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International Options

Expand your global network

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 opportunities to go abroad during the program.

  • Global Network for Advanced Management

    ESMT is part of the Global Network for Advanced Management, a partnership between 31 business schools worldwide. Through the Network, ESMT MBA students will take part in the Global Virtual Team, a project that prepares groups to solve organizational issues with the cooperation of team members dispersed on every continent.

    In the fall of the MBA program, students can attend Global Network Week, one-week short exchange studies at another network university from up to 20 schools offering exchanges at the same time as ESMT. Students choose from other schools in the network.

    When? October 18-22, 2021 (Online due to the COVID pandemic)

    Where? In 2021 students can choose to attend classes 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)

    The class on offer from ESMT Berlin this year is 'Sustainable Finance, Investing and Impact' taught by Prof. Per Olsson. It will cover the role of the financial sector in the transition to a long-term sustainable economy, and give an overview of the field of sustainable finance, its drivers, trends, and products. The whole summary can be accessed here.

    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.

  • The Responsible Leaders Fellowship (RLF)

    Where? Developing countries, projects available in diverse settings

    When? Up to six months, February 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.

    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

     

  • German language study

    Where? Berlin and/or online

    When? You can choose to start your language course as early as July and continue until December, before the MBA start in January. The majority of students however attend the course from October to December. The  course continues during the MBA (optional, at no additional cost) and following your MBA (optional, at additional cost).

    For international students moving to Germany, and considering establishing their career in the country, learning German is encouraged. ESMT offers the opportunity of intensive German language courses before the MBA program begins, in coordination with GLS (German Language School Berlin). Additionally, all enrolled students will have access, for one year, to Babbel, our online language learning partner.

    If you plan to enroll in these language courses, you are encouraged to submit your completed MBA application by the early July deadline. Applications received after this deadline may be accepted after consultation with the Admissions Office. The cost of a standard language course (20 lessons/week) at GLS depends on several factors such as duration of the course, and if you book an early bird offer. For more specific and up-to-date information and rates, please contact the Admissions Office.

  • 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 Sloane. 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 Sloane. 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 Sloane.

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

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