“My internships have helped me further my interests in my program and what I’ve learned in my classes has directly contributed to my understanding of markets.”

Lars, Germany

Dual Degree in Business Administration + International Relations

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Lars Haupter

About me

I’m Lars and I’m a German student but I’ve grown up in Germany, France, China and Singapore. Currently, I’m in my third year at IE University studying the Dual Degree in Business Administration and International Relations. I think business programs at IE University offer students a wide range of paths to achieving their personal goals. One of my favorite quotes to live by is from Warren Buffet: “Rule No. 1 is never lose money. Rule No. 2 is never forget Rule No. 1.”

Lars Haupter, Germany


Undergraduate student

Taking every opportunity on the path to an ambitious goal

Lars chose IE University for a very simple reason: a great school with a diverse student body located in Europe’s sunniest city, Madrid. His degree choice followed on from his strong passion for business, something he developed in high school. Studying International Relations was more of an unexpected decision from Lars, however. But he values having a political understanding to influence business decisions and the Dual Degree seemed like a great fit for him.

Lars is enjoying his IE University experience, confirming that the people are open, helpful and willing to collaborate. He also finds the teaching methodology a good match for his curiosity, as he’s keen to ask the professors questions about topics he is unsure of.

Outside of his studies, Lars has got involved with several clubs. In his first year, he went on a surfing trip to the North of Spain with IEU Athletics Surf Club. It was a great way for him to network and expand his friendship groups. He also enjoys going to the gym, cooking and investing in equities. In line with his studies, he is an active member of IE Investment Club and has recently joined the team for Spain’s first student-led fund, EDEN, which will give him hands-on experience in investment.

Lars has made the most of the IE University network and has benefited from IE Talent & Careers’ guidance to improve his CV and apply to the right companies in pursuit of his goals. He finds they’re always willing to meet him and make a genuine effort when it comes to helping him achieve his career ambitions.

He has participated in seven different internships across the fields of finance, accounting, venture capital and investing. These experiences have helped him develop his interests during the program and focus on particular classes such as corporate finance and financial reporting. What he has learned in his Dual Degree has directly contributed to his understanding of markets, and allowed him to apply his knowledge during his internships.

In the long term, Lars hopes to become the world’s first trillionaire, even though Elon Musk is not far from the title himself. He plans to set up his own investment funds and use his future income to start his own business in social media, finance and entertainment. He recognizes that he has set an ambitious goal for himself but intends to work toward it as soon as possible.