Register on our new application tool on apply.world-business-dialogue.com. Set up your personal account, network with all other registered students and follow the depicted application process to apply for the upcoming World Business Dialogue during our application periods. Please note that applications for the 20th World Business Dialogue have closed. However, you can still register in our application tool to receive our monthly newsletters and receive notice when applications for the 21st World Business Dialogue will open.


Students from all over the world are eligible to apply for the World Business Dialogue. There are no special requirements apart from being enrolled as a student in an educational institution.

Yes, provided that only one year has passed by since your graduation (at the time the Dialogue takes place).

Students from any field of study can apply. The conference is not exclusive to only economics students.

1. Networking with companies, speakers and other top students

2. Gaining new insights about current and future topics

3. Sharing ideas on different topics and learning views from a multitude of cultures

4. Learning to apply your knowledge and to find solutions fast 

You can only receive a full sponsorship if you are selected for one of our Dialogue Projects.

Successful applicants will be put in teams of 5-7 students. Each team will be assigned to a topic from a company. The teams will work on this topic for three months leading up to the Dialogue Week at which their final results will be presented. This is an intensive cooperation between companies and students through online communication.  It is important for companies to get new insights from a “Gen Y” point-of-view and intercultural know-how. Students not only learn how to work in teams with different nationalities but also are exposed to top companies. It is an opportunity to prove their individual capabilities while learning from and being inspired by others. The Dialogue Projects are sponsored by the companies and therefore all travel costs to and from the conference will be covered as well as accommodation and the World Business Dialogue ticket.

Any student that has applied to the World Business Dialogue can apply for the Dialogue Projects. At the end of your normal World Business Dialogue application, you will be asked if you would like to take part in a Dialogue Project. Your application will then be complete.

Your field of study is what counts the most. Also, a big factor is your work experience and if you are currently in your Bachelor or Masters degree.

Applicants  will receive an email confirming their successful application. Unsuccessful applicants will also receive an email to inform them of their unsuccessful application.

No, you may only apply once for the 20th World Business Dialogue in 2017 until it is over. Next year, however, you can apply again when applications open for the 21st World Business Dialogue in 2018.

Over the last years, financial assistance apart from the Dialogue Project scholarships, have unfortunately been shut down. This year we will try to obtain some assistance by hosting a crowdfunding campaign and to acquire sponsorships for specific students.

All successfull applicants have received emails with the ticket prices for the 20th World Business Dialogue. Our prices usually range from 100 – 150 euros (without accomodation), depending on many factors such as the speakers we were able to invite, the convention setup and funding we were able to obtain. Please keep in mind that we are a non-profit organisation and that ticket prices will always be calculated to only cover our expenses and not to create profit.

Tickets have gone on sale. All accepted delegates have been contacted with more information. If you are a successfull applicant and have not received your ticket information yet, please contact the International Relations department via email: apply@ofw.de.

You have to apply for a Schengen visa. If you indicated accordingly in your application, you will receive an official Visa Invitation Letter to the 20th World Business Dialogue. We can get in touch with your embassy to assist your visa application.

You can promote your start-up by networking at the convention during the Dialogue Week. For further information send us your pitch to apply@ofw.de and our PR department will get in contact with you.

The percentage breakdown differs from year to year. Most students though come from Asia and Europe. Due to data protection reasons, we unfortunately cannot share the exact percentages.

Please note only PDF documents will be able to be uploaded. The size of the documents should not exceed 5MB.

There is an option to select “other”. Please do so and in your CV and motivational letter note what your field of study and university is.

Unfortunately, once an application has been sent off it can no longer be edited, therefore please be careful and double check your info before sending off your application.

Please note that we live in different time zones to most of you. We will not be in the office 24/7.Your emails and messages will be read and answered within 24 hours .