Choosing an MBA at ESMT - the international business school in Berlin

International exposure options

ESMT’s MBA program gathers one of the world’s most diverse classes – with between 55 and 65 students from over 30 countries, students are required to work in international teams. With so many nationalities in a small classroom setting, intercultural dialog is a unique part of the ESMT MBA experience.

For students seeking further international exposure, ESMT offers a number of optional study abroad opportunities during the program.

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Pre-MBA German language training

Pre-MBA German language training

Where? Berlin

When? September to December, as part of the optional pre-MBA program

For international students moving to Germany, ESMT offers the opportunity of intensive three-month German language courses before the MBA program begins, in coordination with the Goethe Institut Berlin. Applicants must hand in their complete MBA application by July 2 to be able to enroll in the pre-MBA program. The cost of this intensive language course is EUR 3,000. All ESMT students and alumni enjoy a limited discount on Goethe courses after their MBA ends.

ESMT is also happy to recommend GLS Sprachenzentrum as an alternative language school provider.

Global Network for Advanced Management

Global Network for Advanced Management

ESMT is part of the Global Network for Advanced Management, a partnership between 25 business schools worldwide. During the MBA, students can attend one-week short exchange studies at another network university from up to 10 schools offering exchanges at the same time as ESMT. Students choose from other schools in the network.

When? October 16-20, 2017

Where? In 2017 students can choose to attend classes at:

Asian Institute of Management (Manila, Philippines)
EGADE Business School (Santa Fe, Mexico)
FGV-EAESP (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Fudan University School of Management (Shanghai, China)
IE Business School (Madrid, Spain)
INCAE (Alajuela, Costa Rica)
Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (Bangalore, India)
Koç University (Istanbul, Turkey)
Lagos Business School (Lagos, Nigeria)
Pontificia Universidad Católica (Santiago, Chile)
UCD Smurfit (Dublin, Ireland) or
Yale SOM (New Haven, Connecticut, USA)

For more info on the Network week and sample exchange curricula, please follow this link.

Short exchanges through the network are available at no additional tuition cost. Students should budget enough for travel and housing during the exchange. Please note that places at certain exchange partners are limited.

International Field Seminar

International Field Seminar

Where? Destinations vary

When? May, optional

ESMT MBA candidates can participate in a two-week international seminar (IFS) during their elective time. Destinations vary by year, and are linked to one of the elective tracks. Students in the Innovation and Technology track will have a chance to visit an international hotbed for high-tech innovation. Meanwhile, Global Sustainability students can visit a country or region facing development challenges.

Each group decides what companies and/or organizations they would like to visit, and MBA candidates contact the companies to arrange visits themselves. This helps strengthen each student's international network and allows the student group to guide the trip. Previous IFS destinations have been Silicon Valley, China, India, Japan, Korea, South Africa, Botswana, Russia and Turkey. Students have arranged visits to companies such as IDEO, Google, McKinsey, Allianz, Bayer, PepsiCo, Gazprom, Bosch, Ashoka, Baidu, and Unilever.

Students are charged a fixed fee to participate on the International Field Seminar elective, depending on travel and in-country costs. A rough estimate of the expected student contribution for 2017 is EUR 1,500. ESMT takes over additional costs and organizes all logistics for the trip including international and ground transportation, select meals, and hotel accommodations.

Consulting project

Consulting project

Where? Destinations vary by year and project

When? October-November

All MBA students complete a consulting project as part of their applied study phase in the program. While the majority of the projects are based in Germany and allow students to develop their national networks, many consulting projects require international travel, depending on the project, and project offers vary by year. Many projects requiring extensive travel are organized through the Social Impact Club. Previous students completed all or part of their fieldwork in Kenya, the Philippines, India, Haiti, Russia, and numerous European countries.

ESMT Responsible Leaders (RL) Fellowship

ESMT Responsible Leaders (RL) Fellowship

Where? Developing countries, projects available in diverse settings

When? Up to six months, January to June, post-MBA program

MBA Graduates can delay their job search for up to six months in order to complete a social impact project in a developing country. Students provide pro-bono service to organizations or institutions that creates value and social change for the community. All airfare, living stipend, and other related costs are covered by generous contributions from ESMT's Circle of Friends.

Previous fellows have taught business and entrepreneurship courses in TSiBA, a business school focusing on graduating entrepreneurial leaders who ignite opportunity and social change in Cape Town, South Africa. Further fellowships are also taking place in Zimbabwe and Rwanda. To follow our RL Fellows, please visit the ESMT Student Blog.

Exchange semester in China

Exchange semester in China

Where? Beijing

When? February to June, post-MBA program

Students have the option to extend their MBA studies by six months to complete an exchange semester at Guanghua School of Management, Peking University. During the semester, students have full access to coursework at Guanghua. Previous students have taken courses such as Chinese language, Financial Markets in Asia, and Entrepreneurial Management.

Students choosing to participate in an exchange semester in Beijing may do so at no additional tuition expenses. Students should budget enough for travel to China and living expenses. A limited number of places are available each year.

The application deadline for ESMT MBA students is late October/early November of each year. Please check with the MBA Program office after your arrival on campus for the most up to date information and application procedures.