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English language bachelor degree programmes at the College

04/10/2017 Leuphana is an international university which gives its students the opportunity of studying abroad and offers a choice of more than 80 partner universities worldwide. By completing a semester or an internship in a foreign country, students can get to know a new country as well as different teaching- and study-cultures. The English language degree courses and classes that are offered also allow students to study at the intercultural level. With Digital Media and International Business Administration & Entrepreneurship, the college offers two English language main subjects. Minor subjects in Popular Music Studies, Sustainability Science, Economics and Philosophy (the latter the summer semester of 2018 onwards) are also in English.

Studying International Business Administration & Entrepreneurship

In this interview Liara, who is from Brazil, tells us why she decided to study for her bachelor degree at Leuphana College.

What are you studying at Leuphana College?

I’m studying International Business Administration and Entrepreneurship, with Business Psychology as my minor subject. I decided on International Business as my main subject because I’m very interested in different cultures and languages. Therefore I thought it would be the best possible choice for me. I previously attended a business school in Brazil. In the future, I think I would like to work in a company HR department or in the area of marketing. I’m still not certain of what I want to do though, which is why I have found my minor subject in Business Psychology to be particularly useful.

Why did you decide to study at Leuphana College?

The decision was an easy one: the other degree programmes on offer in Germany were too general and similar. Here at Leuphana, I am also able to study a minor subject. For me, that was the deal-breaker. There are also Complementary Studies and Leuphana Semester, which enables me to study a variety of different modules which I wouldn’t otherwise have been able to combine in just one Bachelor degree programme.

You speak German really well. When did you start learning German?

I began learning German two years ago here in Germany. I took a language course here in Germany.

Have you found that you've needed to have German for your studies at College?

Yes, in the first semester being able to speak and understand German was necessary. During group work, the other students didn't always want to speak in English. It was therefore important for me to be able to understand and to speak in German. From the second semester onwards, my minor subject in Business Psychology was taught in German only. Of course, that makes having German very important – although my main subject in International Business Administration and Entrepreneurship is in English.


Support for international students

With Leuphana Semester, main and minor subjects and Complementary Studies, the study model at the College offers students various ways of configuring their studies as they wish. This support enables students to be able to make optimum uses of the potential offered by the interdisciplinary Bachelor degree programmes, providing close support to the international students is indispensable.

In the College Tutorial they receive support from students who are studying in more advanced semesters: the tutors at the College are also available to provide assistance with students’ study timetables and when registering for classes and assessments.

“The College Tutorial helps students get to know the culture of our university and to understand how studying at Leuphana College works – this includes providing them with support with their study timetable, their choice of modules, and with their registration for classes and assessments.”

Anja Stegert, Student Affairs Coordinator at College

The Student Counselling Service also helps with any questions that may arise surrounding the Bachelor studies and their organisation. In addition, the Student Counselling Service offers a variety of training and workshops each semester on topics such as exam preparation, personal- and time management, dealing with stress, and exam nerves.

“Prospective international students are welcome to contact us by email and Skype. A personal consultation provides prospective students with full support when deciding on their degree programme. We offer students a variety of topics – from organising their degree courses, to their personal motivation, to any difficulties with their exams.”

Julia Heubel, Student Counsellor at College

During their course of study, international students are also able to use the facilities available at the Centre for Modern Languages: various modules are available throughout each semester in of German as a Foreign Language at a variety of levels (A2 to C1) as part of the BASE language courses. Students can also perfect their language skills in tandem language courses. In addition the Writing Centre is able to support them helping them improve their powers of written expression in both German and English.

To prepare new international students for their Bachelor studies, the International Office holds a 4-week Language and Orientation Programme (LOP). This helps international students to familiarise themselves with their new home quickly, and to become aware of the culture differences and local customs. The International Office organises tutorials, workshops on issues surrounding both student life and everyday life, cultural events such as trips to the theatre, excursions and country-themed events, as well as other social gatherings.

“In addition to the intensive courses in German that are available at a variety of levels, the Language  and Orientation Programme provides support with the necessary formalities on the topics of health insurance, setting up a new bank account, possible visa arrangements, gives guidance on the infrastructure available on the campus and familiarises international students with the location of the university and its surrounding environment.”

Claudia Wölk, International Coordinator at the International Office


Studying and living in Lüneburg

Liara started her main subject in International Business Administration and Entrepreneurship in the winter semester of 2016/17. In this interview she talks about her experiences studying and living in Lüneburg.

What topics and themes have you addressed so far in your main subject?

In my first semester I did a class in statistics and maths. I didn’t find it that interesting, although it is very important. From January onwards, I did the introduction to International Business Administration: we learned about marketing, personnel, management and the different departments in a company. We also learned about how to deal with people who originate from different cultures. That’s very important, particularly in view of globalisation. Nowadays, we work with people from all over the world, which is why learning about things like this is very important.

How have you found studying at the College to have been so far?

So far, my work has revolved around group work and practical work rather than straightforward theory. I really like this because I’m not so keen on academic theory. There have also been plenty of seminars and not just lectures. The seminars are small which gives me more contact with the professors and the other students.

How do you like Lüneburg as a place of study?

I really like it. Lüneburg isn’t such a big town, but I personally find that it suits me very well. I like visiting big cities, but I don't like them so much as places to live. I have a short journey to the university each day which is great. And although Lüneburg isn't such a big town, it is home to people from all over the world. And it certainly isn’t as boring as you might think. Something is always happening and there are lots of events at the university and plenty of great pubs.

What are your plans once you’ve completed your studies at the College?

In the future, I would like to join an international company and work either in an HR department or in the area of marketing. I haven’t reached a final decision yet. That’s why it’s important for me to learn as many languages as possible, and not just learn about the theory. It is important that  I also gain practical experiences, and get to interact with people who come from different countries during my courses. For these reasons, I believe that my studies here can prepare me well for my future career.



Text and interview: Cora Verfürth, College. News from the university surrounding the areas of research, teaching and study can be sent to news@leuphana.de.