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Berlin Academic Institution

Berlin School of Economics and Law
The Berlin School of Economics and Law is accredited by the German Ministry of Education
Berlin School of Economics and Law

Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL)

The Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) was founded in April 2009 through the merger of the Berlin School of Economics and the University of Applied Sciences for Administration and Law. BSEL is one of the largest academic institutions in Germany for business studies and post-graduate management education and recognized as one of the top universities of applied sciences in Germany

BSEL can leverage over 30 years of expertise and experience from both former Universities, each widely recognized as experts in their own fields. In the course of the merger, the specialized disciplines within the individual Universities have been strengthened and expanded.

The University has an academic staff of approximately 160 full-time Ph.D. or doctorate-holding professors, 500 lecturers, plus nearly 230 research and administrative personnel, teaching the school’s annual intake of approximately 7,800 German students. The university also holds an excellent international reputation fostered through its focus on internationalization and over 90 college partnerships with universities worldwide.

With its specialization in the areas of business and management, BSEL’s study concept guarantees students strong links to business and professional life throughout their studies. The fact that many of the Master’s degree programs as well as a multitude of courses in undergraduate programs are taught in English makes the BSEL a popular study destination for approximately 700 international students from over 60 different countries every year.

Together with six other German universities, BESL 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.

BSEL is located in the Berlin district Schoeneberg, a safe residential neighborhood of Berlin not too far from the city center. The school occupies a six story building with over 300 rooms and seminar facilities as well as a large reference library.

The university offers a variety of services to CEA students including a student ID card, advising at the Office of International Student Affairs, access to 3 computer labs with internet access, Wi-Fi access throughout the university building, a dining hall and student-run café, and university-organized excursions and social activities.

Classroom Information

  • Faculty from the BSEL will teach your business and economics courses.
  • Trained language instructors will lead the introductory level (beginner and advanced beginner/low intermediate) German language and culture component of the program.
  • Both the European Business and Economics and European Union in a Global World  programs include academic support programs consisting of visits to companies and political institutions as well as talks held by industry experts.
  • Exams, homework assignments and final exams will be administered on a regular basis as part of each course comprising the program.
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and is closely monitored by each professor.
  • In order to obtain maximum benefits from the program, students will be expected to do some reading before the start of the program.
  • Class size ranges between 20 and 25 students for both programs; language classes will have a maximum of 15 students.
  • You will be in class with international students from the US, Europe, Asia, Australia and other parts of the world.


All final course grades will be reported in the form of a number grade. The German grading system is based on a scale of 6, as opposed to 100 in the US system. Also, please keep in mind that grading varies from subject to subject. For example, in mathematics a student may receive a 1 for completing all the problems correctly, whereas in the humanities, a 2 - 2,9 on an essay is a very acceptable grade.

Professors include evaluations of written tests and assignments as part of their final grade compilation. Students may add or drop a course at the very beginning of the program. After this deadline students must adhere to the course schedule selected.

Interpretation of the German grading scale is as follows:

German Grade Grade Description US Letter Grade Equivalent
1.0 - 1.5
Sehr Gut (Very Good)
1.6 - 2.5
Gut (Good)
2.6 - 3.5
Befriedigend (Satisfactory)
3.6 - 4.0
Ausreichend (Sufficient)
4.1 - 4.3
4.0 - 4.6
Nicht Ausreichend (Insufficient)

Grades in the 4.1 to 4.3 range may sometimes be considered passing in individual subjects.

Please note that this grading scale is recommended by CEA, but final credit and grade evaluation is ultimately determined by a student’s home university.

*Information above found on the website of World Education Services, WES.