|Degree||Bachelor of Arts|
|Start of study||Winter semester|
|Application period Winter semester||01. July until 31. July|
|Standard period of study||7 semesters|
|Admission requirements|| |
For further information, please visit the German page of the programme or contact the staff listed below.
|Language of instruction||German|
|Faculty/institution||School of International Business|
|Integrated stay abroad||Yes|
|Study format||cooperative study mode|
Should I go for a vocational training or an academic degree? No need to choose between, because the cooperative degree programme in Trade and Retail Management B.A. offers you both: a modern and broad business education while specialising in commercial management. In this way, application-oriented studies are merged with intensive practical experience in a company – you can choose from around 30 partner companies in different sectors such as wholesale, retail, fashion, etc.
In the degree programme, you will be trained to become a ‘moderately specialised all-rounder’ who, in addition to a sound, strongly application-orientated education in a particular branch of commerce will also acquire key competences. Students develop professional expertise through employment in the hosting company combined with an academic training, the ability to think analytically, conceptually and methodically, interpersonal competence as well as a sound knowledge of business English.
Due to the close early career connection to the partner company, the prospects are excellent. The companies invest heavily in the students and are therefore interested in a longer-term commitment.
Moreover, the quality and orientation of the programme itself ensure the best possible preparation for professional life. Possible career profiles include all business management functions and relate to all company sizes and forms in diverse areas of commerce.
Today, the requirement profiles for skilled workers and management trainees are subject to constant change. For example, specialists are currently being sought especially in
The degree programme takes these requirement profiles into account and aims to qualify students for management functions in national and international trading companies or in other industries.
Phases at HSB in which you learn the theoretical foundations are complemented by practical phases in a partner company in which you get to apply your freshly gained knowledge.
After completing a cooperative programme, you will receive two degrees: In addition to the Bachelor's degree, you can complete one of the following vocational trainings, depending on the partner company:
Compared to an apprenticeship and a subsequent degree programme, the time required for a cooperative degree programme is significantly shorter overall.
Due to the combination of studies and professional training, you will receive a salary remuneration from the company during the entire period of study.
The special feature of the cooperative B.A. degree programme in Trade and Retail Management consists in the regularly alternating phases of theory and practice.
The theory phases take place at the School of International Business (Faculty of Business and Economics) at the Hochschule Bremen, while you complete the practical phases by taking in-company training components with one of HSB’s cooperation partners in industry and commerce. Depending on the partner company in question, you will have the opportunity to take the Chamber examination in your respective field (wholesale and foreign trade, retail, e-commerce, office management) after about 2 years. By the way, other occupations that require formal vocational training may also be possible.
In each of the first four semesters, students spend 12 weeks (plus 1 exam week) at the Hochschule Bremen and then the same amount of time in the company. You complete the fifth semester entirely in the company as part of your ‘intensive practical phase’. You spend at least 12 weeks of this abroad, either in a company or at a partner university.
You complete the specialisation studies in the 6th and 7th semesters together with students on the full-time Trade and Retail Management programme. The theory phases in these semesters are subsequently extended to 15 weeks (plus 2 examination weeks).
It naturally follows that the practical relevance of such a cooperative programme is very high.
The Cooperative B.A. Degree Programme in Trade and Retail Management is offered by the Hochschule Bremen in cooperation with partner companies in the region. The partner companies finance the tuition fees for this degree programme. Of course, you can also apply for a cooperative training programme at companies that are not currently on the list of HSB partners. We will be happy to support you in this!
„A high level of practical relevance was particularly important to me, and HSB is known for this beyond Bremen's borders. The impressive list of partner companies of the cooperative programme Management in Retail immediately appealed to me. Among the decisive features for me are above all the offer of personal support and the challenging learning content. This makes me feel perfectly well prepared for professional life.“
Greta Lamping Graduated 2020
During your studies, you will complete two ‘Business English’ modules and hone your language skills, especially in relation to commercial topics. These modules serve as preparation for the English language modules in the 3rd and 4th semesters: ‘Cross Cultural Communication’ promotes your intercultural competences, while ‘International Trade and Retail’ deals in-depth with international trade and the framework conditions.
The stay abroad of at least 12 weeks during the fifth semester takes place in a foreign branch of the partner company or in a freely chosen company abroad or at one of HSB's partner universities.
With this international experience, you then go on to the focus studies in the sixth and seventh semesters. Here, internationality (alongside digitalisation, demographic change and ethics / sustainability) is a cross-cutting theme that is taken into account in all modules.
Applications are made directly to one of the partner companies. The application deadline therefore depends on the organisational requirements of the respective company. The training relationship usually begins on 1 August or 1 September.
Questions about the degree programme can be answered by the contact persons on the degree programme pages. If you have any further questions about your decision to study at HSB, our advisory and service institutions will be happy to help.
You need to apply with a cooperating company first. After signing a training contract, you apply to HSB.
Applying to HSB is not possible without a training contract.