Study in Germany's Capital City with UNO's Exchange Program with the Berlin School of Economics and Law

Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin School of Economics and Law, Berlin

Semester and year
Summer program
Classes in German and English
Housing not included

The Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) is one of the largest and most distinguished academic institutions for business studies and postgraduate management education in Germany. 24 undergraduate degree and ten postgraduate degree programs demonstrate the school’s depth and breadth in the fields of business and economics. The university enjoys an excellent national and international reputation that is regularly reflected by excellent marks in national ranking surveys.

The BSEL mission emphasizes the integration of an international perspective in teaching and research, a strong orientation towards business practice and an integrative and interdisciplinary approach. As a specialized university for business and economics, it calls for a study concept that guarantees all students strong links to business and professional life. In close partnership with more than 480 companies (e.g. BMW, Daimler Chrysler, IBM, Ikea, Siemens) the BSEL runs 15 cooperative study programs that provide high-level practical experience in addition to the study courses. Clearly structured modular degree schemes allow the students to gain sound general business and economic expertise, complemented by sophisticated specialized education according to personal interests and skills. Thereby, every student can develop an individual profile of qualification.

The school’s international orientation is reflected in its study courses, several bi-national dual award programs with other European universities, in its more than 60 cooperation agreements with universities worldwide, but also in the two languages of instruction: German and English.

Three of the university’s eight Master programs are completely taught in English, and it is the second language of instruction in the other Master programs. A considerable number of courses are offered in English in several Bachelor programs as well. Every year the Berlin School of Economics welcomes a large number of exchange students. Participants from all over the world join the annual three- to four-week summer school.


The Reichstag (Federal Parliament) in Berlin

Berlin is Germany's capital and largest city with 3.5 million people. Berlin is an exciting and cosmopolitan city with large communities from nearly every country on earth. Berlin is one of the great political, cultural, commercial, educational, transportation, and media centers of the world, and the influence of this city cannot be doubted.

As the seat of the German government, Berlin is one of Europe's most important political centers. Many multinational companies have their European headquarters in Berlin, along with several German companies such as Siemens, and the Deutsches Bahn.

Berlin is home to over 420 art galleries and 153 museums including the famous Museuminsel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which houses the famous Berlin collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities in the Altesgallerie, and the Pergamonmuseum which is home to the famous Pergamon Altar from ancient Greece and the Ishtar Gate from ancient Babylon.

Berlin is home to over 130,000 university students. Humboldt University, Freie Universität, and Technische Universität of Berlin, are all considered some of the best universities in Europe.

It is hard to find a more important transportation center in Europe than Berlin. Berlin's new Main Train Station is the largest railroad crossing station in Europe with direct service to cities all over Germany and Europe several times a day. The German National Railway Website. Berlin is has two major international airports, Tegel in the west is headquarters to Air Berlin, the second largest German airline, and Schönefeld in the east is a major hub for EasyJet, and the future home of the Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport which is scheduled to be completed in 2011. Both Berlin airports handle over 21 million passengers a year with service to 144 destinations around the world. Berlin Airports. Berlin is a major media center as well. Several important German newspapers and magazines are published in Berlin. The German international broadcaster Deutschewelle is headquartered in Berlin, as well as the offices of MTV Europe.

Moreover, Berlin is a green city: numerous parks and lakes within the city boundaries, forests, castle gardens and outdoor restaurants and cafés offer recreational pleasure. In addition to a large number of operas, theatres, museums, libraries and cinemas, the metropolis also boosts a wide off-culture with its own locations and events.

Berlin is famous for the large number and variety of stores found in the city. The most famous is the Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe), which is the second largest department store in the world after Moscow's GUM.

If you are interested in going on an exchange program to the Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) click here.

If you are a Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) student coming on an exchange program to UNO click here.

Website of the city of Berlin

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UNO ISEP Exchange: The regular International Exchange students can go for one semester or for a full academic year. The exchange agreement between UNO and Berlin School of Economics and Law allows students to pay tuition at their home institution but they must pay all other expenses, such as housing, transportation, insurance, meals, etc. UNO students at the Berlin School of Economics and Law must pay a "Semester Fee" of approximately €200 every semester while they are at the Berlin School of Economics and Law. The Semester Fee pays for a variety of services for students, including Internet access and a pass good for all public transportation in Berlin.

Please keep in mind that the German academic calendar does not coincide with that of UNO, so those students wishing to study abroad for only one semester may find it beneficial to attend the "summer" semester in Germany. The winter semester starts October 1 and finishes at the end of February with a break for Christmas. The summer semester starts April 1 and ends the beginning of July.

Courses: While the Berlin School of Economics and Law offers courses in English, fluency in German will increase the availability of courses. Without enough language skills students will be restricted to classes within special programs, or to a small number of courses offered in English. German language courses are offered in all levels and will be credited by the Berlin School of Economics and Law yet may not be included in the exchange program.

There is a German Intensive Language Course offered prior to the start of each semester. Exchange students can take part in a two-week Intensive Language Course. The course will start in March (summer semester) or September (winter semester). Also, during the semester regular German Language classes are offered.

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Interested students can also click here to learn more about BSEL's exchange program.

Exchange students are free to select any of the courses offered within the undergraduate study programs B.A. in Business Administration, Economics and International Business Management. There is a wide variety of English-taught courses (English Stream of Courses) available. Exchange students can study for one or two semesters completely in English. However, German is the main language of instruction for most classes. To learn more about specific course ("module") offerings, click here.

To see which courses are currently available, please click here.

Note: Undergraduate students with sufficient number of hours may take courses in Masters programs. Please consult with Program coordinators in Berlin for permission to take graduate courses

Accomodation: UNO students on exchange at the Berlin School of Economics and Law are given priority for rooms in the university's residency halls. Students are responsible for making their own living arrangements while in Berlin and the cost of these arrangements are borne solely by the student on the exchange. The cost for student housing in Berlin is approximately €170-€260 per month. The room is furnished, bathroom and kitchen are shared with the rooms on the same floor. There are several more possibilities for exchange students to find accommodation during their stay in Berlin.

The cost of living for students in Berlin is estimated to be, on average, between 600 and 750 € (Euro) monthly. This includes rent in a student residence (private accommodation costs from 200 to 400 € per month and student residence halls 150 – 260 € per month), living, health insurance (around 70 € per month), books and material, and incidental expenses.

More information on availability and the type of housing offered, as well as application forms, can be found at: Studentenwerk-Berlin as well as here.

Student services fee and public transport ticket: Approx. 220 € per semester cover fees for Student Services Organisation and student parliament groups, as well as costs of a semester ticket for public transport which enables the student to use all public transport facilities in Berlin and surroundings throughout the semester. A car is not needed to get around in Berlin. The public transport system runs day and night.

Arrival Support: Every exchange student will have a German student (Buddy) as a constant contact person. Furthermore, if requested, your Buddy will pick you up at the airport/train station and will bring you to your residence hall/apartment. Your Buddy should be your contact person concerning day-to-day questions. During the first week of the semester, a Welcome Day/ Orientation period will be organized for all Incoming students.

Job Opportunities: Students can apply to work as student assistants at the Berlin School of Economics and Law and seek other jobs elsewhere. There are special employment agencies which supports students in finding jobs.

View of Berlin center at night

You can read more about the Berlin School of Economics at the link below:

For more information, you may also contact:

International Office, Campus Schöneberg
Tel.: +49 (0)30 – 30877/-1354
Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin / Berlin School of Economics and Law
Badensche Straße 52, 10825 Berlin
Katrin Mahnkopf, Incoming Officer (ERASMUS)
Antje Trettau, Incoming Officer (Overseas, Double Degree)

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