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BMGT Exchange: WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management (Germany)

Koblenz, Germany
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All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.

Host Institution
WHU is considered one of the preeminent business school in Germany. WHU has a strong interest in international business, as well as corporate responsibility. It is a small private school, with about 600 students. WHU prides itself on small classes and dynamic instruction.

Host City
WHU is located in the lively small town of Vallendar, just outside larger Koblenz. Koblenz is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley and has long been the inspiration for poets, painters and musicians. The town itself is home to 106,677 people and celebrated its 2000th anniversary in 1992. The city has many beautiful buildings and churches dating back to the 12th century, which are open for visiting. Additionally, Koblenz is one hour away from Frankfurt, which in addition to being the seat of the European Central Bank and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, is considered the birthplace of techno music in Germany. With its central location, Koblenz is a great starting point for further European travel.

Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
  • You must be a BMGT major

Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.

Student Visa Information

  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
  3. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  4. If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
  5. Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.

Students can choose from a variety of business courses. Exchange students are required to take 5-7 courses during their semester. Courses approved for transfer include those in: Finance, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing, Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Economics, and electives. For a full course list visit: For equivalencies of courses approved for transfer in the past, visit:

Language of instruction is both English and German. 80% of undergraduate courses are in English.


All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit on your UMD transcript. UMD uses the following conversion to assess how many credits you will get from this program:

WHU Credit UMD Credit
.625 ECTS credit 1 UMD Credit
4 ECTS credit 3 UMD Credit

The chart above was last approved by the UMD Transfer Credit Committee on September 25, 2014.

You can view how courses at this institution have previously been evaluated for UMD equivalents on the Undergraduate Exchange page hosted by the Smith School of Business and the Transfer Credit Services Equivalency Database (TCEQ).  If you are interested in taking a course not listed on TCEQ, you may have it evaluated for acceptability by following the UMD Registrar’s evaluation request guidelines.


Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.

WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management Credit UMD Credit
4  C -


Students can choose from dorm-style accommodations where they live with other exchange students or make arrangements on their own for a private apartment or flat. Housing prices range from $390 - $585 a month. Students can expect to receive a firm offer based on their preferences and options available eight weeks before the beginning of the semester. For more information visit:

Exchange Cost of Attendance
UMD students participating in an Exchange have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information on the cost of attending this Exchange, please see the UMD Exchange Cost Sheet.

Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available to help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Exchange Scholarship
All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000! To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
  • Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, Frederick Douglass Scholarship, etc.)

Global Scholarship (Smith School)
The Smith School offers $1,100 Global Scholarships to business students participating in exchange programs. Visit the Smith School website to learn more about eligibility requirements.

Additional Financial Resources

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 03/11/2019 08/27/2019 12/20/2019
Please confirm dates with program sponsor/host university before making your travel plans.
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 10/11/2019 01/01/2020 04/30/2020
Dates reflect information that is available on the program sponsor/host university website. Please confirm with program sponsor/host university before making your travel plans.