New degree program launched with German university

By Staff

Students studying finance or international business at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs will have the opportunity to study euros in addition to dollars as part of a new dual-bachelor's degree program with the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management in Germany.

Beginning this fall, UCCS students may earn degrees from both UCCS and the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, according to Tom Zwirlein, professor in the College of Business. The dual degrees will provide students with credentials that will allow them to work in the fast-growing field of international business and banking.

"If you're looking for a way to distinguish yourself on two continents, this is it," Zwirlein said.

For more than 15 years, German students have traveled to UCCS to study finance at the nationally ranked College of Business and earn certificates in American Business Studies.

But UCCS students have not participated in programs at the Frankfurt School. That's about to change.

"The dual-degree program with Frankfurt School of Finance is an excellent addition to our current international partnerships," said Venkat Reddy, dean of the College of Business. "It's another way the college is helping our students build global futures."

Under a new exchange agreement, German students will study at UCCS for two semesters during their degree program. In exchange, UCCS students will study for two semesters in Frankfurt. At the completion of their respective programs, students earn degrees from both colleges. The integrated program includes study in German language, internships and a written thesis. Students also will complete a core set of courses required of both business schools.

Zwirlein anticipates the program will have five students this fall from each school and will continue to grow as students seek careers in large U.S. or German banks or other industries. Large banks in both countries often have overseas operations, Zwirlein explained, and many corporations are in both countries.

"BMW convertibles and SUVs are made in Tennessee," Zwirlein said. "Someone who understands the culture and business practices in both countries is going to have a tremendous advantage in our competitive global job market."

For more information about the dual-degree program, contact Zwirlein at 719-255-3241 or