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Academy of International Business Studies

The Academy of International Business Studies at Pfeiffer University at Charlotte was founded in 1997 as part of the School of Graduate Studies. Its mission is to develop a unique educational program for students from foreign universities and other institutions of higher education. Foreign students will have the opportunity to enroll in a traditional MBA program as well as undergraduate degree programs.
The unique geographic location of Pfeiffer University at Charlotte together with its excellent academic reputation gave rise to the founding of the Academy. The Academy introduces European students to members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg business arena and helps such students to comprehend American business strategies and practices. It is intended that students value and proliferate their business contacts as they might become of invaluable importance in their future profession.

Goals and Objectives

  • To facilitate and enhance the acquisition of an MBA degree for international students at Pfeiffer University at Charlotte
  • Constant contact for current international students, future students and alumni.
  • International students are given the opportunity to engage in an internship which usually lasts anywhere from 3 months to one year
  • To maintain existing European cooperations with partner institutions and to develop new cooperations
  • To engage in a faculty exchange program, i.e. have foreign academicians teach a summer session, a semester, or an academic year at Pfeiffer U. at Charlotte
  • International corporations in and around Charlotte are encouraged to utilize our MBA-training for their employees
  • The Academy and Pfeiffer University facilities serve as a meeting place for the Charlotte business community and international social interest groups.
  • Alumni support (annual alumni meeting in Germany)
  • Fundraising

Board member

Klaus Becker

Executive Vice President

AMS Specialty Steel

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Fröhlich


Pfeiffer University - Academy of International Business Studies

Prof. Dr. Horst Günter

Dean, Academic Director

IPFM Prague

Leonhard Guntz


Hypo-Vereinsbank Nürnberg

Dieter Herterich

Secretary, Treasurer

Montsol Corp.

Bernd Losskarn

Area Branch Manager

ABX Logistics USA, Inc.

Prof. Dr. Josef Neuert

Manager Research & Development

University of Applied Sciences Kufstein Tirol

Prof. Dr. Rolf Pfeiffer


Export Academy Reutlingen

Dr. Dieter Rathke



Pfeiffer University - Academy of International Business Studies;
Board of Trustees, Pfeiffer University

Karl Ruedisser

General Manager and CEO

Blum, Inc.

Heribert Sangs

Director (Department of Education)


Torsten Schermer

President, Owner

Massage Envy

Kay Schnaidt

Charlotte North Rotary Club


Kurt Scholler


American Trützschler, Inc.

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schüle

Dean (Department of Business)

University of Applied Sciences Mainz

Kurt Waldthausen

Honorary Consul of Germany