FAQ

Section 1: Questions about admission to the programme

What is the deadline for applying to the MBA IBRE programme?

The programme only admits students for each start of the academic year (early October). Deadline for sending complete application packages in hard copy:

  • 15 April of each year

Late submissions may be considered only if there are still free places. The taught modules of the IBRE MBA programme are also accessible to exchange students at the master level.

What documents do I have to hand in at the very least to be admitted?

For a first evaluation we do require as soft copies the transcripts of records of your Bachelor, Master or Diplomas. These documents have to be duly attested! In case you are still studying, please provide us with a preliminary transcript of your records and the date when you are going to finish your studies. If dsomething else is missing, e.g. the analytical test (GMAT or GRE) or the English test, then do proceed with your application, inform us and submit the missing documents later.

What field of previous education is required?

To be considered for the MBA IBRE programme, you need a completed study programme (Bachelor, Master or Diploma) in the fields of business studies, economics, or other studies with a significant content related to economics or business (including at minimum micro and macro-economics; international economics; general business studies; marketing; cost accounting; production and logistics; organisation and human resource management; informatics; investment and finance). Students with an engineering or natural science education are not eligible.

Is any minimum level of a minimum GPA level requirement?
Any minimum grade in previous education?

No, there is not, this is too much country-specific (sometimes even region-specific, as e.g. in Germany, GPAs are not easily comparable between East and West and North and South). We compare between applicants over many years, but we do not have or publish a solid minimum GPA for any region/country. As a general rule, your GPA should be clearly above average to support your application.

If my previous education was completely held in English, do I also have to take a TOEFL or IELTS-Test?

We may waive the English test in such cases, but we treat this on an individual basis by considering all documents to supply in the application process. Students with English as their mother-tongue of course are exempted.

What is an APS? Do I need APS in the application package?

All applicants from CHINA, VIETNAM and MONGOLIA have to hand in one of the originals of APS result report. Without the APS, a admission to the programme is not possible. The test must confirm your knowledge in your relevant field of study.

Is previous knowledge of mathematics required?

The MBA IBRE programme is not focused on mathematics, but some previous knowledge of higher mathematics is needed. This is due to the fact that increasingly, the sciences of business and economics use quantitative methods of data analysis that are based on mathematical modelling.

What is the GMAT or GRE?

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT )  and the New Graduate Record Examination (GRE) will test your level of development of analytical ability in a globally standardized form. One of these tests has to be achieved with sufficient points by all students before coming to Freiberg. A good GMAT or GRE score with more than 570 points or more than 305 points respectively are strong arguments for you as an applicant. A result below this will not automatically exclude your candidatureship, but weakens your profile.

Is the GRE or the GMAT a necessary requirement to be admitted?

Yes, the programme requires all students to pass one of these tests. No admission is granted without one of these tests with sufficient scores. There are GMAT/GRE waivers for students of double degree partner universities UPEC and CUGB (who run their own tests).

When should I arrive in Freiberg if I am accepted? Can I come late?

If possible, try to get a visa to start very early in October. Our university organises some orientation days before the start of the lectures to help you settle in.
Lectures start around the second week of October and coming late is not possible. Moreover, I will organise an important introduction meeting typically on the Friday before the lectures start or during gthe first week of lectures. After that, you will be fully engaged in studying.

Do I need to speak German to study in the MBA IBRE programme?

No! All courses will be held in English, hence knowledge of German language is not necessary for the programme. However, we do require non-German speakers to take German courses as a part of the IBRE programme. The credit earned will be accredited in your MBA credit account.

  

Section 2: Questions about financial issues
 

What are the tuition fees for the programme?

There are no tuition fees for the programme for students doing their first Master level programme (students who have already completed a Master level study programme are liable to pay a fee of currently €300.- per semester, which is of course still not covering all costs, is still largely subsidized).

As is customary in Germany, the university asks for currently €84.- per semester for the student union and for university administration.

Do you offer scholarships?

We do not offer scholarships ourselves. For funding possibilities please check e,g, the DAAD-Scholarship Database.

Whilst we do not require students to pay for cost-covering tuition, we cannot help students finding funding for their studies in IBRE. All students are expected to secure their own financial support.

What about student jobs next to studying in IBRE?

We see it as very problematic if students work next to studying, because IBRE is a full-time programme. Some students try to find jobs in the semester break, but there are also exams at this time.

About the legality of paid work with a student visa: students are allowed maximum 90 days of paid work in 12 months and paid student help in the university on top of this. But, student jobs in university are very scarce and typically, German language proficiency is required.

What are the living costs in Freiberg?

Living costs amount to around €400-600.- per month (which includes housing, insurance, food, clothes, etc.).

What about tuition fees and living costs in partner universities?

Costs of studying at the partner university vary between host universities. Some ask for additional tuition fees, but we have agreements with most to waive fees for our students. We have best experience with Poznan, Trento, Lappeenranta, Krakow, Gliwice, and Paris. A small fee is negotiated with Wuhan University of Technology and Science (China). Central European University Budapest (Hungary) and University of Hyderabad (India) and the Higher School of Economics in Moscow ask for significant fees.

Section 3: Questions about programme regulations
 

Where can I find the regulations governing the programme?

Most of the relevant information can be found in the internet site and in the answers to the questions below. Information about specific modules, electives, etc. will be accessible through the intranet after enrolment. For beforehand information about individual modules, please consult the module lecturer(s).

How can I decide what modules to take, which ones to select, etc.?

There are mandatory modules that have to be taken by all. The programme is complemented by optional modules and free electives.

All non-German speakers have to additionally select a set of two German language modules (one per the first semester and another one in the second semester) which together yield 8 ECTS points. German native speaking students choose from other modules offered in the university.

Can I participate in this master programme as a part-time student?

The IBRE master is a full-time programme with approximately 30 ECTS points to be earned every semester. As a rule of thumb, calculate some 30 ECTS points per hour that you invest in the programme (lectures, seminars, tutorials, and self-study at home). The resulting approx. 900 hours per semester clearly cannot be done part time.

Do I have to be present in Freiberg to participate,
or can I study from my home town?

IBRE is a taught programme, it requires students to be on-site (i.e. in Freiberg) during the semester for lectures, seminars, tutorials, and the examinations. Distance learning, or Open University course (a "Fernstudium") is not possible.

At times of the Covid-19 pandemic, however, more flexibility is granted: all courses are currently being tought online or in hybrid system offering in-person and online teaching, so that students who do not get their visa early enough can still participate.

What happens if I fail to successfully pass an exam?

The programme of course offers the possibility to retake an exam that you failed. Each module offers additional exams in the following semester. You however cannot retake a successful exam to improve your grade, and there are only two opportunities to retake an exam, a fourth attempt does not exist.

Failing a third attempt will result in exmatriculation from the programme.

What certificate will I get in the end?

The certificate granted after successful completion of the programme is Master of Business Administration in International Business and Resources in Emerging Markets (MBA).

The certificate will also list the specialisation that you chose, the modules you have taken in your partner university and your additional modules that were not required in the programme (if any).

 

Section 4: Questions about living a foreign country / in Freiberg
 

Will I be assisted as a foreign student?

There is a mentoring programme ("buddy"): all students are picked up at the station upon arrival and assisted throughout their first steps in Freiberg with such issues as accommodation, enrolment at the university, and other administrative matters.

Additionally, the university runs an international student office called Alexander von Humboldt. Their task is to assist foreign students in Freiberg.

Will the University of Freiberg help me find accommodation?

The University has a so-called "Studentenwerk" that runs student dormitories. Please find information on their web-site: Studentenwerk Freiberg. The costs for a dormitory room are around EUR 150-350 per month, including all costs with the exception of supplementary offers (e.g. telephone).

We try to help students with accommodation, but cannot guarantee places.

If you choose to search yourself, or if the dormitory administration is unable to provide  accommodation for you, please visit one of the following:

In any case, your "buddy" here in Freiberg will help you finding accommodation. Landlords in Freiberg are quite accustomed to house foreign students.

Health or medical insurance in Germany?

All students enrolled in German universities (incl. foreign students) have to show evidence that they have a health insurance throughout the time that they are registered as a student of our university, which is until the certificate is issued. The conditional acceptance letter states that the student is required to obtain medical insurance prior to registration.

More information can be found on the internet pages of the International Centre under "Before Moving to Freiberg".

Where can I get health insurance in Germany?

This depends on your country of origin. When you apply for a visa, the German embassy will be able to tell you exactly.

If you plan to stay a semester abroad in a country where health insurance is not required, then do consider to take out a private insurance (not the usual public insurance). They do not cost significantly more, but you have the possibility to put them into a sleeping mode whilst you do not reside in Germany. This can save you a lot of money.

More information can be found on the internet pages of the International Centre under "Before Moving to Freiberg".

What is the city of Freiberg like?

Freiberg is a city in Saxony located 30 kilometres west of Dresden (not to be confused with Freiburg in Baden-Wurttemberg). There is a fast train connection to Dresden and back.

The old medieval town center has remained virtually unchanged, and was not destroyed during world war II. Most of the building are renovated now, and form an enjoyable atmosphere for living. Many pubs, restaurants, a big movie theatre, a small, but good theatre, sports clubs etc. offer everything for an exciting and relaxing sparetime.

Is there any hostility against foreign students in Freiberg?

Foreign students tell us that the population of Freiberg think positively about foreign students. The university with its currently around 4000 students plays an important role in the city of Freiberg. The share of foreign students amounts to roughly 40 per cent, you are able to socialise both with German students and students from a number of different countries.