Breaking news (April 16th 2018): Introduction of DBIS-programme delayed

The DBIS-programme will not be introduced this year (Wintersemester 2018/19).

Executive Summary

As of October 2018 the Beuth University of Applied Sciences offers a new international Bachelor- programme "Digital Business and Information Systems (B.Sc.)" taught in English and German. The study programme contains a two-year period of study with mixed groups of Beuth-students and students from the KEA Copenhagen School of Design and Technology.

Key Programme Elements:

1.    A combination of business and technology elements in the fields of IT and e-business.

2.    A one-year period of study abroad at an academic institution in another key hub for digital business in the EU. Another one-year period of study at the home university together with students from the partner institution. 

3.    Practical experience acquired during at least one work placement with an employer involved in the digital business sphere.

Key Benefits for Students:

1.    Acquisition of a high level of academic and practical knowledge plus skills relevant to the digital economy

2.    On-the-job experience gained in companies operating in major hubs of the digital economy

3.    The two-year period of studying together with foreign students helps to …
... develop personal and intercultural competences
... establish an enduring network of strategic contacts for their future professional careers

Study content

The DBIS-programme comprises business and technology elements in the fields of ICT and digital business. As a DBIS-student you will become familiar with business models and information systems relevant to the digital economy. The DBIS-programme will teach you skills that you will need to design, develop and implement successful business models for the digital economy and the information and communication systems necessary to implement such models efficiently. You will learn how to analyse management problems and solve them by applying the appropriate hardware and software tools.

The international character of the study programme will enable you to work in international teams. The language of instruction will be mostly English, but also German. Thus, you will be bilingual on a professional level once you have completed your studies.

(More detailed information about the study content and the module descriptions you can find unter "DBIS-Curriculum".)

Study abroad

The study programme contains a one-year period of study abroad at the KEA Copenhagen School of Technology and Design, where you will join students of the KEA-Bachelor-programme “Business Economics and IT”. You will share another one-year period of study at the Beuth together with KEA-students. The cooperation between KEA Copenhagen and Beuth Berlin will allow you to enjoy studying and living in two exciting European cities, to develop personal and intercultural skills and to establish an enduring network of personal contacts in two key hubs for digital business in the EU.

Structure of student exchange: Out of forty-four students from Beuth, twenty-two students will spend their second and third semesters at KEA Copenhagen. They will then spend the remaining semesters of their study programme at their home university. A further twenty-two Beuth students will, on the other hand, study at Beuth during their second and third semesters, and then spend their fourth and fifth semesters abroad. Followin the same procedure, twenty-two students from KEA Copenhagen will study at Beuth in their second and third semesters, and another twenty-two students will study at Beuth in their fourth and fifth semesters. In the sixth and seventh semesters, all students involved in the exchange programme will finish their studies at their home universities.

The selection of the group of students that spend their second and third semester at KEA Copenhagen and the group of students that spend their fourth and fifth semester at KEA Copenhagen will be made during the first weeks of the first semester. The mode of selection will take into account students preferences and other criteria.

Students from both colleges will be partnered up with one another in a "buddy system" to facilitate the process of visiting students settling into their new academic and social environments.

DBIS-Curriculum

The DBIS-programme contains a one year study abroad at the KEA Copenhagen School for Design and Technology (see "Study abroad"): out of forty-four students from Beuth, twenty-two students will spend their second and third semesters at KEA Copenhagen, where they will join students of the KEA-Bachelor-programme “Business Economics and IT”. They will then spend the remaining semesters of their study programme at their home university. A further twenty-two Beuth students will, on the other hand, study at Beuth during their second and third semesters, and then spend their fourth and fifth semesters abroad. Following the same procedure, twenty-two students from KEA Copenhagen will study at Beuth in their second and third semesters, and another twenty-two students will study at Beuth in their fourth and fifth semesters.

Accordingly, the curriculum for the group of Beuth students, who will study in Copenhagen during the second and the third semester (Group 23) or during the fourth and fifth semester (Group 45) will contain modules of the KEA-programme “Business Economics and IT” of the respective semesters:

  • Curriculum for Beuth students, who will study in Copenhagen during the 2nd and the 3rd semesters (Group 23)
  • Curriculum for Beuth students, who will study in Copenhagen during the 4th and the 5th semesters (Group 45)

The descriptions of the modules of the Beuth-Curriculum you can find here.

Practical relevance

The study programme pays special attention to practical relevance and continuously updates course content to address contemporary challenges and introduce new developments in the digital economy. You will work together in groups on IT and business projects, which will involve discussing current management issues with key representatives of the IT industry.
Our experienced instructors will teach you a broad range of problemsolving methods for management and IT. Typical aspects of your future professional practice - individual work, teamwork and agile project management - form an integral part of the curriculum.
You will gain practical experience during at least one work placement with an employer in the field of digital business. For your internship you can choose from firms of two key hubs of the digital economy in Europe – Berlin and Copenhagen – with a vivid start-up scene and many established firms that do business in international markets.

Career prospects

Digitalisation is transforming the way we live, think and interact. In particular, it has initiated profound structural changes in all areas of economic activity. New information and communication technologies (ICT) have not only facilitated product innovation, but have generated innovations in production processes throughout the global economy. Digitalisation has also brought about changes in working conditions and labour markets.

This process of transformation is providing great opportunities for university graduates who are seeking careers with the companies of the digital economy. There is an enormous demand for suitably qualified graduates in this field. With a DBIS qualification, you can play an important role in “new economy” enterprises, including major international ICT businesses, as well as start-up companies operating new digital business models. Moreover, firms in the “old economy” also need skilled personnel to support the process of digitalizing their production systems and transforming their business models.

Our international study program “Digital Business and Information Systems” (DBIS) offers a mix of multiple components to prepare you for your professional career in the digital economy: Business and IT, theory and practice, English and German, Berlin and Copenhagen. All of these elements are combined with the traditional advantages of the German state university system, namely: practical know-how, small classes and no tuition fees.

Degree and Duration of Study

Course graduates will earn a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.). The study programme comprises seven semesters (210 ECTS).

Admission Requirements

  1. Formal qualification for university entrance according to Berliner Hochschulgesetz
  2. Proof of language proficiency: English (GER: B2) and German (GER: C1)

Application

   Application Period: For the Winter Semester: April 15th – June 15th

   More information about procedures and contact persons can be found here.

Accommodation

Finding a room or an apartment is not easy – neither in Berlin nor in Copenhagen. Yet, it can be done (others have done it)! And we are going to support you:

  1. Beuth and KEA will provide a certain number of rooms in student dormitories in Berlin and Copenhagen.
  2. We will establish a platform for Beuth- and KEA-students to exchange rooms or apartments for the study abroad. Since all students have the same problem – finding accommodation for their year abroad – some students might be willing to allow a fellow student from the partner institution to live in their room or apartment, while they live in their room or apartment for the two semester abroad. We are also confident that the buddy system might help matching partners for change of accommodation.
  3. We will establish a non-profit association (gemeinnütziger Verein), which will be open to companies, parents and professors in Berlin and Copenhagen to support students from the partner institutions in various ways – amongst other in providing rooms for foreign students.

Contact person

Prof. Dr. Heiner Brockmann
Coordinator "Digital Business and Information Systems (B.Sc.)"
International Coordinator FB I
Luxemburger Str. 10
13353 Berlin
brockmann(at)beuth-hochschule.de

Office hours: Wednesdays 11-12 a.m. in B 253 (Haus Gauß)