WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

Vallendar, Germany (near Koblenz)

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WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management was founded in 1984 at the initiative of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Koblenz, who established the private university to address deficits in business education that existed at the time. The university started with little resources and had to teach the majority of its early courses in elementary school classrooms. In August 1988, however, the university began to gain notoriety and moved to the "Marienburg" in the centre of Vallendar, where it still operates today. After only 25 years of operation, WHU is now considered one of the most respected business colleges in Germany and enjoys an excellent reputation abroad.

Please note: students are not accepted into the program until they submit their application and deposit to the UF International Center. You can start your online application today!

The School

WHU aims to achieve 4 things with its students: Practical orientation, internationality, personality development and technological orientation. WHU is a well respected, high-quality business school. The school is small, the students are among the best in Europe and the faculty is open to helping students outside the classroom. WHU also uses industry professionals to teach many of the courses. Because the school is located in a small town, the students are very social and active in school-sponsored functions. You will get to know many German students quite well here!

The City

WHU is located in the small and beautiful hilly town of Vallender. Koblenz is the closest large city, situated in the picturesque landscape of the Rhine and Moselle and surrounded by four low mountain ranges. Its abundance of cultural monuments, historic buildings, cozy lanes, narrow alleyways, and the relaxed and happy atmosphere of its squares and river promenades, make Koblenz a friendly town where guests feel right at home. Students typically go out to eat, drink, and shop in Koblenz.

Term Dates

Fall: September 1- December 23
Sprin g: January 4 - April 30

Language of Instruction

80% of the Bachelor of Science program taught in English. WHU offers a free intensive German course running throughout the semester.

Courses Available

Use our course equivalency database to see which courses available at WHU would apply to your UF degree! Other business courses may be submitted for UF equivalency. Please see an academic advisor for information pertaining to requesting additional equivalencies. Find more courses at WHU.


The information you will need to obtain your visa has been compiled for your convenience. Please review carefully.

Grade Conversion
points from
points to
1 2.5 A
2.6 3.5 B
3.6 4.0 C
4.1 5.5 D
5.6 6.0 E
Credit Conversion
ECTS credit UF credit
3 ECTS credits 2 UF credits
5 ECTS credits 3 UF credits
6 ECTS credits 4 UF credits

SWS contact hour * 2.25 = ECTS credit (Ex: 2 SWS = 4.5 ECTS)

1 ECTS credit = .6 UF credit (rounded)

Estimated Expenses
Rough Expense Comparison Semester at UF Semester at WHU
UF Tuition $3,085 $3,085
UFIC Admin. Fee --- $250
Health Insurance $730 $890
Airfare --- $1,500
Housing $2,620 $2,300
Internet/cable $455 Included
Food $2,065 $1,400
Books $540 $350
Transportation $270 $300
Visa --- $141
Total $9,765 $10,216


The school will arrange housing for you. There is a dormitory in a converted monastery. This is the most social residence, but the rooms are tiny with a Christian motif. Another private dorm is across the street in the middle of the river (on an island). Private apartments are also an option. More information on housing options can be found on WHU's housing site.


Travel Opportunities

Getting to Koblenz by bicycle is not easy, especially in the winter. A taxi or bus ride will take 10-15 minutes, depending on traffic. Frankfurt is an hour and a half drive by car. Traveling throughout Germany and Europe by train is easy and convenient. Several locations around the university also make for great day trips. The towns of Karlsruhe, Heidelberg, Strasbourg and Stuttgart are all nearby, and each provides a unique cultural experience. Bruchsal is situated in the intersection of Germany's two main railways, so other parts of Europe are easily accessible as well.


To arrange an appointment with a Heavener Study Abroad Advisor, please call 273.0151 or visit 301 Heavener Hall.

Heavener School of Business
301 Heavener Hall, PO Box 117160
Gainesville, Florida, 32611-7160
Phone: 352-273-0165

You may also contact an International Programs Student Ambassador to learn more about study abroad from experienced peers.

Contacts Abroad

Ms. Teresa Osmera
Exchange Coordinator – Canada & USA
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management
Phone: +49 261 6509 164
Fax: +49 261 6509 169
Email (Teresa.Osmera at whu.edu)

Stefanie Schweins
Director of International Relations
WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management
Phone: +49 261 6509 160
Fax: +49 261 6509 169
Email (stefanie.schweins at whu.edu)