WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management

Düsseldorf, Vallendar

Language of instruction


WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management is an internationally oriented and privately financed business school. WHU has proved itself a paragon of future-oriented research and teaching in business administration; it is now one of the most renowned German business schools with an exceptional international reputation. The school is AACSB, EQUIS and FIBBA accredited.

WHU’s main campus is located in Vallendar, while MBA students attend the Düsseldorf campus. Vallendar lies on the Rhine River – a UNESCO world heritage site. The region is known for its castles, historic towns, towering vineyards, and steep slopes.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Spring Semester January–May
Semester 2 Fall Semester September–December

View the WHU academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

WHU has online resources to help get more from your exchange:


WHU has 2 campuses available to exchange students:

  • Vallendar campus for Bachelor of International Business Administration, Master of Finance or Master of Management students
  • Düsseldorf campus for MBA students

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

Undergraduate: 30 ECTS credits (or 20 SWS) per semester at WHU is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Postgraduate: 6 Postgrad courses per semester at WHU is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at WHU.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the WHU course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Study areas taught in English

Business information systems
Human resources
Innovation and entrepreneurship
Business administration
Innovation and entrepreneurship

Course restrictions

Due to different campus locations and program structures, postgraduate exchange students cannot mix MSc and MBA courses.

The following requirements apply for MBA students looking to study at WHU:

  • Minimum age is 24 years old
  • Must have English as a first language or have completed or currently studying a university degree taught and examined entirely in English, or have certified Internet-based TOEFL score of 100 points or equivalent IELTS (7.0)
  • Postgraduate Science students wishing to apply for the MBA exchange program at WHU will need to show proof of work experience for a minimum of 2 years (full-time work or accumulated full-time internship in business administration)

Additional academic information

WHU has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.


Vallendar is a relatively rural community and not all landlords speak English. For this reason, WHU offers international students extra support in finding accommodation during their exchange program.

At the moment WHU does not offer exchange students university-sponsored housing in Düsseldorf. After the application deadline, students will be provided additional information and resources which they can use to find housing. It is each student's responsibility to secure accommodation, however, WHU is happy to help and give them advice during their search process.

Cost of living

With respect to the cost of living, Germany lies within the EU average and is therefore not excessively expensive. WHU has provided an example of an average monthly budget to help students plan for their exchange.

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

WHU currently does not offer any scholarships for incoming students from overseas partner universities. Students may consult the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to find further information on scholarship possibilities.


Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Upon their arrival at WHU, all exchange students have to provide proof of health insurance.  Please note that health insurance with full coverage for sickness, emergencies and all medical expenses is absolutely mandatory for all exchange students in Germany.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

WHU has visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the German Federal Foreign Office for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, Global Experience programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.