Germany: DHBW - Bad Mergentheim (Business)

Duale Hochschule Baden-Wurrtemberg (DHBW)

This program is for students studying business, communication, and related fields.

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.

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2.5 GPA Required
English Language Requirement
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Program Dates and Application Deadline

Winter 2020

Estimated Program Dates: March 2020 - June 2020
Application Deadline: September 10, 2019 (Closed)

Winter 2021

Estimated Program Dates: March 2021 - June 2021
Application Deadline: September 10, 2020

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.

For a list of ALL available courses and course descriptions, visit: 


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 

Course Options 


Students participating in the German Language and Culture Program (GLACIP) will also take the following courses:

GLACIP Module 1

GLACIP Module 2

GLACIP Module 3

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


Cost Breakdown


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:

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: The average study abroad semester grant award is $500 per semester. 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.

Additional Scholarships


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. 

Additional Information

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Visa Requirements

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 guidePlease note that the appropriate consulate or embassy must be consulted for the most up-to-date visa information.

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US State Department Information

US State Department Country Information (Germany)

US State Department - Students Abroad

US Embassy in Germany

Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) - Crime and Safety Report


Application Timeline

About Our University (general overview of the institution)

2018-2019 Fact Sheet

DHBW map - Bad Mergentheim

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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Health and Safety Resources

Reporting an Incident

PIC Emergency Procedures

Contact Information

Padnos International Center
130 Lake Ontario Hall

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