Innovation School

Innovation School

NHH's Innovation School is a programme for master students who are curious about innovation. The programme combines a modern academic study programme with a study trip and an internship in Germany.

The partner portfolio consists of companies from a wide range of industries. It includes start-ups, venture capitalists, hidden champions from the “Mittelstand”, but also large companies with well-known brands.


Application deadline: 15. October – You can apply via SøknadsWeb, starting 1. October


The programme educates students on how to facilitate innovation within an organization. That starts with the process of idea generation, extends to questions of organizing and financing innovation, and ends with different ways of profiting from it. The teaching portfolio is further strengthened with workshops developing soft skills, focusing on career and personal and professional development.

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The mandatory internship and teaching modules in Germany will take place from 17.06. to 23.08.2024.

The study period in Munich will be from 17.06. to 21.06.2024 and the study period in Frankfurt will be at the end of the stay from 19.08. to 23.08.2024.

You find more detailed information about the workload and the learning outcome in the course description: 

INS410 - Innovation School

What do our alumni say?

The evaluation from 2021 to 2023 shows that 97% of the respondents were satisfied or very satisfied (score: 4.5 out of 5) and think that the program is relevant or very relevant for their degree (score: 4.5 out of 5). Listen to some more personal impressions in the following video.

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  • Admission Requirements

    Admission Requirements

    You must be a fulltime-student from NHH. We recommend to participating in the Innovation School during the first year of your master`s degree.

    If you are a master student:

    • You are eligible to apply if you are in the first, second or third semester of your master’s degree at the time of application and have normal study progression.

    If you are a bachelor student:

    • You are eligible to apply if you are a bachelor’s student in your last semester, remain with a maximum of 30 ECTS, and have applied to start your master’s degree in January

    You must be fluent in English, both oral and written.
    You need to be motivated and possess the appropriate qualities and attitudes.
    German language skills are not required, but a plus.

    The Innovation School is a programme that complements the Gründerskolen programme. Gründerskolen focuses on entrepreneurship. 

    It is not possible to combine the Innovation School with the Internship Abroad course for master students (INTERN-A-M), internship in Asset Management, exchange, CEMS or the Double Degree programme. You can only do one of these alternatives. 

  • Application procedure

    Application procedure

    • The online application will open 1 October.
    • The application deadline is 15 October.
    • We will send you an email invitation to your student-email-address for an online assessment Monday 16 October.
    • You will have to complete the online assessment by 18 October. 
    • We will notify you about the outcome 13 November and you must reply to our offer by 19 November.

    There are up to 30 places available.

    Your application will be assessed by the Section for Admissions. Applicants are evaluated and ranked based on a combination of academic strength, motivation and personal skills, and experience. Relevant work experience and basic knowledge of German is a plus. 

    To Submit your application:

    1. Go to Søknadsweb
    2. Choose "Innovation School"
    3. Make sure to upload only the documents outlined under “Documentation requirements”: CV, and if applicable, academic records.
    4. All files must be uploaded in pdf-format. Other documentation will not be taken into consideration
  • Documentation requirements

    Documentation requirements

    1. CV in English, including information about
        1. Work and volunteer experience
        2. Extracurricular activities & Appointments (Norwegian: verv)
        3. International experience
        4. Language skills, in particular English and German.
    2. Academic records, depending on the below:
      • If you completed your bachelor’s degree at NHH or at another Norwegian university (excluding BI), we have access to your results in our system. You do not have to upload your academic records.  
      • If you completed your bachelor’s degree at BI or abroad, we do not have access to your results. You must upload a signed and stamped, or electronically signed, copy of your bachelor’s diploma and grades transcript. 
  • Internships placement process

    Internships placement process

    The matching process of students and the internships will take place in spring. 

    We have selected our internship partners carefully and can guarantee that all the available internships will give a valuable experience.  

    Students will make your list of preferred internships. All the students preferences will be balanced against each other so that each employer will receive a list of five potential candidates. The students will be informed accordingly and submit applications to the employers on your final list. The companies will select their preferred candidates on their respective list and invite them for an interview. The employers will thereafter take their decision based on their applications and interview. 

  • Recognition


    Information regarding how the Innovation School will be integrated into your master degree. Please note that the information on this topic may differ for Norwegian and international students.

    Innovation School is taught at NHH, Frankfurt and the Munich. All credits taken in the Innovation School are granted by NHH and will be incorporated as part of your master degree as an elective. If you wish to have it in you degree as a minor please contact  

    Students who are in their last semester of their master’s when participating in Innovation School, will be awarded their degree once results of last paper/exam is made public (e.g., 15 October). 

    All students will have to pay the semester fee for the autumn semester after Innovation School.

    The Innovation School credits are graded.

  • Costs


    Accommodation: Students are required to organize accommodation during the internship periode and the teaching weeks themselves.

    Additional costs: Travels (within, to and from Germany), general living expensesaccommodationinsurance. 

  • Funding


    All students will be eligible to Erasmus+ funding.

    The Innovation School yearly applies for approval of the from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen). If granted, Norwegian students are eligible for funding. In 2021 and 2022 the Innovation School was approved by the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund and students were eligible for financial support.

    International students are not eligible for loans and scholarships from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund.

  • Want to know more?

    Want to know more?

    For questions, please contact us via 

    An information meeting will be held in October. Stay informed through the Canvas page “International opportunities at NHH”.

Corporate partner

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TechQuartier logo    Eintracht logo

Future Energy Ventures logo       Evonik logo  

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Greentec logo   SHS Capital logo
Allianz GI logo        UnternehmerTUM logo
    right. logo    Signicat logo logo   ntt data logo

Supported by

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Embassy of Germany logo         Norwegian Embassy logo