business School, Malaysia

The key to successful international teamwork is being cooperative, learning from one another and seeing things in a more relaxed manner.

Management students, Karoline Rauter and Lisa-Marie Makoru, spent a semester at Istanbul Bilgi University in Turkey.

The key to successful international teamwork is being open minded and speaking with people without any doubt about your language skills.

Management student, Sonja Hammerschmid, spent a semester in Lille at EDHEC Business School in France.

The key to successful international teamwork is learning about differences and open-mindedness.

Management student, Ivana Krizanovic, spent a semester studying in Sweden at the University of Borås.

The key to successful international teamwork is being flexible. When working in an international team, it is necessary to be able to adapt to the situation at hand, as well as to the different team members. The working approaches between the members usually differ substantially, therefore, it is always necessary to adapt and meet somewhere in the middle.

Management student, Suzana Jezercic, spent a semester studying in Cologne during her Master studies in International Business Management.

The key to successful international teamwork is being open-minded and ready for something new.

Management students, Joe Leurer and Patricia Kern, spent a semester at Conestoga College in CANADA.

  • Application deadline:

    Periode I:   01.10.19 - 15.03.20
    Periode II: 16.03.20 - 15.05.20

    For Applicants from European Countries or Applicants with valid Residence Permit in Austria additionally:

    Periode III: 16.03.20 - 15.07.20
    Periode IV: 16.07.20 - 30.09.20

  • Study start:

    The semester starts on 14.09.2020 - Applications should be handed in before September 2020. 

  • Teaching time:

    Monday-Friday full-time and partly on Saturdays

  • Events:

    FH DAY 31.01.2020
    9-14 h
    Campus Villach

    06.03. & 08.05.2020
    15-19 h
    Campus Villach I Spittal I Feldkirchen I Klagenfurt

    Second tuesday of the month
    14-18 h
    Campus Villach

    10.12.2019 I 14.04.2020 I 14.07.2020

  • Further information:

    Admission requirements:

    • Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Austrian ‘Matura’) or equivalent

    • Minimum English level B2 or equivalent

    • German speaking applicants require a second foreign language (in addition to English) at intermediate level

    • Non-German speaking applicants require no Italian or German skills

Campus Villach

Contact Eithne Knappitsch

Program Director Intercultural Management
+43 (0)5 90500-2414


Carinthia University of Applied Sciences
School of Management

Europastraße 4
9524 Villach
 +43 5 90500 2401 
 +43 5 90500 2410