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The Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL)

With approximately 10,500 students, the Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) is one of the largest institutions of higher education in Germany’s capital city. The BSEL is distinguished by a clear focus on providing academic education strongly linked to real world skills, an intensive and diverse programme of research, high quality standards and a strong international approach. The Berlin School of Economics and Law portfolio provides a wide range of professional qualifications. The university forms an academic centre specialised in business and administration skills for the public and private sector, as well as for public security, law and engineering. Almost all study programmes are adapted to Bachelor and Master degrees. They are assessed by an external expert group in accordance with the Rules for the accreditation of study programmes and for system accreditation and bear the quality seal of the Accreditation Council.

Quality standards

The University offers over fifty study programmes. Nearly all of them now lead to a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, have been quality controlled and bear the seal of an accrediting agency. The BSEL has also been honoured with the prestigious Total E-Quality Science Award five times in a row. Awarded to companies and universities actively implementing structural and personnel policies promoting gender equality, the Total E-Quality Science Award is a tribute to the University’s marked commitment to gender equality and equal opportunities. Quality


The BSEL is distinguished by a wide range of research at the interface of academic theory and its real world applications. Research into topics and issues in economics, the social sciences, administration, engineering and law is conducted in the University’s five Departments, two Central Institutes, seven internal research institutes and five associated research institutes. The University’s multi-disciplinary approach promotes the development of cross-departmental research goals. In addition, the BSEL employs an internal system of targeted research funding to support research activities. The University is also a member of the non-profit Institute for Applied Research Berlin (IFAF). Research

A multifaceted international perspective

The Berlin School for Economics and Law (BSEL) has always regarded an international approach as an integral part of its vision and a key element in its higher education programmes and research. The BSEL’s international networks are constantly growing. At present, the BSEL has approximately 150 partnerships with universities around the world. The University is also a member of the “UAS7 – Alliance for Excellence”, a strategic alliance of seven German universities dedicated to quality and an international perspective, fostering joint research projects and the development of common research strategies.

Clear focus on applied skills

The Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) follows the guiding principle of robustly connecting academic education and real world practices. With over 2000 places for cooperative study students in the Department of Cooperative Studies Business • Technology, the BSEL is the largest cooperative degree provider in Berlin. In particular, the cooperative study programmes solidly link academic theory and business practices. This fruitful exchange between theory and practice is ensured by integrating vocational training qualifications into the degree programmes to enable students not only to take courses at the BSEL, but also receive training within their partner company. Department of Cooperative Studies


On the programmes in the Department of Business and Economics, students have a supervised internship lasting at least one semester. The University’s cooperation with companies is constantly being expanded and intensified in a variety of ways such as, for example, through the BSEL’s Business Councils. Supervised Work Experience

Firmly rooted in Berlin

The Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) has firm roots in Berlin, an excitingly cosmopolitan and international city. The German capital is also rightly renowned as one of the world's leading academic locations with a tradition including such seminal figures as Humboldt and Einstein, Virchow and Koch, and Meitner and Planck. Berlin’s present reputation in higher education and research also rests on an extensive and varied academic landscape not only comprising four universities, seven Universities of Applied Sciences and three Universities of the Arts, but also numerous private universities and over seventy extramural research institutes. Ranked as one of Europe’s most popular cities, not least thanks to an almost inexhaustible range of cultural amenities and events, Berlin has attracted around 165,000 students from Germany and abroad to live and study here.