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International Experience Options

Expand your global network

The ESMT MBA program attracts one of the world’s most diverse classes with 90-95% of students coming from outside Germany and spanning over 30 countries.  This ensures that international teamwork will be a big part of your studies and, with so many nationalities in a small classroom setting, intercultural dialog is a unique part of the ESMT MBA.

But what if you want more? Take advantage of one or more of these optional international experiences.

  • Study German before and during the program

    If you want to establish your career in Germany – particularly outside of Berlin - learning German is strongly advised. There are multiple ways in which sie können Ihr Deutsch verbessern (you can improve your German).

    Pre-program

    In coordination with GLS (German Language School Berlin), take intensive German language courses before the MBA program begins.

    Your student visa allows you to come to Germany up to six months before the MBA program starts so you could start German lessons from July.  Most students, however, attend from October to December.

    To enroll in a German course, the latest we recommend you submit your MBA application is by round 4 if you are coming from outside the EU (29 June), or round 5 if you are coming from an EU country (17 August). Costs for the course will vary but, as an ESMT student, you will receive a discounted rate. For more specific and up-to-date information and rates, please contact the Admissions Office.

    During your MBA

    Continue your language learning while you study, all of which are offered at no additional costs to you:

    • Foundation:  from April to July, take part in German language evening classes
    • Summer term:  choose the 6-week intensive Sommer-Sprachschule
    • Electives:  sign up for the Business German elective
  • Internship

    If you have always wondered what it is like to work in a particular industry or function in Germany or further afield, secure yourself a summer internship. This could be the springboard to changing your career and you will get valuable experience as you apply what you have learned in the program so far.

  • Short international exchange (1 week)

    ESMT is part of the Global Network for Advanced Management, a partnership between 31 prestigious business schools worldwide.  Our membership gives you access to Global Network Weeks - short, one-week, exchange opportunities that take place in October each year.  While no additional tuition is incurred, you will need to budget enough for travel and accommodation.

     

    Most recently, students attended class at:   

    • Asian Institute of Management (Philippines)
    • EGADE Business School (Mexico)
    • FGV Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo (Brazil)
    • Fudan University School of Management (China)
    • Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley (USA)
    • IE Business School (Spain)
    • Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (India)
    • Koç University (Turkey)
    • Lagos Business School (Nigeria)
    • Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO (Russia)
    • National University of Singapore Business School (Singapore)
    • Saïd Business School, University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
    • Pontificia Universidad Católica (Chile)
    • SDA Bocconi School of Management (Italy)
    • UBC Sauder (Canada)
    • UCD Smurfit (Ireland)
    • University of Indonesia Faculty of Economics (Indonesia)
    • UNSW Business School (Australia)
    • Yale School of Management (USA)

    Please note that places at certain exchange partners are limited and the list of participating schools may change.

    The most recent class offered by ESMT Berlin was 'Sustainable Finance, Investing and Impact' taught by Prof. Per Olsson. It covered the role of the financial sector in the transition to a long-term sustainable economy, and gave an overview of the field of sustainable finance, its drivers, trends, and products.

  • Long international exchange (6-12 weeks)

    If you would like a longer international study experience, consider studying for your electives at one of our global partner schools.  In addition to experiencing a new country, you will be able to access student activities, career service support, and on-campus recruitment events at the exchange school.

    No additional tuition fees are required but you will need to cover your travel, accommodation, and living costs.

  • The Responsible Leaders Fellowship (RLF)

    Where? Developing countries, projects available in diverse settings

    When? Up to six months 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.

    Project Partner Mission Country Mission

    Ampion

    South Africa Linking European entrepreneurs with African entrepreneurs

    Barefoot
    College

    Belize, India Bringing solar energy to rural areas by empowering the local communities
    German
    Doctors
    Kenya Providing medical services to the slums of Nairobi
    TSiBA
    Education
    South Africa Teaching business and entrepreneurship courses in TSiBa, a business school focusing on graduating entrepreneurial leaders who ignite opportunity and social change in Cape Town
    Welthungerhilfe Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe ICT solutions for agriculture: developing new local farming techniques to improve productivity
    Worldwide Fund for Nature
    (WWF)
    India, Myanmar Developing sustainable investment policies with local governments

    Curafa

    Kenya

    Supporting local entrepreneurs with their strategy, marketing activities and business partnerships

    Penda Paper

    Ethiopia

    Establishing Penda Paper, a paper recycling company, as a strong competitor

    Negotiations for the World (NFTW)

    India

    Connect with local institutions to promote the program

     

  • Double Degree at Yale

    Students who graduate from the MBA at ESMT Berlin are eligible to apply for the Master of Advanced Management at Yale School of Management. The double degree program allows students to gain two degrees in two years, in the first year a full-time MBA at ESMT Berlin, and the second year a fast tracked Master of Advanced Management at Yale. Meaning you could start your studies in Berlin, and finish in the USA, making your educational experience truly global.

    Admission to the Master of Advanced Management is a separate process to ESMT Berlin, and dependent on fulfilling the criteria set by Yale School of Management.

    More information can be found here, alternatively you can speak to your ESMT admissions advisor.

  • Double Degree at MIT Sloan

    Students who graduate from the MBA at ESMT Berlin are eligible to apply for the Master of Science in Management Studies at MIT Sloan. The double degree program allows students to gain two degrees in two years, in the first year a full-time MBA at ESMT Berlin, and the second year a fast tracked Master of Science in Management Studies at MIT Sloan. Meaning you could start your studies in Berlin, and finish in the USA, making your educational experience truly global.

    Admission to the Master of Science in Management Studies is a separate process to ESMT Berlin, and dependent on fulfilling the criteria set by MIT Sloan.

    More information can be found here, alternatively you can speak to your ESMT admissions advisor.

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