Admission and Enrollment.

Your guide to take your first steps to enroll in the Bachelor’s degree program in International Business Administration.

Are you interested in applying for the English-language Bachelor's degree program "International Business Administration"? In order to enroll, you are required to meet the university's admission criteria as well as complete an admissions procedure held once a year during the spring/summer. Successfully pass the admissions procedure and you are eligible to enroll in the program for the following Winter Semester or the subsequent Summer Semester.

A maximum of 80 students will be accepted into the program.

The admissions procedure consists of the following steps:

Bachelor's Degree Program
International Business Administration

Next Online Registration Period:
March 6, 2023 to May 10, 2023

Applicants may not register outside of the designated registration period!

80 students will be accepted in the program

Admissions Regulation

Please note: Only the German version of the regulation is legally binding. The English version is a translation and not a legal document.

Step 1: Register to Enroll Online

The upcoming online registration period for WS 2023/2024 and SS 2024 will take place during spring of 2023. A link to register online will be available at a later date! Prospective applicants may register to enroll beginning March 6, 2023, to May 10, 2023 (at midnight). 

Create an Applicant Account

When registering online, you will be registering at the JKU for the first time and will receive a guest account to use during the admissions process. The guest account allows you to proceed with all of the additional steps in order to register.

Please note: Do not use an Austrian university matriculation number as this number will not work in the applicant account.

How do I select my degree program?

Log in to your account and then select the Bachelor's degree program: International Business Administration.

As part of this step, we also need:

  • Information about your educational background
  • A current photo (jpeg) for your JKU Card (student ID card)

After entering your details, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. If you do not receive this confirmation e-mail, check the spam folder in your e-mail account or contact Your registration confirmation for the admissions procedure will be attached in the e-mail. Please keep your confirmation in a safe place as you will need it to complete the subsequent steps in the admissions procedure and for admission to the program.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact

Please note:

  • In order to be admitted to the Bachelor's degree program, you must fulfill all of the university's formal admission requirements.
  • When selecting your degree program, you will be asked to fill out a statistical survey in accordance with § 9 (6) of the Education Documentation Act.
  • The admissions procedure takes place only once a year. You may not apply or enroll outside of the application and enrollment periods!
  • The e-mail address you provide must be active and valid. All additional e-mails regarding the admissions procedure will be sent to the e-mail address you provide.

If the number of applicants who register for the program is less than the number of available spots in the program (80), the admissions procedure will not move forward. In this case, all of the applicants can enroll in the program (during the enrollment period) for the desired semester (i.e., for the following Winter Semester or Summer Semester). If there are over 80 applicants to the program, the admissions procedure will move forward. You will receive an e-mail notifying you about whether or not the procedure will take place and subsequently an e-mail containing a link to upload the required application video (see Step 2).

Step 2: Submit Your Application Video

You will receive an e-mail containing notification as to whether or not an admissions procedure will take place. If students are to be selected before being admitted to the program, the e-mail you receive will contain a link to the Moodle course where you will upload your application video. The e-mail address used will be the address you provided during the online registration procedure.

The video must be in English and should answer the following questions:

  • Who are you? What is your background story?
  • Why do you want to study International Business Administration? What motivates you to pursue the IBA Bachelor’s degree program?
  • Why do you want to come to the JKU Business School?
  • What makes you the right person for the program?
  • What are your career goals for the next 5-10 years? What do you want to achieve in your career?
  • Be bold! Show us your creative side and have fun making a dynamic video!

Your video must be 1.5 to 2 minutes long and no larger than 250 MB. Acceptable formats include: .avi, .mov, mp4, .m4v, 3gp, .asf, .wmv, .mpg, .mpeg, .mpe. You can also use your smart phone to make your video.

We are required to verify your identity and ask that a copy of your passport be uploaded via the same Moodle course. The deadline to upload your application video and a copy of your passport ends on May 25, 2023, at midnight.

Your video will be reviewed by our program management team to determine if the content and language requirements have been met. After your application video has been evaluated, you will receive an e-mail as to whether or not you may continue taking part in the admissions process. The e-mail notification will be sent by no later than June 20, 2023.

Do you have any questions about making and submitting your video? The contact us by sending an e-mail to:!

Step 3: Submit Your Essay

If you received positive feedback in regard to your application video and have been approved to continue taking part in the admissions procedure, your next step is to write and upload an essay. The essay must be written in English and then uploaded into the Moodle course. The essay will be evaluated in regard to significantly understanding the reading material in particular, your ability to argue and express an opinion, and use of language. The Essay Guidelines and Essay Template are available in the Info Box to the right.

What can I do in advance to prepare?

1. Familiarize yourself with the reading material

The essay is based on the following reading material (available as an e-book): Fundamentals of Business, Third Edition, opens an external URL in a new window

Skripak, Stephen J. and Ron Poff (2020). Fundamentals of Business

, 3rd Edition, Blacksburg, VA: VT Publishing., opens an external URL in a new window. Licensed with CC BY-NC-SA 4.0, opens an external URL in a new window

The corresponding chapters are:

  • Chapter 2 The Foundations of Business
  • Chapter 3 Economics and Business
  • Chapter 4 Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • Chapter 5 Business in a Global Environment
  • Chapter 6 Forms of Business Ownership
  • Chapter 8 Management and Leadership
  • Chapter 9 Structuring Organizations
  • Chapter 12 Managing Human Resources
  • Chapter 14 Marketing: Providing Value to Customers
  • Chapter 17 Accounting and Financial Information

2. To help prepare for your essay, take a look at the following companies:

Companies to base your essay on include:

Detailed essay assignments are available in Moodle. Choose ONE assignment and ONE company to write about. Your essay must be 10,000 to 16,000 characters (including spaces). The Essay Guidelines and Essay Template are available in the "Submit Your Essay" Info Box above.

You will have a 72-hour period between June 21, 2023, and June 29, 2023, to access the assignment as well as write and upload the essay. The 72-hour period begins once you initially log in to the assignment in the Moodle course. The link to the Moodle course (which also serves as the link to upload the required essay) will be sent to the applicants by e-mail by no later than June 20, 2023, to the address provided during registration. If the essay is not uploaded within 72 hours following the initial log-in, you will be excluded from continuing on with the admissions procedure. The last opportunity to upload your essay is June 29, 2023!


You will receive an e-mail containing the results (in accordance with § 14 of the Admissions Regulation) by no later than July 18, 2023. The e-mail address used will be the address you provided during the registration procedure. At the same time, and based on the results, you will be notified as to whether or not you have been accepted to the program.

Do you have any questions about the essay? Contact us by sending an e-mail to:!

Submit Your Essay

Submission Period

June 21 to June 29, 2023

You have 72 hours to access the assignment and to write and submit your essay!


Via e-mail by July 18, 2023 at the latest

Step 4: Complete your Admission

As soon as you receive confirmation of acceptance to the program, you will be required to submit your enrollment forms to the JKU in order to complete the admissions process. If you are starting the program in Winter Semester 2023/2024, you must enroll by no later than August 7, 2023; for the Summer Semester 2024, you can enroll within the general enrollment period.

Information about enrollment - including the required documents as to when and where you can enroll - is available below.

  • Documents for Students holding Austrian Qualifications

  • Documents for Students holding International Qualifications


Step 5: Pay Austrian Student Union and/or Tuition Fees

When you enroll in the IBA program, you will be subject to paying the Austrian Student Union fee and, if applicable, tuition fees. Only then will you be officially enrolled and ready to begin your studies! See Austrian Student Union Fees and Tuition for detailed information.

The Austrian Student Union fee and, if applicable, tuition fees are to be paid each semester!

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