ISM International Business Certificate

The ISM International Business Certificate program is designed for students with a strong interest in a study abroad semester at a German university. The program offers students individual support and academic guidance. The certificate allows students who do not speak German at an advanced level to take business classes in English and earn ECTS credits during their stay at the ISM. As a prerequisite we expect students to have a B2 level of English.

The ISM International Business Certificate can be studied at six of our seven campuses:

The program consists of six courses with 5 ECTS credits each. Thus, students enrolled in the ISM Business Certificate program can earn 30 ECTS credits in one semester.


Core and Specialization Modules

Dortmund Campus

Core ModulesSpecialization Modules
  • Module 1: Project Management, Operations Management, Strategic Management, International Business Law.
  • Module 2: Strategic Controlling, Crisis Management, Branding & Communication Management, Doing Business in a Global Economy.
  • Module 3: International Finance Management, International Trade & Sales, Marketing Controlling, Business Ethics.
  • Tourism Track: Strategic Tourism Management, International Tourism Markets.
  • International Management Track: Leading to High Performance, Competitive Advantage.
  • Finance Track: Implementation of Derivatives, International Financial Reporting (fall), International Auditing (spring).
  • Communication Track: Strategic Public Relations, Intercultural Communication.

Frankfurt Campus

Core ModulesSpecialization Modules
  • Module 4 (fall term): Business Ethics, Business Planning, Theory & Exercises, Moderation & Presentation, Principles of Corporate Management.
  • Module 5 (spring term): Marketing Controlling, International Finance Management, Strategic Management, International Trade & Sales.
  • Communication Track (fall term): Strategic Public Relations, Intercultural Communication.
  • Communication Track (spring term): Strategic Public Relations, Intercultural Communication.
  • Finance Track (spring term): Implementation of Derivatives, International Financial Reporting.

Munich Campus

Core ModulesSpecialization Modules
  • Module 6: International Trade & Sales, Strategic Management, Global Communications, International Finance Management.
  • International Management Track: Leading to High Performance, Competitive Advantage.

Hamburg Campus

Core ModulesSpecialization Modules
  • Module 7: Marketing Controlling, International Finance Management, Strategic Controlling, International Trade & Sales.
  • Psychology & Management Track: Consumer Psychology, Structuring of Consulting Projects.

Cologne Campus

Core ModulesSpecialization Modules
  • Module 8: Strategic Controlling, Branding & Communications Management, Crisis Management, Doing Business in a Global Economy.
  • Luxury & Fashion Management Track: Marketing of Luxury Goods & Fashion, Luxury & Fashion Buying and Merchandising.

Berlin Campus

Core ModulesSpecialization Modules
  • Module 9 (fall term): Marketing Controlling, International Trade & Sales, International Finance Management, Moderation & Presentation.
  • Module 10 (spring term): Project Management, Strategic Management, Operations Management, International Business Law.
  • Sports Management Track (fall term): Introduction to International Sports Management, Management of International Professional Sports.
  • Law Track (spring term): Introduction to German Law, Trademark Law and Unfair Competition Law.


Do you have any questions about studying? Please contact us!

Dr. Gertrud Schink
Leiterin International Office
Dr. Gertrud Schink
+49 231.97 51 39-33
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Carolin Krabs
Campus Dortmund
Carolin Krabs
+49 231.97 51 39-558
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Pengbo Tian
Campus Frankfurt/Main
Pengbo Tian
+49 69.66 05 93 67-33
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Christina Hartmann
Campus Munich
Christina Hartmann
+49 89.2 00 03 50-33
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Julian Reisinger
Campus Hamburg
Julian Reisinger
040.3 19 93 39-33
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Dolores Wäder
Campus Cologne
Dolores Wäder
0221.27 09 95-33
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Cynthia Aßmann
Campus Stuttgart
Cynthia Aßmann
0711.51 89 62-150
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Nicole Meier
Campus Berlin
Nicole Meier
+49 30.3 15 19 35-14
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