ISM Dortmund


An introduction by Expatrio on the International School of Management (ISM). 

The International School of Management (ISM) is a German n applied sciences university privately funded that ranks among Germany’s leading business schools. Founded in 1990, the ISM has seven campuses in Dortmund, Frankfurt am Main, Munich, Hamburg, Cologne, Stuttgart and Berlin and is home to over 3850 students. Internationality, practical orientation and a personal learning atmosphere are just as much apart of ISM's success factors as the teaching of professional skills and the intensive training of soft skills. This includes not only exciting practical projects and internships, but also lecturers who come from the business world. These success factors are reflected in all of ISM's Bachelor, Master and MBA programs.

Find your perfect Study Program in Germany

The university is state-recognized and is one of the first private business schools in Germany to receive a ten-year accreditation twice in succession from the German Council of Science and Humanities. Moreover, all study programs at the university hold the quality seal of Germany's Accreditation Council and also of the FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation). Those accreditations enable ISM students to hold degrees equivalent to public universities.

ISM in numbers

Around 190 Partner universities
84 Nationalities
56 International external lecturers
28 Study programs
7 Campuses

The International School of Management has campuses in seven main cities in Germany: Dortmund, Frankfurt/Main, Munich, Hamburg, Cologne, Stuttgart and Berlin. With around 190 partner universities worldwide and 84 nationalities across all its 28 programs for Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, ISM has also around 40 international external lecturers.

More about ISM

The university of applied sciences ISM offers international high-quality education in Bachelor's and Master's degree levels. For Bachelor's level, students combine studies in English and another language of choice between German, French or Spanish. At least one semester abroad is mandatory as it is an internship outside of Germany. As for the Master's level, students are also expected to spend a semester abroad in one of the partner universities and there is also the possibility of completing an international double degree.

The study programs are designed to prepare students for the needs of the real business world. They are encouraged to develop a practice-oriented thesis to complete their degrees. Moreover, ISM offers a personal atmosphere with small class sizes, several types of social activities and an interactive learning environment.


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Explore ISM study programs:

Bachelor's Programs:

  • B.Sc. International Management
  • B.Sc. Finance & Management
  • B.Sc. Information Systems
  • B.Sc. Applied Data Science & Business Analytics

Master's Programs:

  • M.Sc. International Management
  • M.A. Strategic Marketing Management
  • M.Sc. Finance
  • M.Sc. Business Intelligence & Data Science
  • M.Sc. International Logistics & Supply Chain Management
  • M.A. Luxury, Fashion & Sales Management
  • M.A. Entrepreneurship
  • M.Sc. International Business
  • M.Sc. Strategic Sports Management

Pre-Master (preparatory semester for your Master)

MBA General Management:

  • MBA General Management (full-time)
  • MBA General Management (part-time)

To know more about ISM study programs follow the link.

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Value Package

€49 cashback & free benefits

All-inclusive package for an easy start in Germany including:

  • State-recognized Blocked Account
  • Personalized Health Insurance coverage
  • €49 cashback and extra free perks:
  • Incoming Insurance
  • Current Bank Account
  • ISIC card
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TK - Your health insurance partner at ISM

Take care of your studies - we take care of the bureaucracy!

Health insurance cover is mandatory by law for all residents in Germany, including international students.

Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) is one of Germany's leading public health insurance providers and a trustworthy partner of Expatrio. TK insures more than 10 million customers, making it Germany's best and largest health insurer. TK offers you:

  • Discounted rate for university students aged under 30
  • English language support and registration
  • Dental hygiene and basic dental treatment coverage
  • Coverage of vaccinations recommended by the International Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO)
  • TK Bonus Program

At Expatrio, we partner with TK to help register international students into the public healthcare system, ensuring they can apply for their visa and are legally covered during their studies.

Your TK contact
Carsten Hemmersbach

Carsten can help you with your health insurance to study in Dortmund.
Feel free to reach out!

ISM | Dortmund
Yue Liu

International Office at ISM in Dortmund.

Your TK contact
Daniel Wacker

Daniel can help you with your health insurance to study in Hamburg.
Feel free to reach out!

ISM | Hamburg
Julian Reisinger

International Office at ISM in Hamburg.

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