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International Business Management

Organisation:
Fachhochschule Kärnten
Typ:
Full-time
Certificate:
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Duration:
4 semester(s)
City, country:
Villach, Carinthia, Austria
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Master Master of Arts (M.A.), International Business Management - Das Studium

Programme

Why study International Business Management at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS)?
 
  • International Business Management is highly practice-oriented. Challenge-based learning, real-life case studies, online simulations, consulting projects for international companies, team challenges and excursions provide opportunities to learn about international management in an engaging and interactive way.
  • International Business Management is an internationally recognized high quality two-year Master’s program which is taught entirely in English.
  • The brand-new curriculum (starting in 2021) offers an even stronger focus on developing personal skills (e.g. coaching skills, negotiation skills, communication skills and problem-solving skills), competencies related to the intelligent use of digital technologies in an international management context, and managing for sustainability.
  • 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 themselves in two out of four fields of specialization – International Human Resource Management or International Supply Chain Management, and International Marketing and Sales Management or International Finance and Accounting.
  • The master?s program also 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.
  • 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, thus opening opportunities for forming strong international networks and getting to know firms in the region.
  • 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.
  • 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, industry, retail, media, services, public administration and research) prove.

 
For our International Business Management master’s students, we currently offer two double degree programs. In the Carinthia-Cologne double degree program with the International Business master’s program at TH Köln / Cologne University of Applied Sciences (Germany), selected International Business Management students can spend their second semester in Cologne and then receive both an Austrian master’s degree from CUAS and a German master’s degree from TH Köln. In the Carinthia-Udine double degree program with the International Marketing, Management and Organization program at the University of Udine (Italy), selected International Business Management students can spend their third semester in Udine and then receive both an Austrian master’s degree from CUAS and an Italian Laurea Magistrale degree from the University of Udine.

In addition to the double degree program, CUAS 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: https://www.fh-kaernten.at/en/international/partner-institutions

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).
FH-Prof. Mag. Dr. Dietmar Horst Sternad, BSc, MBA
Programme Director
Master Master of Arts (M.A.), International Business Management - Target audience

Target audience

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
Master Master of Arts (M.A.), International Business Management - Emphasis/Curriculum

Emphasis/Curriculum

Each of the first three semesters consists of five 6 ECTS modules. Semester 4 is dedicated to the master thesis (23 ECTS) and master exam (3 ECTS) as well as the 4 ECTS module Sustainable Global Management Practices. There are five types of modules in the curriculum (in addition to the master thesis and master exam):

  • Core curriculum
    • Effective Management and Leadership of Global Teams
    • Integrated Financial Management & Controlling
    • Managing the Internationalization Process
    • International Strategic Management
    • CEE/SEE and Global Business Environment
    • Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and Research Methods
    • Sustainable Global Management Practices
  • Practical business laboratories
    • International Entrepreneurship and Innovation Lab
    • International Digital Marketing Lab
    • International Consulting Lab
  • Electives/specialization modules (2 out of 4)
    • International Human Resource Management
    • International Supply Chain Management
    • International Marketing and Sales Management
    • International Finance and Accounting
  • Language immersion courses (either German, Italian, Russian or Slovene)
  • Personal skills development program
    • Global Case Challenge
    • Coaching skills
    • Elective skills seminars
This link will take you to the curriculum:
https://www.fh-kaernten.at/fileadmin/documents/studienbereiche/wirtschaft-management/downloads/curriculum-ibm-NEW_VERSION.pdf
Master Master of Arts (M.A.), International Business Management - Practical relevance

Practical relevance

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 two of the four fields of specialization (Human Resource Management or International Supply Chain Management, and International Marketing and Sales Management or International Finance and Accounting).
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), which allows them to acquire the problem-solving and interpersonal skills required in today’s globalized business environment.

Admission/Entrance requirements

Costs:
Tuition fee: € 363.36 per semester. Contribution to the Austrian Student Union (ÖH): € 20.20 per semester.

In order to be admitted into a master degree program at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences at least one of the following criteria must be fulfilled:

  • completion of a bachelor of arts/science degree that corresponds to the respective master degree program
  • completion of an equivalent degree program at a recognized Austrian or an international post-secondary institution of higher education 

Later submission of required documents
Persons in their last semester of their bachelor degree programs may apply for a study place in a master degree program by submitting their most current transcript of records.  The completion of the bachelor degree program certificates must be submitted during the registration process at the beginning of the semester.

Languages

Language(s) of instruction: English
voluntary: German, Italian, Russian, Slovenian
Going abroad: possible

Additional

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 two of the four fields of specialization (Human Resource Management or International Supply Chain Management, and International Marketing and Sales Management or International Finance and Accounting).
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), which allows them to acquire the problem-solving and interpersonal skills required in today’s globalized business environment.

Download more detailed course descriptions: https://www.fh-kaernten.at/fileadmin/documents/studienbereiche/wirtschaft-management/downloads/IBM2021_Course_Catalogue.pdf

In addition to the formal requirements for admission, applicants to the Master’s program in International Business Management should:

  • hold a business-related degree of higher education (minimum 3-year Bachelor’s program); applicants with non-business degrees in a related field (e.g. industrial engineering, economic geography, business law) need at least 15 ECTS in subjects related to business administration, 5 ECTS in economics and 10 ECTS in accounting and finance-related subjects.
  • provide recent results of an English language proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS) – minimum requirement 6.5 or equivalent (English level C1)
  • demonstrate strengths in the following areas:
    • basic knowledge about the functional areas of business administration and management;
    • applying inter-disciplinary knowledge to analyze and solve complex problems;
    • a team-oriented mindset;
    • linguistic and communication skills (orally and on written form);
    • socially responsible behavior;
    • enjoyment of international and intercultural challenges.

Graduates of the Master’s Degree Program in International Business Management at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences are able to:

  • effectively collaborate with others to responsibly manage complex business challenges in an expert or managerial role in an internationally active company
  • create and implement international business development strategies, business models, business plans and marketing strategies
  • take an active and leading role in achieving joint goals in a team together with other people from a variety of different cultural backgrounds
  • effectively communicate with others about international business-related issues
  • apply extended foreign language skills (in at least one foreign language besides English)
  • understand the specifics of doing business in the Central Eastern and South Eastern European region
  • recognize the opportunities and limitations that digital technologies offer as a support tool for managers in internationally active companies
  • consider ethical issues as well as potential societal and environmental impacts when making business decisions
  • analyze financial and non-financial data as well as institutional, legal and economic framework conditions as a basis for making and implementing international management-related decisions
  • use methods and tools for effective problem-solving in selected functional specialization areas in the management of internationally active companies (Human Resource Management or International Supply Chain Management, and International Marketing and Sales Management or International Finance and Accounting)
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The IBM Master's Degree Program is embedded in the School of Management and is part of the study program of Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS). Since the foundation in 1995 , CUAS has developed into a unique educational institution in Carinthia offering over 30 study programs that educate around 2000 full and part-time students at the five CUAS sites in Villach, Klagenfurt (2 locations), Spittal/Drau and Feldkirchen.

The School of Management at CUAS equips students with the essential qualifications in business administration, law and social science necessary to work in both the private and public sector, preparing students to take on their future careers.

The study programs are characterized by a high practical relevance and the possibility to foster internationality by offering the possibility to take the forth semester at one of our partner universities around the globe.
Master Master of Arts (M.A.), International Business Management - Studying in Villach

Studying in Villach

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.

About Austria:
Austria offers a rich cultural heritage, a unique traditional cuisine and a large variety of beautiful landscapes: quiet forests, stunning mountainous areas and crystal-clear lakes, all embedded in a picturesque scenery.

Nature lovers and sports enthusiasts will find a large number of activities on offer, both in winter and in summer: downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, hiking, kayaking and mountain biking are just a few examples of your possibilities in Carinthia, the southernmost Austria state.

About Villach:
The lively city of Villach is located in the very South of Austria, just a few minutes by car from the borders to Italy and Slovenia. The location is perfect to discover the heart of Europe. Making short city trips to Venice, Ljubljana, Graz or Salzburg, spending one day on top of the mountains and the next on the Mediterranean beaches of Grado or Lignano – it’s all possible within a short distance.

Around Villach, there are numerous lakes as well as spas to relax and unwind. The Wörthersee (Lake Wörth), Faaker See (Lake Faak) and Ossiacher See (Lake Ossiach) are well-known holiday destinations that attract tourists from around the world. Just five min¬utes by bike from CUAS, the Silbersee recrea¬tion area is a popular meeting place where students enjoy some time together, play vol¬leyball, or just relax.

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