International Management Studies in the Baltic Sea Region (BMS)
As a graduate of the Bachelor's program International Management Studies in the Baltic Sea Region - BMS for short - at Stralsund University of Applied Sciences, you can take off on the international job market with your business knowledge and a second foreign language.
All our courses are held in English. International students learn German as a foreign language, German students learn Swedish, Norwegian, Polish or Russian as a second foreign language. In addition to courses in Intercultural Management, Innovation Management, Supply Chain Management or Psychology, excursions to Germany and abroad are also on the schedule. Exchange your ideas with company representatives and make contacts for internships and theses. From the fifth semester onwards, students can choose to focus on management and innovation, finance and foreign trade, marketing or taxation and law. The program offers the possibility to take a German-Finnish or German-Russian double degree.
On the job market, there are opportunities worldwide in the fields of consulting, marketing, finance or human resources. Graduates of the BMS program work, for example, at Adidas, Amazon, Lufthansa, Mazda, Microsoft, UniCredit, Volkswagen, the United Nations or at a start-up as managers, controllers, business economists or marketing managers.
|Programme||International Management Studies in the Baltic Sea Region (BMS)|
|School||School of Business Administration|
|Admission||currently unrestricted entry|
|Length of study||8 Semesters|
|Credit points||240 ECTS|
|Degree||Bachelor of Arts (B. A.)|
|Main language of instruction||English (100 %)|
"International Management Studies in the Baltic Sea Region (BMS)" is an international 4-year Bachelor degree course completely taught in English, which focuses on the Baltic Sea Region (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Norway, Russia, Sweden)
The initial 4 semesters of our programme introduce students to general business administration (such as cost accounting, economics, law and mathematics) and focus on international management theory, cross-cultural management, corporate finance as well as maritime transport and sustainability in the Baltic Sea Region.
To allow students to acquire special competence and deepen their skills, in the 5th and 6th semesters, they may to choose two majors, viz. Management and Innovation, International finance and trade, Markets and communication as well as German Business.
As for languages studied, Business English is compulspory; as is one language from the Baltic Sea Region - Norwegian, Polish, Russian or Swedish - and our international students study German as a Foreign Language.
BMS is highly practice-oriented due to 13-week pre-study practical before you join, guest lectures, working on real projects, organization of special events, national and international excursions, one semester abroad is mandatory (either as study or internship semester) and an obligatory 21-weeks internship. Final-year students write a dissertation on international topics, which finalises their preparation for an international career.
- Secondary school leaving certificate (Abitur or equivalent) or
- College leaving certificate from a technical college (Fachhochschulreife or equivalent) or
- Master’s certificate under the apprenticeship system (Meisterabschluss) or equivalent professional vocational training examination or
- Entrance examination
Information for foreign applicants: Incoming
The Enrolment Request (Antrag auf Einschreibung) for the winter semester 2022/23 must have been received by post by the 31 August 2022.
Link to Online Application
Deadlines for foreign applicants*: incoming
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Study in an open-minded atmosphere, visit the Baltic Sea Region and establish new contacts: let us surprise you with pictures of our Bachelor Degree Course.
Goals and Career Prospects
The international orientation of the course is based on the requirements constantly growing competition and the globalisation of the markets. "Internationtiona Management Studies in the Baltic Sea Region (BMS)" prepares you idealus for the international job market.
BMS, as an international 4-year degree course, provides students with:
- profound management and method competence
- language skills (English and 1 language spoken in the Baltic Sea Region, e.g. Norwegian, Polish, Russian and Swedish. Students from abroad learn German as a foreign language)
- choices for specialisation (Majors)
- cross-cultural competence
Graduates of the International Management Studies in the Baltic Sea Region (BMS) course work in middle management in international companies. These include automobile manufacturers as well as well-known management conculting companies. As a graduate, all fields of business administration are open to you because of the well-founded economic training you can, for example, work in Marketing, Controlling, Human Resource or in international Finance.
The final degree of B.A. qualifies you for admission to master's programme.
|Corporate Credit Analyst||UniCredit Bank Austria AG (Innsbruck,Austria)|
|Program Manger||Volkswagen Group Sverige (Södertälje, Sweden)|
|Finance Operation Specialist||SAP (Prague, Czech Republic)|
|DHL Aviation Cargo Revenue Management and Pricing Analyst||ATC Aviation Services AG (Monument, Colorado - USA)|
|Product Marketing Analyst & Product Manager||Holger Christiansen A/S (Esbjerg Area, Denmark)|
|Country Manager||GMC Sales, General Motors Middle East (Dubai, UAE)|
|Team Assistant||United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) (Vienna, Austria)|
|General Manager Cesla/North West Russia||HeidelbergCement (St. Petersburg, Russia)|
|Senior Business Transformation Consultant||Wilhemsen group (Oslo, Norway)|
|Managing Consultant||Astrocytia (Kopenhagen, Hovedstaden - Denmark)|
|Project Lead Strategic Organizational Development||Lufthansa Technik (Hamburg)|
|Key Account Managerin||SERB Specialty Pharmaceuticals (Neubrandenburg)|
|Spare Parts Manager EMEA||POSITEC Germany GmbH (Köln)|
|Lead Ad Hoc Projects & Campaigns||S-Bahn Hamburg (Hamburg)|
|Senior Partnerships Manager||Secret Escapes (Berlin)|
|Senior Project Manager Finance & IT I Strategy and Programs||adidas (Herzogenaurach, Bayern)|
|Senior Program Manager Security & Loss Prevention EMEA||Amazon (Hamburg)|
|Global Operations Strategy & Projects||Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA (Lübeck)|
|Regional Concept Merchandise Manager Central Europe||H&M (Hamburg)|
|Specialist HR Systems||AIDA Cruises (Rostock)|
|Project Manager||WINDEA Offshore (Hamburg)|
|IT Solution Manager||DB Schenker (Berlin)|
Meet our Graduates
What are our BMS-graduates up to today? Why did they choose to study "International Management Studies in the Baltic Sea Region (BMS)" at our University of Applied Sciences Stralsund and what did they like most?
Some graduates of the Bachelor programme report about their life after BMS:
European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a standard for comparing the study attainment and performance of students. ECTS credits are awarded for successfully completed modules. ECTS credits are used to facilitate transfer and progression throughout the European Union.
The Semesterwochenstunden (SWS) are the number of teaching hours per week, i.e. 1 block = 2 SWS = 90 minutes.
Study focus (Majors/Elective)
By choosing majors in the 5th and 6th semester, students can sharpen their professional profile significantly. From these 4 majors, students must choose 6 modules each semester by April 15th of the 4th semester. If students want the Major on their graduation certificate they have to choose at least 5 from 6 modules of the specific Major.
You can see each semester's majors in the table on the left. Each Major has its own colour.
International Event Point interviewed BMS students about their experience during semester abroad.
Within the 7th semester, the internship semester takes place.
- Duration: at least 20 weeks
- Either the practical semester or a study semester has to be spent abroad, but we appreciate both semester abroad very much!
- 7th semester
- Acknowledgement of the internship semester after the Evaluation
- Search and application for an internship: average: 1 year
- Eva-Maria Mertens (house 1, room 235)
- Prof. Dr. Eileen Murphy (Praktikumsprofessorin BMS) or Ms. Stefanie Wenzel
All important information at a glance.
Financial support (here):
- different kinds of foundations/ institutions
(e.g. DAAD, InWEnt)
Trainee contract (here)
- has to be checked and signed by Prof. Dr. Murphy
- Students have to inform the study office (Ms. Klein) about their internship semester and "we would like to know" = your information about the internship please inform the co-ordinator, Stefanie Wenzel (before leaving).
Structure & Aspects to be covered in the report (approx. 10 pages):
Table of contents
Body of the report
- Introduction: Motivation for choosing this internship
- General information: Company – Company location – Financial conditions of internship
- Company profile
- Job requirements in general
- Specific tasks
- Correlation with study programme
- Lessons learned & Expertise gained & their Relevance for the student’s future career
You have the opportunity to receive a double degree at our partner universities within the Baltic Sea Region.
Our BMS program - International Management Studies in the Baltic Sea Region (BMS) at HOST has Double Degree Agreements with the following institutions:
Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU), Russia
Please note that each double degree with a partner university has its own regulations. Therefore, please follow these steps:
- Have a careful look at the DOUBLE DEGREE AGREEMENT between both institutions.
Here you can download the double agreement with XAMK and SPbPU.
- Contact the person responsible at the HOST.
For interest in the double degree agreement with XAMK contact Prof. Dr. Björn P. Jacobsen and for interest in the double degree agreement with SPbPU contact Stefanie Wenzel.
- Choose the lectures you have to attend (which are listed in the agreement), bearing in mind the necessary overall amount of 30 ECTS / 45 credit points (depending on the agreement) per semester.
- You must choose modules in accordance both with the course curriculum and with the requirements of the Double Degree Agreement in question.
- Modules can be chosen only from the same or higher semester (e.g. if you are in your 4th semester, you may only choose modules offered for the 4th or higher semesters).
- Contact the International Office/Outgoing Coordinator of HOST in time - usually at least 12 months - before departure and indicate your interest.
- Fullfil all necessary steps during your exchange period abroad (that means at the host university where you would like to obtain the 2nd final degree).
- Pay attention to the formalities set by the study offices ('Studienbüro') in both countries.
General Examination Regulations (in German):
- Rahmenprüfungsordnung (RPO) vom 24. Oktober 2012
- 1. Änderungssatzung vom 30. Mai 2013
- 2. Änderungssatzung vom 17. Dezember 2014
- 3. Änderungssatzung vom 27. April 2017
- 4. Änderungssatzung vom 13. März 2020
- 5. Änderungssatzung vom 17. März 2020
- 6. Änderungssatzung vom 29. April 2020
- 7. Änderungssatzung vom 01. Oktober 2020
- 8. Änderungssatzung vom 21. Januar 2021
- Lesefassung Rahmenprüfungsordnung
- Ergänzungssatzung Online-Prüfungen zur RPO
Examination Regulations (in German):
Study Regulations (in German):
Reading version of the examination and study regulation
Our national and international excursions are a special feature of the degree course International Management Studies in the Baltic Sea Region (BMS). The study trips are a mandatory part of our curriculum.
Doing business internationally means knowing about different cultures, speaking at least one major international language and respecting the rules of conduct of the countries concerned.
Study trips / Excursions not only combine theoretical expertise in special fields with practical experience, they will also prepare students for the competitive international labour market, as they will improve:
- professional competence
- intercultural competence
- Linguistic competence
- rhetorical competence and
- social skills
Access our detailed excursion reports here.
Impressions and experiences of our students. >>> Link
BBQ with students and professors (May 2018)
At the end of May 2018 a BBQ between BMS and WInf took place. Students and professors enjoyed the afternoon in a relaxed atmosphere.
Campus Adé - Graduation of our alumnis
Baltic Sea Forum
I am studying International Management Studies in the Baltic Sea Region (BMS), because...
I studied International Management Studies in the Baltic Sea Region (BMS) and today ...
Today I work as Strategic Purchaser, Service (Global Procurement) at Vestas Wind Systems A/S in Denmark.
During my time at the HOST I especially liked the small group size of the classes which created a familial atmosphere. The same goes for the complete study program. Professors, lecturers and everyone in administrations have been available and supportive at all times. Especially the BMS coordinator always had an open door and a piece of good advice.
"I am head of the BMW Group Representative Office in Sacramento, California. I coordinate the corporate positioning with all relevant political stakeholders in the fields of environmental, mobility and sustainability policies in California, Oregon and Washington.
Previously, I worked in the BMW Group's international political communication team on issues related to social policy and electric mobility. My career with BMW began in London at the Representative Office for the UK and Ireland representing the BMW Group in a broad range of bodies covering the whole range of policy issues."
"I work as Area Manager Used Cars Western Europe in the company Volkswagen AG.
I decided to study at HOST because the Hanseatic City of Stralsund was a stunning study location right by the Baltic Sea, the university offered a modern and friendly campus, BMS added to the international flavour and, with the deep-dive into the Baltic Sea region, a unique focus beyond the profound basic knowledge in management."
"...Today I work as Area Sales Manager at the Online Travel Website HolidayCheck
I decided to study at the University of Applied Science, Stralsund because at my first visit at an open house event, I instantly felt the familial atmosphere. I was really impressed by the campus which is directly located at the sea.
Within BMS, you can also learn a Baltic language which also fascinated me. Another benefit for the University is the beautiful historic city which is only 15 minutes by bike from the campus..."
"...Today i worked as Country Manager at Business Sweden, the Swedish Trade and Invest Council in Dubai.
I decided to study at the University of Applied Science, Stralsund because of its remarkable combination of perfect geographical location and its professional look and feel I had during my first visit, avaluating the study opportunities, facilities and lecturers - a first impression that proved right over an dover again during my time on (and off) campus, and beyond!
I especially liked the small study groups and open doors to all faculty staff, granting a family feel and extraordinary learning environment, with daily and direct interactions, personal feedback, coaching and individual development."