Study Global Business at the JKU.

Travel the world. Be part of an international team. Get to know different business economies. This program gives you a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in - and experience - a wide variety of cultures. See what is new and question what is outdated.

The Master's degree program in Global Business will prepare you to pursue a career in an international setting.

The program will hone and improve your skills in self-reflection, tolerance, understanding, flexibility and intercultural skills. These are qualities every manager needs in today's globally networked world.


What Makes This Program Special

  • One year, three countries, three universities: The program's unique structure gives you an opportunity to study for one year at three universities in three different countries with fellow classmates from different backgrounds and nationalities. Students learn in small groups, creating a familiar atmosphere and ideal conditions to support your individual learning success.
  • Hands-On, Real-World Experience: By working on real-world problems as part of a business consulting project and in case studies, you acquire invaluable hands-on experience to prepare yourself to embark on a career. In addition, company visits not only provide unique insight into country-specific business conditions, you can also take advantage of networking opportunities. 
  • Intercultural Skills: Continual collaboration as part of a multicultural team, professional support in the form of mentoring, and encouragement to regularly reflect provide ideal conditions to grow and develop on a personal level as well as acquire intercultural skills.
  • Assets for Your Professional Career: Offered entirely in English, this program gives you an opportunity to acquire strong language skills in a minimum of one additional foreign language during the course of the international year, as well as an option to earn a double degree at one of our partner universities. If you aim to pursue an international career, the program gives you the academic background you need.
  • Ideal Organizational Support: A standardized curriculum and direct ECTS credit transfer by partner universities ensures less administrative hassle, alllowing you to focus more on your learning and educational experience during your international year abroad.

Key Facts


Master of Science (MSc)




4 semesters


120 Credits


English (Level C1)


One year at the JKU
One year at all three partner universities



Application Deadline

December 1, 2021

Apply to the Program Submit your application by December 1, 2021,
to enroll for the 2022 academic year.

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Master's in Global Business - Tracks

The Global Business program currently offers three different tracks, each containing a different cultural and business focus. The following tracks are available:


ACT - Austria, Canada and Taiwan


PAC - Peru, Austrian and Canada


TROIKA - Russia, Austria and Italy


The Different Programs and Areas of Specialization

  • The Fundamentals of International Business: You learn theory through case studies but also how to directly apply what you have learned to real-world situations by taking part in projects. These opportunities allow you to hone your skill set.
  • Languages and Culture: The time period spent abroad during the international year will help you improve your language and intercultural skills. You take part in language courses, collaborate with local companies, and communicate with people, including students and educations, of different nationalities.


The Different Programs and What You Will Learn

In addition to international business and languages, the Master's degree program provides the following opportunities to grow your skill set:

  • Teamwork and Professional Development: Teamwork and personal development: By studying in an unfamiliar environment at three different universities together with students from a wide variety of backgrounds, you challenge yourself to go beyond your comfort zone and face new challenges in a relatively short period of time. Working continuously as part of an international team also requires openness, flexibility and creativity in order to find solutions. The experience allows you to grow personally and strengthen your team skills.
  • Consulting: As part of the international year, you acquire a basic understanding of consulting and can apply what you have learned in the real-world by taking part in projects with companies in Germany and abroad.

Did you know that ...?

As part of the Global Business ACT (Austria, Canada, Taiwan) program, you can choose to pursue an additional MBA degree at the National Sun Yat-sen University in Taiwan. As part of the PAC (Peru, Austria, Canada) program, you can choose to pursue an MBA at the CENTRUM PUCP Graduate Business School in Peru. As part of the TROIKA program, you can choose to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Business at the Higher School of Economics in Russia.

Global Business and Your Career Prospects

Acquiring a strong understanding of management combined with experience abroad is ideal to prepare you for an international career in many areas of industry and business. Potential careers include:

  • International Management (or assistant positions in Internationalen Management): You have the background and expertise to, for example, develop strategies, manage sales or key accounts, and manage projects (particularly at internationally active companies, corporate headquarters, or at internationally located subsidiaries). During the initial phase of your professional career, you will also be well prepared to pursue an assistant position in management - such as an assistant to the manager - where you prepare information and concepts to make strategic decisions or help to develop future scenarios.
  • Internationales Human Resource Management: As an International Human Resource Manager you will make a decisive contribution to an international company’s or group’s success. Your proficiency in foreign languages and intercultural skills, sound theoretical education, as well as your personal experience abroad are ideal to help prepare you to manage and provide support services to employees from different backgrounds. 
  • Internationales Marketing: Specialists who have an academic background and understanding of international marketing are not only in demand in an export-oriented country such as Austria, but also internationally. Your qualification profile will enable you to work in international marketing management, international business development, and international product/brand management.
  • Consulting: As a consultant, you analyze trends and challenges for companies or entire industries. Based on your analyses, you create new strategic options and business models. At the same time, you also support a company’s internal operations.

On average, graduates in this field find a job immediately after completing the program. After 3 years on the job, their average monthly gross salary is € 3.483.

„This program teaches you how to deal with unexpected situations, particularly those requiring you to react and respond quickly. This is extremely helpful, particularly if you work abroad after graduation.“
Daniel Aschauer, Deputy General Manager, Anton Paar Taiwan, ACT Graduate 2016/2017

Register to Enroll


In order to be accepted to the Master's degree program, you must meet the following admission requirements:

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Please note: In order to successfully complete this program, you need strong time management skills, motivation. and a willingness to study in a full-time Master's degree program (120 ECTS credits) as part of an international group of like-minded people and under sometimes challenging conditions.

Start Your Studies - A Step-by-Step Guide

We have summarized and compiled comprehensive information for you, beginning with the application process to paying tuition fees! Learn everything you need to know here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes the Global Business Master's Degree Programs so unique?

The programs' international focus is a unique feature. These Master's degree programs in Global Business are taught exclusively in English and provide students with an opportunity to spend six months abroad, living in two different countries and experiencing different cultures. The joint Master's degree program in Global Business aims to prepare students to pursue careers at international companies. This special graduate degree program not only challenges students to travel the world and learn to work together in international teams, but it also encourages them to appreciate different cultures and to reflect critically and conscientiously on their own country. Moreover, each track offers students the opportunity to acquire a double degree at one of the partner universities.

The program has been designed to raise each student's level of awareness, tolerance, understanding and flexibility - traits that every manager in our global world needs today

What are the admission requirements for the Master's degree program in Global Business at Johannes Kepler University in Linz?

Academic Business Background

Admission requirements for the Master’s degree program in Global Business are twofold. First, students must have successfully completed a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or hold a comparable degree. Degrees awarded by universities other than the JKU will be subject to review by the JKU Admissions Office in order to clarify whether or not they meet the required standards. If the degree is not considered comparable, during the first year of the Master's degree program, students will be given an opportunity to attend required, supplementary courses in addition to courses as outlined in the curriculum. As a guideline, students are required to have a basic understanding of management, which is given if they have attended classes worth a minimum of 30 ECTS credits in the fields of business administration or economics.

Proof of Language Proficiency

In addition, proof of proficiency in English at a C1 level in accordance with the European Frame of Reference is required. This requirement is waived for native speakers of English as well as for students graduating from programs that were taught entirely in English. Proof of proficiency in English can also be met by providing one of the following certificates:

  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)

Learn more about Proof of Language Proficiency. 


Application Procedure

In addition, students are required to successfully pass the application procedure.

When do I find out if I meet the admission requirements?

After submitting a completed application, you will receive notification that we have received your application. The academic program director will only verify receipt of your application, providing it is complete and complies with admission requirements. If your application fulfills all of the admission requirements, you will be invited for an interview at the Johannes Kepler University. The interview will be conducted in English.

How long does a Global Business degree program last?

The Master's degree program in Global Business is a two-year program consisting of a national year spent at the JKU and an international year where students will be staying approximately three months at each of the three partner universities.


What courses do I have to take during the national year of the Master's degree program in Global Business at the JKU?

ACT Program:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Academic Writing English
  • Case Studies English
  • Master's Thesis Seminar

Select 5 courses out of the following 8 courses:

  • Strategic Management
  • Human Resource & Change Management
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Marketing
  • Organization
  • Interpersonal Skills and Intercultural Competence


Troika Program:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Academic Writing English
  • Case Studies English
  • Master's Thesis Seminar
  • Cultural Context

Select 6 courses out of the following 8 courses:

  • Strategic Management
  • Human Resource & Change Management
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Marketing
  • Organization
  • Interpersonal Skills and Intercultural Competence


PAC Program:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Academic Writing English
  • Case Studies English
  • Master's Thesis Seminar

Select 5 courses out of the following 8 courses:

  • Strategic Management
  • Human Resource & Change Management
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Marketing
  • Organization
  • Interpersonal Skills and Intercultural Competence

Is it possible to start the Master’s degree program with the international year?

Yes, if you wish to apply for direct admission to the international year, please send the required application documents as well as all transcripts from your previous studies to:

Are students in the Master's degree program in Global Business subject to tuition fees?

As an Austrian citizen or EU national, you are not subject to tuition fees if you are enrolled in the Master's degree program in Global Business. Students must, however, pay the Austrian student union fee, incl. insurance (€ 20.20 per semester, last update: June 2021).

Certain non-EU nationals will be subject to tuition fees of € 726.72 per semester. In addition, these students will also have to pay the Austrian student union fee, incl. insurance (€ 20.20 per semester, last update: June 2021). This means a total amount of € 746.92 per semester.

Are there any scholarships/grants available?

Mobility Grants

Students who are officially enrolled at the JKU Linz can apply for a number of scholarships and grants to help financially support and organize your stay abroad. In addition, you may be exempt from paying tuition fees (=Studienbeitrag) providing you meet the corresponding requirements. All students must pay the Austrian student union fee.


Exchange Program Study Grants

The following study grants are available. The amounts vary according to :

  • the type of exchange program you are on
  • where you live
  • whether or not you already receive financial aid

The following study grants are available:

  • Erasmus study grants (intended mostly for studies at European universities)
  • The JKU Study Grant (mostly for universities located outside of Europe)
  • Financial Aid for Study Abroad Programs (for students in the second part of studies, or the third semester of a Bachelor's or Master's degree program and receiving financial aid)
  • IPS Study Grant of the Upper Austrian Government (for students who have had main residency in Upper Austria for a minimum of 1 year)


The JKU Study Abroad Grant:

  • Grant amounts: monthly grant + most likely an allowance for travel expenses
  • Grant duration: 2 to 15 months
  • Students can apply for financial support to pay for intensive language courses before their study abroad program begins.
  • Students must be in a study abroad program for a minimum of one semester. ECTS credit for this period will not be transferred.
  • Additional financial support is available for students who have a child or children
  • Additional financial support available for students who have special needs

IPS Study Grant:

JKU Linz students who have official residency in Upper Austria (a minimum of 1 year) can apply for the IPS study grant funded by the Upper Austrian government (max. grant € 100 for Europe + travel allowance, max. €480).

Where can I find out more about visa and residence requirements?

Where can I find out more about studying and working in Austria?

Still Have Questions?

Do you need help registering or do you have questions about the program? Contact the JKU's Office of Student Information and Academic Advising (SIBS)!

Program Management at the JKU Business School

If you have further questions about the Master's degree program in Global Business, please do not hesitate to inquire more information via email:

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