DACH Forum

What is the DACH Forum?
The CEMS DACH Forum is an annual regional event within the German-speaking cluster of CEMS and is rotating between our CEMS schools University of St. Gallen, WU Vienna and University of Cologne. In 2023, the event will be held at the University of Cologne.
When and where will it take place?
The CEMS DACH Forum will take place 30 May – 2 June in Cologne.
What will the academic program look like?
Next to lectures providing you with a fundamental base around the topic „Global Strategy in a Fragmenting World“, the academic program encompasses key notes from experts from various backgrounds and challenging cases provided by our corporate partners.
How does the DACH Forum differ from other CEMS regional events?
In contrast to all other CEMS regional events, the DACH Forum is built around a 3 ECTS academic course, which can be accredited as an elective and counts towards your CEMS degree.
What else can I expect from the event?
Besides the academic program, you will have the opportunity to network with our Corporate Partners after their workshops and during other events. Moreover, you will be able to extend your network during the Speed Recruiting, or you might be selected for interviews with our Corporate Partners to jumpstart your career. Additionally, the program includes social workshops and social events to get to know your fellow students and have fun.
How can the 3 ECTS be accredited?
Once you have successfully finished the DACH Forum including the assignments and the workshops, you will receive the grade for your performance on cems.org. You will be notified via email as soon as the grades are uploaded on cems.org.


When and where can I apply?
The application period will be in April. You will be able to apply over this website.
What are the selection criteria?
The selection will be done based on selection criteria like motivation, status of your studies, current grade average, and extracurricular activities. Furthermore, the class will be a balanced mix of international students and students from the DACH region.
Which materials do I need to attach with my application?
We will require you to attach your CV, including your BA/BSc and current GPA, and a letter of motivation.
When will I know if I was selected?
You will receive an email about your application outcome to the address provided by you in the application form at the beginning of May.
What is the cancellation & refund policy?
Cancellations will not receive a refund.

When am I eligible to apply?
Participants should be in their CEMS year. If you have finished your CEMS year, but have not received the official CEMS diploma, you can still apply for the DACH Forum.

General information

What will it cost me?
The participation fee for the DACH Forum is 50 Euros.
What is the dress code?
We ask you to dress up appropriately. „Business casual“ for company events.
What if Covid-19 regulations prevent me from travelling to Cologne?
We currently expect the event to be held without any major restrictions.