Germany: Management Semester in Bad Mergentheim with DHBW
This program is for students studying business, communication, and related fields.
GVSU partner programs are highly independent. These programs require students to have a high level of flexibility and the ability to navigate much of the program independently. For these reasons, partner programs are not the best fit for many students planning to study abroad. GVSU has many options available that offer a high level of support and guidance with external study abroad providers and through our faculty-led options.
Duale Hochschule Baden-Wurrtemberg (DHBW)
Video created by GVSU student, Camryn Archambault.
DHBW is part of the Baden Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University system. It emphasizes practice as well as theory. This program focuses on the field of international business administration. Classes are taught entirely in English and will comprise a mix of international and German students. Some courses are set as 1-week modules, while others may run the full course of the semester.
Students also have the option of adding an additional 3 months by adding the German Language and Culture Immersion Program (GLACIP). This program is intended for beginner-level language learners who are interested in learning German. It is not appropriate for German majors as there are no advanced language courses available. Students participating in this program will travel to Germany in January and participate in the language program through the end of March. The business courses will start in April.
Tips from GVSU student, Joshua Hunter, who studied at DHBW in Fall 2019.
Program Dates and Application Deadline
Estimated Program Dates: March 2023 - June 2023
Application Deadline: September 1, 2022 (Closed)
Students may apply for just the Spring session of the International Program in Business or they may add the German Language and Cultural Immersion Program (GLACIP) from late January to late March.
The IPB program at the Bad Mergentheim campus has a set course list for incoming students. There will not be alternative courses you can choose from.
Course Options Use this button to view the set course lists for the Bad Mergentheim program.
Pre-approved Courses: Other GVSU students have studied abroad at this partner institution. The button below will take you to a list of GVSU equivalencies they have received. PLEASE NOTE: This list indicates courses that have been previously approved. This is NOT a list of all available courses on this program.
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.
Students registering for courses that have NOT been pre-approved will need to follow the course approval instructions: Course Approval Process
Students participating in the German Language and Culture Program (GLACIP) will also take the following courses:
For information on fulfilling general education courses abroad, visit: General Education
Students will live in nearby apartments with other students. Housing arrangements are coordinated through the DHBW administrative offices. Students are allowed to arrive 2-3 days prior to the start of the semester (depending on the calendar). Housing will be available, but students should check with DHBW on the earliest arrival date before booking flights.
Cost and Scholarships
"Other Expenses" listed in the cost breakdown are general cost estimates. Due to COVID-19, costs may increase for basic goods and housing. These estimates are provided as a guide to help students in their planning, but they are subject to change.
Health insurance CHUBB ($160) is mandatory and its estimated based on 120 days ($1.33 / day). Actual cost may vary and will be based on your exact travel dates. Policy details
Questions? Contact [email protected] or 616-331-3898
Seidman College of Business Study Abroad 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.
Open to students accepted into the Seidman College of Business. Students interested in the GLACIP will be required to have a basic level of German language prior to participation.
Proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is required for participation in this program.
Host University Website
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.
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 to Bad Mergentheim. 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 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.
US State Department Information
US State Department Country Information (Germany)
Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) - Crime and Safety Report
About Our University (general overview of the institution)
DHBW map - Bad Mergentheim
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