Consistently regarded as a top business school in Europe, the WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management (WHU) specializes in the teaching and research of European business, entrepreneurship, luxury goods and corporate social responsibility. Located in Vallendar, a town outside of Frankfurt, WHU is the first German school to offer a business administration major emphasizing the strategic leadership of corporations. WHU is a private stand-alone business school. It was founded in 1984 by chamber of commerce and private companies that recognized the need for a "real business school" in Germany. The school sees its mission as the education of global managers and entrepreneurs, and its programs have an international focus. Over the past twenty years WHU has established a worldwide network of around 200 partner universities worldwide. The school was the first German university to receive EQUIS accreditation, and is now also accredited by FIBAA and AACSB. Students that study at WHU love it for its highly-focused business curriculum, its entrepreneurial focus, its U.S. academic calendar, its international student body, campus life and full access to the Career Services Center! Twenty percent of WHU graduates form their own companies after graduation.
Vallendar, home to the WHU, is a small but lively city on the Rhine and one which is most accommodating of the WHU students. Finding housing is quite easy. Most students live within no more than ten minutes´ walking time from the campus.
Vallendar is only five kilometres from Koblenz, a city with charm, which offers attractive leisure activities and cultural entertainment. In the cosy old town, cafés, pubs and beer gardens attract locals and tourists alike. Those seeking loftier diversions will find a varied program in the arts, embracing theatre, fortress plays, the Culture Works, concerts, galleries, and museums.
The surrounding area along the Rhine and Moselle rivers is just as delightful. Its hills are adorned with castles, towers, and vineyards. Those who wish to travel further are about one hour away from Frankfurt am Main, Mainz, Wiesbaden, Bonn, Cologne, and Trier.
Every year, in August, Koblenz hosts the fantastic Fireworks Rhein in Flammen (the Rhine in Flames). Cultural events as well as the best of entertainment take place all year round in Koblenz. There are classical open-air concerts in front of the Prince Elector’s Palace and choral concerts at Schloss Stolzenfels, the romantic summer residence erected by Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm IV for his Bavarian spouse Elisabeth and himself, a “Neuschwanstein” on the Rhine. Various street festivals as well as interesting museums and art galleries complete the picture.
The city of Koblenz is easily accessible by train from almost anywhere in Europe. Direct trains run from Koblenz to Frankfurt, Cologne, Munich and Berlin. Amsterdam, Brussels and Luxembourg are few hour train ride away.
The university is located in the center of Europe with three airports -- Frankfurt, Cologne and Dusseldorf -- nearby. Students enjoy the convenience of flying our of any of the airports for travel within Europe.
The WHU spirit is a term you may have already come across, and it is certainly one you'll hear again once you're on campus. Student life at WHU isn't just about studying - in their free time, students enthusiastically pursue a wide range of extracurricular activities, making campus an exciting place to be no matter what your interests are.
Whether you love sports, the theatre, music, entrepreneurship, the community, debating, or are even partial to casual wine tasting, there truly is something for everyone. Check out the full list of student clubs to discover just how diverse your student life will be! For a list of student organizations, visit https://www.whu.edu/en/programs/studying-at-whu/student-life-and-clubs/.
WHU campus life is characterized by its family-like atmosphere. As early as the student-led orientation week for new students, you get to know your classmates and the students from the upper classes. The solidarity and clannishness among students shapes the entire time at WHU.
WHU offers exchange students a Vallendar Integration Program, Student Buddy Program and 24 hour library access. In addition, exchange students enjoy full access to WHU's Career Center Services, including counseling, tailor-made newsletters with internships and job offers for international students, as well as access to company presentations on campus!
Study at WHU and you'll find the ever-present WHU spirit endures long after the time spent at the business school.
WHU operates on a U.S.-style academic calendar but semesters are divided into quarters. The Spring semester (Quarter I & II) takes place January - May. The Fall semester (Quarter III & IV) takes place September - December.
Ranking and Rigor
Top 151 - 200 bracket in the world for Business and Management - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
Top 151 - 200 bracket in the world for Accounting and Finance - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
Past participants report that level of academic challenge at WHU is generally similar to Tulane.
On this exchange program, students take the same courses undertaken by German students and other international students. Eighty percent of undergraduate courses are in English. A smaller selection of courses are available in German. For a list of courses commonly offered and their Tulane Equivalents, please see Sample Courses Offered.
WHU offers intensive German courses throughout the semester. Exchange students have the opportunity to participate in one of the 4 levels offered, from beginners to advanced. The course is credit-bearing and tuition-free for exchange students.
Course registration will be opened only after the beginning of a semester, through WHU's intranet. During the orientation days, there will be a separate info session dedicated to this topic. You will have an access to a detailed schedule of classes and exams upon arrival at WHU. It will be available on http://www.my.whu.edu. You will receive your login data only after your arrival at WHU.
WHU considers the regular workload for exchange students to be 5 to 7 courses per semester. WHU offers classes running one quarter, as well as compact courses with a duration of just two or three full days. Course meeting schedules are erratic.
Some of the courses are large lecture-style courses with as many as 200 students. Other courses are smaller, 20 students or less. The smaller classes are very interactive. Course attendance is required and participation is expected.
Some courses are more practical, whereas others are more theoretical. Some courses require little homework, but this does not mean that you will not have to work! Instead, you should plan on motivating yourself to keep up with suggested and required readings throughout the semester, as your final grade may be determined by a final project or exam which will cover the material discussed both in class and in the readings.
In order to be successful academically during your time in Germany, we recommend you do two things: first, take advantage of any and all services the International Office provides for foreign students. Second, follow the example of your German classmates! Don't be afraid to ask them, or your lecturers, what you can and should be doing to keep up with the work being done. This includes asking for help with language issues and adjusting to the German style of classroom writing. You should also plan to introduce yourself as an American international student to your professor at the beginning of your course. Help is out there if you are willing to take the first step and ask for it!
There are different methods of assessment (exams, papers, presentations, etc.). Often, the final exam makes up a large portion of the final grade.
Grading Scale and Conversion Guide
WHU uses a grading system from 1.0 to 5.0 with 1.0 being the best grade and 5.0 being the lowest possible grade. Below please find the U.S. equivalents for grades earned at the WHU. Tulane works with World Education Services (WES) for credit evaluation and grade conversion.
For Freeman semester abroad programs, students must:
complete their lower division business core requirements prior to their semester abroad;
earn a 2.5 GPA in the lower division business core courses;
be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing.
Students who are on disciplinary probation, academic probation and/or honor board probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Tulane study abroad program. Approvals are revoked for students who are placed on probation after being approved to study abroad.
Students on disciplinary, academic and/or honor board probation during time of application are considered only if the probation period ends prior to departure for study abroad. Such applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by Study Abroad & Exchange in consultation with Tulane's Division of Student Affairs and/or Academic Affairs. If the application is approved, the host institution will be notified of the probationary status. It is within the discretion of the host institution and/or Tulane to place additional restrictions on a recently-disciplined student's participation in a study abroad program.
Requirements for Courses Taught in German
If you wish to take courses taught in German with local students, you must have an advanced intermediate command of the language.
Freeman Semester Abroad Application
To access the Freeman semester abroad application, please attend a Semester Abroad Info Session and make an appointment for follow-up advising with a Study Abroad & Exchange advisor.
Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. Students can list up to 10 school on the semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed on a competitive basis based on GPA; class standing while abroad; academic, personal and professional relevance of study abroad programs; and academic, linguistic, personal and cultural preparation.
Upon nomination, exchange participants are required to submit secondary application materials to the host university. Please see the university Factsheet for more information. The secondary application is due by the host university's deadline.
Exchange program participants pay their regular Tulane tuition plus a $1200 study abroad fee but do not pay Reily Center, Health Center or Student Activities fees. Housing is not charged by Tulane University but rather paid directly to the housing provider abroad. Students are responsible for additional expenses, including international airfare, passport, visa, meals, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. See the budget sheet for more information.
WHU Apartment-Finding Service
The application for housing is completed online on WHU's platform. After processing the application, WHU's housing office will contact the students directly. Housing is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Exchange students will be given support to find their apartment before arrival, either by maps, detailed descriptions on how to find the apartment or by a WHU student buddy. More information at https://www.whu.edu/housing.
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