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Master's Degree Program International Business Management

Why study International Business Management at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS) - School of Management in Villach, Austria?

  

  1. International Business Management is highly practice-oriented. Problem-based learning, real-life case studies, online simulations, consulting projects for international companies, team challenges or excursions provide opportunities to learn about international business in an interactive way.
  2. International Business Management is an internationally recognized high quality two-year master’s program which is taught entirely in English.
  3. With its flexible specialization structure, International Business Management allows students to gain both, a well-grounded general business education in an international context, and the opportunity to immerse oneself in one of the three fields of specialization (International Marketing, International Human Resource Management or International Finance). A variety of courses in the other specializations can be taken in addition on an optional basis.
  4. The International Business Management program provides an opportunity to learn a new foreign language. As part of the curriculum, students can choose from German, Italian, Russian and Slovene language courses. Together with a curriculum that is taught entirely in English and the location in a German-speaking country, studying at CUAS is a great opportunity to upgrade your language skills.
  5. International Business Management is taught in a truly international environment. Students from all over the world meet with students from Austria and the South East and Central European region, thereby being given the opportunity to form international networks and to get to know firms in the region.
  6. Boutique-size classes, a modern infrastructure, lots of opportunities for teamwork, low drop-out rates, personal service of our administration and intensive interactions with our faculty – that’s what you can expect in an environment that is characterized by a passion for teaching and learning, high quality orientation, and a personal touch.
  7. The practical business knowledge, internationality, solution-oriented approach, intercultural competence and multi-lingual communication abilities of our students are highly valued by employers both in Austria as well as around the world, as the impressive careers of our alumni in many different sectors (including, for example, consulting, banking, industry, retail, media, services, public administration and research) prove.

Carinthia University of Applied Sciences has a wide network of international university partners. The fourth semester of the International Business Management master’s program can also be taken abroad.

Get more information about our international partners here.

Alumni of the International Business Management master’s program have the right to be admitted to doctoral studies in social and economic sciences according to the Act of the Austrian Federal Minister for Science and Research (BGBl. II Nr. 253/2008).

Curricular Focus

  • Management & Leadership in an International Context
  • International Strategic Management
  • Intercultural Competence
  • Management of Internationalization Processes and Export Management
  • International Entrepreneurship
  • International Supply Chain Management
  • International Project Management and Consulting
  • Specifics of Doing Business in South East and Central Europe
  • Business Law in an International Context (European Business and Competition Law, International Contract Law)
  • International Economics
  • Finance, Accounting and Business Intelligence in an International Context
  • International Business Management Research
  • Acquiring a New Foreign Language
  • Specialization Modules in International Marketing, International Human Resource Management and International Finance

Download a detailed overview of the curriculum and courses here.

Download the International Business Management program brochure here.

 

Studying & Life

International Business Management allows the integration of studying and other life activities, as courses are usually scheduled after 4 p.m., and occasionally on Saturdays. The semesters are usually running from the beginning of October to the end of January (winter semester) and from the beginning of March to the end of June (summer semester).

As a bonus, enjoy the beautiful scenery. Embedded between lakes and mountains, the lively city of Villach is located in the very South of Austria, close to the borders to Italy and Slovenia. The location is ideal for city trips to Venice, Ljubljana and Salzburg, for swimming or hiking in summer, and for skiing and other winter sports activities in winter. It’s a unique opportunity to study an exceptional program in a region with an exceptional quality of life.

Get more information about the city here or on the website of Welcome2Villach.

For more detailed information about studying and living in Villach, please download the student guide.

If you require further information on

  • Living in Austria
  • Working in Austria
  •  University services
  • Social events
  • Studying at CUAS

please see the English language homepage of our International Relations Office.

 

Awards & Recognitions

The International Business Management master’s program of Carinthia University of Applied Sciences and/or its faculty managers have received a variety of teaching-related national and international awards and recognitions.

2017

A teaching case study produced by a faculty member of the "International Business Management" master’s program (together with a colleague from Estonia) receives a "Highly Commended Paper" award in the 2017 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.

2016

Carinthia University of Applied Sciences ranks in the top 3 among all Austrian universities and universities of applied sciences in business studies (both bachelor and master program combined) in the 2016 U-Multirank study

2014

Carinthia University of Applied Sciences’ business master programs are the highest ranked in Austria according to the 2014 international U-Multirank study 

2014

A paper on a basic teaching approach of the “International Business Management” program, “Challenge-Feedback-Learning,” was presented at the 40th Annual Conference of the European International Business Academy (EIBA) in Uppsala, Sweden 

2014

An “International Business Management” faculty member wins the “Ars docendi”  ‒ Austrian State Prize for Teaching Excellence at Universities of Applied Sciences and Private Universities 

2014

A teaching case study produced by a faculty member for the “International Business Management” master’s program is the winner of the 11th Annual oikos Case Writing Competition in the category Corporate Social Responsibility" (ahead of case studies from Università Bocconi, INSEAD und Essec Business School)

2014

The case study  “GREENoneTEC: Fierce competition under the sun” (originally produced by a faculty member as a teaching case for the International Strategic Management course in the “International Business Management” master’s program) is used as one of the three final cases in the John Molson International MBA Case Competition (one of the most prestigious of its kind worldwide with 36 participating university teams from all five continents) and wins a CAN$ 1.000 prize in the 2014 John Molson MBA Case Writing Competition 

2012

A video case produced by “International Business Management” faculty members together with students and a representative of Infineon Technologies Austria wins the first prize in the 2nd Annual Academy of Management Teaching Resource Library Video Competition (Boston/USA) 

2011

Carinthia University of Applied Sciences receives the Diploma Supplement Label. This European quality label is granted by the European Commission to higher education institutions which show excellence in the Diploma Supplement.

2011

An “International Business Management” faculty member together with a colleague from Estonian Business School wins the second place in the 17th Annual Emerald/CEEMAN Management Case Writing Competition 

2011

The “International Business Management” program is awarded with the European Language Seal (“Europäisches Sprachensiegel”) 

2010

An “International Business Management” faculty member is the winner of the 16th Annual Emerald/CEEMAN Management Case Writing Competition (Naples/Italy) 

2010

Carinthia University of Applied Sciences becomes a member of CEEMAN, the International Association for Management Development in Dynamic Societies

Level of qualification
  • Master
Duration of study
  • 4 Semester
ECTS credits
  • 120
Mode of study
  • Fulltime (job-friendly)
Tuition fees
  • € 363,36
ÖH (Austrian Student Union) fee
  • € 19,20
Qualification awarded
  • Master of Arts in Business
Language of instruction
  • English

Profile of the Program

Internationally active companies and organizations are very demanding when they recruit new employees. They usually look for people who are multilingual, solution-oriented, possess a high degree of cultural awareness, and are both generalists and specialists at the same time. International Business Management offers both, a well-grounded general business education in an international context, and the opportunity to immerse oneself in one of the three fields of specialization (International Marketing, International Human Resource Management or International Finance).

The curriculum includes seven core modules and three specialization modules (students choose one of the three specialization modules and are free to take courses from the other two modules on an optional basis):

  • Core Module 1: Management  & Leadership in an International Context
  • Core Module 2: Managing the International Business Value Chain
  • Core Module 3: Business Cases in International Management
  • Core Module 4: Management Control Systems
  • Core Module 5: External Factors Influencing International Business
  • Core Module 6: International Business Management Research
  • Core Module 7: Language
  • Specialization Module A: International Human Resource Management
  • Specialization Module B: International Marketing
  • Specialization Module C: International Finance

In the individual modules, students acquire functional skills for doing business in an international context, but will also master challenges of increasing complexity (e.g. case studies, simulations, research projects, or real-life consulting projects for companies) that allows them to acquire the problem-solving and interpersonal skills required in today’s globalized business environment.

Download the International Business Management program brochure here.

Internationality

In addition to experiencing a very international program in Austria – both regarding course contents and the mix of students from all parts of the world – we offer our students different possibilities to gain additional international experiences abroad.

Carinthia University of Applied Sciences has a wide network of international university partners. The fourth semester of the International Business Management master’s program can optionally be taken abroad at one of our more than 50 partner universities around the globe. Many of CUAS’ partner universities are also offering summer schools in a range of diverse subjects.

Find out more about the numerous possibilities to study abroad on our website: www.fh-kaernten.at/international-partner-universities/

Some of our students also want to further develop their intercultural skills and gain valuable experience through working abroad. The schedule of the curriculum allows our students to take an optional internship abroad during the fourth Semester.

Due to the holistic and comprehensive nature of the International Business Management program, it opens a range of different career opportunities. In addition to having a profound international business education, our alumni combine intercultural and communication skills, strategic and analytic thinking capabilities, an entrepreneurial approach and the ability to effectively solve complex business problems in collaboration with others – competences that are widely sought by employers in different professional fields, in multinational companies, SMEs and entrepreneurial start-ups as well as in international institutions.

Typical job profiles and responsibilities of International Business Management graduates include, for example:

  • Planning and implementing international projects
  • International marketing and brand management
  • Export management
  • Consulting and business development
  • International supply chain management & strategic procurement
  • Human resource management in an international context
  • Financial management & international controlling
  • Management trainee & top management assistance
  • Key account management in an international environment
  • Product management
  • Entrepreneur in an international new venture

Alumni of the International Business Management master’s program have the right to be admitted to doctoral studies in social and economic sciences according to the Act of the Austrian Federal Minister for Science and Research (BGBl. II Nr. 253/2008).

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