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International Wine Business bachelor degree programme

What better place to develop business administration expertise for the international wine business than in one of Austria’s top wine-producing areas?

In-depth education covering business administration, legal, viticultural and oenological topics means that after six semesters you are fully equipped to assume managerial responsibilities in the wine and beverage industry, including on the international stage – thanks to a programme taught entirely in English.

The degree programme: Bachelor of Arts in Business (BA)

Of course, wine and the wine industry are the centre of attention throughout the programme, enabling you to become an expert in the subject. This is the only bachelor degree with an exclusive focus on the wine business offered at an Austrian university of applied sciences.

Courses on various business administration and economic disciplines form the basis of the programme. This gives you an insight into company and departmental structures and processes. And this wide-ranging expertise allows you to take on a host of different duties in your day-to-day work.

The programme also stands out for its strong international focus. You will be learning with fellow students from all over the world, and you have the opportunity to spend semester 4 abroad at one of our partner universities. You can also spend your internship in semester 5 in a foreign country.

Business administration – the basics

Business administration focuses on how organisations and companies are managed. In other words, it examines business processes with the aim of providing insights into the planning, implementation and evaluation of responsibility, approaches and objectives in different parts of a business.

Business administration topics include accounting and finance, marketing, human resources and logistics.

Core topics of the International Wine Business degree programme

The International Wine Business bachelor degree covers various fundamental aspects of business administration. What’s more, you’ll also take a look at the key features of the wine industry.

Viticulture aka winegrowing

Winegrowing refers to the cultivation of vines with the aim of producing wine. This is the job of the winemaker. Numerous factors influence the taste of the end product, including location, soil, climate, weather, the winemaker’s work and the vine varieties selected.

Oenology aka winemaking or viniculture

Viniculture covers all of the essential activities involved in making wine. Oenologists are responsible for cellar equipment and production of the various wine varieties. Experts are familiar with market requirements and the ways their wines will satisfy them.

Sensory analysis

This discipline is all about assessing a wine’s character using the senses. The focus is on criteria such as colour and clarity, bouquets and aromas, consistency, temperature and of course taste.

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You can design your degree in line with your personal interests. You can decide whether to spend a semester at one of our partner universities and find an internship that’s tailor-made for you. You’re also free to choose the topic of your bachelor paper. Just to give you a few ideas: organic wine production and natural wine, e-commerce and digital wine marketing, wine tourism, or specific wine markets such as the UK, China or Russia.
Programme director Albert Stöckl

A formula for success: theoretical knowledge + practical experience

The programme is built on three pillars.

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The basics

Semesters 1-4

The programme covers business administration, economics, languages and communication, and also enhances your interpersonal skills.

You will develop expertise in marketing, sales and brand management. There is a constant focus on domestic and international circumstances and practices. With a curriculum that also includes accounting, finance and management controlling, after graduating you will be ideally placed to make your company more competitive on the Austrian and international market.

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The internship semester

Semester 5

The fifth-semester internship, where you will work for at least 22 weeks in your chosen specialism, is the centrepiece of the degree programme. We recommend completing it abroad.

During the internship you will gain first-hand insights into a company’s operations and functions, as well as gaining experience that could play a decisive part in your future career.

The other semesters also feature a strong focus on practical elements. Courses at the viticulture colleges in Krems and Klosterneuburg, group work including production of your own vintage, and countless excursions and company visits are just a few of the practical aspects of the degree programme.

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Advanced courses

Semesters 1-6

It goes without saying that you will concentrate on wine and winegrowing during your degree. You’ll find out what makes the perfect vineyard location and about the role played by the vines. You will acquire expertise in winegrowing, wine production, grape varieties and wine styles.

Other key aspects of the programme include international wine law, sensory assessment of wine, and wine treatment and analysis methods. So at the end of your degree you will have all the tools needed to evaluate wine production under specific conditions in Austria and abroad.

Curriculum

What can you expect from your studies? The curriculum provides an overview.
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CourseSWSECTS
Management
Business Administration 24
Accounting and Financing
Accounting I 24
Law
Principles of Private and Public Law 23
International Wine Industry
International Wine Industry I 22
Wine Production
Viticulture I 22
Wine Processing I 23
Wine Sensory
Sensory Training 11
Business Mathematics
Business Mathematics - Theory 24
Business Mathematics - Exercise 11
Personality Training
Teamtraining 11
Scientific Methods and Tools
Research Methodology I 23
Software Applications I 22
CourseSWSECTS
Management
Organisation Theory and Organisation Development 23
Accounting and Financing
Accounting II 24
Economics
Microeconomics 23
Marketing
Marketing 23
International Wine Law
International Wine Law 12
Wine Production
Viticulture II 22
Wine Processing II 33
Wine Sensory
Wine Tasting and Description I 22
Mathematics and Statistics
Business Statistics 24
Personality Training
Presentation and Presentation Techniques 11
Scientific Methods and Tools
Research Methodology II 23
CourseSWSECTS
Management
Human Resource Management 23
Procurement and Logistics 23
Project Management 12
Economics
Macro Economics 23
Marketing
E-Commerce and E-Marketing 23
Marketing Research 24
International Wine Industry
Managerial Accounting for Wine Business 24
International Wine Tourism 23
International Wine Marketing and Brand Management 23
Scientific Methods and Tools
Software Applications II 22
CourseSWSECTS
Management
Quality and Process Management 22
Accounting and Financing
Controlling 23
Finance and Investment 23
Economics
International Economics and Agrarian Politics 23
Law
Principles of Business Law 34
International Wine Industry
International Wine Industry II 22
Wine Production
Biology and Plant Protection 22
Wine Processing III 33
Wine Sensory
Wine Tasting and Description II 11
Personality Training
Intercultural Competence 22
Scientific Methods and Tools
Bachelor Seminar I 15
CourseSWSECTS
Pracitcal Training
Practical Training (22w x 30h) 028
Practical Training Coaching Seminar 12
CourseSWSECTS
Management
Entrepreneurship 24
Accounting and Financing
Budgeting and Financial Planning 23
International Wine Industry
Strategic and Sustainable Planning in Wine Industry 24
International Wine Industry III 34
Current Topics in International Wine Business 23
International Wine Markets 34
Scientific Methods and Tools
Bachelor Seminar II and Bachelor Paper 18

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Spend a semester or more at one of our 137 partner universities. A unique experience!

Key features

Why should you choose our International Wine Business degree programme? Here’s an overview.

Surrounded by vineyards

Krems is located in the heart of Europe, about an hour from Vienna by road and rail. Thanks to its distinctive culture and breathtaking scenery, the neighbouring Wachau valley – a popular and renowned winemaking area – is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Region. There’s nothing better than discovering its culinary specialities and outstanding wines and wineries.

The university’s proximity to Vienna and the diverse cultures of neighbouring countries including Germany, Italy, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Switzerland give you an ideal opportunity to nurture your intercultural skills and know-how inside and outside the classroom.

It’s all about wine

The curriculum includes a detailed look at the wine business and wine law. You’ll also develop your expertise in viticulture, oenology and the sensory assessment of wine, meaning you’re ideally placed to take on a managerial post in the wine and beverage industry.

The programme has close contacts to a number of high-profile wineries and wine producers, leading Austrian research institutes, and figures in the international wine business.

Bringing theory to life

The Practical Training Semester (PTS) is an integral part of the curriculum, so you have the chance to put your expertise into practice. You can complete your internship in viticulture, oenology, sales, marketing, e-commerce, purchasing, administration or wine tourism.

There is also the option of a placement in a related sector, such as the hotel/restaurant/cafe (HoReCa) business, or with a supplier or service provider. You can also choose a combination of focuses, for example viticulture and oenology – the internship takes place in the winter semester, with harvesting and fermentation making this an exciting time at any winery – or marketing and sales.

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Key skills

When you graduate, you will have developed wide-ranging professional and theoretical expertise and skills, as well as strong interpersonal abilities.

During the degree you will learn about the basics of business administration, economics and law.

Understanding complex functions within organisations and the interplay between departments is another core competence. You will be aware of just how important an enduring corporate culture is, and become an advocate for strengthening the culture at your company.

You will also study the following business disciplines during your degree:

  • Accounting and finance: You have all the skills required to take on bookkeeping, accounting or controlling duties. You are also familiar with various financial instruments and budgeting tools, and how to deploy them effectively.
  • Marketing: You will study key marketing models, with a focus on typical marketing methods, international and strategic marketing, and market research.
  • Human resource management, logistics and organisational development: You will become familiar with key responsibilities of HR managers and learn how to handle cross-cultural differences. The course also provides an overview of logistics and procurement, and teaches you how to incorporate aspects of quality assurance in your approach to work. Your extensive basic business knowledge also enables you to play a part in preparing business plans.

Microeconomics and macroeconomics are core elements of the curriculum. After completing your degree, you will have a clear understanding of major global interrelationships, which can feed into your organisation’s decision-making processes.

The programme also provides an overview of various legal topics, with an emphasis on international and European wine law.

Analysing research-related questions is an important aspect of higher education. This is why we help you to develop academic skills that allow you to understand and successfully participate in research processes.

High-quality bachelor papers stand out through their contribution to increasing academic knowledge in the subject in question, and for the significant practical benefits they generate.

Examples of topics and methods for the bachelor paper include analysing wine ranges offered by discounters, supermarkets, top restaurants and webshops; experiments such as blind tastings and shopping situations; surveys of particular consumer groups; or case studies on especially innovative or successful businesses.

Besides professional expertise, interpersonal skills will play a major role in your day-to-day work.

This is why we place a particular emphasis on soft skills. You will develop your teamworking abilities in various group work situations, as well as learning how to manage conflicts in the group. We also help you to enhance your presentation skills, put you in a position to take on team leadership functions and teach you how to use conflict resolution tools.

A stand-out feature of the degree programme is that it enables you to develop strong cross-cultural abilities, thanks to the programme’s distinctive international focus. You learn how to handle contrasting views and approaches more effectively and identify potential in teams comprising members with a variety of personal and cultural backgrounds. Put simply, in your career you’ll be able to deal expertly with business partners from all over the world.

You will pick up specific wine-related knowledge and become familiar with the basics of winegrowing and wine production, as well as with the grape varieties and wine styles found in traditional wine producing countries in Europe and overseas. You can evaluate grape growing processes, taking into account national and international economic and environmental factors.

You also have the necessary skills to carry out sensory assessment of wines, and describe and classify them. This sets you apart from graduates of typical business degree programmes.

During your degree, you will learn about domestic and international structures and the key features of the wine business. You will be in a position to analyse various wine markets, using the results as the starting point for developing business concepts for the wine, spirits and beverage industry.

You can identify ways in which the wine and tourism sectors can benefit from one another, and can put forward ideas to future employers.

Career options after graduation

After completing the International Wine Business bachelor degree programme, you will have what it takes to assume countless different posts in the wine industry in Austria and around the world.

You have the choice of starting a career or enrolling for a full-time or part-time master degree. You have a comprehensive range of options – at IMC Krems, for instance, you can register for the International Business and Export Management, Marketing and Sales or Management master programmes. Alternatively, you can take a master degree in business at another Austrian or foreign university.

  • Potential entry-level positions
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Consulting and sales, incl. export
  • Purchasing assistant, incl. import
  • Junior food and beverage (F&B) manager
  • Sommelier, wine service, stock-keeping, staff training
  • Fine wine store management in Austria and abroad
  • Analysis, advice and marketing at an agency
  • E-commerce: managing websites, webshops, social media pages and, where applicable, blogs
  • Positions at domestic and international organisations and associations such as chambers of agriculture, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB), etc. 
  • Wine-related teaching and training at schools or higher education institutions
  • Activities in all upstream and downstream sectors of the wine and beverage industry
  • Research and development, e.g. at the Bundesamt für Weinbau, universities or universities of applied sciences
  • Organising and providing tourism services related to wine and the gourmet sector
  • Entrepreneurship: freelance activities and start-ups

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