Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

English for Job Applications

Degree programme International Business Administration
Subject area Business and Management
Type of degree Bachelor
Summer Semester 2024
Course unit title English for Job Applications
Course unit code 025008040501
Language of instruction English
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory
Teaching hours per week 2
Year of study 2024
Level of the course / module according to the curriculum
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3
Name of lecturer(s) Alison THEMESSL-HUBER, Michael WILLIAMS
Requirements and Prerequisites

English at B1/B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) or on the agreement of the teacher.

Course content

English teaching in the Bachelor International Business Administration programme is oriented towards the CBI approach (Content Based Instruction) and thus has the following focal points:

  • the teaching of language and communication skills
  • the teaching of specialised business content.

The syllabus of this course includes the classic contents of job application training (job advertisement, CV, cover letter and job interview or pitch). The course provides an introduction to the basics of Behavioural Interviewing, in particular the development of STAR (Situation Task Action Results) stories.

Learning outcomes

In internationally active companies, in an international context, graduates of the International Business Administration degree programme will go through or, if necessary, accompany personnel selection processes that are held in English. This competence may already be required during studies for applications for study places at foreign partner universities or internships abroad.

The students know the structure of CVs and cover letters. They know the structure and techniques of an application interview. They are able to describe the basic features of behavioural interviewing.

The students are informed about the role of applicants and recruiters in an interview and are able to plan and conduct an interview in English in the role of applicant:in or recruiter:in. They are able to write their own CV and a covering letter as well as a job advertisement in English. They can use STAR (Situation Task Action Results) stories in relation to their biography. Students can give a "1-minute pitch" to show how their skills and strengths match the job offer.

Students can reflect on skills and abilities and analyse statements about the person. They can examine the fit between cover letter, characteristics of the person and the job profile.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Interactive course with lecture, exercises in individual and group work, presentations and homework.

Assessment methods and criteria

Job advert, CV, Motivation Letter, Job Interview and Pitch



Recommended or required reading

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (2016): Guide to Acing the Interview (2016). Online im Internet:

Raimes, Ann; Miller-Cochran, Susan, K. (2021): Keys for Writers, 8. Ausg. Boston: Cengage Learning.

Swan, Michael (2017): Practical English Usage, 4. Ausg. Oxford: OUP.

TTP Recruitment (2015): Using behavioural interviewing (2015). Online im Internet:

Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

Classes without compulsory attendance