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A&M MAYS Only Exchange: WHU--Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany
Vallendar, Germany (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring,
Summer 1
Homepage: Click to visit
Approved Course Equivalencies Click here to view
Who Can Apply: Texas A&M University applicants only
Texas A&M Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year
Texas A&M
Application Deadline
Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of approval to participate in this program and be able to complete post-decision (pre-departure) items prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Texas A&M Reciprocal Educational Exchange Program
Academic Area:
Business
Academic College: Mays Business School Academic Department: Accounting, Agribusiness, Business Administration, Business Honors, Finance, Information & Operations Management, Land Economics & Real Estate, Management, Management Informations Systems, Marketing, Masters of Business Administration, Supply Chain Management
Minimum GPA:
3.0
Pre-requisites:
0
Language of instruction:
English
Program Advisor:
Bianca Cusimano, Jye Shafer
Open to non-majors:
No Classification: Grad Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
REEP Program Type:
Departmental Exchange
Program Description:
WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management

WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management is a private university founded in 198. The university is one of the best and most renowned business schools in Germany, enjoying a high level of regard worldwide. WHU values exchange programs and considers them an ‘essential part of the international atmosphere’. Every semester the university welcomes 140-150 exchange students from over 190 partner universities worldwide. On its Vallendar Campus, WHU offers undergraduate courses for exchange students within their program for a Bachelor in International Business Administration Program as well as houses the Masters in Management and Finance programs. On the other hand, Dusseldorf Campus is home to the MBA program.
 
Locations
Vallendar, Germany (Bachelors and Masters Students)

Vallendar, Germany is nestled right in the middle of the Central Rhine Valley. Its roots are of Celtic origins but archeologists place the city’s founding much further back than that, around 700 BC, thus, giving Vallendar a wealth of history to pull from. Over the course of history, Vallendar has governed by many people and countries. The largest influence within Vallendar right now is WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management. The university students make up a large part of the city and culture. WHU’s international focus lends itself to the diversity of Vallendar as a whole. There are plenty of historic and cultural sights to see as you explore Vallendar! Near-by or just a train ride away are other German cities that are must-sees.

Dusseldorf, Germany (MBA Students)

Dusseldorf, Germany is located by the river Rhine with a metropolitan population of 11 million people. It is an international business and financial center yet still renowned for its fashion, art and trade fairs. The city dazzles with architecture, a vibrant nightlife and an art scene to rival many higher-profile cities. Dusseldorf is a posh and modern city that offers everything from the professional business setting to art museums and an extensive historical quarter with its many restaurants for a weekend in the city.

 

 
Eligibility Requirements
  • This program is limited to students in Mays Business School
  • Have upper-level classification or Graduate student by the beginning of exchange; can be a Sophomore at the time of application
  • Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Proficiency in English
  • Must obtain a student visa
  • Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
  • Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
  • Provide official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended
Students can choose to study abroad during
  • Fall Semester (September to December; arrive end of August)
  • Spring Semester (January to May; arrive beginning of January)
  • Academic year (September to May)
Aggies in Germany

Courses

WHU, about 80% of the courses offered are taught in English for undergraduate students while all graduate programs are instructed only in English. Exchange students are open to any course that WHU offers in English. As a result, there is a wide variety of courses available in areas such as economics, entrepreneurship and innovation, finance, accounting, marketing and sales, supply chain management and business management.

WHU runs on the quarter system, so there will be two quarters in one semester during your time at the university. Upon arrival, students will participate in a Welcome Week that will help you familiarize yourself with Germany and all WHU has to offer. Please be aware that students must obtain a visa or residence permit before departure.

Additionally, WHU offers free intensive Germany language courses during the semester. Ranging from beginners to advanced, exchange students are allowed to take one of the four levels offered and it is free for exchange students!

Housing

Students on the Vallendar Campus have the option of living in a private apartment off campus or in one of the university apartments. Housing prices range from 335 to 515 Euros per month, depending on type of room. WHU offers fully furnished options ranging from a single room to an entire apartment. Check out the general housing information for more on housing types for the Vallendar Campus. For MBA students on the Dusseldorf Campus, the WHU MBA Exchange Coordinator will assist students on finding their accommodations.

WHU’s housing application is online and is on a first-come first-serve basis. When filling out your application to WHU, indicate your housing preference on your online application.

Costs

One of the benefits of participating in a reciprocal exchange is their affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and the exchange rate. Please keep in mind that because you are enrolled at A&M, your regular tuition and fees will be paid at A&M just as if you were taking classes on campus. Additionally, students will be provided with the necessary information for them to make arrangements for all other expenses.
 
Estimated Fees Paid to Texas A&M
A&M Tuition & Fees $4,720
Estimated Fees Paid Directly to WHU
Accommodations $2,000  (housing not provided)
Estimated Additional Expenses (pre-departure or on-site)
International Airfare $950
Meals $1,020
Misc. Expenses, Books & Supplies $1,100
Personal Spending $2,000+
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST $11,790+
Texas A&M Semester Comparison Cost  $13,636+

This estimate includes these figures predicted by the university:
  • Semester ticket for public transportation to Koblenz (monthly bus ticket)
  • Mandatory German Health Insurance
  • WHU estimates cost of living to be around 800 Euros a month
As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available.
  • Scholarships
    • CIBS Reciprocal Exchange Scholarship
    • Mays Business School MBA Scholarships
    • ROTC and Corps Scholarships
    • The Study Abroad Fellowship
    • International Education Fee Scholarship
Additional information and applications can be found at the Mays Center for International Business “Scholarships & Financial Aid” page and the Study Abroad Programs Office “Funding Your Program” page.

Helpful Links

WHU-Otto Beisheim Exchange Student Webpage
WHU-Otto Beisheim International Student Webpage
WHU-Otto Beisheim Home Webpage
WHU-Otto Beisheim Dusseldorf Campus
WHU-Otto Beisheim Vallendar Campus
WHU-Otto Beisheim Course Guide
WHU-Otto Beisheim German Language Courses
WHU-Otto Beisheim Exchange Student Housing Vallendar Campus
WHU-Otto Beisheim Student Housing Info Vallendar Campus
WHU-Otto Beisheim Exchange Student Housing Dusseldorf Campus
WHU-Otto Beisheim Cost of Living
WHU-Otto Beisheim Visa and Residency Permit Requirements
WHU-Otto Beisheim Welcome Week
WHU-Otto Beisheim FAQs
WHU-Otto Beisheim Academic Calendar
Mays Center for International Business Homepage
Mays Center for International Business REEP Webpage
Mays Center for International Business Scholarships and Financial Aid
Mays Center for International Business Certificate in International Business
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding webpage
Scholarship and Funding options
Germany Travel Guide
Vallendar, Germany City Guide
Dusseldorf, Germany City Guide
Currency Converter
 

 
Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student

"I would highly recommend studying abroad to anyone who has the opportunity to go. It has changed my life in so many different ways. I am much more independent, traveled, and cultured as a result of the fantastic experience. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
 
 Philip ’14 Finance, Spring 2013 Mays Reciprocal Exchange in Spain
 
Contacts

For detailed information about the exchange program at WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management, students should contact Mr. Jye Shafer in the Mays School of Business. Students should contact the Mays Undergraduate Office or their departmental academic advisor for curriculum related issues.

For more information from the Study Abroad Programs Office, please contact Bianca Cusimano
 
 
MAYS MBA/MS STUDENTS
(Summer, Semester and Academic Year Studies)
The following summer programs are options for Mays MBA/MS Students:
  • Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • EDHEC Business School, France
  • Guanghua School of Management, China
  • WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany