CBS International Business School

CBS International Business School

Approximately 1,900 young people from about 75 nations are studying at CBS International Business School, embedded in a large network of partnerships with around 120 universities all over the world and numerous large companies.

Top reasons to study here

  • Our students spend semesters abroad at more than 120 partner universities all over the world, supported by the CBS International Office.
  • CBS was the first business school in Germany to receive the internationally renowned accreditation of the International Accreditation Council.
  • As a private university, we see ourselves as a partner and service provider for our students.



CBS was founded in 1993 as a pure business school and is characterised by a wide range of English-language study programmes. It was amongst the first universities in Germany to offer the internationally recognized Bachelor’s degree.


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

Are you still looking for accommodation – during your studies at CBS or the exchange semester in Cologne? The CBS Accommodation Office is there to assist you in your search: in person, with advice and support. CBS has arranged contingents for CBS students with numerous halls of residence, works together with the Kölner Studierendenwerk (Cologne Student Union), and connects fellow students who offer or seek accommodation! We introduce you to interesting options.

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 more than thirty German and international newspapers and periodicals (for example Wirtschaftswoche, Harvard Business Review 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 Internet services
  • Computer pools
  • Peripherals such as laser printers, scanners, etc.

Student Life

Campus life

  • The largest of the three CBS campuses is Campus Cologne. In addition to the approx. 1,600 CBS students, the metropolis with over a million inhabitants accommodates another 99,000 students. 
  • The CBS Campus Mainz is also located on the Rhine, but further south in the Rhine-Main region. The old Roman city is the capital of Rhineland-Palatinate and is located directly on the border to Hesse. 
  • The newest of the three CBS campuses is located in Potsdam, Brandenburg. Not far from the German capital, Potsdam is best known for its film scene and the surrounding Brandenburg region. 


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

Student Reviews

CBS is the best business school in Cologne.
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

My experience at CBS has been great so far. They dealt with Corona as best they could. The campus is small but it fits its purpose. The lecturers are friendly and know what they are talking about. The whole process has been a smooth one and they are very understanding. You meet so many cool internationals and the events they organise are great. As with every school there...

Practice oriented University!
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I had a great time in this university studies were very interesting and practice oriented. I enjoyed the small classes with great discussions. The professors were very helpful and informative if we had problems there was always a way to solve them. Overall it is a great university to study at the best part for me was our business project with a real company where we were...

Perfect for Business
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The Uni has a great atmosphere with a nice campus. The networking you experience at CBS is a great chance for students. And the Professors are very supportive, clever and easy to get along with!

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