Mastering theory that translates to the real world

The School of Business, Economics and Society (WiSo) at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) is specifically set up to provide the study environment students need to succeed in their future. 6,000 students from around the world currently take advantage of the School’s 21 top degree programs, engaging in both theoretical and hands-on preparation for jobs in the private sector, prominent organizations or research. They have chosen one of Germany’s best universities, knowing well that they will benefit from FAU’s favorable relationships with partner universities and companies as well as from access to many suitable international opportunities. Study and research at a top international level, a multicultural faculty and student body, real-world orientation, an exceptional business network and uncompromising quality management are the factors behind the School of Business, Economics and Society’s success. But don’t just take our word for it: the School’s enviable results in every significant national ranking speak for themselves, such as top scores in CHE and THE-rankings of the past years.

Student passion for tackling real-world issues. The School of Business, Economics and Society relies on strong alliances with businesses.

Regional cooperation: From theory to practice

The WiSo maintains strong links with regional institutions and businesses. Representing a wide range of industries, companies enable students to conduct research projects with real-world implications. Business plan seminars, case studies, expert guest lectures, project seminars, excursions, management simulations and financial report studies take place in classes crafted in line with actual business practices. Over a period of 12 months, professionals from nationally and internationally operating companies take selected students under their wings, not only providing them a front-row view into a myriad of industrial fields but also access to the contacts so crucial for career starters. The School is supported by various companies through endowments of Chairs that conduct research in fields such as insurance marketing, HR management, digitalization of businesses and others. Businesses contribute towards ideal learning conditions, profiting from the resulting give-and-take exchange with FAU students from Germany and all over the world.

Prime location: Students become sought-after experts

The European Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg is one of the top 11 economic areas in Germany and is currently home to 2.5 million people. An extremely productive infrastructure, seminal industries, impressive innovative capacity and high quality of life all come together to make the region a very attractive location for industrial businesses and service companies. Home to a population of more than half a million people and around 24,000 companies, Nuremberg is the center of the Metropolitan Region. The city shines through a lively network stretching out through a multitude of industry branches. Be they high-tech businesses or providers of traditional trades, medium-sized enterprises or global players, third generation-run companies or young start-ups, they all appreciate the close proximity to the School of Business, Economics and Society when choosing where to set up shop. World-renowned brands including Adidas, Puma, Siemens, Faber-Castell, Uvex and Schaeffler Technologies all begin building relationships with students even before they have finished their degrees. They know that our graduates represent highly-qualified professionals with untold innovative potential: Our graduates help shape the future of these companies and society.

Studying with a start-up feeling: The perfect basis for starting your own business

When young people study at a university, the question ‘what follows?‘ arises after the bachelor’s degree, or at the latest after the master’s degree. A career in science? A career start in a regional or even global company? A responsible position in a public institution? The direct practical relevance of WiSo and close cooperation with the business world promote the successful career entry of graduates. But they are also a strong argument for starting your own business.

For prospective founders, WiSo and FAU are a good starting point. Many programs, counseling centers and other activities provide support on the path to starting one’s own business. Interested parties who would like to gain experience in this area or who would like to experience the development process of a start-up can choose between programs such as the Digital Tech Academy, the FAU Sandbox and, most recently, the Existency Program, which is the result of cooperation between the TH Nuremberg, the HS Ansbach and the FAU.