Willkommen an der Universität von Buckingham!
Buckingham & Germany
The University of Buckingham has long been a popular choice for German students coming to study in the UK, with our first German student having graduated in 1978. Since then we have seen over 400 German students come to study here at Buckingham, many of whom have gone on to have very successful careers, working for prestigious organizations. At present there are over 45 students studying with us across several of our academic schools. Our German students enjoy a very active role in University life and contribute greatly to our societies and clubs. Our German students are also amongst those most likely to explore the rest of the UK whilst studying with us and many have acknowledged that Buckingham is the perfect base from which to explore some of Britain’s best sites.
What our students say
This is what one of our current students Philipp Hunger has to say about his time so far at Buckingham:
Philipp Hunger, studying BA Communication, Media and Journalism
What I particularly enjoy about my course is the emphasis on practical investigative journalism; we are regularly sent out to make contact with and talk to politicians and public figures, which I have greatly enjoyed. The open door policy at Buckingham has been a massive bonus in allowing me to go and visit my tutors in their office any time of the working day to talk about whatever is going on in the world at that time. The Journalism students have even formed a pub quiz team with our tutors. The campus itself is fantastic; there are lots of green areas, a river, and ducks and swans roaming around. The town of Buckingham is a small town but it has everything you need including a ‘chippy’ and a midnight take away.
Buckingham has also presented several opportunities for me to pursue my main passion, photography. My photographs of the University and student life have been used in the prospectus and on the website, and I am currently putting together an exhibition of photographs of the places that will be affected by the building of the HS2 Railway Network, to be displayed in the University’s Radcliffe Centre.
The University offers lots in the way of trips to surrounding areas such as Oxford and Stratford-Upon-Avon. During my time in the UK I have taken advantage of the opportunity to travel around independently, visiting such places as Cornwall, Aberdeen, Inverness, and Hadrian’s Wall in Yorkshire. I feel I have really taken advantage of the opportunity to hone my English language skills.
Guideline entry requirements
In order to study at undergraduate level (Bachelor’s degree), you will normally need to have attained one of the following:
- Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife (Abitur) 1.5-1.9 or better;
- Three GCE A-levels at grade B or higher;
- IB score of between 29 and 34 (depending on the degree subject);
- AP – SAT: score of 1250 or higher, or three subjects in APT with 4 or higher in each, or successful completion of one year in a US university with a GPA of at least 3.0.
As proof of English Language proficiency you would need to have achieved Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife (Abitur) taken as a Leistungskurs with a mark of 10/15 (Gut) or higher or the equivalent (see our English Language requirements).
In order to study at postgraduate level (Master’s degree), you will normally need to have attained one of the following:
- Erstes Staatsexamen / Magister Artium / Diplom with at least Befriedigend classification (grade 3);
- A Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised higher education institution, equivalent to a British Bachelor’s (Honours) degree, with a minimum of a 2:2 (though this will vary between schools of study).
As proof of English Language proficiency you will need to have achieved Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife (Abitur) taken as a Leistungskurs with a minimum mark of 13/15 (Sehr Gut) or higher or the equivalent (see our English Language requirements).
The grades quoted above give an indication of a typical offer; at the Admissions Tutor’s discretion alternative qualifications or gradings may be considered. All applications will be considered individually and work experience and other interdisciplinary achievements are taken into consideration when deciding upon all applications. Applicants may also be invited to interview.
After you graduate
Our alumni have gone on to have very successful careers in various industries, including: financial services; legal services; healthcare; management consultancy; information technology; education; pharmaceuticals; accountancy; broadcasting, radio and television; publishing; real estate and property; insurance, and; veterinary care. This is what some of our alumni have gone on to do in their lives and what they have to say about their time at Buckingham:
Nikolaus H Schües (Economics, 1990)
After finishing his high-school diploma in 1985, Nikolaus started an apprenticeship as ship-broker with Frachtcontor Junge & Co. in Hamburg, which he completed in 1987. In 1988 he started his Studies of Economics at the University of Buckingham, England, which he completed 1990. Thereafter, Mr Schües took an MBA course at the Instituto de Empresa, Spain, which he finished in 1992. Subsequently, he worked with shipping companies in Madrid and New York. In 1993 he joined F. Laeisz Schiffahrtsgesellschaft m.b.H. & Co. where he was appointed Managing Partner in 1995. Today Nikolaus H. Schües is CEO of the F. Laeisz Group, member of the Board of Directors of the Schutzverein Deutscher Rheder V.a.G., member of the Advisory Board of the German Shipowners Association and Director of the UK P & I Club. Nikolaus is married and has 3 children.
This is what Nikolaus has to say about his time at Buckingham:
“Buckingham has been a profound experience, not only the syllabus of my studies but also meeting people from all over the world, being with them together has helped to broaden my views on many different aspects of life.”
Michael O Hübener (MBA, 2001)
After studying for his Bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of Heidelberg, Mr Hübener completed his MBA degree at The University of Buckingham.
Mr Hübener has 10 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, portfolio management and business development across various sectors. Prior to founding UNISON and co- founding Emirates Capital, Mr Hübener was a Partner at Portfolio Consulting in Hamburg, Germany where he was responsible for business development and M&A transactions. Prior to that, he was with Brown Brothers Harriman & Company in New York. During his studies, he worked as a prop trader for Jobs & Lemcke Wertpapierhandels AG, an equity brokerage firm in Frankfurt am Main.
Arne Klarmann, exchange student 2003
As part of his degree in Industrial Engineering and Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Wedel, Germany, Arne completed a term in the School of Business at The University of Buckingham in 2003, covering International Marketing, Organisational Behaviour and Strategic Management. Arne is now the Department Lead in Engineering (Cabin Design Office) at Airbus in Hamburg, Germany.
The aspects of Buckingham that Arne picked out as being most important to him were: the internationality of Buckingham with its many students from all over the world; the amount of direct contact students have with their professors with tutorial groups of 8-10 students; the opportunity it presented to organise himself in a foreign country (with great support from University staff), and; the exposure to perfect Oxford English!
Meet your International Officer
Representatives from The University of Buckingham travel to Germany about twice a year during winter and autumn. Please keep checking the International Trips section of the website for updated information.
If you wish to come and visit our campus and meet with an academic this can be arranged by emailing the International Officer: