The International Graduate Center is part of Graduate & Professional School of the Bremen University of Applied Sciences which offers young professionals with a first university degree and professional experience from all over the world academic continuing education in the Master's and MBA fields in English.

The one to two-year full-time programmes with different focuses are international and practice-oriented. They are aimed specifically at young professionals who wish to develop their careers and aspire to management positions. The basic requirements are a completed first university degree and at least one year of professional experience.

Our internationalen MBA and Master programmes

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We stand for

Internationality and Diversity

In line with the profile of the Bremen University of Applied Sciences, the International Graduate Center stands for lived internationality, consistent orientation towards practice and continuing education in the sense of lifelong learning. With currently about 500 students from more than 60 nations, our campus in the heart of the city offers a unique intercultural diversity and at the same time a very personal, familiar environment with a variety of opportunities to meet.

IGC has a number of partner universities around the world for each degree programme, to which cooperations and excursions are firmly anchored in the curriculum. In addition, IGC is a partner of the International Business School Alliance (IBSA) with five partner universities (in the USA, UK, Spain, France and Russia), which together offer the unique MBA programme with double degree International MBA.

Our international IBSA network

High quality

Accreditation & Memberships

As the International Graduate Center of the Bremen University of Applied Sciences, we are committed to a high standard of quality. With a structured quality management system that is uniformly implemented throughout the HSB, we ensure the quality of studies, teaching and research, optimise processes and implement the requirements of the Bologna Process. Our MBA and Master's programmes are continuously developed and improved. We have already received various awards for our innovative and practice-oriented teaching concept and have been honoured by the German Rectors' Conference.

Our study programmes are accredited by the followig agencies

International Memberships & Quality

  • Orientation of accreditation towards the high standards of the AACSB and EFMD through workshops and joint study programmes (IBSA)
  • Accreditation process for EFMD accreditation started with IMBA and expected for 2022
  • High quality standards according to ENQA and EQUAL (as European umbrella agency of the German agencies)
  • All MBA according to the EQUAL MBA guidelines

Practical relevance

As a university of applied sciences, the International Graduate Center combines academic theory with project work, case studies and practical examples. An essential part of our consistent orientation towards the needs of practice is the involvement of lecturers from the business world. They implement applied teaching in their companies every day so that students can benefit from their personal experiences. In addition to company visits, there is also active contact with the members of the IGC advisory board, which is made up of well-known companies from the region.

 

Our partners in the industry: IGC corporate advisory board

Bremen, Germany

Bremen is the pulsating heart of north-west Germany and the home of the world-famous Bremen Town Musicians. With its historic city centre, the town hall, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the maritime flair at the Weser and Schlachte and a wide selection of cultural events and festivals, the Hanseatic city of Bremen is a liveable place of cultural diversity. Comparatively low living costs make urban student life attractive for the more than 30,000 students. Bremen is one of the largest industrial hotspots in Germany – numerous well-known companies such as Airbus, Mercedes-Benz and Anheuser-Busch InBev Germany have their locations here.

Many years of experience in continuing education

A look at the history of the IGC

The first part-time MBA programme started at Bremen University of Applied Sciences back in 1995. The full-time programme followed just two years later. After ten years of acquiring in-depth knowledge in continuing education programmes, the HSB founded the International Graduate Center in 2004. From the beginning, IGC endeavoured to adapt the framework conditions to the needs of students and teachers. Thus, a "home" for internationally oriented students was created.

IGC always has its goal clearly in mind: to provide an optimal and far-reaching service for students that prepares them in the best possible way for the role of leadership.

Status today: internationality, quality and practical relevance

The International Graduate Center focuses on business, management and leadership. The institution is fully accredited and thrives on its diversity, which results from the diversity of students and lecturers as well as the international orientation with the IBSA alliance, double degrees and partner universities. In addition, IGC is characterised by a familiar atmosphere and practical relevance to companies. All these aspects make IGC stand out and have made it the successful institution and brand it is today with six degree programmes, almost 400 students and 30 employees.

Sustainability and social responsibility

Just recently we celebrated our fifteenth anniversary and today we are looking back with pride over the past decade. Every year, over 200 students from more than 60 different nations and cultural backgrounds come to Bremen to study at the IGC. In this respect, we see it as our responsibility to act as a role model to promote and to live the idea of a participative and socially responsible community, in which profit making is not a “stand-alone-objective”, but highly related to its compatibility of social values.

 

International service

Our representatives world-wide

If you are interested in studying at International Graduate Center, you are welcome to contact one of our partner agencies directly in your home country for information and advice. Our agents are active worldwide and will be happy to inform you about studying and living in Bremen/Germany and assist you with application forms and visa applications.

International Student Assistance (ISA)

The International Graduate Center offers you individual study counselling and a comprehensive study service to accompany you during your studies. The contact persons for the respective degree programmes will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your planned studies. Counselling sessions can be arranged upon request. International applicants also have the opportunity to make use of our support service. The IGC's International Student Assistance (ISA) office will look after you from the very beginning and answer all your questions about your planned study stay in Bremen in advance.

All activities and support by ISA

Contact

The Team of the International Graduate Center

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IGC is part of Graduate & Professional School of Bremen University of Applied Sciences