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Program Overview

Program Overview

Since Germany’s reunification in 1990, Berlin has experienced a huge growth in the service-, technology-, and creative-sector industries. Today, it’s the start-up capital of Europe, headquarters for multinational giants like Siemens, and the capital of the largest economy in Europe. On CIEE’s Business and Culture program, you’ll explore fundamental economic concepts, problem solving, and the impact of new global demands on business strategy by analyzing how a country once torn apart by war became a worldwide economic power.

Study abroad in Berlin and you'll:

  • Gain fundamental business and economics knowledge, and sharpen your tools of analysis
  • Study the distinctive features of the Berlin, German, and European Union economies
  • Compare and contrast characteristic differences in German and U.S. business cultures
  • Begin or continue your German language study while you live Germany’s dynamic capital city of Berlin
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    For students with a GPA or 3.8 or higher who excel in academic pursuits devoted to socially important areas of study. $2,500 per student.

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $2,000 per student

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

With your German and international peers, rigorously study the fundamentals of business practice, administration, and law at one of the best and most innovative business schools in Germany. You’ll also choose from a full range of courses taught in English and take part in a German language class.

study abroad in Germany

Excursions

Explore Germany on many levels through a variety of excursions and study-tours. Past study-tours have been to cities like Hamburg or Frankfurt am Main, two major German business centers. In Berlin, draw stark contrasts between former capitalist West and communist East political and economic systems as you walk along the East Side Gallery, the longest existing stretch of the Berlin Wall, during a guided tour. Trips are focused on both cultural and business-related destinations with site visits to historical places, manufacturing facilities, and small start-up companies.

Immersion

Homestays, language exchange programs, and the Buddy Program at the Berlin School of Economics and Law connect you with local native speakers.Berlin is a big, vibrant city with something for everyone, and many Germans, young and old, are interested in meeting Americans for cultural exchange.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2016 (23 wks)
05/15/2016
09/12/2016
02/18/2017
$19,450

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, residence permit fees, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,607
Housing ***
$4,425
Insurance
$118

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Students in the homestay option have two meals per day provided as part of the program fee. No meals are included in the on-campus residence hall option.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,800
International Airfare **
$1,200
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$300
Visa Fees
$82
Personal expenses
$2,800

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in on-campus residence hall; homestay students should budget $1000 per semester for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2017 (20 wks)
11/01/2016
03/11/2017
07/30/2017
$19,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, residence permit fees, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,958
Housing ***
$4,425
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Students in the homestay option have two meals per day provided as part of the program fee. No meals are included in the on-campus residence hall option.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,800
International Airfare **
$1,200
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$300
Visa Fees
$82
Personal expenses
$2,800

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in on-campus residence hall; homestay students should budget $1000 per semester for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Academic year 2016-2017 (46 wks)
05/15/2016
09/12/2016
07/30/2017
$37,000

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, residence permit fees, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$27,732
Housing ***
$8,850
Insurance
$118

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** No meals are included in the on-campus residence hall option.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$5,600
International Airfare **
$1,200
Local Transportation
$800
Books & Supplies
$600
Visa Fees
$82
Personal expenses
$5,600
Expenses during break ***
$700

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in on-campus residence hall; homestay students should budget $1000 per semester for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

*** academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

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Eligibility
3.0 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 3.0
  • 3 semesters of college-level micro- or macroeconomics, accounting, finance, management, marketing, or statistics
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for one semester is 16-18 semester/24-27 quarter hours, or 32-36 semester / 48-54 quarter hours for the academic year.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Upon arrival all study abroad students enroll in two weeks of intensive German language following orientation and before the beginning of the Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) semester. All students continue German language study at BSEL during the semester.

Note about German Academic Calendar:
The Berlin School of Economics and Law follows the German academic calendar, which begins and ends later than the average semester in the United States. The BSEL fall semester typically begins in September and ends in late-February/early-March. Likewise, the spring semester typically begins in March and ends in late-July. Students should be prepared to remain in Berlin until the official end date of the program.

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About the City

About The City

The thriving global city of Berlin has been built over centuries around the River Spree. Home to nearly 3.5 million people, it's a place of vigorous growth and change. As the capital of Germany, business and governmental decisions made in Berlin reverberate through the European Union and world. Berlin houses countless small start-up businesses, with growing communications, life sciences, environmental services, media and music, and digital sectors. As a result of reasonable living costs, excellent public transportation, and immediate local access to parks and playgrounds, Berlin is ranked among the top of global urban quality-of-life indices. It offers locals and visitors alike a multitude of universities, research institutes, orchestras, museums, festivals, and historical landmarks to explore.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Benjamin Lorch

MA - Community and Student Life Director

Benjamin Lorch, formerly Resident Director of the CIEE Berlin Study Center, has been named Student Life and Community Director, in charge of student experiential learning opportunities, including residential programming, events, Academic Projects, external projects and programs with community.

Benjamin is a double graduate of The University of Chicago where he studied urban development policy, sociology and media. Prior to his work with CIEE, Benjamin served at head of communications for the Berlin School of Creative Leadership Executive MBA Program, and before that as managing director of the Chicago Public Schools – University of Chicago Internet Project. In 2006, upon being selected as a Robert Bosch Fellow, Benjamin returned to his ancestral German roots and moved to Berlin.

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Berlin is a city that wakes up every morning to reinvent itself. It is a city where business and governmental decisions made reverberate strongly throughout the European Union and around the world. As corporations and governments search for new economic models of recovery and sustainability in times of uncertainty, studying in Berlin allows students to witness new businesses grow while older pillars of the German economy shift and adjust their strategies. In addition, students in Berlin are able to contrast political-economic policies based on capitalism, Keynesian intervention and socialist systems in the marketplace of ideas that thrives in Germany’s capital city.

The city serves as headquarters for major German and European firms such Air Berlin, Axel Springer, Deutsche Bahn, Bombardier Transportation, Siemens, Universal Music Germany and Vattenfall Europe and, of course, it is the capital of the largest economy in Europe.

At the crossroads between Eastern and Western Europe, Berlin is influenced by strong and, at times, conflicting political and cultural forces which make it a vibrant city brimming with creativity and an energy that demands reinvention at every turn. You can feel that in Berlin.

It has been said “Paris is always Paris but Berlin is never Berlin!” and indeed, that is true. Come change Berlin. Let Berlin change you.

— Benjamin Lorch, Resident Director

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Cary Nathenson

PhD - Global Institute -- Berlin Director

Dr. Cary Nathenson has overall responsibility for the management of all aspects of the Global Institute to ensure the highest levels of program quality. Prior to joining CIEE, he served as associate dean for Humanities, Arts, and Sciences at the University of Chicago, and oversaw the university’s Summer Session, which provides residential academic programs for high school and university students. He previously served as assistant dean for graduate programs at Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies, where he developed professional master’s degree programs; and co-founded The Public Square, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting intersections between intellectual work and the general public. Cary has held faculty positions at the University of Houston, Northwestern University, Duke University, and Grinnell College. He teaches and publishes on film of the Nazi era, German-Jewish topics, and contemporary German society.

A native of Chicago, Cary earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in German from the University of Illinois. He earned his doctorate in German from Washington University in St. Louis with a dissertation on the novelist/journalist Joseph Roth and the modernity of Berlin in the Weimar Republic era.

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Andreas Zaby

Andreas Zaby, Ph.D., is vice president of the department of Business and Economics at the Berlin School of Economics and Law and a member of the senior management team of the university in charge of international affairs. He is also professor of International Management. Andreas has deep leadership experience in both the private biopharmaceutical sector and academic research and administration. Andreas is also quite familiar with the U.S. education system having earned an M.B.A. from the San Diego State University (with distinction and Beta Gamma Sigma). Andreas later earned his Ph.D. at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena. In his role of academic advisor for the CIEE study abroad program, Andreas ensures that curricula are rigorous and demanding. In addition, he works with the resident director and Berlin School of Economics and Law International Office to regularly improve the program in response to the needs of students and their home institutions. Lastly, he serves as the academic and administrative link between CIEE and Berlin School of Economics and Law at the highest level.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The Berlin School of Economics and Law (Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin), with an enrollment of 9,100 students, focuses on business, management, and administration skills for the private and public sectors. The multinational campus is located in the vibrant Schöneberg neighborhood, not far from the Rathaus Schöneberg where President Kennedy famously delivered his 1963 ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’ speech at the height of the Cold War. Together with six other German universities, the Berlin School of Economics and Law has formed an “Alliance for Excellence” strongly committed to quality and the international perspective.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Students live in the residence hall of the Global Institute - Berlin with a mix of CIEE students and resident assistants (RAs). Our RAs are local students who help CIEE students adjust to life in Berlin and are responsible for their safety and security. Students live in double, triple, or quad rooms with en-suite bathrooms and shower facilities. Students can prepare their own meals in full kitchens. CIEE provides basic cooking utensils and cleaning supplies. Students also may get coffee, tea, soft drinks, and snacks at the on-site CIEE café, or explore the many restaurants and cafés in the Kreuzberg neighborhood. Residence hall lounges allow students to mix and mingle over meals, cultural activities, study groups, and special events. Larger common areas, quiet study areas, and inner courtyards offer comfortable spaces to pass the time.

A limited number of students may also be housed in local shared apartments (meals not included), or in homestays (two meals a day included), depending on availability.

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Orientations

Orientations

Each semester begins with a mandatory orientation session organized by CIEE. The orientation includes an introduction to Berlin and German society and culture, first day ‘survival’ skills, and tips on health and safety. Excursions in and around the city serve as a general introduction to the transit system and major points of interest as well as needed resources and amenities. A second orientation to the BSEL is also conducted at the beginning of the semester to inform students of important academic and program-related details.

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Internet

Internet

Students are required to bring wireless-enabled laptops to use while on the program for both academic paper writing and studio work. Wireless Internet is available at the CIEE Global Institute - Berlin.

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Culture

Culture

Language Immersion

All CIEE students, regardless of language abilities, have the opportunity to learn German. Courses at several proficiency levels are available, and more advanced German speakers can take advantage of German-taught area studies courses. A specific section of the Global Institute residence is designated “German language only” to help foster a stronger commitment to language learning and cultural exchange.

CIEE staff can organize German language partners to help students practice and improve their German language skills. Additionally, for students with specific language acquisition goals, CIEE staff members can guide students to create individual community engagement plans to help them fulfill their objectives.

Cultural Activities and Field Trips

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Throughout the semester CIEE will offer site visits to important Berlin locations. In each instance you will be introduced and guided by a local expert closely connected to the site. These visits may include the East Side Gallery, the Holocaust Memorial, or the Tempelhof Airport Park.

The BSEL also offers cultural and social activities throughout orientation week and during the semester. Sites include museums, historically significant places such as the Reichstag and Potsdam, and walking/cycling/river tours of the city.

Overnight Excursion

CIEE will offer one overnight excursion during the semester to expose you to another economically important and culturally significant German city such as Hamburg, Dresden, or Munich. On this trip, equal focus is placed on cultural and business-focused destinations with site visits to historical places, manufacturing facilities, and small start-up companies. All excursions are subject to change and will be announced after arrival in Berlin.

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Academics

Academics

All students begin their semester with an intensive study of the German language at their level of aptitude determined by placement test. Students continue their study of the German language throughout the semester by taking weekly classes offered by the BSEL.

At the Berlin School of Economics and Law CIEE students are provided the opportunity to study rigorously the fundamentals of business practice, administration, and law. Students will study side-by-side with their German and international peers. CIEE students have the opportunity to take a full-range of courses in English, and for those with appropriate ability in German, courses in German are also available.. Students with a high level of German language proficiency also have access to additional legal studies courses in the Department of Public Administration and Department of Policing and Security Management. These courses, taught in German, are offered on the Berlin-Lichtenberg Campus which is a 25-minute subway ride from the main Berlin-Schöneberg Campus.

Academic Culture

Like local German students, CIEE study abroad students are expected to study with a high degree of independence and responsibility, structuring their own progress through course materials. Because classes meet just once a week students are encouraged to engage in ongoing work on homework assignments, research, and reading materials throughout the week.

Nature of Classes

BSEL business courses are offered in seminar style, meeting once a week for a three-hour period of instruction interrupted by a short break. Classes are generally given in the form of an “instructional talk” rather than straight lecture meaning students are able to pose questions and hold discussion with the instructor and their peers. Business courses have up to 40 students whereas the number of students enrolled in each BSEL German language section does not normally exceed 25.

Grading System

Students are graded on the basis of class participation, homework, individual project work, presentations, and mid-term and final examinations.

Language of Instruction

The language of instruction is English, although there are classes offered in German.

Faculty

The University has an academic staff of approximately 170 professors and 500 lecturers, plus nearly 270 research and administrative personnel. Together with six other German universities, the Berlin School of Economics and Law has formed an "Alliance for Excellence" (UAS7). The UAS7 members are strongly committed to quality and the international perspective, fostering joint research projects and encouraging the development of common research strategies.

Note about German Academic Calendar:
The Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) follows the German academic calendar, which begins and ends later than the average US semester. The BSEL fall semester typically begins in September and ends in late-February/early-March. Likewise, the spring semester typically begins in March and ends in late-July. Students should be prepared to remain in Berlin until the official end date of the program.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

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 canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

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.

Semester Courses

Required Semester German Language

Beginning German Language

Intermediate German Language 1

Intermediate German Language 2

Intermediate German Language 3

Advanced German Language

All Berlin School of Economics and Law semester-long German language courses will introduce vocabulary related to banking, business communications, meetings, résumé terms, taxes, marketing, finance, etc.

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 Application
Business Mathematics
Business Organization, Company, Work Seen from the Perspective of History and the Social Sciences
Business Simulation
Communication and Interaction on the Job
Communication Strategies and Consumer Behavior
Cost Accounting
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
Intercultural Communications
International Business Accounting
International Law & Human Conflicts in Regions of Africa
International Management
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
Market Research
Marketing
Mathematics for Business and Economics
Microeconomics: Allocation and Distribution
National and International Financial Relations
Operations Management
Organizational Behavior in International Companies
Political Economy and Social Structure of Modern Society
Product and Distribution Management
Regional Studies
Selected Issues in Business Finance
Selected Issues in Marketing
Self Management
Statistics
Strategic Management
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.

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