Center for International Relations (CIR)
The Center for International Relations (CIR) of the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Augsburg offers its students the opportunity to do part of their studies abroad. It also organizes and supports research-related stays abroad for all members of the faculty. For international visitors, such as exchange students, guest researchers or guest lecturers from abroad, the CIR coordinates their stay at the faculty and is point of contact for every issue.
Why study in Augsburg?
Augsburg is the right place for you if you would like to have ...
- ... a wide range of high quality English-taught courses in the field of business and economics.
- ... a wide range of German language courses on all language levels.
- ... individual support for all matters of incoming students.
- ... authentic insights into German and Bavarian culture.
Our flyer provides you with further reasons why you should spend your semester abroad in Augsburg.
University of Augsburg
The University of Augsburg is a young and dynamic university in Bavaria. It is still growing, but pleasantly manageable with about 20,000 students. Eight faculties offer a broad spectrum of around 80 degree programs in the humanities and social sciences, natural and technical sciences, law and economics, theology, and medicine. The Augsburg campus, located near downtown Augsburg, is easily accessible by public transportation or bicycle. You can feel the "university", the lively community between lecturers, researchers, and students. We study, we teach, we conduct research, and we live – all on our campus.
Faculty of Business and Economics
The Faculty of Business and Economics is surrounded by a large park-like landscape with lots of water and numerous sculptures, learning islands, and small squares. The faculty is one of the five largest business faculties in Germany. It comprises around 4,000 students and almost 200 full-time faculty members. The Faculty of Business and Economics consists of 23 chairs belonging to four different clusters: Business Analytics & Operations; Economics; Finance, Accounting, Controlling & Taxation; Strategy, Marketing & Management.
Bavaria‘s third-largest city offers many diverse experiences for our students during and after their studies. Augsburg – a 2,000-year-old Roman city – has long played an important cultural and economic rolee: the Fuggerei and magnificent Renaissance buildings, music festivals and the state theatre, old craftsmen’s districts and high-tech global companies. Since 2019, the historic water system of the city has been granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status. In addition, the surrounding area has a lot to offer: relaxing at the numerous lakes and rivers, a trip to the nearby Alps, or shopping in Munich.
International Courses & Grading
- Lectures: written exam (at least 60 minutes up to 120 minutes)
- Seminars: written assignment and presentation
The following grading scale is applied to all courses (lectures and seminars) at the Faculty of Business and Economics:
|German grade||ECTS grade||Equivalent||Explanation|
|1,0||A||very good||Considered an excellent result, seldom achieved, an outstanding achievement|
|1,7||B||good||Considered a (very) good result, awarded less requently than the American "B" grade, an achievement which lies substantially above average requirements|
|2,7||C||satisfactory||Considered a (rather) good result, and does not correspond with the American "C" grade, an achievement which corresponds to average requirements|
|3,7||E||sufficient||an achievement which barely meets the requirements|
|4,3||FX||not sufficient / failed||an achievement which does not meet the requirements|
Please refer to the Grade Distribution in Business Administration.
The Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Augsburg is well-known for its high quality academics and research:
- 2020: The bachelor study program Business and Information Systems Engineering is awarded with top scores in this year’s CHE ranking. Industrial Engineering is another bachelor’s degree program that is ranked among the best.
- 2017: Germany’s largest university ranking of the Centre of Higher Education (CHE) confirmed the constantly high quality of studying business and economics in Augsburg.
- 2015: The Global Business Management (GBM) bachelor program was the first and until then only study program that received FIBAA’s Premium Seal for outstanding quality in academics and teaching.
- 2014: The respected German “Handelsblatt” ranking confirmed that the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Augsburg is home to many successful scientists reaching up to the top five best German researchers.
- 2011: The Finance and Information Management (FIM) master program is awarded with top scores in CHE rankings.
- 2010: Universum Student Survey 2010 confirmed above-average satisfaction of students at School of Business at the University of Augsburg.
„My name is Grace Douglas. I am a senior studying Healthcare Management & Policy, with a minor in Russian and East European Studies with Russian certification. I studied in Augsburg Sommersemester 2017. Before this semester abroad, I had studied German for five semesters, which helped me a lot in everyday living in Augsburg, but a great thing about this exchange program is that you do not need to be fluent in German. Having a background knowledge in basic German was very beneficial, but Augsburg University offers German language courses for students who have no previous knowledge of the German language. I highly recommend taking advantage of these German language courses.
This was an amazing opportunity for me to continue my studies in healthcare operations management but from an international perspective. Since I plan on working abroad, hopefully in Germany, this was an essential experience. Because of this exchange between Indiana University and the Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche (WiWi) Fakultät (faculty of business and economics), I have increased my knowledge of German culture and etiquette, as well as my skills in the German language.
One course that I took that made an impact on me was a Topics in Global Business course. In this seminar course, I truly got to experience the difference between US and German higher education. This course required students to be very self-reliant. There were only approximately 5 lectures, and the rest of the semester you were supposed to just conduct independent research and write your paper during your own planned time.
In the US, you have class regularly, and there is usually a more specific topic you must complete your research paper over. In my Topics in Global Business seminar course at Augsburg University, the overarching topic was “Corporate Social Responsibility.” Out of a list of sub-topics, I chose “CSR and Firm Risk.” This course was a great opportunity to plan my own paper based off of personal academic interests.
I am very thankful that I was able to go on this exchange program to Augsburg University for a semester. Because of this experience, I have decided to come back to Germany to complete my Master’s degree. I hope many other students from my university take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.“
Mehmet Atlihan (Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey) visited Augsburg in summer term 2018
Grace Douglas (Indiana University Bloomington, USA) visited Augsburg in summer term 2017
Enid Quiroga-Cobos (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico) visited Augsburg in summer term 2018