International School of Management (ISM)

Founded in 1990 in Dortmund, the ISM is home to approximately 1800 students who pursue Business degrees in a personal atmosphere, closely guided by faculty and staff members. The International School of Management (ISM) in Dortmund, Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg and Cologne is a private, state-recognised University of Applied Sciences offering high-quality, practical and career-focused management education programs with a strong international orientation. ISM is consistently ranked as one of Germany's top business schools. Students who study German at Regent's can study only at the Frankfurt campus. Students The IPO will provide more details on these locations' availability.

At this state-recognised, non-profit private university, tomorrow’s leaders are trained in compact and practice-relevant degree programs that prepare them to work in international business enterprises. All degree programs at the ISM are distinguished by their internationality and practicality.

The ISM received a 10-year accreditation from the German Council of Science and Humanities in Cologne in 2004. This certification confirms that the ISM is one of the country’s prime addresses with regard to quality of teaching, research and professional education. In january 2015 the ISM received another 5-year accreditation from the Council.

All programs of study at the ISM are accredited by the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation - FIBAA

Campus facilities


There are three computer labs on the first floor that ISM students may use during the regular opening hours of the building. However, please note that the bigger rooms may sometimes be booked for classes). If you have a wireless LAN function on your laptop you can access the internet from everywhere across the school. Exchange  students will be provided with an Email-account and a user name and password that provide access to all software programs available on the lab computers. You will also receive a username and password to enter this domain. As the lifeline to the ISM-community, the ISM-Net displays such vital things as the curriculum, course registration forms, community contacts, apartment sharing student clubs, events, party dates, etc.


If you wish to find a quiet place to study, the library on the second floor (Room A210) is the best place. It has recently been refurbished and is open  Mondays to Thursdays from 8.30 – 19.00 and Fridays from 8.30 – 16.30.
You can enter the OPAC catalogue via the ISM-Net to search for books as well as the usual borrowing facilities (you can borrow the book around closing hours of the library and return it the next morning around opening hours). The library comprises about 5000 books and literature.

Other (Gym, Sports, Club)

Student Clubs and Extracurricular Activities

ISM-students have founded a number of student clubs. Variety ranges from consulting (ConsultISM) and tourism (AK TourISM) to politics (PolitISM) and finance (AK Banking).                

Buddy Program

The Buddy Program is designed to support incoming exchange students. Designated ISM students, called Buddies, will help you to settle into your “German life”. This means they will start getting in contact with you before your arrive and if you want a buddy can pick you up from the airport.
Trips and excursions will also be arranged within the group so that you can get to know students and can integrate into life at ISM.

Academic calendar

Autumn semester: September - December

Spring semester: March - June

Foe more details please visit:

Academic life

The minimum language level required to study in German at ISM is:

  • B1 - to study German Business Certificate
  • B2 - to follow bachelor degree courses

Private institutions have focus on seminar activities such as group activities and projects in addition to lectures. Students are required to do oral and written work, practical work and receive course certificates (Scheine) needed to take the examination; this is the main performance assessment during the course.

The grading system in Germany ranges from 1 - 5 with 1 being the highest mark and 5 a fail. The pass / fail level is generalyl 4 /5. Please see the full description below: 

Full Description: Marks: 1: sehr gut; 2: gut; 3: befriedigend; 4: ausreichend; 5: nicht ausreichend

ISM offers students an intensive German language course prior to the semester which costs €220. In order to study at ISM you must have a minimum of B2 level of German.

Course Code


ECTS credits

Additional info

No   code

German   language course during the semester – one course for beginners and one course   for advanced learners (depending on the number of interested students)

3   ECTS

The   course is for free. There are

10   sessions of 90 minutes

No   code

German   Intensive Course – one course for beginners and one course for advanced   learners (depending on the number of interested students)

6   ECTS

Takes   place three weeks prior to semester start and costs 320 Euro in 2013/2014. There   are 60 sessions of 45 minutes + 30 sessions of 45 minutes tutorials

Most course assessments at ISM are completed with a final exam. There are set dates for exams which are posted on the bulletin boards on campus or on the ISM net under the section “ISM> Pruefungssekretariat> Bachelor>Pruefungen> Semester5und6”.


Please contact your Head of Programme or Academic Advisor for more details

Passing requirements

Please contact your Head of Programme or Academic Advisor for more details

Disability provisions

Please contact the IPO for more information regarding the support services at the International School of Management for students who have disabilities.


The strength of the city of Dortmund is expressed most clearly in its variety. Quality of life is influenced by a rich vein of cultural and sporting offers (Dortmund is home to Borussia Dortmund!!), wonderful parks and a city centre that offers every possible opportunity to shop and dine or chill out as well as a great deal of cultural events in the concert or opera house and theatres. Dortmund has an excellent public transport network and infrastructure which connects the city not only to the neighboring cities of the Ruhr-Rhein area, but which also gets city-dwellers to the nearby countryside if they are looking for an out-of-town weekend escape. One of the biggest assets of Dortmund is its openness: living in the heart of Westphalia and the 'Ruhrpott', Dortmunders are very approachable and cheery folks who will make you feel welcome in their city. For further information please see: and


Dortmund has a thriving arts and cultural scene. There are museums with interesting collections and top-class special exhibitions. There are theatres, the Opera House, countless variety theatres and the new Concert Hall. All offer entertainment at the highest level -whatever your taste, whatever your age and whatever your budget.


Museum of Art and Cultural History

Natural Science Museum

Ostwall Museum

Romberg Park Gate HouseChurches

Music, Theater & Entertainment

Dortmund Concert Hall

Dortmund Theatre: The Opera House

Dortmund Theatre: The Playhouse

Fletch Bizzel Variety Theatre

Night life & Going out

The Kreuzviertel in Dortmund is a very popular place to go out among ISM students.


ISM does not have its own student accommodation. However, ISM Dortmund works with the Carl Duisberg Center Dortmund, which runs a student residence downtown. Public transport connections are only a short walk away and the Central Station is three subway stops away making ISM very accessible. Students who would like to stay in the Carl Duisberg Center must inform the ISM International Office when submitting their application so that they can help you find a room. Exchange students have priority at the Carl Duisberg Center and will do it’s best to accommodate your requests.

Rentals: Rooms can be rented by the day, week or month.

The price for a single room is approximately 240 Euro per month. This incluses heating (central heating and water), a weekly cleaner and bedding and towels.
The price for a double room is approximately 180 Euro per person per month and includes the same as listed above.

Each floor has a common room with television as well as a kitchen at the end of the corridor. There are 69 single rooms in a self-contained living unit (2 single rooms + 1 shared bathroom) and 7 double rooms. Room keys are issued and arrival and departure times set, by arrangement.                

Experiment e.V. is a non-profit organization who provides homestays offers (living with families) to internationals students. Their aim is to help people of all cultures, religions and age groups integrate and to learn from one another. See for more information.        

In the ISM-intranet ( > Wohnungsboerse) you can find apartments for rent and share by ISM. Many students from the ISM Dortmund who spend their semester abroad during the time you will be in Dortmund are trying to rent their rooms or flats to incoming students. This often provides a very suitable opportunity for both parties, and you easily get in touch with local students.

Other possibilities
A great variety of apartments, both furnished and unfurnished, can be found on the notice board in the entrance hall of the ISM Dortmund as well as at the entrance of the “Mensa” of the nearby university of Dortmund.

Offers in local and regional newspapers
Ruhr Nachrichten
Westfälische Rundschau
Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung

Useful links for accommodation search online:

Short term accommodation:

Jugendgästehaus "Adolph Kolping"
Silberstr. 24 - 26 44137 Dortmund
Contact: Herr Wolfgang van der Sanden
Tel: 0231/140074
Fax: 0231/142654

Cost of living

ISM Dortmund suggests you should expect your monthly budget to be approximately between 550 and 700 Euros - depending on your lifestyle.

ISM recommend that students open a bank account in Germany to avoid additional costs for international money wiring and transfer of money. This may also be convenient because, as opposed to countries like the US, purchases by credit card are still not that common - especially in smaller businesses and for public services.



Students who have been nominated to study at ISM will be sent an application pack via email the semester before they are due to start their SPA.

Health Insurance  

You must provide evidence of having an appropriate health insurance. This is usually required at the time of submitting your application.

If you come from an EU country, remember to apply for a European health insurance card (EHIC) before leaving.

Students are required to show proof of a valid health insurance policy. All students in Germany are obliged by law to hold such a policy. The German social security system generally treats German and foreign students alike, meaning that foreign students may apply for health insurance coverage by the “gesetzliche Krankenversicherungen” in Germany, currently available at a rate of about 60 Euros per month. Students from select countries (especially EU) may be eligible for a waiver by presenting their EHIC card at one of the health insurance funds, who will issue an insurance number and an insurance exemption certificate. Students must present this exemption certificate upon arrival at ISM. International Students with private insurance coverage may also waive the compulsory health insurance if they obtain a proof of coverage from their home insurance company translated into German that gives a detailed description of the content and scope of coverage. The health insurance company in Germany will examine this and may issue a waiver.

NB: Please note that students over age 30 are not eligible for student health coverage by the German “gesetzliche Krankenversicherungen” and need to obtain private health insurance either in their home country or in Germany.

Tip: Mawista offers a monthly private health insurance for international students in Germany. Please have a look at

Care Concept also has good offers. Please have a look at: https://www.careconcept.


Visa requirements

EU citizens will not need a visa to enter Germany. Other nationalities should contact the German embassy for advice. All students are required to register with the local authorities upon arrival in ISM Dortmund.

It is your responsibility to check whether you need a visa to study in Germany and to obtain the appropriate visa.

Non EU-students and students from countries other than the USA, Australia, Israel,Japan, Canada, New Zealand, and South Korea who would like to study in Germany need an appropriate visa for entry. You need to apply for your short term study visa at the German embassy or consulate in your home country. Please note: Entering Germany with a tourist or visitor visa is not sufficient for study purposes! The visa application has to state explicitly the reason for your stay in Germany (e.g. language course, studies, etc.). In particular the following documents need to be included to the visa application:

-       Admission letter from ISM

-       Proof of sufficient financial funds

For further information please contact the German Embassy directly.

This is for your information only, it is the student's responsibility to obtain the correct visa.



Please note: The information on this page is accurate at the time of publishing. Some details have been sourced from external websites.




Country: Germany
Language of tuition: English,German
Level of study: Undergraduate
Partner type: Erasmus+ exchange

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