Business Projects

The Business Project is a consultancy-like project. International teams of 3-5 students solve a real business problem as a one-semester part-time activity tutored by both the company and a professor in parallel.

Each CEMS student has to carry out a Business Project during Term 2. It amounts to 15 ECTS, which is about 50 % of Term 2's workload.

Business projects reinforce the CEMS partnership between universities and companies in jointly shaping the student learning process in international management. 

Rules, Roles and Relations concerning Business Projects


Organiser at University


Tightening Links between Universities and Companies

Cooperation in the 
Educational Process


Providing an International and Practical Curriculum Element

The Challenge of Intercultural and Inter-organisational Learning

Business Project

Joint Project Tutoring

The Marriage of 
Theory and Practice

Student Team


Solving Real-Life
Management Problems

The Bridge between
Research and Consulting

Academic Advisor

Project results are evaluated by the academic and corporate supervisors. Students write a report   and give an oral presentation, both as a group.

Students are thus offered the opportunity

  • to gain insight into business life
  • to train their analytical and problem-solving skills
  • to apply research methods
  • to transfer theoretical knowledge into practice
  • to learn process management
  • to acquire social skills
  • to get to know potential employers and re-define their professional goals.

Students are expected

  • to take responsibility for the project
  • to strive for the best results
  • to share the workload equally within the team
  • to communicate well with their tutors.