Section 1: Questions about admission to the programme

Section 2: Questions about financial issues

Section 3: Questions about programme regulations

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

Section 1: Questions about admission to the programme

What is the deadline for applying to the IBDEM programme?

The programme only admits students for each start of the academic year (early October). There is usually no more admission in April, only for exchange students who want to stay one semester only and for other very exceptional cases. Deadline for sending complete application packages in hard copy:

  • 30 April of each year for students in need of a visa
  • others by 15 July of each year.

Late submissions may be considered only if there are still free places. The taught modules of the IBDEM 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.

What field of previous education is required?

To be considered for the MBA IBDEM 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 require taking a TOEFL or IELTS-Test?

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

What is an APS?

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.

Where can I apply for the APS?

Please contact the relevant German embassies in China, Vietnam and Mongolia.

Is previous knowledge of mathematics required?

The MBA IBDEM 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 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 (typically before coming to Freiberg, unless the tests are not offered in student's home country: here the test can be taken during the first semester). A good GMAT or new 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 grant you admission.

Is it mandatory to provide my GMAT/GRE scores?

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 on the Friday before the lectures start, after that, you will be fully engaged in studying.

What does "conditional acceptance" mean?

At the time of the selection you might not have already taken the GMAT or GRE test for different reasons, but your academic results as well as your motivation letter and the supporting reference letters show that you are a potential MBA IBDEM student. In this case, we ask you to register for one of the tests and to take it before coming to Freiberg. If you have done this and send us the registration (via Email), we provide you with a conditional or preliminary acceptance letter. This enables you to apply for a student visa. The conditional enrolment will change to a full enrolment into the IBDEM programme as soon as you pass either test with the required points.

The letter of admission is in German - what does it say in English?

The letter of admission has to be in German, because it is a legal document and can be used in the German embassy to apply for a visa. A translation would roughly read:

Dear _________ ,

herby we inform you that you are conditionally accepted for the forthcoming winter term 20__/__ MBA International Business in Developing and Emerging Markets (IBDEM) at TU Bergakademie Freiberg.

Enrolment for the study is possible in the international student office at Akademiestrasse 6, Room EG 12. Please show up there in person. Office hours are Monday-Thursday from 12.30am to 3.30pm

Please bring with you:

  • Original of your BA certificate;
  • Passport with a valid visa;
  • Receipt that you paid the xx€ semester fee;
  • Health insurance.

Lectures for the winter term 20__/__ will start at October __, 20__.

In case you get a letter of "conditional" acceptance, it will additionally say something like:

...under the condition, that you hand in the missing documents (incl. original of score report of GMAT (min. 570pts.) or GRE (min. 305 pts.) until February __, 20__ at the latest date. In case you are not able to deliver the requested score until that date an enrolment will be not possible.

Do I need to speak German to study in the IBDEM programme?

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 IBDEM programme.

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).

This subsidization makes it necessary to select students vey carefully: the requirements of a TOEFL or IELTS for English proficiency, as well as a GMAT or GRE test for analytical proficiency are hard requirements and not subject to negotiation (proof of proficiency of English can be waived for students who’s previous education was completely held in English).

Still, 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 the DAAD-scholarship Database.

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

What about student jobs next to studying in IBDEM?

In principle, we see it as very problematic if students work next to studying, because IBDEM 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 for the third semester?

Costs of studying at the partner university in the third semester vary between host universities. Some ask for additional tuition fees, but we have agreements with some to waive fees for our students. We have best experience with Poznan (no fees). Trento also does not levy any additional fees, as does not Paris. A small fee is negotiated with Wuhan University of Technology and Science (China). Central European University Budapest (Hungary) and University of Hyderabad (India) both ask for significant fees.

How much money do I have to show on a bank account to the German embassy to get a visa?

This depends on a lot of things: Freiberg is not an expensive town, so the embassy typically assumes some 600.- per months to be sufficient to live here (including room-rent, food, etc.). In other towns (Berlin, Munich, but also Leipzig or Dresden or so), the costs are assumed to be much higher.

The amount of money that the embassy asks for as security also depends on whether you have a scholarship or whether your parents want to support you. In the end, you would have to ask at the embassy.

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 (with each 6 ECTS-points). The programme is complemented by optional modules and free electives (again mostly 6-point modules).

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 must choose from the other modules offered in the university.

Students will have the chance to discuss your selection at the start of each semester with the programme coordinator.

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

The IBDEM 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 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?

IBDEM 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.

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 semester following the taught module. You however cannot retake a successful exam to improve your grade.

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 in Developing and Emerging Markets” (MBA).

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

Will I be assisted as a foreigner studying a the University of Freiberg?

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 finding an 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. The conditional acceptance letter states that the student is required to obtain medical insurance prior to registration. Where can you get an insurance?

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

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 6500 students plays an important role in the city of Freiberg. The share of foreign students amounts to roughly 10 per cent, you are able to socialise both with German students and students from a number of different countries.