International Management Studies in the Baltic Sea Region (BMS)
Are you interested in different business cultures? Eager to study in English and learn an additional language from the Baltic Sea Region? Are you willing to make a difference? Interested in testing theory with how it is applied to the business world? Enjoy life, but also work hard to build your future career? Do you want to take on responsibility?
Building on a solid theoretical foundation, International Management Studies in the Baltic Sea Region focuses on putting this knowledge into practice. Typical Nordic values such as openness and cultural diversity are an imperative part of our international education, enabling our students to succeed in management positions within a wide range of industries, in Germany, the Nordic region and worldwide.
BMS and you - a perfect fit
Building on a solid theoretical foundation, BMS focuses on putting this knowledge in practice. Typical Nordic values such as openness and cultural diversity are an imperative part of our international education, enabling our students to succeed in management positions within a wide range of indutries, in Germany, the Nordic region and worldwide.
- The course is taught completely in English.
- A 2nd foreign language spoken in the Baltic Sea Region is mandatory.
- BMS is highly practice-oriented.
- Our University is located close to the Baltic Sea.
- There is close interaction with your lecturers.
- There is a special course manager.
- We don't charge any tuition fees.
CHE Ranking 2017
The Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) published the new University Ranking in May 2017: Our Bachelor degree course ranks as one of the top degree courses in Germany and Austria.
|Programm||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|
- 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
This program requires a preliminary internship of 13 weeks that has to have been completed by the end of the fourth semester. It is recommended that the internship is completed at least 8 weeks prior to commencement of studies.
The content of the internship prior to the studies should be accomplished in the following LINES OF BUSINESS:
- manufactering sector
- energy supply
- construction industry
- transportation and logistics
- catering industry
- information and communication
- financial and insurance service, public administration
- health system and social welfare
and / or should include the FUNCTIONAL ASPECTS:
- purchasing, procurement system
- personal matters
- treasury / risk management
- sales / marketing
- information and project management
- research and development
"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, mathematics and law) and focuses on international management theory, cross-cultural management, corporate finance and the history and development of the Baltic Sea Region.
To allow students to acquire special competence and deepen their skills, in the 5th and 6th semesters, students have to choose 2 of 4 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 20-week internship. Final-year students write a dissertation on international topics, which finalises their preparation for an international career.
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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
"International Management Studies in the Baltic Sea Region (BMS)", as an international 4-year degree course, provides students with:
- profound international management 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
Due to their comprehensive understanding of management gained on the course and comprising general aspects, fields of specialisation and practical training, our graduates are well prepared for a variety of career opportunities. They are ready for a broad range of positions with a large degree of responsibility and demand the efficient handling of complex processes and the coordination of the work of teams. Our graduates work in the most diverse fields of international business, such as consulting firms, banks, freight forwarders, trade organisations etc.
The final degree of B.A. qualifies you for admission to master's programs.
Our graduates are well prepared for a variety of career options and work in the most diverse fields of international business. Find out where our graduates have found jobs in the following list.
|AUDI AG||Marketing Consultant - Sales Northern Europe S, N, FIN, DK, UK, IRL, Baltics, ISL|
|BMW of North America, LLC, BMW Group (USA/Sacramento)||Head of Government and External Affairs|
|Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG (Stuttgart)||purchasing department|
|Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA||Senior Product Manager PMO Supply Chain|
|Ernst & Young (Hamburg)||Transaction Advisory Services|
|Germany Trade & Invest (Berlin)||Manager Neue Bundesländer|
|HypoVereinsbank AG (Hamburg)||Product Manager|
|KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH||Vice President Structuring and Origination|
|Kurverwaltung Göhren||Manager Marketing & Events|
|Lufthansa Cargo AG (Chicago)||Sales Process Analyst Midwest USA|
|Lufthansa Technik (Hamburg)||Key Account Manager|
|Nord LB (Hanover)||Department Corporate Finance|
|Otto GmbH & Co KG (Hamburg)||Junior Sales Manager|
|PriceWaterhouseCoopers (Berlin)||Consultant Global Incentive Services|
|thyssenkrupp (Liechtenstein)||Global Commodity Leader|
|Siemens (Dubai)||Commercial Project Manager|
|Tchibo GmbH - Human Resources (Hamburg)||Studierendenbetreuung & Projekte|
|UniCredit Bank Austria||Corporate Banking|
|Vitakraft-Werke Wührmann & Sohn GmbH & Co. KG (Bremen)||Brand Manager Dog & Cat Food Portfolio|
|Vivantes Netzwerk für Gesundheit GmbH Institut für berufliche Bildung im Gesundheitswesen (Berlin)||Leiterin Administration & Qualitätsmanagement|
|Volkswagen AG (Wolfsburg)||Product Planner Sales America|
|Wagemann + Partner GbR (Berlin)||Junior Manager|
|Yoc group (Berlin)||Project Manager|
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?
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.
Generally, the Internship semester should be completed during the 7th semester. Practical training of at least 20 weeks is an integrated part of the program.
- Duration: 20 weeks
- 7th semester
- Either the practical semester or a study semester have to be spent abroad. We recomment spending both semesters abroad.
- Acknoledgement of the internship semester after the evaluation
has to be checked and signed by
Different kinds of fondations / institutions (e.g. DAAD)
- Search and application for an internship: 1 year (average)
- Prof. Dr. Hiltgunt Fanning
- Course Coordinator BMS
Report to the internship:
- In English
- Description of the company/institution
- Description of the project & other activities
- Your own opinion, satisfaction, experience...
International Event Point interviewed BMS students about their experience during semester abroad. Read the interviews.
Study focus (Majors/Elective)
To allow students to acquire special competence and deepen their skills, in the 5th and 6th semesters they may freely choose modules from within the 4 Majors. However, if you want the Major on your graduation certificate you 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.
You have the opportunity to receive a double degree at our partner universities. Please note that each Double Degree Agreement has its own regulations.
Our BMS program - International Management Studies in the Baltic Sea Region at HOST has Double Degree Agreements with the following institutions:
Xamk - South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania
Technical University of Gdansk, Poland
Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU), Russia
- Have a careful look at the DOUBLE DEGREE AGREEMENT between both institutions.
- Contact the person responsible, i.e. at HOST, the country tutor in charge.
- 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).
- 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):
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. 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.
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
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.
I am studying International Management Studies in the Baltic Sea Region (BMS), because...
"I needed a change.
After I finished my apprenticeship and worked for half a year in Frankfurt, I had an inner urge to deepen my knowledge and gain new experiences. I decided to study at the farthermost university within Germany to get out of my comfort zone.
The university offers a range of international partnerships and opportunities to study or work abroad. It is a good starting point to gain international experiences and to build up a network with students from many different countries. "
"... it is, first of all, fully taught in English and provides the opportunity to study many other different languages such as Norwegian, or Russian. Moreover, I enjoyed the diversity of different cultures and nationalities. Apart from that, some professors really inspired me to pursue a career in finance due to their motivational way of teaching. It is a good course to kick start an international career if you are really willing to do so.
At the University of Applied Science Stralsund I have the possibility of getting to know my professors, sit in small classes, enjoy a good study atmosphere and shape my Bachelor program in a way that I would have never been able to have done at other universities.
The University really gives some freedom to its students that I highly appreciate and I am thankful of."
"... I wanted to work in an international framework and the Bachelor program is unique in Germany.
I am studying Baltic Management Studies because the course gave me the possibility of studying economics and to learn a second language besides English.
I especially like Scandinavian countries and languages."
"... the University combines theory with practice and it is one of the main factors why I've chosen to study here.
Another factor is the size of the University. It is rather small, around 2.000 students, but also a very comfortable place for studying, because you can easily talk to professors, not like in huge Universities, and everyone is open to help. It is a very friendly environment to be in.
There are many sports and social activities on offer for students. And finally, it is situated right by the Baltic Sea, which means fresh air and a peaceful atmosphere."
I studied International Management Studies in the Baltic Sea Region (BMS) and today ...
"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 Vice President: Central Europe at Quandoo Deutschland GmbH
During my time at HOST I especially liked the international orientation of the studies and the practical approach. I was lucky enough to learn from great leaders and empathic professionals who have turned to teaching in order to share their field experience with the high potentials of tomorrow. I also always felt supported by both the administrative staff and professors."
"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."
"I currently work at TOP Sportmarketing Berlin where I'm responsible for sponsoring, marketing and social media.
We plan and organize two of the biggest athletics events - the ISTAF with about 50.000 viewers as well as the ISTAF INDOOR with an audience of approx. 12.000 people.
We are also the official marketing agencies of both the state sports assocoation of Berlin and the Olympic Training Centre Berlin."
"I work as a Competence & Qualification Manager at the Sales & Marketing Academyin the company Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. Before that, I attended the international StartUp Cross Trainee Programme at Volkswagen. Earlier, I studied Strategic Business Development (M.Sc.) at the University of Applied Sciences in Hanover.
I decided to study at HOST because I wanted to study an English-speaking degree course at a “Campus University” near the Baltic Sea, in an international atmosphere."
"...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."