International School of Management (ISM)

Dortmund, Germany
The International School of Management (ISM) ranks among Germany’s leading private business schools and continually places in the forefront of all applicable university rankings. The ISM has campuses in Dortmund, Frankfurt/Main, Munich, Hamburg, Cologne and Stuttgart. At the state-recognized, 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. Projects in small groups are as much a regular part of university life as integrated semesters of study abroad and international modules at one of over 170 partner universities of the ISM.



After the founding of the university in 1990 as IDB Wirtschaftsakademie by Klaus Evard took place, in 1992 it was renamed as the International School of Management (ISM).


Bachelor’s students must combine their business studies with English and either French or Spanish or Italian. For international students German is mandatory. Students complete one or two semesters of study abroad in a European or overseas country.

Depending on their specialization, ISM students choose an institution from the ISM’s more than 170 partner universities. The semester abroad is designed to further develop and expand their intercultural and language competencies, and enhance and deepen their professional knowledge in an international context.


According to their focus on teaching and studying, the ISM research and development projects embrace various objectives and interdisciplinary approaches. More specifically, research focuses on the following themes:

  • Internationalisation of the economy
  • Research in energy and environmental economics
  • Research in tourism
  • Research in logistics and information
  • Research in finance and banking
  • Research in marketing and communication
  • Research in leadership and motivation
  • Research in organisation and human resources


The Career Center gives students advice on finding internships and entry-level positions in Germany and abroad and gives them the tools they need to do so. In personal discussions, Career Center coordinators identify each student's career options and targets and use a wide variety of tools (optimizing their application documents, for instance) to help students achieve their career objectives.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (7)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)


Student services

The International Office helps ISM students to arrange their stay abroad and looks after them while they are away. The office team assists students in finding the most appropriate partner university and they are always there to help students who are currently studying abroad.

Library services

Students looking for a quiet working environment can use the library's reading room and study areas. Each library is stocked with a wide range of business literature as well as the latest study and research findings. Around 90 academic magazines and business periodicals - in German, English, Spanish and French - are available.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Campus Dortmund
  • Campus Frankfurt
  • Campus Munich
  • Campus Hamburg
  • Campus Köln
  • Campus Stuttgart

Sports facilities

ISM students also enjoy participating in sports. The ISM Sports Club, for example, organizes tournaments in soccer, tennis or other activities, not only within the ISM, but also in competition with other universities.

Student clubs

ISM students have founded a number of student clubs, ranging from consulting (AK ConsultISM) and tourism (AK TourISM) to politics (AK PolitISM) and finance (AK Banking). AK Support, for example, is involved with social projects. Its members support charitable organizations by distributing food to needy people. Participating in these clubs and activities is an excellent way to gather experience. Students meet new friends, practice teamwork skills, and make valuable contacts in the business world.


Since 1998 the German Accreditation Council has been safeguarding quality standards to ensure a relatively quick response to changes in the higher education market. The Council is responsible for reviewing and accrediting agencies which in turn accredit degree courses.

Other Degrees