Lena - WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

B. Business Management / Arts
Semester 1, 2017

Academic experience

WHU is a renowned business school in Germany, which was great in terms of an academic experience. All the classes were super interesting and very practical for business in the real world (e.g. learning how to use google analytics and working with companies to produce case studies). All the classes are taught in English too, and you're given the opportunity to learn German if you want to too.

Personal experience

Since the school is so small (only 1000 people) and exchange students account for 150 of these, there is a big emphasis on integration in the school. I made some really great friends too and did a lot of travelling around Europe with other exchange students. Although the school is based in a tiny German town, I didn't get too much of a chance to practice my german however since everybody speaks perfect English at the school and most exchange students came from America.


I technically lived off campus (not on campus available), but it was in a building that was only 5 minutes walk to the school. A lot of exchange students lived in the same building though too so it was perfect for making friends, having parties, cooking dinner together etc too. Would definitely recommend an option like this if you want to make friends fast at WHU.


Rent was about 500euro per month which you have to pay up front. Food is really cheap in Germany (can eat a proper lunch at the school for about 3euro or go to a local restaurant for 5 euros). Beer is also really cheap Transport can be expensive - but if you get a Bahn card for your exchange it is definitely worth it and helps save a lot of money. Travel was, of course, the most expensive thing, but this just depends on what kind of traveller you are - you can either spend or save a lot of money depending on your choices of hotels, food, activities etc.

Professional development and employability

All smiles on a trip to Venice, Italy
All smiles on a trip to Venice, Italy

Networking is really valued at WHU. In fact, there is a large alumni community that you are encouraged to join as an exchange student once you're finished too. I'm now doing my internship in Berlin and I still see lots of students who went to the school around.


The exchange students threw a party for the entire school in the wine cellar at the end of our semester. It was really cool to be able to say thanks to the school for all the good times by throwing a great party with good music, kegs of German beer and lots of friends and students around.

Top tips

  • Make sure you have more money than you plan on spending - little things always come up and it's nice to be able to say yes.
Lena - WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management