Frequently Asked Questions

How can I interact with my classmates and teaching staff?

You will have the opportunity to interact with other students and teaching staff through the online platform, specifically designed chat rooms and the disscussion forums.

For the face to face courses you will be taught with your classmates together in physical classes.

That said, we are just a normal part of the modern world of communication - you're welcome to use all kinds of communication tools you like! We generally encourage freedom of choice and strive to adapt our programs to your preferences.

Do I have to hold a special degree in order to join your programs?

For our Master's programs there are prerequisites - e.g. all study applicants for MBA and EMBA must hold at least a bachelor degree and have at least 3 years of working experience.

What about visa for attending classes in different locations?

You will be responsible for yourself to apply and obtain the visa, however you will be assisted all the way during the process.

Where will the teaching take place?

Online modules are accessible whenever and wherever you want. Synchronous activities may be part of some programs, e.g. web conferences or chat sessions.

Face to face university courses will take place in Berlin, Los Angeles or Beijing.

How long does it take to obtain a degree?

All MBA programs last 2 years.

Custom programs can be a short as a single workshop, but usually they involve self-study and can range from 2 weeks up to approx. half a year.

What is the primary language of instruction at your institution? In what other languages the courses are given?

The MBA program is taught exclusively in Chinese and the EMBA and IMIM programs are taught in English.

For our corporate clients we design and develop customized programs in the language of their choice. 

The pre-designed certification programs are usually available in English and often also in additional languages. Please make an inquiry!

What degree will I obtain at the end of Master's study programs?

The degree will be granted by one of our partner universities. E.g. in the MBA programs you will earn a degree from Steinbeis University.

How can I apply for the Master's and MBA programs?

You can apply online through the CBA website. Please choose the program you're interested in from our list of Master's programs and find instructions how to apply there.

What is Blended Learning?

Blended Learning is the combination of online learning and face-to-face learning. There are a number of potential advantages to blended learning that are emerging. Some of these revolve around accessibility, pedagogical effectiveness, and course interaction. Many of today’s college students are nontraditional, attempting to balance family, jobs, and university life. Coming to campus is often difficult for many of them and through reducing the number of face-to-face hours required, blended learning can help them meet this challenge.