Master's Degree Program Global Business - ACT.

A three-continent Master's degree program offering a unique experience by studying over nine months in three different countries with fellow students of diverse nationalities and different cultural backgrounds.

The ACT program is comprised of two semesters at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) in Linz and an international phase at all three partner universities (UVic, University of Victoria; JKU Linz; NSYSU, National Sun Yat-sen University Taiwan). The program has been designed and structured to prepare you for a career in international management. We offer:

  • Angloamerican, Asian, and European Business Contexts. You will spend approximately three months in Canada, Taiwan, and Austria, learning more about business practices in North America, Asia, and Europe. As you will work on business projects in cooperation with Austrian and Taiwanese companies, you will acquire hands-on, real-world experience, gaining insight into local business practices.
  • Global Mindset and Intercultural Skills. This program provides you with a unique opportunity to develop a global mindset and  strengthen your social and cultural skill sets. Cultural sensitivity training, mandatory courses in a second foreign language, and working closely with international classmates from different countries allows you to embrace diversity and cultural differences.
  • Personal Development. The ACT program is a life-enriching experience designed to improve your personal development and grow both personally and professionally. The program has a lasting impact, strengthening characteristics that are highly valued in the area of international management, including changing attitudes and outlooks as well as helping you become more confident, open, and flexible.

Key Facts

Three-Continent Master's Degree Program


Master of Science (MSc),
Double Degree (MBA)


4 semesters




120 Credits

Partner Universities

- NSYSU, Taiwan
- UVIC, Canada

Additional Language Skills

- Chinese
- German
- Advanced Business English (only during the National Phase)

Partner Universities

The ACT program takes place at the University of Victoria, Canada, the National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan, and the Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria. The program aims to prepare you to pursue a career in a global environment. You spend approximately three months in each country and focus on business practices in North America, Asia, and Europe.

Victoria Lanza, Global Business Student - ACT Track 18/19

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Master's Degree Program: Structure

The program is divided into two sections:

National Phase

During the national phase, you will study at your home university (JKU), attending courses in general management, business, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and Business English, as well as begin working on your Master's degree thesis. You can select 5 out of 8 management subjects. You will attend these subjects together with students in other Master’s degree programs, giving you an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with other students.

International Phase

Each year, the respective partner universities will select approximately 10 students from their institution. The joint degree program is offered in the form of trimesters, beginning in August and ending in April. Over the course of approximately 8 months, you spend an equal amount of time at each university. The program begins in Canada, continues in Taiwan, and concludes in Austria. Local faculty members from each university teach the ACT courses.

During the international year, the joint degree program includes courses in international finance, economics and business, cultural awareness, global governance, advanced management competences, and language classes in Chinese or German. Aside from theoretical input, during your stay in Linz you will also have an opportunity to work with companies on real-world business projects as part of a culturally diverse group. Over the years, this part of the program has become a program highlight!

Successful Completion of the Joint Master's Degree Program

After the joint study period, you will return to your home university to take final examinations and complete a thesis as required by your home university. JKU students are required to write a Master’s thesis supervised by a JKU faculty member. Your home university will award the degree. The diploma indicates that the program was offered in cooperation by all three universities. At the JKU, you will be conferred with the title Master of Science (MSc) in Global Business.

Double Degree Option

The JKU and NSYSU offer an option to earn a double degree, meaning you can earn a second Master's degree from the other respective university (an MBA at NSYSU, an MSc at the JKU). Those wishing to earn a double degree must fulfill the following requirements: 

  • Successful completion of the international year
  • Outstanding academic performance in the program
  • Prepare, translate, and verify documents
  • Take additional business classes at NSYSU after the end of the international year (approx. 4,5 months)
  • Write a second Master's thesis

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to: mgb(at)


Double Degree Option

Partner University

National Sun-Yat Sen University, Taiwan


Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Additional Requirements

Second stay in Taiwan
Write and defend a Master’s thesis
Take additional business classes at the NSYSU

„In my personal experience, the ability to truly understand, work and perform in different cultural settings is crucial and key to pursuing a successful career in Austria or abroad.  For students, the program is a major return on investment. Graduates of the ACT program have higher qualifications to pursue a career at internationally active companies that want to push the limits.“
Martin Steininger, HR International, Fronius International Ltd., 2012 ACT program participant

Recommended Study Plan

As part of the Master’s degree program, you are required to complete courses totaling 120 ECTS credits in the following areas (for detailed information about the courses visit our Study Guide, opens an external URL in a new window or our Recommended Study Plan, opens a file in a new window). You can either start with national or international year courses.

National Phase

Semester S1 S2 S3 S4
General Management Competence (5 out of 8 modules) 15 15    
Language Skills English 3 3    
Methods in Management Research 3 3    
Master Thesis and Master Thesis Seminar       24
ECTS Credits 21 21   24

International Phase

Semester S1 S2 S3 S4
Introduction to Global Business (Canada)     10  
Global Business Development (Taiwan)     7  
Global Business Consulting (Austria)       7
Global Business in Context (all locations)     7 5
Global Leadership & Cult. Intellig. (all locations)     6 3
Language Skills II (Chinese/German) (all locations)     6 3
ECTS Credits 0 0 36 18


The Master's degree program Global Business - ACT consists of a national and an international year. You must successfully complete 120 ECTS credits in order to graduate. As previously mentioned, you will take the courses during the national year together with students in other Master’s programs at the JKU. The following courses will be offered during the national year:

Students must select 5 out of the following 8 modules (6 ECTS credits each):

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

  • Academic Writing (C1)
  • Case Studies English (C1)

  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Qualitative Research Methods

  • Master's Thesis
  • Master's Thesis Seminar

The following courses are offered during the international year:

  • Global Business Fundamentals (10 ECTS credits)
  • North American Business Context (3 ECTS credits)
  • Global Leadership and Cultural Intelligence I (3 ECTS credits)
  • Language Skills II (3 ECTS credits)
    • Chinese Basic
    • German Basic

  • Global Business Development (7 ECTS credits)
  • Asian Business Context (4 ECTS credits)
  • Global Leadership and Cultural Intelligence II (3 ECTS credits)
  • Language Skills II (3 ECTS credits)
    • Chinese Basic
    • German Basic

  • Global Business Consulting (7 ECTS credits)
  • European Business Context (5 ECTS credits)
  • Global Leadership and Cultural Intelligence III (3 ECTS credits)
  • Language Skills II (3 ECTS credits)
    • Chinese Basic
    • German Basic

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