CBS International Business School

CBS International Business School

CBS International Business School, one of the best private universities of applied science in Germany, puts this at the heart of its business, reflected in the slogan “Creating tomorrow”. Approximately 1,900 young people from about 75 nations are studying at CBS International Business School, with large network of partnerships with around 120 universities  and numerous large companies.

Top reasons to study here

  • Best university of applied sciences in Germany.
  • Three higher education institutions in Germany were ranked top of the class, and the CBS International Business School was one of them.
  • State-accredited, independently audited.



The CBS International Business School (CBS), founded in 1993, is considered one of the top addresses among the private business schools in Germany and is part of the Stuttgart Klett Group. With its specialisation in business studies according to international standards, it attracts around 1,900 students from 75 nations. 


At its campuses in Cologne, Mainz and Potsdam, it offers a wide range of full-time and part-time study programmes at bachelor`s, master`s or MBA level, most of which are taught in English by international lecturers from the business world. 


The task of every university is to impart academic knowledge and to conduct and disseminate academic research. The professors at CBS International Business School are involved in both national and international research projects and publish their results in academic journals and books. Research activities at CBS are organised into seven clusters. The "Sustainable Management" research cluster has a central function of linking research and teaching at CBS. Sustainable Management is the interdisciplinary area that interrelates with the diverse research activities and results of the other clusters. The research activities of CBS are supported by the CBS Series of Publications and the Working Paper Series.


Those who take up a practice-oriented study at a renowned business school like CBS usually do so for a good reason: to facilitate their career. If you look at the career paths of successful people, being lucky and the fortunate coinciding of random events will certainly come into play for some. But experience shows that planning is the key to success. We support you along the way – on the one hand through the contents of the courses but also outside the lectures. 

Our colleagues support you in coming up with career ideas and then steering your career in the right direction – right from the start. To this end, we network with companies and have a CBS-exclusive internship and job vacancies exchange.

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Student services

Our Students Office is the first and central contact point for all questions regarding your studies at CBS. The Students Office is responsible for handing out student IDs, certificates of study, equipment of all kinds and much more. You can consult the Students Office in case your address or contact information has changed or if you simply want to reserve a seminar room for group work. Additionally the CBS Students Office handles different official forms and requests, manages student files and updates the internal database. Additionally, they handle the matriculation process and finalize Letters of Recommendation.

Housing services

The CBS International Business School operates an own student residence with fully equipped double and single rooms in close to the popular “Südstadt” neighbourhood of Cologne, surrounded by an abundance of cool shops, cafés and bars. The house offers you ideal accommodation while you are a visiting student at the CBS.

The 1 and 2-bed rooms are bright, friendly and well equipped. Each room is furnished with a bed, closet, desk, storage rack, lamps, beddings and private safes.

Library services

CBS International Business School library houses a large stock of specialist literature for the degree courses and in-depth studies. Moreover, you can access some forty German and international newspapers and periodicals (for example Wirtschaftswoche, Emprendedores or The Economist). 

ICT services

Our service facility IT Support operates the CBS communication network with Internet connections and the central data processing systems: they incorporate, for example:

  • Servers for the Internet services
  • Computer pools
  • Peripherals such as laser printers, scanners etc.

Student Life

Campus life

Either on its Cologne, Mainz or Potsdam Campus, student life is more than merely lectures, exams and homework. Eating and drinking, culture and sports, student initiatives and general educational projects are also included. The CBS International Business School students enjoy a wide range of offers: With its U2B- and CI team or campus radio exists as initiatives “by and for students”.

The relaxed campus, the modern business lounges and also the close-by beautiful parks entice you to be active and do something with your fellow students, also after lecture time.

Sports facilities

All our university students can participate in the extensive "Kölner Hochschulsport" programme, if they are study on our Cologne campuse. Whether aikido, self-defence, yoga, flamenco dance, back training, water sports or winter sports, more than 100 courses of the widest range of disciplines should ensure that everybody can find something fitting at any of our campus locations.


  • IACBE – Program Accreditations
  • German “Wissenschaftsrat” – Institutional Accreditaion
  • FIBAA – Program Accreditations

Student Reviews

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Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

What appeals to me about Cologne Business School (CBS) is its global environment and career opportunities. It is a very great university and I recommend it to everyone who is looking to study something connecting to the world of Business.

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Provided by ESN rated 4 out of 5 stars

So what could I say as an international student what the university offers in terms of programs is satisfying because it doesn`t offer only theoretical program but it also offer courses which are up-to-date and also part of the study program includes a semester abroad in order to gain further international experience and a mandatory internship essential to have work...

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I like the diversity. The education system is really good. The university really invests in the students.

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