WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management

Vallender, Germany

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Vallendar, Germany

"My semester at WHU was the best five months of my entire life. The three key aspects that made the experience so worthwhile were the people, the country and the school itself. Beginning with the people; I developed amazing friendships with many people from both the US and around the world. Studying at a smaller school allows you to cultivate friendships on a deeper level at a faster pace. Many of us continue to stay in close touch. In fact, we recently had a reunion where everyone from different states and countries met in New York City and spent an amazing weekend together. Secondly, the country. Germany is a very dynamic country with a deep history and a very bright future.  It is also one of the most important countries in the EU from an economic and business standpoint which offers a unique experience for a business student. Lastly, WHU is an extraordinary school. The faculty includes well renowned professors who have led some of the largest and most important companies in the world, or professors who provide direction and shape to their respective fields.  Not only is the talent extraordinary, but the staff is as well. The International relations office goes out of their way to make new exchange students feel very comfortable and help to acclimate them to the country and the school. And the students at WHU are also amazing. They are very smart, very talented, and a lot of fun to hang out with. Many of them make it a point to become friends with exchange students which Is great because it provides a great opportunity to better integrate into the culture. "

Jun Choi- WHU Spring 2014 (USC Graduate Spring 2014)

WHU was founded in 1984 at the initiative of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Koblenz. After only 20 years, it is not only counted among the best and most respected centers of business education in Germany, but it also enjoys an excellent reputation internationally. WHU is consistently placed among the top schools in national and international rankings: first places in the current SPIEGEL rankings, top place in FOCUS, in karriere, in the FAZ-Hochschulanzeiger journal of higher education, and in the ZEIT/CHE ranking. Also, with its Kellogg-WHU EMBA program, WHU is ranked #13 worldwide in the international Financial Times ranking. This success-story makes it easy to forget the school’s humble beginnings, when it was located in an elementary school in Koblenz, as well as the opposition faced by the founders against their idea of opening a private university.

Passion, People and Performance are the cornerstones of WHU’s programs. Only by actively advancing entrepreneurial approaches and innovation does WHU achieve their goal: to educate and train the future leaders of the economy. The ever-present WHU spirit, born of mutual trust, support and respect, endures long after the time spent at the business school. It prepares the individual to accept responsibility in business and society. The performance culture at WHU is reflected both in its excellent students and graduates, as well as in excellent research and academics, repeatedly recognized by independent rankings and accreditations.

The town of Vallendar, where WHU is located, lies directly on the Rhine, at the heart of one of the most beautiful and ancient cultural landscapes, the Upper Middle Rhine Valley. The former garrison city of Koblenz, with its historic old town, is just six kilometers away. Cologne and Frankfurt can be reached in under an hour. As a result, opportunities for extra-curricular activities are almost boundless.

A successful mix of old and new buildings gives the campus its unique charm. The various styles cleverly play off one another, without clashing. The Marienburg, a late-Baroque stately home, built between 1770 and 1773, the glass foyer, the neighboring lecture hall, dubbed the Glaskasten, or Glass Box, by students, and the new lecture hall building, inaugurated in 2000, thus form a harmonious whole.

Students and staff enjoy optimum conditions for both study and work. The facilities and equipment provided by the school create an environment that promotes achievement and in which people can feel at home whether they are engaged in study, teaching, research or work. The latest media technology in the lecture theaters, a well-equipped IT room, wireless LAN across the entire campus and a well-stocked library.

WHU offers a wide range of Business courses, specializing in  Finance, Management issues (Leadership, Strategic Management, HR), as well as Operations Management. Students are expected to enroll in a minumum of 6-7 courses each term in order to reach the 15 unit mininum (Please Note: the number of classroom hours for these 6-7 courses is the same number as 4 courses at USC, so students will NOT be engaged in a more difficult course-load than if they were at USC.)

Sample Schedule:
(from Spring 2014)
Corporate Finance II (Advanced Valuation)
Exchange Rates and International Finance
Capital Markets
Introduction to Modern Banking
International Taxation
German Language

Since Vallendar is a relatively rural community, and not all landlords speak a foreign language, WHU offers international students extra support in finding an accommodation. Guest students can opt for a private apartment, an apartment on Krautkrämer Campus or in the Heerstrasse, or in a number of other options. Additional housing support can be found online: WHU Housing

Approximate Dates:
Fall-last week of August until 3rd week of December (approx).
Spring– first week of January and final exams concluding during the last week of April (approx).

Additional Resources

General University Information

Information for Outgoing Exchange Students

Bachelor Program Course Description Handbook

Housing Website

Academic Calendar

Tourist Information on Koblenz