International Management Studies in the Baltic Sea Region (BMS)

Bachelor's programme

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 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.

Fact Sheet


Programme International Management Studies in the Baltic Sea Region (BMS)
School School of Business Administration
Start Winter semester
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 %)

Our Concept

"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.

Admission requirements

  • 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

Application Deadlines

Accreditation certificate

Accreditation certificate

On 6th July 2018, our study programme was again successfully accredited until 31st August 2024.

Detailed information here

General student advisory office

Christina Wanke



+49 3831 45 6513


117, Haus 1

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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.


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+49 3831 45 6791


304, Haus 21


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

Graduate Profile

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.

This brief list shows you where BMS graduates have found jobs
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)
Director NORD/LB (Hannover)

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:

Angela: Head of BMW Group Representative Office, California
Simon: Vice President Central Europe at Quandoo Deutschland GmbH
Jaqueline: Area Manager Used Cars Western Europe, Volkswagen AG
Nico: Area Sales Manager at HolidayCheck
Susanne: Country Manager at Business Sweden in Dubai
Romy: Strategic Purchaser, Service, Vestas Wind Systems A/S, Denmark
Programme Structure



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. 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.

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Course structure for students enrolled until WS21/22

Within the 7th semester, the internship semester takes place.

Double Degree

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:

Xamk - South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Further information here

Panevėžio kolegija/State Higher Education Institution | LITHUANIA

Kajaani University of Applied Sciences (KAMK) | FINLAND

Procedure and Tips

  Please note that each double degree with a partner university has its own regulations. Therefore, please follow these steps:

  1. Have a careful look at the DOUBLE DEGREE AGREEMENT between both institutions.
    Here you can download the double agreement with XAMKPANKO and KAMK.
  2. Contact the person responsible at the HOST.
    If you are interested in a double degree agreement, please contact Wencke Wendlandt.
  3. 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).
  4. Contact the International Office/Outgoing Coordinator of HOST in time - usually at least 12 months - before departure and indicate your interest.
  5. 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).
  6. Pay attention to the formalities set by the study offices ('Studienbüro') in both countries.

Programme Organisation

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General Examination Regulations (in German):


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Stefanie Wenzel



+49 3831 45 6791


304, Haus 21

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+49 3831 45 6637


123, Haus 1

Excursions & More


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.

Excursion to Poland, 2018

Excursion to Berlin, 2018

© European Union 2018 (Brussels)

Semester abroad

Impressions and experiences of our students.   >>> Link

25 Years BMS

On June 11, 2022, a unique day took place involving a ceremony and reception, afternoon activities, dinner and a get together on campus and in Stralsund. Former and current students as well as former and current professors from HOST spent a beautiful anniversary together and created memories that will forever be cherished by us all. 

Further details about the 25+C BMS Anniversary

Campus Adé - Graduation of our alumnis

Baltic Sea Forum

The Baltic Sea Forum, an international symposium organised by students of the third semester BMS, celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014, enjoying great popularity and a good reputation, not only in the region of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, but also worldwide.

Nguyen Anh Thu Luu
© DAAD/ Henning Ross

I decided to study at the University of Applied Science, Stralsund because I wanted to study an English-speaking degree course at a small University near the Baltic Sea in an international atmosphere. Read more here

I am studying International Management Studies in the Baltic Sea Region (BMS), because...



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.

Profile of the graduate Romy


"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." 

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"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." 


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"...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..."

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"...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."

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I studied International Management Studies in the Baltic Sea Region (BMS) and today ...


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