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  6. For international students

Welcome to your MBA programme in Germany

It has been our pleasure in recent years to welcome international students constituting up to half of our intake on the English-language MBA in International Business Management & Leadership. Take the chance by exploring these pages to reassure yourself that our Professional School is the right choice for your MBA! Or apply straight away to secure your place on our MBA programme.

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Study part-time for an MBA: A great country to study in

Germany’s excellent education system makes it an great choice for anyone who values globally respected, robust academic training in courses such as business administration. A  study conducted by the British Council placed Germany in pole position in the internationalisation of higher education in a comparison of the higher education systems in eleven different countries. The evaluation criteria were access, quality and reputation of qualifications, support for foreign students and encouragement for the country’s own academics to study and research abroad.

Another reason to study in Germany is the relatively low cost. Despite its high quality, the course fee for our MBA is just 16,900 euros. This compares with the lowest price for an MBA programme of 40,000 U.S. dollars in the United States.

Please address any questions to:

Birgit Kollmann

Tel. +49 (0) 831 2523-9581
Room A113

Studying for an MBA in Germany opens the door to the German employment market.

Do you dream of living and working in Germany? If so, consider studying at the Professional School as your first step towards making your dream come true. German legislation allows international students to take up employment in Germany. Many of our current students and alumni work for a German employer – or did so as a student, and got taken on after graduating.

International students from outside the European Union / European Economic Area can even work alongside their studies for 120 full or 240 half days per year. Foreign students granted permanent residence do not require a special work permit. You can find information about German employment law and the extent to which you can work as a student while studying for your MBA in International Business Management & Leadership on the website of the Deutsches Studentenwerk e.V.

  • After graduating in mechanical engineering and gaining vocational experience while working on projects for several years, I started to look for degree programmes offering a different perspective. The decision to study for an MBA was one of the best in my life. It helped me to not only overcome new challenges, but also gave me the self-confidence to work with international businesses incorporating different nationalities and cultures. Apart from the additional knowledge that I gained from studying, the practical side to each course honed my skills in researching and finding solutions in a new and unfamiliar field. I have now taken greater responsibility as a strategic studies manager in my new company.

    - Ishaq Al Musalhi (alumnus from Oman)
  • From the numerous higher education institutions throughout European, I made the right choice in the Professional School of Business & Technology. The main features are lecturers who combine excellent academic qualifications with vocational experience, superbly equipped seminar rooms, a business-focused approach to education using case studies from top German companies, and high educational standards.

    - Alexej Gorbachev (Student from Russia)

Staying in Germany after gaining your professional part-time MBA

After successfully completing your studies here, you have up to 18 months to look for an appropriate job in Germany. Having done so, you can apply for a residence permit for work purposes. After two years of employment, you will be eligible to apply for a permanent residence permit.

In addition, draft legislation is being considered to ease access for specialist workers from outside the EU. After graduating from a German institution of higher education, foreign students are to be permitted to make a living from any kind of work, not necessarily related to their qualifications. You can look for potential employers on the Career Platform at Kempten University of Applied Sciences.

Further information on employment opportunities and working in Germany can be found on the German Federal Government’s official website. 

Studying MBA & Leadership in Germany – why Kempten?

Considered to be the oldest town in Germany, Kempten is a great place to live, set in picturesque southern Germany on the edge of Alps. Its proximity to Munich and the thriving economic hub around Lake Constance make Kempten an excellent destination for ambitious young professionals wishing to study for a Master’s in Business Administration.

The team of staff at the Professional School is on hand to help applicants abroad plan their studies, look for accommodation, find an internship and identify a suitable course in German, and it also runs tandem programmes for students.

We are here to help you get off to the best possible start on your MBA programme in Germany. So please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions. We have gathered useful information about organising your stay, such as visas, funding, health insurance and accommodation right here.

Information on organising your stay


Closing dates for international applications:

  • 15 May each year to start in the winter semester
  • 30 November each year to start in the summer semester

Please ensure you have the following documents to hand prior to submitting your application:

  • Your curriculum vitae
  • A photo for your student ID
  • A copy of the certificate of your academic qualification 
  • Evidence of two years’ vocational experience (confirmation from your employer or an older professional reference)
  • Evidence of English proficiency (TOEFL test: min. score 80 or IELTS language test: min. band score 6.5)
  • A brief personal statement written in English(explaining why you wish to enrol on our MBA programme and outlining your future career plans, e.g. working in Germany)

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EU citizens

All that EU citizens need to start studying in Germany – the same as a any local – is to register at the relevant Residents’ Registration Office. Citizens of countries that joined the European Union on either 1 May 2004 or 1 January 2007 are still subject to certain transition regulations regarding freedom of employment.

Students from Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea or the United States of America

Students from these countries can acquire the necessary residence permit after they have arrived in Germany. The same applies to citizens of Andorra, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Monaco and San Marino, as long as employment is not sought. Everyone else will need to apply for a visa to the relevant German foreign representation. 

Further information

International students wishing to study in Germany for more than 90 days require a visa. 

 The DAAD has summarised the legal requirements for immigration and residency here: www.study-in-germany.de/en

Financing your studies

The most important source of bursaries for international students is the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD). The DAAD website provides extensive information about Germany. 

The DAAD also has information on the funding available to students. You can explore the various options in the Scholarships database.

Deutschlandstipendium scholarship 

Talented students can apply for a Deutschlandstipendium scholarship. Applicants’ previous academic achievements (final grade for first degree), social commitment | voluntary activities, willingness to take on responsibilities and/or special personal circumstances are considered with regard to these bursaries. You can find our more about the Deutschlandstipendium scholarship and application process here.

BAYHOST: Scholarships for students and scientists from eastern Europe.

The Bavarian State Ministry for Science and the Arts is expected to once again award annual scholarships for the academic year 2020/2021 for graduates from Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine. These scholarships are intended to fund doctoral or other postgraduate studies at a Bavarian institution of higher education. You can find our more about the eligibility criteria and application process here.

Cost of living

The cost of living in Kempten is moderate, but can vary immensely according to lifestyle. A breakdown of the average costs for food and drink, rent, clothing, health insurance and recreational pursuits is listed here

Health insurance

All students in Germany are subject to mandatory health insurance – irrespective of how long they intend to study or remain in the country.

Social insurance agreements exist with some countries (member states of the European Union and the European Economic Area), whereby if you have statutory health insurance in your home country it is possible for this to be recognised by a German statutory health insurer. Please note that your insurance might not cover all the services provided in Germany, or perhaps not reimburse all costs. Please note that your insurance might not cover all the services provided in Germany, or perhaps not reimburse all costs.

Further information about this is available on the website of the Deutsches Studentenwerk.

Living in Kempten

We will be happy to help you look for accommodation. Just get in touch and we will seek somewhere suitable for you to stay while you study in Kempten.

If you would like to explore your options in advance, or if you wish to arrange accommodation yourself, you might wish to visit the website of Augsburg Student Union for an overview of student halls of residence in Kempten.

Please note: You will need to apply to each hall of residence separately for a room there.

Furnished rooms are also advertised in the local daily press and online. Try the following links:

Getting here

By car
If you are arriving by car, take the A7 (exit signposted for Kempten). To reach the Professional School of Business & Technology, follow the B19 until Alfred-Kunz-Strasse. The car park is adjacent to this road. 

Public transport
Take the train to Kempten (Allgäu) main station (“Hauptbahnhof”). The Professional School is just a few minutes’ walk from there. 
The timetable and further information can be found on the Deutsche Bahn website.

Bus routes 4, 6 and 8 will take you to the main station. The Professional School is just a few minutes’ walk from there. Timetables for all services run by Kempten Public Transport Association can be found on the mona GmbH website.

By air
Kempten is also well-connected internationally. Allgäu Airport in Memmingen is just 35 km away, which makes it a very handy alternative to Munich or Stuttgart. Further information including directions, a map of the campus and car parks at Kempten University of Applied Sciences can be found here.

Registering your presence in Kempten

As soon as you have found somewhere to live in Kempten, you must register with the Citizens’ Service for Foreigners at Kempten Town Council.

Registration forms and contact details can be found here:

We will be happy to help you with the registration process – just get in touch!

Working as a student

Current vacancies for work, internships or student jobs are advertised on the university notice board and online at Kempten University of Applied Sciences – Job Offers.

We can also recommend the EFMD Global Network jobs portal. Our international EPAS-accreditation grants us membership of the EFMD Global Network, offering our students exclusive access to its excellent job portal – advertising opportunities both in Germany and abroad.

Further information about all aspects of working in Germany can also be found above, in the section “Ticket to Germany’s job market”.

We will be happy to help you look for a placement for an internship.