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You cannot learn internationality, you have to experience it: this is exactly what the German-Latin American Business Administration degree programme (CALA) offers you. Students spend a total of 18 months at one of our partner universities in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Peru or Argentina. You will obtain a high degree of intercultural competence, which is indispensable for later activities in an international environment and especially in international management.
The comprehensive teaching content on the topic of sustainability enables you to act responsibly in work and life situations.
As a graduate of the CALA Bachelor's programme, you are proficient in methods and instruments of business administration, speak several languages with confidence, have cultural and region-specific expert knowledge and can provide evidence of an academic double degree. With this, you can start as a trainee in companies in all sectors, e.g. as a junior consultant in a management consultancy, an assistant to the board of directors or as a consultant in development aid institutions.

Studying on two continents

You will start the CALA degree programme in Germany. First you will study at FH Münster University of Applied Sciences for four semesters, completing an elementary and an intermediate stage. You will learn as part of a set group of 10 to 20 students. You will also have constant contact with your fellow students from Latin America, who will also be studying at FH Münster in parallel groups or in the same groups. During the elementary stage, you will gain subject expertise and key competencies in business administration and economics. You will take subjects such as Statistics, Management and Business Informatics and will improve your spanish or portuguese skills. Furthermore you will become familiar with the political, geographical, legal and historical aspects of the region by the subject Latin American Regional Studies. The following intermediate stage will prepare you well for studying in Latin America. In addition to improving your foreign language skills and your knowledge of Latin American Regional Studies, you will also have classes such as Business Management or International Business Administration. Optional intermediate modules, such as Business English, Management of Technology, Marketing or Logistics, complete the range of courses.

Partner universities in Latin America

In the fifth semester, you transfer to one of our 9 partner universities in Latin America:

• Argentina: Universidad del Centro Educativo Latinoamericano, Rosario
• Argentina: Universidad de Belgrano, Buenos Aires
• Brazil: FAE Centro Universitário, Curitiba
• Chile: Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Puerto Montt
• Chile: Universidad de Santiago de Chile
• Colombia: Universidad de La Sabana, Chía (Region Bogotá)
• Colombia: Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, UPB, Medellín
• Mexico: Unviersidad de Las Américas, UDLAP, Puebla
• Peru: ESAN Business School, Lima

At the host institution, you will choose your specialisation subjects from the courses offered there. In the sixth semester, you will then spend your placement semester in a Latin American company. Now you get the oportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge in practice. You will experience how exciting it is to work in an international environment. Afterwards you will spend another semester at the partner university. The three semesters abroad include the final thesis as well.

These are our partner universities:

Interdisciplinary: more than just business

Almost 75% of the programme involves business administration and economics. A unique feature of the degree programme is the additional integration of Latin American Regional Studies. The acquired cultural, geographical, legal, political and historical knowledge as well as your chosen foreign language will raise your profile as an expert of the region.

International double degree

After successful completion of the study programme  you will receive the Bachelor of Arts degree from FH Münster as well as the relevant academic degree from the partner university in Latin America.

Unique degree programme

This degree programme is the only one of its kind in the whole world, and has been running strong for over 23 years. This experience ensures that everything runs smoothly, giving you confidence for your study abroad. The active student body and good relationships with teaching staff will also enrich your studies outside the lecture hall.

International Accreditation


All programmes and courses of Münster University of Applied Sciences are subject to system accreditation. The accreditation certificate can be found down below.

Furthermore the German-Latin American degree in Business Administration (CALA) is awarded with the "EFMD accredited" seal (formerly known as EPAS Accreditation).

Being internationally recognized, EFMD accredited stands for high quality standards of management courses with international orientation. With the Accreditation Board´s decision from 3rd of March 2020, the programme received an accreditation for three years.

Overview of rankings

Reports about Münster School of Business, its degree programmes (especially EBP and CALA) and their alumni can often be found in the national press (Manager Magazin; Handelsblatt; FAZ; Die Welt, etc.). A topic that has become highly popular in recent years is the ranking of higher education institutions. Rankings classify universities on the basis of criteria such as in a football league. 
They promote discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of a university and ultimately also its transparency.

CALA-Timeline - How everything started... (German)

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