Are you interested in the Kempten MBA programme and live outside Germany?

We are happy to help you with organisational matters so that you can find your way around Kempten quickly and easily. On this page you will find an overview of our services for international applicants. We hope that you will find all the information you need to prepare for your stay in Germany.

our services for you

We are gladly accompanying you to the foreigners’ registration office to get you registered and to apply for the residence permit. After making appointments with the bank and the health insurance, we will go there with you as well. In addition, we are happy to help you finding an internship. Furthermore, the team at the Kempten Business School will assist you in finding German language courses. Brand new: We work together with regional companies that sponsor suitable MBA candidates.

  • Foreigner’s registration office
  • Bank visit
  • Career service
  • German courses
  • Scholarships

Scholarships

On the one hand, scholarships are a very good way for international applicants to finance their studies. On the other hand, scholarships support companies in the Allgäu region in recruiting international professionals.

By participating in the MBA programme, you as an international professional acquire additional knowledge in business administration. During the study period you can familiarise yourself with the culture of the German country and learn the German language. As a working student and by writing the final MBA thesis at the sponsoring company, you can also familiarise yourself with the future workplace. Through the MBA degree, you will automatically receive a residence permit to seek employment. Here you have the opportunity to transfer to a regular position in the scholarship company.

Scholarship provider

Dachser SE

Job title: Consultant Logistics (m/f/X) Engineering & Automation

MBA Scholarship (in %): min. 50%

Salary: N.N.

Working hours per week: 38,5

Other benefits: see job description

Dachser SE

Job title: Enterprise Architect (m/f/X)

MBA Scholarship (in %): min. 50%

Salary: N.N.

Working hours per week: 38,5

Other benefits: see job description

Dachser SE

Job title: IT Consultant (f/m/X) IT Infrastructure Projects

MBA Scholarship (in %): min. 50%

Salary: N.N.

Working hours per week: 38,5

Other benefits: see job description

Dachser SE

Job title: Consultant (m/f/X) Trends and Technology Research

MBA Scholarship (in %): min. 50%

Salary: N.N.

Working hours per week: 38,5

Other benefits: see job description

Dachser SE

Job title: OPERATIONAL CONTROLLER (M/W/D)

MBA Scholarship (in %): min. 50%

Salary: N.N.

Working hours per week: 38,5

Other benefits: see job description

Further information

What is the quality of the education system in Germany?

Germany’s excellent education system makes it an great choice for anyone who values globally respected, robust academic training in courses such as business administration. A  study conducted by the British Council placed Germany in pole position in the internationalisation of higher education in a comparison of the higher education systems in eleven different countries. The evaluation criteria were access, quality and reputation of qualifications, support for foreign students and encouragement for the country’s own academics to study and research abroad.

Does the MBA improve the chances of getting a job in Germany?

Do you dream of living and working in Germany? If so, consider studying at the Professional School as your first step towards making your dream come true. German legislation allows international students to take up employment in Germany. Many of our current students and alumni work for a German employer – or did so as a student, and got taken on after graduating.

International students from outside the European Union / European Economic Area can even work alongside their studies for 120 full or 240 half days per year. Foreign students granted permanent residence do not require a special work permit. You can find information about German employment law and the extent to which you can work as a student while studying for your MBA in International Business Management & Leadership on the website of the Deutsches Studentenwerk e.V.

Can I stay in Germany after my MBA?

After successfully completing your studies here, you have up to 18 months to look for an appropriate job in Germany. Having done so, you can apply for a residence permit for work purposes. After two years of employment, you will be eligible to apply for a permanent residence permit.

In addition, draft legislation is being considered to ease access for specialist workers from outside the EU. After graduating from a German institution of higher education, foreign students are to be permitted to make a living from any kind of work, not necessarily related to their qualifications. You can look for potential employers on the Career Platform at Kempten University of Applied Sciences.

Further information on employment opportunities and working in Germany can be found on the German Federal Government’s official website. 

Studying MBA & Leadership in Germany – why Kempten?

Considered to be the oldest town in Germany, Kempten is a great place to live, set in picturesque southern Germany on the edge of Alps. Its proximity to Munich and the thriving economic hub around Lake Constance make Kempten an excellent destination for ambitious young professionals wishing to study for a Master’s in Business Administration.

The team of staff at the Professional School is on hand to help applicants abroad plan their studies, look for accommodation, find an internship and identify a suitable course in German, and it also runs tandem programmes for students.

We are here to help you get off to the best possible start on your MBA programme in Germany. So please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions. We have gathered useful information about organising your stay, such as visas, funding, health insurance and accommodation right here.

Which visa do I need?

EU citizens

All that EU citizens need to start studying in Germany – the same as a any local – is to register at the relevant Residents’ Registration Office. Citizens of countries that joined the European Union on either 1 May 2004 or 1 January 2007 are still subject to certain transition regulations regarding freedom of employment.

Students from Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea or the United States of America

Students from these countries can acquire the necessary residence permit after they have arrived in Germany. The same applies to citizens of Andorra, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Monaco and San Marino, as long as employment is not sought. Everyone else will need to apply for a visa to the relevant German foreign representation.

Further information

International students wishing to study in Germany for more than 90 days require a visa. 

The DAAD has summarised the legal requirements for immigration and residency here: www.study-in-germany.de/en

Are there any other scholarships for the MBA programme?

The most important source of bursaries for international students is the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD). The DAAD website provides extensive information about Germany. 

The DAAD also has information on the funding available to students. You can explore the various options in the Scholarships database.

Deutschlandstipendium scholarship 

Talented students can apply for a Deutschlandstipendium scholarship. Applicants’ previous academic achievements (final grade for first degree), social commitment | voluntary activities, willingness to take on responsibilities and/or special personal circumstances are considered with regard to these bursaries. You can find our more about the Deutschlandstipendium scholarship and application process here.

BAYHOST: Scholarships for students and scientists from eastern Europe.

The Bavarian State Ministry for Science and the Arts is expected to once again award annual scholarships for the academic year 2020/2021 for graduates from Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine. These scholarships are intended to fund doctoral or other postgraduate studies at a Bavarian institution of higher education. You can find our more about the eligibility criteria and application process here.

What is the approximate cost of living in Kempten?

The cost of living in Kempten is moderate, but can vary immensely according to lifestyle. A breakdown of the average costs for food and drink, rent, clothing, health insurance and recreational pursuits is listed here

Do I need health insurance in Germany?

All students in Germany are subject to mandatory health insurance – irrespective of how long they intend to study or remain in the country.

Social insurance agreements exist with some countries (member states of the European Union and the European Economic Area), whereby if you have statutory health insurance in your home country it is possible for this to be recognised by a German statutory health insurer. Please note that your insurance might not cover all the services provided in Germany, or perhaps not reimburse all costs. Please note that your insurance might not cover all the services provided in Germany, or perhaps not reimburse all costs.

Further information about this is available on the website of the Deutsches Studentenwerk.

Where can I live during my MBA studies?

We will be happy to help you look for accommodation. Just get in touch and we will seek somewhere suitable for you to stay while you study in Kempten.

If you would like to explore your options in advance, or if you wish to arrange accommodation yourself, you might wish to visit the website of Augsburg Student Union for an overview of student halls of residence in Kempten.

Please note: You will need to apply to each hall of residence separately for a room there.

Furnished rooms are also advertised in the local daily press and online. Try the following links:

Do I have to register my residence?

As soon as you have found somewhere to live in Kempten, you must register with the Citizens’ Service for Foreigners at Kempten Town Council.

Registration forms and contact details can be found here:

We will be happy to help you with the registration process – just get in touch!

Can I work during my studies?

Current vacancies for work, internships or student jobs are advertised on the university notice board and online at Kempten University of Applied Sciences – Job Offers.

We can also recommend the EFMD Global Network jobs portal. Our international EPAS-accreditation grants us membership of the EFMD Global Network, offering our students exclusive access to its excellent job portal – advertising opportunities both in Germany and abroad.

Further information about all aspects of working in Germany can also be found above, in the section “Ticket to Germany’s job market”.

We will be happy to help you look for a placement for an internship.

Any Questions?

Alexandra Fichtl

Degree programme coordinator
for international applicants