German-Latin American Business Administration degree programme (CALA) (Bachelor)
|Degree||Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)|
|Department||Münster School of Business|
|Site||Münster and Latin America|
|Standard period of study||7 semesters|
|Semester fee||€ 264,94 / semester|
Requirements and application
|Admissions restrictions||No local entrance restrictions|
|Additional entrance requirements||In your application for entry, you will write a letter of motivation in Spanish or Portuguese that will convince us of your language skills and why you want to study CALA at Münster University of Applied Sciences. In addition, you will go through an aptitude test. This consists of an oral and a written part and examines your language and mathematical skills. Detailed information about the test can be found on our website.|
|Application||The closing date for applying for the aptitude test is 30 April. You apply directly to Münster School of Business (for the link, see above). Once you have passed the aptitude test, apply online to enrol at Münster University of Applied Sciences by 15 August.|
Detailed description of the degree programme
You cannot learn internationality, you have to experience it: this is exactly what the German-Latin American Business Administration degree programme (CALA) makes possible. You will spend a total of 18 months at one of our partner universities in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica or Argentina. Why? In addition to knowing the facts, you also require a high degree of intercultural skills for a career in international management – and you cannot acquire this just sitting in a lecture hall.
In international management, you require intercultural skills in addition to business expertise. Our degree programme combines both, with the aim of preparing you in international management methods. After obtaining your degree, you will be conversant with business administration methods and tools, you will speak several languages confidently, and you will have cultural and region-specific knowledge as well as a double degree.
Your German-Latin American double degree will enable you to embark on a career in the international job market – for example, as a trainee in companies of all sectors, as a junior consultant in a management consultancy, or as an assistant to the Board of Directors. Furthermore, you will be qualified to pursue a subsequent Master’s programme, which will lead to further career opportunities.
Content and course sequence
You will start your degree programme in Germany. You will first study for four semesters at Münster University of Applied Sciences, completing an elementary and an advanced stage:
In the elementary stage, you will gain basic skills in business administration and economics, improve your Spanish or Portuguese and your English skills, and become familiar with the political, geographical and historical aspects of Latin America. In addition, you will acquire key basic knowledge of the secondary subjects of law, business informatics, mathematics and statistics.
The subsequent advanced stage will prepare you for your studies in Latin America. In addition to improving your foreign language skills and Latin American regional studies, you will also have classes on Intercultural Management, Business Management, International Economics and Sustainability in Economics. Optional advanced modules, such as Business English, Marketing or Logistics, complete the range of courses on offer. Even some courses offered in the first two years are already in English and Spanish.
For the next two semesters, you will then transfer to one of our nine partner universities:
- Argentina: Universidad del Centro Educativo Latinoamericano, Rosario
- Argentina: Universidad de Belgrano, Buenos Aires
- Brazil: UNIFAE, Centro Universitário, Curitiba
- Brazil: Universidade São Francisco, Campinas
- Chile: Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia
- Chile: Universidad de Santiago de Chile
- Costa Rica: Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, Heredia
- Columbia: Universidad de La Sabana, Santafé de Bogotá
- Columbia: Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellín
- Mexico: Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Ciudad de México and Campus Puebla
At the host institution, you will then choose your extension modules from the courses on offer. A current overview can be found on our website. You will spend your block of practice in a Latin American company. During this time, you will put your theoretical knowledge into everyday business practice, and will experience how exciting it is to work in an international environment.
Why choose us
- Interdisciplinary orientation: Here, you will learn more than just business administration.
Almost three-quarters of the programme involves business administration and economics. But that’s not all: in addition, CALA integrates Latin American regional studies and intercultural management. This unique course structure will enable you to raise your profile as an expert of the region and to work together with numerous Latin American students at Münster University of Applied Sciences.
- International double degree: You will obtain degrees from two universities, a Bachelor of Arts from Münster University of Applied Sciences and the respective academic degree from the Latin American partner university. After earning your degree, you will have gained two qualifications, enabling you to work in the German and the international job market.
- A unique degree programme – and established processes.
Our degree programme is the only one of its kind in the world and has been running strong for over 15 years. This long-standing experience ensures that everything runs smoothly in the transition from Germany to Latin America, which will boost your confidence for your stay abroad. The active student body and the good relationship with teaching staff will also enrich your studies.