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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


    Belize, India Bringing solar energy to rural areas by empowering the local communities
    Kenya Providing medical services to the slums of Nairobi
    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
    India, Myanmar Developing sustainable investment policies with local governments


  • German language study

    Where? Berlin

    When? October to December, as part of the optional pre- and post-MBA program, and throughout the program

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

    Applicants planning to enroll in these language courses are encouraged to hand in their complete MBA application by July 2. Later applications may be possible after consultation with the Admissions Office. The cost of this intensive language course is € 1,500.

    Students additionally have the option to take German courses throughout the year, with no additional cost.

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The Responsible Leaders Fellowship (RLF)

The Responsible Leaders Fellowship (RLF)

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