Miscellaneous Questions Archives - IPBS MIM Master

If you choose Northeastern University as one of your partner schools, please note that you may be eligible for a J-1 visa sponsorship to complete the Ms in International Management program of studies.

You will get full information about starting the VISA process from the Student Services Team upon your enrollment.

If you are not a US Citizen or Permanent Resident, you will need a student visa for the duration of your studies at Northeastern. The application process for the student visa requires the submission of documents to Northeastern and an appointment at your local US Embassy. This process usually occurs sometime in May, June or July.

If your internship is outside of your home country and you will not return to your home country before departing for Boston, you will need to book an appointment at the US Embassy in your current location. The Embassy will likely require documentation that proves that you are in the country of your internship legally (i.e. proof of a visa and/or letter from the employer stating employment dates). Please be sure to contact the US Embassy responsible for the location of your internship to inquire about specific documentation required.

If your internship is in the USA, you will not be able to transfer the internship visa to a student visa. You will need to apply for a new visa for the start of the program in Boston. This will require that you leave the USA and make a visa appointment at a US Embassy. This may require that you return to your home country. There is no guarantee that a US Embassy responsible for a country outside of your home country will allow you to book a visa appointment without specific documentation for the reason that you are in that country. Be sure to consider this when planning your internship an allow yourself a few weeks in your home country before the start of semester 1 in Boston to manage the visa application procedures.

If a student becomes ill during the programme and can provide appropriate medical evidence, a deferral will be offered to recommence the programme the following academic year. The programme payments are still to be made in the normal sequence in order to guarantee the student’s place for the following academic year. If the payments are not made, then a place cannot be guaranteed. For some schools the re-registration the following academic year may involve a small additional registration fee.

For general inquiries and additional information please write to: mimoffice@ipbsmim.com

The MS in International Management is a full-time programme including two partner schools, therefore the school of the first semester (NEOMA Business School, DCU Business School, UDLAP, UCSC and Northeastern University) and the degree awarding institution (ESB Business School at Reutlingen University, DCU Business School and D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University) cannot be the same. The choice is yours to select the two partner universities *).

*) Please also note that the NEOMA/NU and the DCU/NU track do not exist!



Starting dates vary from school to school, from August/September of each year.

The Study Block 1 of the MIM Intake 2018/19 will start at the following dates:

  • UDLAP: beginning of August 2018
  • DCU: middle of September 2018
  • NEOMA: middle of September 2018
  • NU: beginning of September 2018
  • UCSC: middle of September 2018

Students will be given the starting dates for Study Block 2 at the beginning of the academic year. However, the Study Block 2 begins in early February at the European Partner Schools.

At Northeastern University, USA the second semester starts already at the beginning of January. More specific start and end dates, as well as the school holiday days, for each semester can be found from the relevant year’s NU academic calendar webpage: http://www.northeastern.edu/registrar/calendars.html

All courses (core courses and elective courses) are taught in English, regardless of the country of study.

The MIM programme is taught entirely in English.  Thus there is no difficulty to follow the lessons. Language teaching is NOT included in the various MIM tracks.  Some schools may offer language courses either free of charge or at a cost.

The 10-to-15 month (the length is depending on the track choice) MIM programme is divided into three study blocks, each one representing 30 ECTS credits.  Thus the entire programme represents 90 ECTS credits.

Please note: For US MIM it is 30 US or 60 ECTS credits as Northeastern University does not require a master’s thesis.


The length of a student’s programme depends on the followin criteria:

– The number of ECTS credits held upon admission

– The choice of the track (e.g. for the US degree track the graduation is in May).

– The local school regulations/academic calender

As the courses are taught in English, the only requirement is that you have a good knowledge of English.

Although the schools have computer labs, they have limited open times and can be closed on week-ends and holidays.  It is therefore strongly suggested that you bring your own laptop / notebook.  Don’t forget the appropriate adapters/converters.

In order to progress from Study Block 1 to Study Block 2, a student must achieve an overall minimum average grade of:

– 10 from NEOMA (French grade)

– B from NU (USA grade)

– 8.0 from UDLAP  (Mexican grade)

– 18.0 from UCSC (Italian grade)

– 40% from DCU (Irish grade)

Students must have passed all courses sat in Country A to progress.

There are school specific resit policies available for Study Block 1.

In order to pass the whole year, the student needs to achieve an overall minimum average of:

– 40% from DCU (Irish grade)

– 4.0 from ESB  (German grade)

– B from NU  (USA grade)

Students must have passed all courses sat in Country B, including the Master’s Thesis. Students are to follow the rules of the university of attendance for possible repeat examinations for modules in Study Block 2 & 3.

Please note that there is no refund in case of failure.

Students who have satisfactorily fulfilled all the requirements are awarded a Master degree by the second school of study (DCU Business School, D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University or ESB Business School at the University Reutlingen ):

A Master of Science in International Management (MSc).

They are also awarded the IPBS Post-Graduate Certificate of Study in International Management, which mentions the two schools the student attended.