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There is a good reason why many CEOs were first Chief Financial Officers. Every business is about money. About profitability and liquidity. Numbers are at the heart of any business. Those who know the financial situation and can control it can lead the entire company. Therefore, experts who studied Finance are in demand. They work in the financial departments of companies or directly in companies for which money is the essential business: namely banks, financial services providers or insurance companies.
If you specialize in Financial Management, which is part of the International Business Studies programme, you acquire profound financial expertise in semesters 3 to 6. A study in Finance focuses on the basic models of the capital market theory, financial institutions and financial instruments as well as the theory and practice of capital markets. This also includes the link between risk and return on money investments and forms the basis for further topics, such as corporate finance or strategic management in banking and finance. You will learn to navigate safely throughout these subjects. This is the ideal preparation for starting your career in the financial sector.
The financial world is networked globally and is becoming increasingly complex. Money and commodity flows stream throughout the world. On the stock exchanges from New York to Tokyo, situations change in a millisecond. Currency fluctuations increase or decrease the value of goods, loans and company shares. And you’re right in the middle. Your Finance studies will familiarize you with the interrelations of the global economy, as you become a part of the international business world. The language that matters is English. That is why lectures are held in English. We also encourage you to learn other foreign languages – at Cologne Business School you will find a wide range of language courses.
How do businesses grow? On their own, of course. But on an international level it is very often through mergers and acquisitions. This is where financial experts are called into question by companies, banks and consultancies. Because for such mergers and acquisitions the analysis of financial figures, or financial due diligence, is extremely important. The financial and earnings situation is examined to curb the risk. With the knowledge gained from your Finance studies, you can make a decisive contribution to decision making.
A study in finance also enables you to pursue a career on the stock exchange or with investment companies. Many of our students are also interested in financial and investment topics beyond their studies, which is why our students founded the CBS Finance and Business Club. Meeting every two weeks, the club discusses issues, invites guest speakers from the world of finance and exchanges knowledge and experience. Excursions are also on the agenda, for example, to stock exchanges and shareholder meetings.
An international semester or an internship abroad is part of your Finance studies. Learn first-hand how corporate cultures and challenges differ from one another abroad. This is how you get ahead experience-wise. We support you in choosing the right university or the ideal company.
For graduates with a degree in Finance, the entire world of business and finance is at their feet. Thanks to your knowledge, your stay abroad, your internship and the scientific work on a financial issue which you write during your studies, you have excellent opportunities on the job market. What are you waiting for?