Germany: DHBW - Mosbach -Business (Semester/Year)
Duale Hochschule Baden-Wurrtemberg (DHBW)
This program is for students studying business, communication, and related fields.
Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW), formerly Berufsakademie, is a state university system that offers a practice-oriented approach to learning by making companies an integral part of the university system. There are 9 main locations throughout the state of Baden-Württemberg. Mosbach and Bad Mergentheim are considered part of the same campus even though they are about one hour apart. Students would study at just one of the two locations, even though they coordinate closely between the two campuses on various administrative tasks. The Baden Württemberg Cooperative State University (Duale Hochschule Baden Württemberg) is the first of its kind in Germany. It combines on-the-job training and academic studies. Regular DHBW students learn both theory and practice during their 3 year program through a unique rotation of academic study and job-training. Every 12 weeks, the students rotate between the classroom and worksite. GVSU exchange students do not participate in the job training component, but rather the 12 week academic program in either the fall or the spring. GV exchange students will be in a cohort class with both German and other international students studying at DHBW. Students will be taking all of the same courses with the same group of 20-30 students.
German language training is mandatory at the beginning of the program. Students studying in Mosbach will start the program in Mosbach with a German language course.
This program is geared toward students who have been admitted into the Seidman College of Business (SCB) Program for a business major or minor.
The Bad Mergentheim campus hosts approximately 500 students per semester. The Mosbach campus hosts 1500 students per semester. The campus only has 50% of its population at any given time. Due to the rotation system, half of the students are on their job placement while the other half are in the academic part of the program. Every 3 months, students rotate. The total student population for Mosbach is about 3000.
Excursions are organized through this program. Students studying in Mosbach will have several 1-day excursions which may include visits to: Frankfurt Stock Exchange or European Central Bank, a company visit, a day in Tuebingen which may include a tour of the Mercedes-Benz factory, a visit to Stuttgart with a visit to Porsche or Oktoberfest (fall only), as well as many team building/social events that are organized throughout the semester.
Program Dates and Application Deadline
Estimated Program Dates: September 2019 - December 2019
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019 (Closed)
Academic Year 2019
Estimated Program Dates: September 2019 - April 2020
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019 (Closed)
Estimated Program Dates: January 2020 - April 2020
Application Deadline: November 16, 2019 (Closed)
Estimated Program Dates: September 2020 - December 2020
Application Deadline: February 1, 2020
Academic Year 2020 (Fall 2020 - Winter 2021)
Estimated Program Dates: September 2020 - April 2021
Application Deadline: February 1, 2020
Estimated Program Dates: January 2021 - April 2021
Application Deadline: September 10, 2020
The IPB program at the Mosbach campus has a set list of courses and is available for participation in both the fall and winter GVSU semesters. International Business Program (IPB) - all classes through this program are taught in English except for the German language course.
Course Options Use this button to view all available course options and descriptions.
Pre-Approved Courses Note: This course list indicates courses that have been previously approved. It is not a list of available courses on this program.
Course Approval Process Students registering for courses that have not been pre-approved will need to follow the course approval instructions.
Students interested in satisfying general education courses abroad can find more information on our General Education page.
This program does not typically have any semester breaks since it is a 12-week program.
The academic program at DHBW is very different from the structure of a traditional semester at GVSU. Students will start with a two-week language intensive program before starting the business courses. Students will take courses in one to two week courses throughout the semester. Students will be in class most of the day Monday- Friday in order to fit the class hours in during such a short session. There is often overlap with one course ending while a second course begins.
Students will live in off-campus apartments which are walking distance to campus. The apartments are shared apartments with other international students.
In Mosbach, students may share a 5 bedroom apartment with 6 other students. The apartments offer a shared kitchen, limited access to laundry and bathroom.
Homestays are not common, but may be available on a limited basis.
Cost and Scholarships
SEIDMAN COLLEGE OF BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP: offers a study abroad scholarship for SCB majors who wish to participate in a qualified study abroad or international internship program. Awards are based on program costs and financial need. Apply online using GVSU MyScholarships: https://gvsu.academicworks.com/opportunities/3103
Baden-Württemberg Stipendium Students will be contacted by DHBW a couple of weeks into the semester with application instructions. This is a competitive grant, but several GVSU students in the past have been recipients.
STUDY ABROAD SEMESTER GRANT: Students who complete an online study abroad application by the designated priority deadline, have a 2.5 GPA and a FAFSA on file, may be eligible for a study abroad grant ranging from $500-$1,500/semester. Due to limited funding, not all eligible students will receive a grant.
Open to business students(Winter/Fall/Academic Year). Business students must be admitted to the Seidman College of Business, have a minimum of 55 credits, and a 2.75 GPA.
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Campus Info / Campus Life
Both Bad Mergentheim and Mosbach are very small towns. Students will have access to some on-campus activities. Many international students coordinate visits to nearby cities throughout the semester. Most shops and restaurants close around 8 pm throughout the week. It is common for students to hang out together in the evenings. The program is small with about 20-25 students each semester.
Fall Semester-Option I: Mosbach, September - December.
Winter Semester-Option I: Mosbach, January - April
Winter Semester-Option II: Bad Mergentheim, March - June
US citizens studying in Germany for more than 90 days have two options regarding the residence permit application process. Specific information can be found in our student visa guide. Please note that the appropriate consulate or embassy must be consulted for the most up-to-date visa information.
Students generally fly into Frankfurt, however, there are many other ways of getting to Bad Mergentheim, or Mosbach as well.
DHBW provides detailed information on how to get to Bad Mergentheim and Mosbach from Frankfurt airport. Students can take the train directly from the airport. The trip takes about 2.5 hours to Bad Mergentheim, or 1 hour to Heidelberg. It may be longer depending on your connections. Students who are a bit concerned about taking the train can research the most direct route to avoid lots of connections.
Print the DHBW packet that will be given to you prior to your departure. Past students did not have a hardcopy expecting to be able to pull the information from their cell phone using wifi. This may not work – take hardcopies.
Also, we recommend you familiarize yourself with the train schedule and connections. You can find information in English at www.bahn.de. You may notice that many of the schedules do not give you much time to connect to your next train. Do not worry if you happen to miss a connection. This may happen. There are usually information agents available to help you figure out the next train you can take. You do not need to purchase your tickets in-advance, you can purchase your tickets when you arrive in Frankfurt. If you are flying into a different airport, you should research the train availability from that airport.
Getting to Bad Mergentheim
DHBW provides detailed information on how to get to Bad Mergentheim from Frankfurt airport. Students can take the train directly from the airport. The trip takes about 2.5 hours, sometimes longer depending on the number of connections. Students who are a bit concerned about taking the train can take a train from Frankfurt to Wurzburg and then a direct train from Wurzburg to Bad Mergentheim. There are often short connections between trains. The train platforms are usually very close and are manageable in a couple of minutes. If you happen to miss a train connection, you can go to the information booth to get the schedule of the next train.
Getting to Heidelberg -Mosbach
From Frankfurt, students will take the train to Heidelberg, and to Mosbach. Detailed information will be provided by DHBW prior to departure.
Students should plan to pack as light as possible due to the need to utilize the trains to get to your destination.
The trains leave from the Frankfurt airport train station (Frankfurt Flughafen).
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Step 1 - Students must apply and be accepted into the GVSU OASIS application system.
Step 2 - The Padnos International Center will provide all applicants with application instructions after the OASIS priority deadline.
Step 3 - Students must complete all required application materials for DHBW.
Step 4 - Students receive admission into the program and are provided with additional pre-arrival instructions.
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"Last semester, fall 2015, I spent in Germany at a partner university. During my time there, I got to visit a few different countries and only stayed at my host university three weekends. I was able to have the experience of a lifetime. It's an opportunity to learn the culture of an entirely new world. My program contained forty students from nine different countries around the world. I lived in a small little town called Mosbach. I was housed in an apartment above the local shops on the main street. Fifteen of the international students also shared this living space with me. This allowed for me to share experiences and get to know each one of the personally. Studying abroad in Germany has so many opportunities. In the fall semester, I was able to participate in the Stuttgart Oktoberfest as well as the Munich Oktoberfest. I traveled to many cities in Germany like Cologne, Hamburg, Triberg, Munich, and Berlin. Because Germany is centrally located in Europe, I had the opportunity to visit other countries like the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Italy, Switzerland, France, and Spain. I made lifelong friends who were able to travel with me and get to know me very deeply. Not only did this opportunity teach me academically, but I learned so much about myself. It was the most valuable experience I've had. I think about my time in Germany and I miss the beautiful country and the friends I've made." -Josie Wing
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