International experience options
The full-time MBA program from ESMT Berlin is a truly international MBA, attracting one of the world’s most diverse classes, with 90-95% of students coming from outside of Germany, spanning over 30 countries. This ensures numerous opportunities to learn from the diverse experiences of your fellow students and develop your skills in intercultural dialogue.
But what if you want a truly global learning experience? If you’re really seeking to get a global perspective for your career, then take advantage of the Full-time MBA's optional international experiences. You can get a taste of the program's international options below or reach out to our international office if you have any questions. Once enrolled, students can access further information on destinations, timings, compatibility and availability on ESMT's learning platform.
Long international exchange
If you would like a longer international study experience, consider studying for your electives at one of our global partner schools during Module 4, between September and December. In addition to experiencing a new country, you will be able to access student activities, career service support, and on-campus recruitment events at the exchange school.
No additional tuition fees are required but you will need to cover your travel, accommodation, visa, insurance, and living costs.
Short international exchange (1 week)
ESMT is part of the Global Network for Advanced Management, a partnership between 31 prestigious business schools worldwide. Our membership gives you access to Global Network Weeks; short, one-week, exchange opportunities that take place in October each year. While no additional tuition is incurred, you will need to budget enough for travel and accommodation.
Social Impact Project
During module three, over the summer, Full-time MBA students have the opportunity to take part in a five-week project serving as an economic or management consultant for an organization with specific social impact objectives.
The Social impact project is a great opportunity to apply the skills and insights you gained during the first two modules of the MBA program to real-world scenarios, while also contributing to a positive cause.
Responsible Leaders Fellowship
After graduating with your MBA, there are still opportunities to take part in international learning experiences. The Responsible Leaders Fellowship connects graduates with partner organizations in developing countries, where they can volunteer their services for up to 6 months.
Watch Theresa Rodriguez, Full-time MBA alumna of ESMT Berlin sharing her experience about the Responsible Leaders Fellowship (RLF) that led her to South Africa during the final months of her studies.
MBA alumna Nabututu discusses her experience in Kigali, Kenya and Cape Town, South Africa.
Roxie Overaker talks about why she chose to do the RLF and what motivated her to work in Kenya with Lookslike Avido.
Beverly Dodard-Guillaume talks about why she chose to do the RLF and what motivated her to work with the Huru Foundation, a NGO based in Nairobi.
Other international options
Study German 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 du dein Deutsch verbessern kannst (you can improve your German).
Continue your language learning while you study, all of which are offered at no additional cost to you:
- Foundation: In the latter half of the module, students at A1 or A2 German can take part in twice weekly German language evening classes.
- Summer term: If you have reached A2 or B1 German, you are eligible for the 6-week intensive summer language school.
- Electives: Those at B1 German or higher can sign up for the Business German evening class (no credit awarded).
If you have always wondered what it is like to work in a particular industry or function in Germany or further afield, secure yourself a summer internship. This could be the springboard to changing your career and you will get valuable experience as you apply what you have learned in the program so far.