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Frequently Asked Questions – Master programmes at BSEL

General Information


Application

When is the application period?

The application period for students with a German Bachelor degree is
15.04.-15.06. for the winter semester.
The application has to be sent directly to BSEL.

 

The application period for students with a Non-German Bachelor degree is
15.04.-30.05. for the winter semester start.

The application has to be sent to uni-assist e.V.

 

Please note: Our master programmes start once a year in the winter term.

 

 

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What is uni-assist e.V. and what does it do?

uni-assist e.V. is a certification office founded to make the application procedure for international student applicants easier and at the same time to support German universities in the selection of their foreign students. All applicants with a Non-German Bachelor degree wishing to study at one of the member universities of uni-assist must send their applications to uni-assist instead of their chosen university.

 

uni-assist checks whether foreign qualifications meet the requirements of the Central Office for Foreign Education and whether they are sufficient for admission to a German university.

 

uni-assist converts foreign grades into their German equivalents. Uni-assist verifies language skills and other course-specific requirements made by the universities.

 

uni-assist verifies the legitimacy of all certificates.

 

All applications that meet the general admission requirements are forwarded electronically to the universities and are then processed in the universities' individual admissions procedures.

 

Please take note that uni-assist charges a processing fee according to the number of universities you want to apply to. More information: www.uni-assist.de/fees-payment.

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Is it possible to apply for the master programme before or after the application period?

No, it is not possible.

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What are the application requirements?

In general for all master courses requirements are the following:

  • Bachelor's or equivalent degree
  • At least 210 ECTS credit points (applicants with 180 ECTS credit points will be required to obtain the additional 30 ECTS credit points by completing a placement in the third semester, i.e. the programme will then last four semesters)
  • Letter of motivation in English
  • Curriculum Vitae in English

If you can present an official document proving that you are among the best 10 % of your final year group in your study programme you may add a copy to your application. You can provide sufficient evidence by indicating your final grade in ECTS. If you are among the best ten percent of the final year students in your study programme, you will have obtained the maximum grade (A) in the ECTS system. Also a certified ranking list showing that you were among the best ten percent is accepted. If you have not yet completed your course, a provisional certificate to the effect that you are among the best ten percent of your final year group in your study programme is needed. It is important that this certificate should be issued by an Examinations Office or signed by the Dean of the Faculty. Letters of recommendation are not accepted as a proof.

 

Furthermore there are some programme specific requirements (named courses/modules have to be completed during prior studies):

Accounting and Controlling

  • Evidence specifically of having completed undergraduate courses in Accounting and Managerial Accounting / Controlling
  • Excellent English skills equivalent to at least B2 on the CEFR (Common European Framework of References)
  • By providing a GMAT score of 600 Points or above, you can increase your chance of admission (in this case an English proof is not necessary).

Business Intelligence and Process Management

  • Bachelor's or equivalent degree in Business Information Systems / Business Informatics, Administrative Information Systems / Administrative Informatics, (Applied) Informatics / (Applied) Computer Science (with major in business), or Business Administration / Business Studies / Business Engineering (with major in Informatics, Computer Science, or Business Information Systems)
  • Evidence of having completed the following undergraduate courses (or equivalent):

    • Business Administration (10 ECTS)
    • Quantitative Methods / Databases (10 ECTS)
    • (Applied) Informatics (10 ECTS)
    • Excellent English skills equivalent to at least B2 on the CEFR (Common European Framework of References)

Finance, Accounting, Controlling and Taxation (FACT)

  • Proof that at least two of the four relevant study subjects – Accounting, Controlling, Corporate Finance and Company Taxation – were concluded in the previous course of studies (at least 15 ECTS, not introductory courses)
  • Excellent English skills equivalent to at least B2 on the CEFR (Common European Framework of References)
  • Since many classes are taught in German a proof of German proficiency of at least B2 level (CEFR) is required for Non-German applicants

Global Supply Chain and Operations Management

  • Undergraduate courses in Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Logistics totaling at least 15 ECTS credit points
  • Excellent English skills equivalent to at least B2 on the CEFR (Common European Framework of References)
  • By providing a GMAT score of 600 Points or above, you can increase your chance of admission (in this case an English proof is not necessary).

International Business and Consulting

  • HR Specialisation – courses in Human Resource Management, Organisation and Labour Law worth at least 15 ECTS credit points
  • Strategic Management Specialisation – courses in Strategic Management, Financial and Managerial Accounting, and Operations Management (or equivalent topics) together worth at least 15 ECTS credit points
  • GMAT with a score of 600 or above (applies only for non-EU / non-EEA degrees)
  • Excellent English skills equivalent to at least B2 on the CEFR (Common European Framework of References)

International Economics

  • Evidence specifically of having completed undergraduate courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and International Economics
  • Excellent English skills equivalent to at least B2 on the CEFR (Common European Framework of References)

International Finance

  • Basic Lectures in Finance and Investment Theory, Corporate Finance, Macroeconomics, GMAT voluntarily
  • All students that cannot show a placement of at least 6 months in advance, have to undertake a placement during the third semester; the programme then lasts for 4 semesters
  • Excellent English skills proved by TOEFL – at least ibt 87 or IELTS – at least 6.0

International Marketing Management (English)

  • Marketing totalling at least 15 ECTS credit points
  • Excellent English skills equivalent to at least B2 on the CEFR (Common European Framework of References)
  • GMAT with a score of 600 or above (applies only for non-EU / non-EEA degrees)

 

Marketing Management (dt./englisch)

  • Undergraduate courses in Marketing totaling at least 15 ECTS credit points
  • Excellent English skills equivalent to at least B2 on the CEFR (Common European Framework of References)
  • Since many classes are taught in German a proof of German proficiency of at least B2 level (CEFR) is required for Non-German applicants
  • By providing a GMAT score of 600 Points or above, you can increase your chance of admission (in this case an English proof is not necessary)

Political Economy of European Integration

  • Evidence of having completed undergraduate courses in Macroeconomics, Political or Social Science (or comparable courses) and/or European Studies
  • Excellent English skills equivalent to at least B2 on the CEFR (Common European Framework of References) 

Business Law in an International Context

  • An undergraduate law degree (Bachelor or German Diploma degree) or the first State Examination in Law or a comparable qualification from a recognised university
  • Excellent English skills equivalent to at least B2 on the CEFR (Common European Framework of References)
  • Since many classes are taught in German a proof of German proficiency of at least B2 level (CEFR) is required for Non-German applicants

 

 

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Which English levels / tests are accepted for the application?

Your English level has to be at least B2 CEFR (Common European Framework of References) or above. The required minimum score of some of the most known English certificates are listed below. We accept certificates of up to five years old. Please, hand in a certified copy (no scan, coloured copy or pdf, but paper with original stamp) of your language certificate or show the original. If you have studied in the higher education system a minimum of two semesters entirely in English, this can be accepted as equivalent (please provide proof with your application). You do not need to provide further English certificates if you hold a GMAT. For the Master programme International Finance only TOEFL, IELTS or GMAT will be accepted.

 

  • TOEFL IBT – 87 points
  • IELTS – 6.0 points
  • BULATS – 60 points
  • Cambridge - CAE
  • UNIcert II

    Please note: We cannot accept A-level /school leaving certificates or DAAD language certificates as English proficiency tests.

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    Do I need German proficiency? Is it possible to learn German at BSEL?

    For the following Master Programmes, excellent German skills equivalent to at least B2 on the CEFR (Common European Framework of References) are necessary. Please provide certified copy (no scan, coloured copy or pdf, but paper with original stamp) or original. 

    • Finance, Accounting, Controlling and Taxation (FACT)
    • Marketing Management (deutsch/englisch)
    •  Business Law in an International Context


    For the following Master Programmes, knowledge of German is not necessary, as these master programmes are completely taught in English:

    • Accounting and Controlling
    • Business Intelligence and Process Management
    • Global Supply Chain and Operations Management
    • International Business and Consulting: Human Resource Management
    • International Business and Consulting: Strategic Management
    • International Economics
    • International Finance
    • International Marketing Management (English)
    • Political Economy of European Integration

    German language classes for business are available at BSEL for all levels. Due to limited capacity we cannot guarantee a place in the courses.

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    I want to apply for a DAAD scholarship. Therefore I need a letter to proof that I am in contact with BSEL.

    In accordance with DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) we do not send any more letters to prove that you are in contact with us. When applying for a DAAD scholarship, you would have to also prove to them that you meet the relevant criteria to apply for the course (i.e. evidence specifically of having completed undergraduate courses in the relevant subjects. All specific admission requirements are listed on the respective programme's web page). This is sufficient. Should there be further questions, please contact DAAD directly about this matter.

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    Can I apply for more than one Master Programme?

    When applying you have the option to name a second choice of studies at BSEL, but your second choice will only be considered if there is no sufficient number of applicants with a first choice in that programme.

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    What if I made a mistake in my online application?

    You can do the online application again if you have made a mistake in the first one. We will only consider the last online version of your application.

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    Do I get a receipt that my documents are received by the BSEL?

    You can add a post-paid self-addressed postcard which we will stamp and send back so you know that your documents have been received. It is only a notice of receipt. The sufficiency and correctness of the documents will not be checked. The applicants are held responsible for verifying that.

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    Do I get a notice when documents for the application process are missing?

    You do not get any notice if documents are missing.

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    If I re-apply next semester, does my former application have any influence on the chances to be accepted?

    It does not have any impact on the likeliness to be accepted.

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    Can work experience increase my chance of admission?

    Work experience is an asset but does not necessarily influence your application.

    The main focus is on the overall bachelor grade, grades of specific modules, English proficiency and the motivation letter. In the three masters taught in German, German proficiency is also required. It is not possible to take work experience (even in a special field) into account for the required courses.

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    What are my chances in getting into the Master Programme?

    BSEL does not select according to a specific numerus clausus. Your chances in being accepted depends on the number of students who apply for the respective master programme. There are 35 places in most programmes. Only the programme Business Intelligence and Process Management offers just 20 places, whereas the Master programmes FACT (Finanzierung, Rechnungswesen und Steuern), Marketing Management (dt./engl.) and Global Supply Chain and Operations Management have 40 available places. In 2015 there were a total of 2080 candidates, whereby the International Marketing Management (English) Master was the most demanded programme.

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    What is the selection criteria?

    First, all the applications that meet all requirements are collected. Out of these, a ranking composed of the Bachelor grades relevant to the Master programme modules, together with the total overall Bachelor grade is created.

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    When will I receive an acceptance/refusal letter?

    The admission process for the winter semester starts in July (applicants who apply through uni-assist will be informed by e-mail). It may last until September. Then letters of refusal will be sent.

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    What happens with my documents after the application process?

    You can pick up your documents within three months after semester start during our office hours.

    After that the documents will be destroyed. If you have applied at uni-assist your documents will be kept there for one year and be destroyed afterwards.

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    Could you verify my documents and tell me whether I am eligible to study at BSEL?

    You are more than welcome to apply, if you meet the requirements. At this point of the application process we cannot decide whether your former study background matches the mandatory academic courses. The final decision, whether your academic background is considered sufficient will be made by the board.

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    Enrolment

    Do I have to appear in person to enrol at the BSEL?

    You do not have to appear in person to enrol, you can send all your documents by post. You should be here for our introduction day at the end of September/March.

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    Is it possible to hand in my bachelor degree later?

     

    You have to hand in your bachelor degree within the application period.

    For students with a German Bachelor degree this is 15.04.-15.06. The application has to be sent directly to BSEL), for students with a Non-German Bachelor degree it is: 15.04.-30.05. The application has to be sent to uni-assist e.V., www.uni-assist.de).

     

    In case of examinations later than the application period it is possible to make an exception and to hand in your degree later. Therefore we would need a provisional official transcript (including a provisional average Bachelor/Diploma grade) from your university. Additionally you would have to hand in a verification from your university that the study aim will be achieved by the start of your master programme (30.09). If you receive your final certificate after the admission, please send a certified copy directly to BSEL.

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    Do I have to register for my courses before the semester starts?

    Students will be automatically registered for their classes in the first semester.

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    What if my visa is not ready when the semester begins?

    International students can only be fully registered with a visa.

    As it is sometimes difficult to get a visa, students can hand it in later in some cases.

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    Why do I need a health insurance?

    All students studying in Germany need to have a health insurance (compulsory or private) by law. Students with a private health insurance need proof of their insurance and additionally need an exemption of the compulsory health insurance when registering at BSEL.

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    Are there preparatory classes before the beginning of the Master Programme?

    There are no preparatory classes at BSEL.

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    Can work experience or an internship be acknowledged?

    If you have received 180 ECTS within your previous studies you have to make an internship within the third semester. The content of this internship has to be related to the master programme you have chosen. Whether previous work experience or an internship can be acknowledged will be verified after matriculation at BSEL. In exceptional circumstances the course director could acknowledge previous practical experience. This acknowledgement means that you are exempted from the internship and you can write your thesis in the third semester, but you will not receive extra 30 ECTS on your transcript.

     

    Please hand in the relevant documents to the Master Office after your start here. The decision is made by the course director of the master programme.

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    Financial Aspects

    Are there tuition and semester fees?

    There are no tuition fees. Semester fees currently sum up to approximately €300 per semester (subject to change), which includes public transportation in Berlin.

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    Does the BSEL offer any scholarships?

    The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is the largest funding organisation in the world supporting the international exchange of students and scholars. Furthermore, Germany has various foundations supporting international students studying in Germany. An online database for scholarships is offered by the DAAD.

     

    The BSEL awards scholarships and serviced under the DAAD funding also final aid for already registered foreign students.

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    What is the cost of living for students in Berlin?

    Approximately € 600–700 per month. (ca. € 250–350 for a room, food, insurance, internet, books etc.)

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    Is there enough time to work during my studies?

    Many students work during their studies. However, this is a full-time programme, please plan accordingly.

    Whether you are allowed to work depends on your visa status.

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    General Information

    When does the winter/summer term starts at BSEL?

    The winter term starts on October 1st and ends on March 31st. The summer term starts on April 1st and ends on September 30th. Lecture periods are shorter and it differs slightly from year to year when lectures start and end.

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    What type of master degree will I receive?

    The type of master degree depends on your chosen master programme:

    • Master of Arts (M.A.) for Accounting and Controlling, Global Supply Chain and Operations Management, FACT (Finanzierung, Rechnungswesen und Steuern), International Business & Consulting, International Economics, International Marketing Management (English), Marketing Management (dt./engl.), Political Economy of European Integration
    • Master of Science (M.Sc.) for International Finance, Business Intelligence and Process Management
    • Master of Law (LL.M) Business Law in an International Context

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    What does ECTS stand for/what are ECTS credit points?

    ECTS – European Credit Transfer System – has been developed by the European Commission in order to provide common procedures to guarantee academic recognition of studies abroad. It provides a way of measuring and comparing learning achievements, and of transferring them from one institution to another. ECTS credits are awarded only if the course has been completed and all required examinations have been successfully taken.

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    Do I have to include an internship in my master?

    If you have received less than 210 ECTS within your previous studies you have to make an internship within the third semester. In this case, the master programme will last for four semesters. Students who were not awarded with ECTS during their undergraduate programme (usually from outside the European Union), will not be asked to complete a placement. The content of this internship has to be related to the master programme you have chosen. Whether previous work experience or an internship can be acknowledged will be verified after matriculation at BSEL. In exceptional circumstances the course director could acknowledge previous practical experience. This acknowledgement means that you are exempted from the internship and you can write your thesis in the third semester, but you will not receive extra 30 ECTS on your transcript.

     

    Please hand in the relevant documents to the Master Office after your start here. The decision is made by the course director of the master programme.

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    Can I change from my current master programme at another university to one of the master programmes at BSEL?

    As the master programmes differ a lot between the respective universities and the courses are not offered every semester, it is very difficult to change into our programmes. Usually the BSEL does not have any capacities for transfers.

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    How can I find accommodation in Berlin?

    The BSEL does not offer any student dormitories. Student residence halls, which can be found all over Berlin, are managed by Studentenwerk Berlin. Please contact the Studentenwerk Berlin for further information.

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    What if my university does not use the ECTS credit point system?

    Uni-assist will assign credits to courses for students applying at BSEL with a Non-German Bachelor degree and without any credits in prior studies.

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    Can I study one semester abroad within the master studies?

    It is possible to go abroad for one semester. It would be easiest if you study an extra semester and go abroad during your third semester. In this case your final semester will take place in the fourth semester. Please contact the International Office for further information, if you are accepted to one of our exchange programmes.

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    Is it possible to register as a guest-student and sit in for the lectures?

    Unfortunately not. Due to maximum capacity, we are unable to do so. Please note that enrolment in more than one university at one time is not allowed.

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