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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 13 schools offering exchanges at the same time as ESMT. Students choose from other schools in the network.

    When? October 19-23, 2020

    Where? In 2020 students can choose to attend classes at:

    • SDA Bocconi School of Management (Milan, Italy)
    • IE Business School (Madrid, Spain)
    • INCAE (Alajuela, Costa Rica)
    • Koç University (Istanbul, Turkey)
    • Lagos Business School (Lagos, Nigeria)
    • Pontificia Universidad Católica (Santiago, Chile)
    • UBC Sauder (Vancouver, Canada)
    • UCD Smurfit (Dublin, Ireland)
    • UNSW Business School (Sydney, Australia)
    • 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.

  • 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

    When? Optional dates: October to December, prior to the start of your MBA program, continues during the MBA and following your MBA.

    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 this intensive language course at GLS is € 1,500.

    MBA students also have the option to take German courses during the MBA program, at no additional cost.

  • 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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The Responsible Leaders Fellowship (RLF)

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