The programme

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Why study IBDEM

The English-taught MBA programme of International Business in Developing and Emerging Markets provides future Eastern and Western Managers with theoretical and practical insights into business administration and economics.

It allows the students to understand and participate in current and future opportunities in the transition and development issues of worldwide business.

The programme in short

Brief programme description in pdf

Our full-time MBA programme is designed to be completed over 2 academic years (four semesters) and starts each year in the first week of October.
The first two semesters are held in Freiberg, the third in a partner university with a complementary programme. The location of the fourth semester depends on where the internship and the supervision of the master thesis takes place and whether the student follows a double degree programme.

  • The first two semesters provide fundamental knowledge of modern economics, especially of developing and transition economies as well as knowledge in special fields of international management.
  • In the third semester, second year, students complement what they have learned in Freiberg at one of our partner universities to sharpen their focus on their individual interests.
  • The final semester consists of a three month internship with an integrated master thesis (or two 6 ECTS elective modules to replace the internship), written and supervised in Freiberg or in the partner university. Or the student stays at a partner university to follow a double degree programme.

All courses in Freiberg and in partner universities are taught in English. Proficiency in German language is not required. Students may also enrol in native language courses offered at the partner universities.
There are no tuition fees for Bachelor-graduates: the German state subsidizes, but only the first set of studies at each level (Bachelor or Master). There is however a small administrative semester fee (Semesterbeitrag) of around 85 EUR.- per semester, and you are required to have a health insurance also for the whole period of study in the programme.
Foreign students are assisted by the University's mentor programme.

The schedule of the programme

Overview of modules

Semester dates: the "winter semester" starts each year in the first week of October. Teaching in this semester ends in early February each year and is followed by a 2-weeks period of exams. The "summer semester" starts in the first week of April each year and teaching ends around mid-July, again followed by a 2-weeks period of exams. The times after exams and before the start of a new semester is free.

The current partners for the third semester are the following universities from Europe, India, and China. This list is constantly evolving:

  • University of Economics in Poznan (Poland) (double degree option)
  • Paris XII (France) (double degree option)
  • Universita degli studi di Trento (Italy)
  • Lappeenranta University of Technology (Finland)
  • Higher School of Economics Moscow (Russia)
  • University of Hyderabad (India)
  • Wuhan University of Technology and Science (China)  (double degree option)
  • Xiamen University (China)
  • China University of Geosciences Beijing (China)  (double degree option, one-way from Beijing to Freiberg)

Those partner universities offer modules that are complementary to the Freiberg IBDEM modules.
The programme committee will delegate students to one of those partner universities. The choice of the partner university will be based on student's wishes, career plans, and individual proficiency.

Additional hints and notes

  • We admit between 20 and 30 students each year to the programme
  • The programme starts every winter semester (in early October)
  • There are no tuition fees for students doing their first Master level programme (see above for semester fee and health insurance). Please consider another EUR 400-600.- for living expenses per month
  • Additional mobility costs for studying at the partner university in the third semester may apply, they vary between host universities (no tuition fees for our IBDEM-students as per agreement)
  • The university cannot offer full scholarships. Students have to be able to cover their own living expenses. The programme is a full time programme, so working next to studying to earn a living is not possible.
  • The degree of the IBDEM programme is: Master of Business Administration in International Business in Developing and Emerging Markets (MBA)

Exchange students in IBDEM

The IBDEM MBA programme is also accessible to exchange students at the master level.
Note that proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS or equivalent English language test) is required from exchange students who did not complete their previous education in an English taught programme. Also, proof of analytical proficiency is required, which may be a GMAT or GRE test, or an equivalent access test to the home Master programme.
See the Factsheet for additional information.

Rules and regulations

In Germany, all study programmes are goverened by a set of rules and regulations. They contain information about the rights and obligations of students and staff.

Because of their legal nature, their official publication is in German language only and can be found here. A non-binding English translation, for informative purposes only, can be found here.