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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

  • 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.

  • 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

     

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