Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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Required Intensive Language Courses
Required intensive language courses have 30 U.S. contact hours and CIEE will award two credits.
Intensive Beginning German
This course is designed for students who have never studied German or have had one semester of German prior to enrolling in the study abroad program. The class opens with sessions on survival language skills and is designed from a communicative perspective to help true beginners of German language develop fundamental linguistic language skills in listening comprehension, oral communication, reading, and writing. Although the course encompasses all of the key areas of grammar and vocabulary typically encountered in a first semester German course.
Intensive Intermediate German
This class is designed for students with intermediate language skills. The syllabus is organized functionally around objectives that students need to adjust to living and studying in the German culture and Berlin. Through a communicative methodology, students work to improve their language skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking German. Students focus on real-life application of language. By the end of the course, students cover the basic range of grammatical tools necessary to communicate effectively. These include the present, past, and future tenses, direct and indirect object pronouns, prepositions and adverbs, and selected aspects of the subjective and conditional moods.
Intensive Advanced German
This class is designed to challenge students with increasing language ability to improve on the skills they have already acquired. The syllabus is organized functionally around objectives that students need to adjust to living and studying in the German culture. The course covers all four communicative skills (listening comprehension, oral communication, reading, and writing) with special emphasis on complex aspects of the language that are particularly challenging for English-speakers. The course covers abstract functions of language such as expressing opinions, resolving conflicts, formulating complaints, making arguments,and negotiating. Grammatically, emphasis is placed on the correct use of the tools needed to achieve these aims—complex aspects of the various past tenses, the full range of subjunctive and conditional moods, and formal and informal registers.
For all semester courses, unless otherwise indicated, CIEE recommends three U.S. credits.
Required Semester German Language
All BSEL semester German language courses will introduce vocabulary related to banking, business communications, meetings, résumé terms, taxes, marketing, finance, etc.
Beginning German Language
Intermediate German Language 1
Intermediate German Language 2
Intermediate German Language 3
Advanced German Language
Optional CIEE Course
Students may also enroll in.
CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Berlin
The CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning takes an experiential, developmental, and holistic approach to improve intercultural development among students. In this course, students acquire intercultural concepts and skills applicable to their daily experiences in Berlin. Active reflection helps deepen their understanding of the complexity and diversity of German core values and cultural practices, encourages them to develop a more nuanced
awareness of cultural background, and helps them develop the ability to successfully handle the natural tensions of intercultural encounter.
Students collaborate with classmates, a local cultural partner, and the course instructor. Together, they explore cultural self-awareness (who and how you are), cultural literacy (who and how the ‘other’ is within German culture), and cultural bridging. Concepts include, but are not limited to global citizenship, cultural values, cultural complexity and performance, and stereotyping. Skills include conscious communicating, suspending
judgment, mindfulness, shifting perspectives, resolving disagreements, and articulating the intercultural experience.
Through readings, field reports, discussions, and experiential assignments, students are supported and challenged to better adapt to life in Germany. The Seminar facilitates students’ intercultural interactions during their time abroad and positions them to approach future experiences with cultural difference more actively, openly, and effectively. Contact hours: 26. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3.5 quarter hours.
Elective English Taught Courses at the Berlin School of Economics and Law*
Not all courses are offered every semester, and some courses have prerequisites.
The final list of courses is made available during the enrollment process.
Basics of External Accounting
Basics of Internal Accounting/Controlling
Business Organization, Company, Work Seen from the Perspective of History and the Social
Communication and Interaction on the Job
Communication Strategies and Consumer Behavior
European Economic Policy
Finance and Investment Policies in Business
Financial Analysis and Valuation
Fundamentals of Business Law
Fundamentals of Corporate Finance
Group Accounting and Managerial Accounting
History, Politics, and Economics of the Host Country
Human Resource Management
Human Resources and Organization
Instruments of Controlling
International Business Accounting
International Law & Human Conflicts in Regions of Africa
Internationalization of Economic Processes - Goals, Instruments, & Actors of Regulation
Introduction to Business Information Systems
Introduction to Financial Accounting
Investment and Finance
Labour Market and Social Welfare State in Europe
Macroeconomics I: The Economic Cycle and Employment
Macroeconomics II: Worldmarket and Currency
Management Accounting and Controlling
Management Issues: Management Consulting
Management Issues: Total Quality Management
Mathematics for Business and Economics
Microeconomics: Allocation and Distribution
National and International Financial Relations
Organizational Behavior in International Companies
Political Economy and Social Structure of Modern Society
Product and Distribution Management
Selected Issues in Business Finance
Selected Issues in Marketing
Work, Business, and Society
Students with a very advanced level of German, who pass a placement test on site, may take business courses in German, many of which are offered in parallel to the English-taught courses