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WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management


Vallendar, Germany


WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management is a mainly privately funded Business School based in Vallendar/Koblenz and in Düsseldorf. It is a leading Business School in Germany and is continuously ranked among the top Business Schools in Europe. The range of courses includes a Bachelor Program, the Master in Management, Master in Finance and Master in Entrepreneurship Programs, a Full-Time MBA Program, a Part-Time MBA Program and the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program. In addition, WHU offers open programs as well as customized programs for management which are tailored to the needs of the particular enterprise.

WHU welcomes approximately 120 exchange students per semester from partner universities worldwide. International students are fully integrated into the curriculum at WHU, where 100% of undergraduate and graduate courses are taught in English.

The town of Vallendar, where WHU's main campus is located, lies directly on the Rhine, at the heart of one of the most beautiful and ancient cultural landscapes, the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. The historic city of Koblenz is just six kilometers away. Frankfurt and Cologne/Bonn can be reached in under an hour.

Academic Areas of Expertise/Focus:

Economics, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Finance and Accounting, Marketing and Sales, Supply Chain Management, Management


BCom or MBA

Available Spots:

4 semester spots/academic year

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Approximate Term Dates:

Semester 1: September - December
Semester 2: January - May

Summer Program Option:

WHU European Summer Institute


Full-time Course Load: 5-7 courses/term

Language(s) of Instruction: English

Course Restrictions: WHU is a specialized business and management university. No courses are offered in other areas


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"My time at WHU was easily the highlight of my university experience. Thanks to the IRO team, the exchange process was easy, stress free and I was able to enjoy my time in Germany to the fullest. The people, the events, the courses and the ease of traveling makes Vallendar the ideal location. Every exchange destination is unique, but WHU really is something special."

"The University is very small and you have the opportunity to get acquainted with most of the people that are in your program. This is a huge advantage since the relationships that you build are deeper and you feel more connected to the institution in general."

"WHU is a wonderful school and I could recommend it to anyone who desires a challenging and exciting semester abroad. There are many opportunities available to travel Europe, network with successful business professionals and entrepreneurs, and get acquainted with exceptionally intelligent and accomplished students from around the world. It was not always easy studying at WHU but it definitely was worth the effort."