International Business Semester

Welcome to the International Business Semester in Meschede.

The South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences in Meschede is delighted to welcome international students to our business department for a one or two-semester exchange program. In Meschede we currently have about 1,400 full-time students studying business, mechanical engineering or electrical engineering at both Bachelor and Master level. We also offer innovative degree programs which combine business and engineering components.

These are many good reasons to come to Meschede for an international semester:

• Personal educational experience

• Pleasant, friendly community

• Small class sizes

• Great student living conditions

• No tuition fees

• Modern buildings and facilities

Click on the headings below for more information on the International Semester in Meschede.

Academic Calendar

Classes in the winter semester 2014/15 begin on the 29th of September. International students will however be expected to start at the university one week earlier (22nd September) to allow time for orientation and administration. The winter semester ends on the 1st of February 2015 - classes however already end in January.

The summer semester begins on 1st March 2015, however classes do not officially begin until 28th March. Classes continue until the beginning of July and will then be directly followed by a two-week exam period.


Unfortunately the university does not have its own halls of residence but we are in close contact with local landlords who are able to offer apartments for one person or for groups. Rents for a flat within walking distance of the university typically cost about €250 per month. Advice and assistance in finding a flat is available for all incoming students.

International Activities

A range of different activities will be offer for international students both during the orientation week and the entire semester. These include a visit to a local brewery and a traditional German Christmas market. Visiting students are also encouraged to get to know as many local students as possible who will be able to show them their own favourite places to go and things to do in the Sauerland.


Students who wish to combine their international semester with an internship are welcome. The university can help students find an appropriate partner company. The time between the two semesters would be the ideal period for a block internship, however it may also be possible to arrange an internship running one day per week.

Meschede & the Sauerland

The town of Meschede (population 35,000) is in the Sauerland area of North-Rhine Westfalia, Germany. The Sauerland is an area of great natural beauty with rolling hills, large forests and lakes where you can sail, canoe and relax. The area is popular with tourists, especially form the Netherlands, who come here to enjoy hiking, cycling and other outdoor sports during the summer and cross-country and alpine skiing during the winter.

The Sauerland is however also an industrial region with leading manufacturers of car components being one of the main employers in the region. There are also many award-winning breweries in the area, still making their beer according to the ancient purity laws.

As well as all the sporting possibilities, the town of Meschede has everything that a student could want. There is a plentiful supply of pubs, a cinema, a bowling alley, and regular student parties organized by the student’s association and privately.

Meschede is within easy reach of cities like Dortmund (45 minutes away), Münster and Paderborn (both 60 minutes away). Travel a little bit further and you arrive in larger cities like Cologne, Essen and Düsseldorf.


The student association organizes several sports clubs including football, volleyball, badminton and basketball. There are also clubs for athletics, football (soccer), tennis, sailing and rowing in the town which students are welcome to join. At the small airfield just outside the town students also have the opportunity to try their hand at flying a glider or a light aircraft.

In the winter months the Sauerland is a mecca for skiers and snowboarders. The nearest pistes are less than 15 minutes drive away from the university.

Course Plan

The following courses will be offered in the academic year 2019/2020.

Winter semester 2019/20

Course titleLecturerAssessmentHrs/WeekCredits
Business English
TBCOral presentation & written assignment46
Business Communication SkillsDavieOral presentation & written assignment46
Corporate Social ResponsibilityWaldkirchTBC46
Cross-Cultural CommunicationHope-FischerOral presentation & written assignment46
International Financial ManagementBurgfeld-SchächerTBC46
International TaxationBurgfeld-Schächer
Supply Chain ManagementLierTBC46

Summer semester 2020

Course titleLecturerAssessmentHrs/WeekCredits
Business EnglishDavieOral presentation & written exam44
Cross-Cultural CommunicationHope-FischerOral presentation & written assignment46

Introduction to Data Science
Mobile Application DevelopmentKopinski
Organizational BehaviorLanwehrTBC46


Complete this form (pdf) to apply for a place on the international semester.
Completed applications should be sent to Sabine Mahlstedt.

Sabine Mahlstedt | Dezern. 4


02921 378 3226


Lübecker Ring 2
59494 Soest Raum: 3.115


Postfach 1465
59474 Soest


If you have any questions about the international semester or would like further information please contact Neil Davie, either by email: or by telephone: 0049 291 9910 4791.

For further information on the South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences please visit our English-language website

"The erasmus progamme was a great experience for us. It was fantastic to meet new students and experience a different way of studying. We can recommend it to everyone who wants to study in a friendly atmosphere with high standards."

Tímea Vastag and Tímea Juhász
Szent István University, Hungary.