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WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management

Program Terms:

Fall Semester, Spring Semester, & Academic Year


WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management is a privately-funded business school situated in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site surrounded by vineyards, with campuses located in Vallendar/Koblenz and in Düsseldorf. It is considered to be the leading business school in Germany and is continuously ranked among the top business schools in Europe, particularly in the field of entrepreneurship. Founded in 1984, WHU pursues the goal of management education through three core areas of activity: academic programs, research, and transfer in the field of general management. WHU is certified by accreditations from AACSB, EQUIS, and FIBAA. In addition, WHU is the only private business school in Germany that is a member of the German Research Association (DFG). But no need to be intimidated, approximately 25% of the university’s student population is international, so exchange students will feel right at home.

While studying at WHU , exchange students are given full access to the university’s award-winning Career Center. This includes access to company presentations, networking and recruiting fairs, career counseling, application training, and more. Students will also be able to receive a weekly customized newsletter and access to an online job and internship database. As a result, it is quite common for exchange students studying at WHU to participate in internships in the summer following the completion of their studies.

WHU also provides a wealth of student services for incoming exchange students. Semesters begin with a Welcome Week, which generally include a welcome reception, regional tour, and other social activities. German language courses are offered to exchange students for free. And there are a number of different student initiatives for students to join, including VIP (Vallendar Integration Program), which is a student organization that encourages the integration of exchange students into the local community through various events held throughout the year. All in all, you can expect to be well taken care of while you’re studying at WHU.

Still have questions? Feel free to contact one of WHU’s Study Abroad Ambassadors, all of whom are previous exchange students who are happy to share their WHU experience with others.

Academic Details:

Around 1,500 students are enrolled at WHU, with around 200 being international exchange students. WHU’s learning environment is characterized by student-centered learning methods. The university places an emphasis on small class sizes, low student-teacher ratios, and intensive use of group work. 80-100% of the BSc courses offered and 100% of the MSc, MBA, and EMBA courses offered are taught in English. The Fall semester is held from September to December, and the Spring semester is from January to April/early May, similar to the American academic calendar.

For learning interactions, WHU uses Moodle, the world’s most widely used learning management system. The university also employs an on-campus video room that uses Kaltura as a management system for media content. Students also experience the benefits of small class sizes and international study groups creating intimate learning environments and making it easy to meet students with similar academic interests.

The General Studies module is an integrated part of the study programs at WHU. An essential goal of this module is the personal development of students, in particular, by teaching social, methodological, cultural, and socio-political competence. The module therefore incorporates soft skills into the curriculum of the university. (Source: Otto Beisheim School of Management website)

Housing Details:

Housing at WHU is guaranteed for exchange students (in Vallendar). WHU offers various furnished housing options in Vallendar ranging from a single room to an apartment. Housing prices generally range from 435 euros to 600 euros per month. The housing application is done within the scope of the online application. In terms of available housing options, since Vallendar is a relatively rural community and not all landlords speak a foreign language, WHU offers international students the option to opt for a private apartment, an apartment on Campus Krautkrämer, at the Humboldthöhe or at the apartment house in Höhrer Straße and in the new house at Goethestraße (SmartFlats Goethestraße), in the recently renovated houses “Heerstraße”, Löhrstraße, or Krummgasse/Eulerstraße, or at the newly renovated Bundesheim. Housing is distributed on a first come, first serve basis. All apartments are fully furnished and equipped with bedding, towels, dishes, cooking utensils, microwave, washing machine and dryer, and internet (LAN or WLAN, depending on the house). An important note is that the German license fee for public broadcasting services is not included. (Source: Otto Beisheim School of Management website)


  • Sophomore standing
  • Business majors only
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA

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