International Business & Management, Track German-Latin American Business Administration degree programme (CALA) (Bachelor)

Brief overview

DegreeBachelor of Arts (B.A.)
DepartmentMünster School of Business
SiteMünster and Latin America
Special type of studyInternational degree programme, full-time
IntakeWinter semester
Standard period of study7 semesters
Language of InstructionGerman, English and in the language of the respective field of study
Semester fee€308,44 per semester (summer term 2023)
CharacteristicsThe courses are held in German, English and in the language of the respective field of study.

Requirements and enrolment

Admissions restrictions No local entrance restrictions
Pre-study placementNo
Additional entrance requirementsIn your application for admission, 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 must pass an oral aptitude test. Detailed information about the test can be found on our website.

Further details under the following link:

Term of application terminates 31.05.2023.
EnrolmentApplication for the summer semester is only possible for incoming students from foreign partner universities.

German applicants can only apply for the winter semester and must have passed an aptitude test beforehand. You can apply online via the myFH portal from the end of January (see link above). The application deadline for the aptitude test is 31 May. Only after you have passed the aptitude test can you apply online for enrolment at Münster University of Applied Sciences by 15 August, i.e. you apply online for the degree programme with proof of having previously passed the aptitude test (two-stage application procedure).
If you submit your application for the aptitude test completely online by 15 March, we will offer you an early date for the aptitude test as early as April if possible (CALA Spanish only).

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, Colombia or Argentina. Why? In addition to expert knowledge, you also require a high degree of intercultural skills for a career in international management – and you cannot acquire this by just sitting in a lecture hall.


In international management and in international business, 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.

Occupational fields

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 auxiliary subjects of law, business informatics, mathematics and statistics.

The following 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 eight partner universities:

  • Argentina: Universidad de Belgrano, Buenos Aires
  • Brazil: UNIFAE, Centro Universitário, Curitiba
  • Chile: Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia
  • Chile: Universidad de Santiago de Chile
  • Colombia: Universidad de La Sabana, Santafé de Bogotá
  • Colombia: Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellín
  • Mexico: Universidad de Las Américas UDLAP, Puebla
  • Peru: Universidad ESAN, Lima

At the host institution, you will then choose your extension modules. The study plan includes a semester of placement in Latin America. Our degree programme is the only one of its kind in the world and has been running for over 23 years.

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 is 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.

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