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International School of Management (ISM)

International School of Management (ISM)

International School of Management (ISM)


About the International School of Management (ISM)

The International School of Management (ISM) ranks among Germany’s top private business schools. Founded in 1990, the ISM has seven campuses in Dortmund, Frankfurt am Main, Munich, Hamburg, Cologne, Stuttgart and Berlin and is home to around 3850 students.

Internationality, strong practical orientation and a personal learning atmosphere are just as much a part of ISM's success story as the teaching of professional skills and the intensive training of soft skills. This includes not only exciting practical projects, case studies, internships, a compulsory semester abroad but also the close interaction with lecturers from the business world.

The most important criteria for first-year students, such as a semester abroad, the quality of teaching, career opportunities, partner universities, or networking, shape your development and are therefore an integral part of ISM. These success factors are reflected in all of ISM's Bachelor, Master and MBA programs and in our top positions in national and international rankings.

Why choose the lSM

  • High-quality education: first-class teaching, top-ranked and unlimited state accreditation (FIBAA). More than 30 years of educational competence
  • Close to practice teaching: lecturers from the business world
  • Personal teaching atmosphere: a study in small learning groups, focusing on interdisciplinary, practically oriented case studies
  • Strong internationality: students of 84 nationalities. Ratio of 30% of international students
  • Globally connected: a network of around 190 partner universities to choose from for your semester abroad
  • High employability rate: over 61% of our full-time bachelor and 90% of our master graduates already could secure a job during their studies
  • Flexible and competitive: Double Degree options for your master studies
  • Seven campuses in most major German cities: Dortmund, Frankfurt am Main, Munich, Hamburg, Cologne, Stuttgart, and Berlin
  • Discounts on tuition fees and multiple payment or financing options.

Why studying at the ISM is the perfect choice:

Highly international

  • Students of 84 different nationalities
  • Around 190 renowned partner universities for exchange semesters;
  • Intensive language training (English, German, French, etc.);
  • Chance to gain valuable experience during a stay abroad;
  • Intensive language training (English, German, French, Spanish).
  • Setting you up optimally for a global business career.


  • Committed university lecturers from the corporate and business world;
  • Practical learning content and projects (case studies) with well-known companies;
  • Ideal support by the ISM Career Center;
  • Best possible preparation for the start of your professional life;
  • Opportunity for professional development in national and international internships.

Personal and individual

  • Small study groups & a personal learning atmosphere;
  • Individual support for each student;
  • Supervision ratio university teachers/students 1:7;
  • 100% open door policy.

A strong network

  • From day one - you are part of the extended ISM community;
  • Make contacts in practice at ISM events;
  • Stay in touch after graduation through the ISM Alumni Network.


  • Degree programs and continuing education programs on the topics of Sustainability & Business Transformation.
  • Supporting Treedom and we look forward to seeing our ISM forest play a part in making our earth a little bit greener.

30 years of Educational Competence

Accredited and officially recognized for an unlimited period

The University is state-accredited unlimitedly and all study programs bear the seal of quality of the Accreditation Council and the FIBAA. The quality of the education is confirmed by HR managers, ISM students and alumni and the presence in numerous rankings where ISM consistently occupies top positions for many years for areas such as internationality, student mobility, international academic staff, contact to professional practice, professional publications, foreign language taught bachelor and master programs, etc. For more information, visit our rankings page.

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Campus Features

The ISM campuses are situated in seven of the cultural and economic centers of Germany and offer you, in addition to a strong economy, a variety of sports, cultural and leisure opportunities. Studying in Germany opens up attractive opportunities of visiting Germany and learning more about the country, culture, and people.

Here you will find a few tips and tricks for your studies in Germany at each campus.If you have any questions, the ISM student advisors will be happy to assist you.

Study in the Economic Metropolis Munich

The Munich Campus has been located in the Karlshöfen since 2009 - just a few minutes walk from Königsplatz and easily accessible from the main train station. The roughly 750 students studying there particularly appreciate the contrasts that make the Bavarian capital so special - cosmopolitan young people and traditions, big-city atmosphere, and rural charm.
The most important economic sectors in Munich are tourism, vehicle, and mechanical engineering, electrical engineering as well as the software and IT industry. In addition, the city is an important German media location. More information about this campus

Study in the German Capital City

On September 2019 the ISM established a campus in Berlin. The campus is located in the heart of Berlin Schöneberg and combines culture, cosmopolitanism, and innovation. As the capital of Germany, Berlin is an important international business metropolis and political center. Therefore, the city is an attractive location for companies from all sectors. More information about this campus
Study in the Heart of the Ruhrgebiet

The campus of the private university in Dortmund was founded in 1990 and, with around 930 students, is the largest of the ISM’s locations. It is located in the middle of the Technology Park, only 15 minutes from the city center. In recent years, Dortmund has developed from a former coal and steel city to a modern technology location. As the largest city in Westphalia and the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region, Dortmund is one of the most dynamic new economic cities in Germany. More information about this campus
Study in the Harbor City

The Hamburg campus was opened in September 2010. Around 560 students currently study at the private University of Hamburg in two modern buildings in Hafen City. The city center and the main train station are only about ten minutes away. Whether as a cosmopolitan metropolis or a raw but charming Hanseatic city with charm - Hamburg combines many facets. It forms the cultural and economic center of Northern Germany. Hamburg's economic structure is characterized by the service sector, which employs around three-quarters of all workers. More information about this campus

Frankfurt am Main
Study between Skyscrapers and Old Town

The Campus Frankfurt/Main was founded in 2007 and is located in the district of Sachsenhausen, directly at the South Railway Station and only two underground stations away from the city center. Around 910 students are currently enrolled at the private university in Frankfurt. Frankfurt is the city with the highest density of jobs in Germany and a major European financial and service center. Frankfurt am Main also has other important sectors such as creative industries, IT and telecommunications, biotechnology and life sciences, logistics, and industry. More information about this campus

Study in the City of the Cathedral

Since 2014, the ISM has also been represented by a campus in Cologne. Currently, around 350 students are studying at the campus of the Cologne University of Applied Sciences in the MediaPark, just a few minutes walk from the Hansaring S-Bahn station. The Rhine metropolis is one of the most important business locations in Germany and impresses with its convenient location and a mix of different industries.

The region has a long tradition as a center of trade and industry. In recent decades, the Cologne region has also been able to expand its position as a service and logistics center. Cologne is also well known for being an innovative media city. More information about this campus

Study at the Business Location Stuttgart

Since 2016, ISM has also had a base in the economic metropolis of Stuttgart. The campus of the private University of Stuttgart with currently around 220 students is located within walking distance of the city center in the Heusteig quarter. Located in the heart of Europe, Stuttgart is the center of one of the strongest economic regions and most innovative high-tech locations in Europe. The city offers excellent economic perspectives - for example, as the most export-rich metropolitan region in Germany.
More information about this campus

    Alumni Statistics


    30 years of Highly Ranked Educational Competence

    Accredited and officially recognized for an unlimited period


    The ISM receives excellent marks in the CHE-Ranking from its students. The ISM is ranked highest in the following categories:

    • Internationality
    • Contact professional practice
    • Support at the beginning of your studies

    ISM shows that it has succeeded in expanding the high standards at all seven locations in Germany. The result for the category "Support at the beginning of studies" is particularly positive. Here, all business administration programs and programs with a focus on business psychology, which were evaluated for the first time, made it into the top group. With six out of seven locations, ISM is also represented in the top group for professional practice. In the category of International Orientation, ISM stands out, especially with the criteria "stays abroad," "student mobility," and "proportion of foreign languages".

    About the CHE-Ranking

    The CHE-University Ranking is one of the most detailed rankings in German-speaking countries and is considered an excellent source of information.


    The ISM shines in the current investigation of the U-Multirank (2022) and scored particularly well in the following areas:

    • International Academic Staff
    • Student Mobility
    • Professional Publications
    • Foreign Language Bachelor Programmes
    • Foreign Language Master Programs

    The ranking thus confirms above all ISM’s strong practical relevance, internationalism, and diverse network.

    About U-Multirank

    U-Multirank is one of the largest worldwide university rankings and contains data on 1,600 universities from over 95 countries. The U-Multirank ranking is thus particularly informative for international students to help guide their university choice.

    Trendence University ranking

    The ISM achieves numerous good evaluations in the categories and ranks among the ten best universities in Germany:

    • Practical relevance,
    • Internationality,
    • Career opportunities and service

    In the following categories, ISM is ranked as the best private university of applied sciences with a focus on business administration:

    • Lecturer quality,
    • Jobs and digital learning,
    • Career opportunities and
    • Service and advice.

    About the Trendence University ranking

    13,600 students are surveyed for the Trendence University Ranking. In addition to the quality of teaching, the barometer also focuses on internationality, practical relevance, and student advice.

    Universum Student Study

    In the student survey, the ISM received particularly good marks for:

    • Varied career opportunities
    • Close contact with the economy
    • Many opportunities to study abroad and complete internships

    Our ISM students feel very well prepared for the job market and appreciate getting to know potential employers during their studies.

    About the Universum Student Study

    The Universum Student Study is one of the largest international surveys of students on their career ideas, career plans, and satisfaction with the university.


    • Dortmund

      Otto-Hahn-Straße 19, , Dortmund

    • Frankfurt

      Mörfelder Landstraße 55, , Frankfurt

    • Munich

      Karlstraße 35, , Munich

    • Hamburg

      Brooktorkai 22, , Hamburg

    • Cologne

      Im MediaPark 5c, , Cologne

    • Stuttgart

      Maybachstraße 20, , Stuttgart

    • Berlin

      International School of Management Hauptstraße 27 (Staircase E), 10827, Berlin