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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.

2018

The CUAS International Business Management program is ranked among the top 5 of all Austrian UAS master’s programs in the category Management/General Business Administration (Industriemagazin Ranking of Austrian Universities of Applied Sciences 03/2018)

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
  • € 19,70
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).

Our International Business Management faculty

Renowned full-time and part-time faculty members ensure a highly interactive and engaging state-of-the art management education in the International Business Management master’s program.

FH-Prof. Mag. Dr. Dietmar Sternad BSc MBA teaches several management and leadership-related subjects in the International Business Management program.

Dietmar Sternad is Professor of International Management. In his prior managerial career, he was Managing Director of one of Austria's leading trade book publishing groups and the CEO of a media company in Slovenia. He is an alumni of the IMTA (CEEMAN) and GLOCOLL (Harvard Business School) management teachers’ programs, has lectured at universities and business schools in several European countries, has (co-)authored a range of different books, scientific articles, and case studies, and received several national and international awards for teaching excellence (e.g. the Austrian State Prize for Teaching Excellence “Ars docendi”) and for creating teaching materials.

FH-Prof. Dr. Dietmar Brodel teaches International Business Ethics in the International Business Management program.

Dietmar Brodel is Dean of the School of Management at CUAS. Between 2006-2014, he served as Rector of CUAS. Before, he was Professor at SME University for Applied Sciences in Bielefeld, Managing Director at Stuttgart Institute of Management and Technology, and a research assistant at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart. He is member of many academic associations and serves on several academic and professional boards.


Janet Brown, MA MA teaches Intercultural Communication in the International Business Management program.

Janet Brown is lecturer in Intercultural Communication and English for Specific Purposes. She was Program Development Director and is now Director of Studies of the English Bachelor program Intercultural Management. She is responsible for the curricular development of the English and foreign language programs at the School of Management and was involved in winning the European Language Label for the International Business Management language program.


DDr. Klaus Brugger teaches Integrated Financial Management in the International Business Management program.

Klaus Brugger holds a PhD in Business Administration as well as a PhD in Law from the University of Vienna. In his prior managerial career, Klaus Brugger spent several years in Zurich (Switzerland), working as an equity analyst for a Swiss investment bank. Afterwards, Klaus was Head of Securities Business at a large Austrian Bank.


FH-Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Eixelsberger teaches Business Intelligence in the International Business Management program

Wolfgang Eixelsberger is Professor of Digital Business Management and Program Director of the Digital Business Management program at CUAS. Before joining CUAS, he worked for the multi-national electro-engineering company ABB, the consulting company Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and the software company UNiQUARE.


FH-Prof.in Dr.in Eithne Knappitsch teaches Academic Writing in International Business and Diversity Management in the International Business Management program.

Eithne Knappitsch is Program Director of the Intercultural Management bachelor’s program at CUAS. She is also co-founder of SIETAR Carinthia Regional Group (Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research). Eithne has also previously lectured at the University of Klagenfurt and the University of Ulster, and worked as a researcher for the Culture, Arts and Leisure Committee at the Northern Ireland Assembly.


Mag. Wolfgang Leitner teaches International Supply Chain Management in the International Business Management program.

Wolfgang Leitner is Professor for Logistics and Production Management at CUAS. In his prior job, he worked as a Director for Customer Integration Service at Flex, a contract manufacturing company, where he was actively working on process integration of major electronics and automotive customers (e.g. HP, Dell, Epson, Microsoft or Psion and Audi, Ford, BMW, GM etc.) on a global basis.


FH-Prof. MMag. Dr. Florian Oppitz teaches European Business and Competition Law in the International Business Management program.

Florian Oppitz is Professor of Public and European Law at CUAS. In his prior career, he was an assistant at the law faculty of Vienna University, temporary lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights and junior lawyer at a business law firm in Vienna. He is also lecturer at the Rhein-Waal University in Kleve.


Dr.in Rahel Schomaker teaches several economics-related subjects in the International Business Management program.

Rahel Schomaker is an economist with an additional degree in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies. Much of her academic work is dedicated to issues relevant in emerging markets, in particular the Middle East. She also works with national and international institutions in consultancy projects in the fields of higher education in economics and public management improvement in the MENA region, but also Central Asia.


FH-Prof. Dr. Alexander Schwarz-Musch teaches Fundamentals of International Marketing and the International Marketing Research Seminar in the International Business Management program.

Alexander Schwarz-Musch is Professor of Marketing and Market Research and the Program Director of the Business Development & Management Master’s Program at CUAS. He started his academic career as assistant professor at the University of Klagenfurt with a research focus on international marketing communication and brand management. Alexander is also Partner in a consulting company specialized in marketing and marketing research.

Mag. Dr. Bernhard Erler teaches International Project Management and the International Consulting Project in the International Business Management program.

Bernhard Erler is vice CEO of Klagenfurter Messe Betriebsgesellschaft m.b.H. (the leading trade fair organizer in Carinthia), where he is responsible for internationalization. Furthermore, he is active in national and international fair associations (MA – Messen Austria, CEFA – Central European Fair Alliance; UFI – Union Foires International).

 

Mag. Martin Gruber MBA teaches Mergers and Acquisitions in the International Business Management program.

Martin Gruber works for NXP Semiconductors (www.nxp.com). He is a passionate, results-driven and action-oriented leader with +10 years of experience in high-tech and semiconductors industries. He has gained deep and insightful application-centric knowledge about smart card technologies before moving into a corporate position in NXP’s Integration Management Office overlooking and driving the merger integration process with Freescale Semiconductor and going forward with Qualcomm Incorporated.

 

MMag. Dr. Meinrad Höfferer teaches Strategic Export Management and Operative Export Management in the International Business Management program.

Meinrad Höfferer is Head of the Foreign Trade and International Affairs division of Carinthia Chamber of Commerce.

Meinrad’s prior professional career included positions in the BMW Group (Munich, Germany) and at Mercedes Benz (Salzburg, Austria). In his current position, he is supporting Carinthian companies in their internationalization process worldwide.

 

Mag. Peter Irlacher teaches International Controlling in the International Business Management program.

Peter Irlacher manages the Group Finance department of Styria Media Group AG, Graz, a leading player in the Austrian and South-East European media market. In this position, he is responsible for financial controlling, consolidation and taxes. He started his career in Styria in the international part of the group in 2007 where he played an active role in the international expansion of the media company. Before, Peter worked at Ernst & Young in Vienna.

 

Mag. Dr. Stefan Jausz teaches International Entrepreneurship and Business Planning in the International Business Management program.

Until recently, Stefan Jausz was managing director of GRIFFNER Fertighaus GmbH, an internationally active Austrian company that sells, produces and assembles timber-framed homes in Austria, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. Before that, he worked as management consultant for several international companies, advising them in the fields of business development and financial and organizational restructuring.

 

Ing. Mag. Stefan Korb teaches International Sales Management in the International Business Management program.

Stefan Korb is sales manager and authorized officer of fischer Edelstahlrohre Austria GmbH, a producer of welded stainless steel tubes, where he is responsible for the worldwide export of special goods. Several years in the supervisory board of a company in the field of mechanical engineering completes his international sales experience.

 

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Andreas Knorr teaches Economic Growth and Development in the International Business Management program.

Andreas Knorr is Professor of Economics: Economic and Transport Policy at the German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer. He received his PhD in Economics as well as his habilitation from the University of Bayreuth, Germany. Professor Knorr has written several monographies and over one hundred academic articles on a broad range of economic topics.

 

MMMag. Dr. Udo Kögl teaches International Accounting in the International Business Management program.

Udo Kögl is Finance Director for Controls & Systems and for Global R&D at Zumtobel Group in Dornbirn, a leading international supplier of integral lighting solutions. In his prior career, he spent several years working for a leading electronic components company and served as Head of Business Models and Controlling and managing director of a research company.

 

Mag.a Solveig Menard-Galli teaches International Finance and Risk Management in the International Business Management program.

Solveig Menard-Galli is a finance executive with broad international experience in different industries. She holds the position of CFO of the Wienerberger Clay Building Materials Europe (CBME) business unit. Wienerberger is the world's largest producer of bricks and No. 1 in the clay roof tiles market in Europe with over 200 production sites in 30 countries.  Previously, she held CFO positions at L’Oréal Austria, Heineken Netherlands and Pago International.

 

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Peter Parycek, MAS MSc teaches International eBusiness in the International Business Management program.

Peter Parycek is Professor of E-Governance and Head of the Department for E-Governance and Administration at the Danube University Krems as well as the Head of the Competence Center Public IT at the Fraunhofer Fokus Institut Berlin. From 2006-11, he also held an advisor position at the Austrian Federal Chancellery (BKA).

 

Alfons Prießner, BSc MSc teaches Cross-Border Negotiations in the International Business Management program.

Alfons Prießner is consultant at the international management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. During his consulting career, he worked in various multinational project teams in more than 10 countries. His consultancy focus lies on the industries of agriculture and power utilities as well as on companies with a high need for restructuring and turnaround support.

 

Mag.a Ilse Nadja Rapatz teaches Global Talent Management and Leadership Development in the International Business Management program.

Ilse Rapatz is Senior HR Manager at Philips and her main responsibilities are strategic HR development, HR reporting, budgeting, performance management, talent management, compensation & benefits and many more. Besides her professional work career, she also works for the Carinthian Industrial Association, for the control committee of the Carinthian regional health insurance, for the labor market service and for a CSR network called “Verantwortung zeigen”.

 

Mag. Markus Raunig teaches International Brand Management in the International Business Management program.

Markus Raunig holds the position of General Manager of Henkel Poland, where he is responsible for the whole polish Laundry and Homecare business, which is among the ten biggest businesses of Henkel worldwide. Before, he had different assignments in sales and marketing in three different countries (Serbia, Turkey, Latvia) and worked in the regional Henkel headquarters in Vienna.

 

Dr.in Barbara Stampf teaches Fundamentals of International Human Resources Management in the International Business Management program.

Barbara Stampf holds a PhD in Business Management with a focus on industry, innovation and international management. Before founding her own consulting company, she worked in two multinational companies for many years, where she was responsible for diverse HR (and also some other management) functions.

 

Dr.in Maria Škof teaches International Contract Law in the International Business Management program.

Maria Škof is attorney at law and partner at GRILC – VOUK – ŠKOF. Her main areas of practice are Business Law, Corporate Law, Contract Law, Civil Law, Labor Law and EC Law. Before, she was an associate at Wolf Theiss Attorneys at Law. Since 2009 she is an attorney at law and admitted to both the Austrian and the Slovenian Bar. She is also the Vice President of the Slovenian Business Association of Carinthia/Austria.

 

Mag. Alexander Tauchhammer teaches International Digital Marketing in the International Business Management program.

Alexander Tauchhammer is Head of Global Digital Marketing and member of the Digital Transformation Office at the international food company Dr. Oetker (since 2005). Before that, he was working in the Silicon Valley, New York, Boston, London, Berlin and Vienna in digital start-up companies in the field of digital marketing. He has earned the title „Onliner of the Year“ in Austria, has received an award at the Austrian State Prize for Multimedia and won two times gold and one time bronze at Austrians largest online Advertising ceremony (IAB Webad) for his digital projects..

 

Mag.a Anita Verderber, BEd teaches International Marketing Communication in the International Business Management program.

Anita Verderber works in an agency called frei-stil, which is based in Klagenfurt. The agency’s main customer is FCA Austria with its brands Alfa Romeo, Jeep, Fiat and Abarth. As an event and communication agency, the agency is responsible for product launch events, the creation of communication strategies, marketing communication activities such as road shows, tradeshows, or promotional activities.

 

Mag.a Brigitta Winkler, L.L.M. teaches International Labour Law in the International Business Management program.

Brigitta Winkler is an expert for international labour law responsible for the subsidiaries of Rail Cargo Austria AG (one of the leading rail freight logistics companies in Europe) in Eastern and South East Europe. In her prior career, she worked for international law firms in Sydney and Vienna before taking the exam to the Austrian Bar. She also worked for the leading logistics and postal services provider in Austria.

Dr.in Karin Martin teaches Italian in the International Business Management program.

Karin Martin is an entrepreneurial linguist and advocate for multilingualism. She is a native Italian who has lived and worked in Italy, Germany, Spain and France, before moving to Austria in 2011. She holds a Master’s Degree in Linguistics from the University of Verona and a Certificate in Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language from the University Ca’ Foscari in Venice.

 

Mag.a Silke Mohl-Lengauer teaches German as a Foreign Language in the International Business Management program.

Silke Mohl-Lengauer has been working as a trainer for Spanish and German as a foreign language in the field of adult education since 2004. In 2007 she also started her career as a self-employed consultant. Her tasks involve consulting as well as training. She is also certified as a coach for prospective language trainers.

 

Mag.a Chiara Percuzzi teaches Italian in the International Business Management program.

Chiara Percuzzi was born in Gorizia (Italy), studied Classical Philology at the University of Trieste and attended a course about didactic strategies for teaching Italian as a foreign language at the University of Siena (DITALS 1). She has been active in the field of translation and translated several books from German to Italian. She also teaches Italian as a foreign language at the Music Conservatory of Klagenfurt.

 

Mag. Josef Urschitz teaches Russian in the International Business Management program.

Josef Urschitz also teaches Russian at the Alpen-Adria University of Klagenfurt at the department of Slavic languages and at the Faculty of Management and Economics. During his studies, he took part in an exchange program for two semesters at Voronezh State University, Moscow State University and Leningrad State University (today St. Petersburg). For nearly 30 years, he has also worked as an interpreter and translator.

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