Germany: Dual-Degree with Reutlingen University

Rollins partners with a leading business school in Germany for this exciting and unique program that emphasizes language, immersion and professional experience.

Explore the walkable city center of Reutlingen with lots of small shops and restaurants, including many friendly to a student budget.

You'll eat lunch most days at the Reutlingen campus dining hall with your fellow students.

Reutlingen is in a region of Germany with lots to see and do including the charming town of Tubingen (only 20 minutes way).

Overview

Designed to offer one of the most comprehensive international business educations available, this outstanding opportunity allows you to graduate with 2 bachelor’s degrees in 4 years with an understanding of the global marketplace, fluency in English and German, and practical business skills acquired during the semester long, full-time, international internship in Germany. Participants, who must be INB majors at Rollins, will spend the first 4 semesters of the degree at Rollins College, the next three semesters in Germany and will then return to Rollins College for the final semester.

Application Information

Requirements for Admission

Students are screened for eligibility during the Rollins College admissions process and must be intending to major in INB. Ideally, students will already be enrolled in the program as they begin their first year at Rollins. In exceptional circumstances, students can apply to enter the program up until January 15 of the first year.  In order to be approved to continue to Reutlingen  in the 5th semester, students must have met the following requirements:

  • Attend required DDP events and meetings during the first four semesters
  • Maintain a 3.2 or higher grade point average during the first four semesters
  • Declare International Business as a chosen major before the second semester
  • Demonstrate appropriate level of German language skills as assessed by the German language faculty
  • Clean record with the Office of Community Standards and good academic and College standing
  • Submit a professional application to IP in the 4th semester: materials are submitted on-time, are edited before submission, and are thorough and thoughtful.
  • Have a strong resume, cover letter and internship interview in the fourth semester
  • Receive an endorsement by the DDP Faculty Director in the fourth semester

Deadlines

  • Application to Continue to Reutlingen for Participants Starting at Reutlingen in Fall 2017: 3/6/2017
  • Students who are international students must meet with the Director of International Student and Scholar Services to be sure they understand any ramifications for the US visa.

Program Calendar

Fall 2017

  • August 29-30: Recommended arrival date
  • September 1-12: Intensive German Language course (mandatory)
  • September 12-15: Orientation (mandatory)
  • September 18: First day of classes
  • December 18-19: Exams and exam preparation
  • December 19: Last day of classes
  • December 20-January 7: Holiday
  • January 8-12: Final Exams

Spring 2018 - Internship Semester

  • February/March: Internship start date (varies)
  • July/August: Internship end date (varies; internships are six months)

Getting There

Orientation

During the mandatory orientation, students will be introduced to Reutlingen University and the town of Reutlingen.  Julie Dengler, the Coordinator of the German-American Dual-Degree programs at Reutlingen will help Rollins students register for courses, set up bank accounts, and start the resident permit process.  The orientation will also include a local excursion, for example to Tubingen castle.  Rollins students will also have the opportunity to connect with Reutlingen students in their first and second years who will be going to Rollins for their third and fourth years.

Flight

Rollins does not arrange a flight for this program.  IP recommends booking your flight within 6-12 weeks of your departure date.  Reutlingen University will provide you with instructions for arrival—this program does not provide an airport pick-up so students will make their way to the University independently. The best international connections are either by flying to Frankfurt or Munich and then traveling by train to Reutlingen. The nearest airport is Stuttgart International Airport and Delta does have some direct flights to Stuttgart from Atlanta.

Visa

US citizens do not need a visa obtained prior to departure.  Rather, US citizens must apply for a Resident Permit on-site.  Reutlingen will send participants instructions about materials needed for the Resident Permit.

Academic Information

Reutlingen University

The Dual Degree program is housed at the ESB Business School at Reutlingen.  ESB is one of Europe’s premier international business schools.  Though the Business School has 2400 students and the University as a whole is much larger, the university is campus-based and quite centralized, making it convenient for students.

Courses

Intensive German: Rollins students are required to participate in the intensive German program for two weeks prior to their first semesters at Reutlingen University.

University Courses:  Rollins students will participate in these courses alongside German and other international students.  Most courses are taught in German but in both the fifth and seventh semesters, there are a couple of courses taught in German and English.  Courses are Reutlingen are very academically challenging and involve an intensive workload.

Four-Year Plan: Each student will develop a specific four-year plan with support from the Faculty Director and others at Rollins.  The individual plan will depend on the number of transfer credits brought into Rollins and any prior experience in German. However, due to the rigorous nature of the program, most students will have a 4-year Plan roughly similar to the following:

  • Year 1 at Rollins: German language both semesters (intensive in the fall for beginners), Two competency requirements, INB 200 Introduction to International Business, INB 233 Economics for International Business, 100-level Neighborhood course, and PEA requirement
  • Year 2 at Rollins: German language both semesters (must have at least one 300-level course), 100-150-level Neighborhood course, Two 200-level Neighborhood courses, INB 230 International Financial and Managerial Accounting, INB 236 Statistics for International Business, INB 380 Global Brand Management, 300-level neighborhood capstone, and PEA requirement
  • Year 3 at Reutlingen: Human Resource Management, Accounting and Corporate Finance, Applied Accounting & Corporate Finance, International Economics, Management Information System, Communication Skills & Intercultural Competence (Business German), and in the spring: full-time internship
  • Year 4 at Reutlingen and Rollins: At Reutlingen: Strategic Management, Business Law, three business electives, and start the Thesis.  At Rollins: INB 365 International Operations & MIS, INB 450 Global Business Strategy, three business and area studies electives, and finish and defend the Thesis.

Internship: During your second semester in Germany, students will participate in a full-time, credit-bearing internship for a minimum of 20 weeks.  Most internships are outside of Reutlingen in other German cities and towns.  Faculty and staff at Reutlingen University will assist students to search and apply for internships during their first semester at Reutlingen.  However, ultimately it is the student’s responsibility to find an appropriate internship placement.  The career fair on campus at Reutlingen during your first semester will be a key venue for students to learn about and connect with a multitude of companies and organizations (e.g., Hugo Boss, Boston Consulting Group, Dymerl, IBM, L’Oreal, Mars, SAP). Typically, students begin searching for an internship in October. All internships must be approved by Prof. Julia Brüggemann, Faculty Director at Reutlingen.  To receive credit for the internship, students will submit a paper and make a presentation about the internship at Reutlingen during the third semester in Germany.

Transfer of Credits

Students participating on this program will need to seek the appropriate departmental approval for all major/minor requirements and will need to seek approval for General Education Requirements through Student Records.  The Faculty Director for this program is Dr. Nancy Decker, who will advise students and assist with course approvals and planning.  All students who successfully complete the DDP through Rollins will receive an official transcript and degree from the University of Reutlingen and from Rollins College. Courses range from one to four credits.

Housing and Meals

First Semester: During the first semester in Germany, students will apply for housing prior to departure.  Typically students are placed in single studio apartments on campus.  Each apartment has its own bathroom and kitchenette.  The building houses a variety of international students and there is a shared common area for all residents.  Students will purchase groceries and cook for themselves and/or eat out at campus dining halls which offer low-cost meals for students.

Second Semester: During the second semester, students will most likely be interning in a different German city.  There is no housing provided during this semester.  Students typically make arrangements for an apartment share with other University students and/or interns.  Students will purchase groceries and cook for themselves and/or eat their meals out.

Third Semester: There is no housing specifically provided during the third semester back at Reutlingen University.  Students typically make arrangements for an apartment share with other students or may apply to general University housing during the summer between the second and third semesters.  Students will purchase groceries and cook for themselves and/or eat their meals out.

Student Activities

The University is located approximately a 20 minute walk from the city center of Reutlingen.  While Reutlingen is a average size town (over 100,000 people), it is quite easy for students to travel around the region due an excellent public transportation system.  The city of Stuttgart (> 600,000 people) is only about 35 minutes away by train and the region around Reutlingen offers students many opportunities for sight-seeing.

Student support and activities are provided by the Program Coordinator at Reutlingen who arranges such activities as a roundtable dinner or meet-up in downtown, a Thanksgiving dinner, and a visit to the local Christmas market in December.  Students are also encouraged to get involved with the University events and activities.  For example, the University hosts charity events, provides opportunities for students to volunteer for the career fairs, and hosts sporting events, intramural, and social activities.  For example, many students participate in the International Business Weekend which occurs in the spring, involves students participating in a network of business Dual Degree programs around the globe and is hosted at one of the partner schools.

Costs

Program Fee

The program fee each semester is equal to Rollins College tuition for one semester. For 2016-2017 this is $23260.

Includes

Tuition and administration, Reutlingen semester tuition, full medical and emergency insurance, orientation and some program activities. NOTE: STUDENTS ON THIS PROGRAM DO NOT PAY ROOM AND BOARD TO ROLLINS COLLEGE

Does Not Include

  • Airfare: $1200
  • Airport transfers in the US and Germany (estimated): $200
  • Housing (estimated): $2400 per semester in Reutlingen, may be higher during the internship semester.  There may also be a $950 refundable housing deposit for any semester living in campus housing.
  • Meals: $2800 in Reutlingen, may be slightly higher during the internship semester
  • On-site Transportation: $110 for local transportation pass in Reutlingen, should be similar during internship semester
  • Resident Permit: $150
  • Travel/Property insurance: Costs will vary
  • Personal expenses: Costs will vary
  • Souvenirs, entertainment and independent travel: Costs will vary

Need-Based Scholarships

Scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare, and, in exceptional cases, other costs associated with study abroad. Students apply for scholarships through the normal program application.

Advising

Advising is provided by the Faculty Director and the Director of International Programs. Participants are required to meet with the Faculty Director at least once a semester and are required to meet with the Director of IP in the third or fourth semester. You may also want to review our blog site to see what past students have said about their adventures on this program.

Director of International Programs
Giselda Beaudin
Tel: 407-646-2466
Email: gbeaudin@rollins.edu

Faculty Program Director
Dr. Nancy Decker
Department of Modern Languages
Tel: 407-646-2410
E-mail: ndecker@rollins.edu

Office of International Programs
Mills Memorial Hall - Main Floor
1000 Holt Ave. – 2759
Winter Park, FL 32789

T. 407.646.2466
F. 407.646.2595
studyabroad@rollins.edu

Emergencies:
Campus Security 24/7: 407.646.2999

Office hours:
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Walk-In Advising:
Tuesday-Thursday 12-2 p.m.