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Pre- and Post-MBA options

Extend the value of your MBA

Pre-MBA

A few months prior to the start of the MBA program in January you can choose to arrive in Berlin and enroll in full-time, intensive German language classes. Classes are scheduled to begin in October, but the start date is flexible depending on your schedule. We recommend three months of study to introduce you to the German language or boost your current level. You can continue with your German language studies during the MBA program.
 

Post-MBA

After completing all academic requirements of the MBA, you can choose to apply for the Responsible Leaders Fellowship (RLF) and use your skills to give back. The RLF start and end dates are flexible, but typically follow the MBA program between February to June.

You can also choose to continue your German language studies following the MBA program.

Learn more about the options

  • 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
  • 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

     

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