General Information

Application Procedure

How do I apply?

Please fill out our online application which can be found on our website. If you are applying for one of the business programmes, please support your application with latest transcripts of your study programme (in English) and with a proof of your English language (only for non-native speakers). For the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management Course, a motivation letter is required (Why are you interested in entrepreneurship/innovation?).


  1. Fill out an online questionnaire with  basic personal and academic information. You will receive a link to the online platform. Please create your own user account and password.
  2. Upload all necessary documents and complete your personal and academic information, using the user account you just created in Step 1.

After your application, you will receive a short notice that your application has been received and whether or not it is complete.
In case of acceptance, you will receive a short e-mail confirming that you can be accepted provided that you pay the fee on time. The invoice will be sent along with this e-mail and needs to be paid within 10-14 days upon receipt, depending on the programme. The application is valid upon receipt of payment. Then, an official acceptance letter will be sent to you.


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    When do I have to apply?

    The winter school opens for applications starting August 1, 2017.

    Application deadline is October 15, 2017.

    Application deadline for nominated students from partner universities is October 1, 2017.


    Students requiring a visa to enter Germany should apply as early as possible. After October 15, there's a rolling admission procedure subject to the availability of places.


    The summer school opens for applications January 31, 2018. Application deadline is April 1, 2018. Application deadline for nominated students from partner universities is March 15, 2018.

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    Do I need to take an English Test?

    The language of instruction of our business/economics/law courses is English. It is therefore highly important that participants speak and understand English to a good degree. For this reason, a proof of English proficiency (TOEFL ibt 90 or equivalent) needs to be sent with the application. Please note that this information is for guidance only, it is not exhaustive. If you are in any doubt about your English language qualification, please contact us before applying.

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    Do I need to provide an official translation of my transcript?

    This is only necessary for students applying for one of the business/economics courses. All transcripts must be translated into English and the translation should be certified by the International Office or the Dean of the department at your home university.

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    When do I pay the fee?

    Upon acceptance please transfer the full amount as indicated in the invoice that you will receive by e-mail. The amount has to be paid within two weeks from the due date. The application is valid upon receipt of payment.



    Winter School:
    For cancellations made before November 1, 2017, fees will be refunded minus the € 150 non-refundable application and service fee. After that date, no fees are refundable.

    Summer School:
    For cancellations made before May 1, 2017, fees will be refunded minus the € 150 non-refundable application and service fee. After that date, no fees are refundable.

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    How can I cancel a course?

    Winter School:

    You may cancel a course in writing any time before May November 1, 2017 at no charge minus the non-refundable application fee of Euro 150,-. After that date, no fees can be refunded. Please contact Ms. Katja Zühlsdorf, Summer School Coordinator as soon as possible.


    Summer School: You may cancel a course in writing any time before May 1, 2018 at no charge minus the non-refundable application fee of Euro 150,-. After that date, no fees can be refunded.

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    Terms & Conditions


    We reserve the right to cancel courses that contain less than 10 participants (for German language courses) or 12 participants (for business/law courses) latest four weeks prior to the start of a given programme. Should such cancellation be necessary, the affected participants will be notified and informed about available alternatives. If no satisfactory solution can be found for a particular participant, he/she may cancel his/her participation in the programme free-of-charge and receive a full refund of all fees paid up until that point.


    Cancellation of a course or other aspects of our Summer/ Winter School programme as a result of illness, unforeseeable events or developments may occur. In such a case, participants are not entitled to have such courses or other aspects taken place or carried out.


    A change of teaching staff and slight changes in the course content do not entitle the participant to a resignation from the contract or to a reduction of the course fees.



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    Rules of Conduct

    In the interest of all, concerned and orderly conduct in general is expected from everybody. Severe infringement of such conduct may lead to expulsion from the summer / winter programme and will also result in informing the home university. Students are to be expected on time for classes.

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    Programme Information

    What is included in the Course Fee?

    Course fees generally include:

    • a non-refundable application and service fee of € 150,-
    • tuition fee (including the academic support programme)
    • accommodation
    • health, accident and personal liability insurance (mandatory)
    • support from the International Office
    • most parts of the optional culture and leisure time programme
    • one certificate confirming the grades received

    Participants will bear additional costs for individual expenses (see also question "Will I receive any Credits?").

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    Will I receive any Credits?

    Upon successful participation in the course, students will receive credits according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and a certificate of attendance. ECTS is a credit system based on student workload, which involves e.g. lectures, seminars, course-related field trips, practical work, papers, and self-study. Grading is based on grades from 1 to 5, with 1 as the best grade and 5 as failed. Students taking a summer / winter school course for credit are advised to check accreditation with their home institution in advance.
    After having successfully attended a summer / winter school class, students are entitled to receive a certificate confirming the grades received that is either sent to their home institution (nominated students) or to their home address (free-mover).

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    Am I obliged to take part in the entire programme?

    Yes, attendance is obligatory in classroom sessions and all course-related field trips (academic support programme). Absence is only excused in cases of illness or emergency. Students with less than 80% attendance will not receive documentation of course participation. Students are expected to be present on the first day of class.

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    What happens if I am ill?

    If you are absent from class due to illness you will have to provide a certificate from a doctor. We will provide you with a list of doctors who speak English on the first day of class. Furthermore, in order to ensure that all participants are well equipped when staying in Germany/Europe, all participants receive a good health, accident and personal liability insurance (mandatory) for the duration of their programme.


    Please consider that students need to present the "treatment form for the doctor/dentist" (which will be sent before the programme starts) to the doctor BEFORE being treated. Then, the insurance will directly settle the claim with the doctor/dentist.

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    Are there scholarships available and how do I apply for them?

    We are very sorry to say that we do not award scholarships. However, we do award grants (fee waivers) to nominated students from partner institutions. Please ask your International Office if your home university has such an agreement with us.


    Nevertheless, all students can individually endeavour to apply for a scholarship with the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).


    Please, see the following web sites for more information:

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    When and how do I obtain reading material for business courses?

    The course literature and reading lists will be made available three-four weeks prior to the start of the programme  and we suggest that you start reading beforehand to give you an advantage. During the programme it will be very difficult to catch up if you fall behind on the readings and there is generally little time to prepare for the assignments.

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    What is not included in the Course Fee?

    • Lunch and Dinner (Lunch can be bought during weekdays at the student cafeteria for about € 3,-.)
    • Costs for supplies
    • Public transport ticket (currently € 79,50 for a monthly ticket zone AB)
    • Even though most parts of the optional culture and leisure time programme are included in the course fee, one or two extra-curricular activities are not included: e.g. entrance ticket to the movie theatre (about € 6,-), individual consumption (beer garden, beach bar,…).


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    Will there be assessments and will I receive grades?

    All courses will be accredited according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). In order to receive a grade (and thus credits), participants need to pass assessment(s). With regards to the German language classes, there is one assessment towards the end of the classes. With regards to the business/economics classes, there will be several assessments, usually one each week. Grades will be based on active participation and regular attendance in class and class excursions, on self-study and homework assignments, and on the examinations. If students miss more than two classes, the final grade will be downgraded. Students are expected to be on time for classes.


    The BSEL grades are explained in the following Grade Conversion Chart:

    BSEL grade Explanation of grade
    1,0 – 1,5 Excellent
    1,6 – 2,0 Very Good
    2,1 – 3,0 Good
    3,1 – 3,5 Satisfactory
    3,6 – 4,0 Sufficient
    4,1 – 5,0 Fail

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    General Information

    Do I need a visa?

    Please inquire early (at least 8 weeks prior to the trip) at a German consulate in your home country about visa requirements. Students from the United States, Mexico, Singapore, Australia, and from a number of other countries may enter Germany with a passport only and remain for up to three months without a visa. If your home country does not have such an agreement with Germany, you must procure a tourist (short-term Schengen Visa) visa, which covers the period of the HWR Berlin Summer & Winter School ; you should apply for such a visa at the German embassy or consulate in your home country. It is also recommended that you bring along a document (i.e. from your parents or funding agency) that certifies that you can cover the costs e.g. of living expenses. Sometimes, an embassy wants to see the insurance package. In this case, please contact us as early as possible so that we can e-mail it to you.


    For general visa information, please see the following web site of the German Foreign Office at

    If you plan to travel before/during/after HWR Berlin Summer & Winter School to other countries, please make sure you apply for a multiple entry visa for Germany.

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    Do I need insurances?

    Each participant will automatically be insured with a good travel health, accident and personal liability insurance (mandatory) through Berlin School of Economics. Please be aware, however, that the insurance package only covers the official period of the Summer or Winter School programme. The insurance package covers your stay in Germany and in any other “Schengen” country (e.g. Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Netherlands). If you plan to arrive earlier or plan to stay on after the course, you need to buy further insurance individually. More information on the mandatory insurance package is available in the pre-departure info package and upon arrival.


    Please observe, Berlin School of Economics and Law is not liable for any medical expenses or accidents. All students will receive a list of English speaking general practitioners as well as a list of general emergency numbers upon arrival.

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    When and where do I need to arrive in Berlin?

    The official arrival day for participants of a two-week course in winter is Sunday, January 7, 2018. Official arrival days for participants in the summer is either Sunday, June 24, 2018 (four-week programme) or Sunday, July 1 (three-week programme).


    Berlin also has a central bus station (ZOB) and a central train station (Berlin Hauptbahnhof). For directions, please see the section on accommodation.


    Useful Links:

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    The Berlin School of Economics and Law – like most German universities – does not own any student residence halls. We have arranged appropriate off-campus accommodation for the duration of the programme. We can guarantee housing for all our participants. We have made reservations at Student Hostels. Here, participants will be assigned to double-rooms and thus have a room-mate.  Students participating in the four-week course will have double rooms with a kitchenette, students participating in the our three-week course will be accommodated in double rooms with breakfast.


    Two-week course / Winter School 2018

    Move-in date: Sunday, January 7

    Move-out date: Saturday, January 20


    Three-week course / Summer School 2018

    Move-in date: Sunday, July 1

    Move-out date: Saturday, July 21


    Four-week course / Summer School 2018

    Move-in date: Sunday, June 24

    Move-out date: Saturday, July 21

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    Private Accommodation

    You have the possibility to arrange your own accommodation. We will then be happy to deduct the accommodation fee from the total fee. In the following, please find a list of selective reasonably-priced youth / students accommodation in Berlin:

    Youth hostels:
    Aletto Jugendhotels –
    Meininger City Hostels & Hotels –
    Hotel Die Fabrik –
    Jugendhotel Berlin –
    Eastern Comfort – Hostelboat –
    City Hostel – Jetpack:

    Student Apartments & Flat Share:

    Flats or Private Rooms:

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    Do I have access to libraries?

    As a registered Summer School student you will be able to use the university's library. Unfortunately your status will not allow you to take out any books for use outside the reading rooms during your stay in Berlin. The library is usually open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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    Is there internet access / Wifi? Can I bring my laptop?

    WIFI - Education Roaming ("eduroam")

    The HWR Berlin is using the Wifi standard Education Roaming (eduroam) in all its facilities. You might use the eduroam standard in your home university as well. For connecting please search the wireless network "eduroam". In any case, all participants will receive their personal login information on the first day at school, so that Wifi is available on your smartphone as well as tablet or laptop.


    You will have free access to the computer facilities in the library. Given the limited hours and terminals in the library , though, it does make sense to bring your personal laptop along. However, please be aware that you will need a European plug-in adapter and that the voltage might differ from country to country. (Electricity in Germany is 220 Volts). In the main building you will have access to Wireless LAN (WLAN). On the first day of the courses there will be an orientation tour in which you’ll be introduced to the process of logging into the system (it usually takes a few days).


    Berlin has plenty of Internet cafés all over the city. There is also a Wi-Fi possibility at the different accommodations.

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    Where can I get information about the city of Berlin?

    The easiest way is to consult the internet. Here is the official website of the City of Berlin, which is designed for tourists:

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    Can I use public transport in Berlin?

    Yes, Berlin has a very good public transportation system (underground trains, streetcars, buses) that is safe and widely used. A weekly ticket (7 day ticket) can be purchased from the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) at Euro 30,00 for the fare zones AB which are ample for travelling within the centre of Berlin. A monthly ticket costs Euro 81,00 at a normal rate, again for the fare zones AB. Service after midnight is mostly carried out by night busses or subway trains.


    Further information regarding public means of transport in Berlin can be obtained in English on the homepage of the BVG:


    Please note that according to the BVG rules, you cannot claim student status (and thus receive a discount) if you stay less than 6 months.

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    How safe is Berlin?

    In general, Berlin is a safe city. The Berlin School of Economics & Law is located in the center (West) of Berlin; and all accommodations (Student Hostel & Student Dorm) are located in safe neighbourhoods in Berlin. Public transportation is highly frequented and safe during day and night.


    Nevertheless, there are some areas where heightened alertness is advised, e.g. in the far northeast of Berlin. Pickpockets will take advantage of every opportunity of inattention no matter where you are.

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    What is the weather like?

    Berlin/Germany enjoys a continental climate. June/July is an excellent time to visit Germany with an average temperature of pleasant 22 °C (75°F). However, be prepared that there might be periods of rain and/or hot weather around 30°C (~ 90°F). Berlin enjoys cold winters and chilly January days. The average daily temperature sits at -1°C (about 30°F), pretty cold for being outside unless you have the proper warm clothing. Chances for some snow are quite good.

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    What type of clothes should I bring? Is there a dress code?

    There is no dress code for classes. Most students dress casual. For special occasions, e.g. company visits, opera visit, it is more appropriate to wear more formal clothes. Summer in Germany may vary; make sure to bring summer clothes, but also a warm sweater for the evenings and a rain jacket. January is typically very cold, make sure to take along a winter jacket, sweater, gloves, and boots. Please keep in mind that rain / snow are likely and corresponding clothes and shoes are necessary.

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    Can I travel during the HWR Berlin Summer & Winter School

    HWR Berlin Summer & Winter School is first of all an academic programme for international students. Participants are expected to be present and be well prepared for their class during the programme. The International Office team arranges many cultural and social events during the week and some on the weekends. We strongly recommend to travel either before or after the summer / winter programme.

    Please be aware, though, that the insurance package only covers the official period of the summer or winter school programme and that you need to buy further insurance individually.
    Also, make sure that your visa is valid for travelling across borders.

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    What is the HWR Berlin Summer & Winter School?

    The HWR Berlin Summer & Winter School is run by the Berlin School of Economics and Law, and is first of all an academic programme for international students. The summer programme started in 2004 at the request of partner universities. The HWR Berlin Summer & Winter School offers intensive short-term study abroad programmes that take place during most academic holidays, and are thus a great way to get international experience without missing out on usual semester time. Participants earn credits while gaining valuable educational and cultural experiences. What’s more, summer and winter programmes generally promote cross-cultural understanding. By learning more about others, you will also learn more about yourself.

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