Berlin School of Economics and Law

Area of Study Business, Law
Course Language(s) German, English
Average Credit Load 28 ECTS
Semester dates September - February
March - July/August

About the University

Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin (HWR) or in English, the Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) has two campuses, Campus Schöneberg (Business and Economics) and Campus Lichtenberg (Law and Security Management). With some 10,500 students, the HWR Berlin works to achieve a combination of high-level intensive research into a range of areas with its clear practical application, all performed to the most exacting of quality standards and embedded in a strong network of international academic exchange. The HWR anchors its teaching and research activities in a wide subject portfolio which spans the disciplines of Business and Economics, private and public Economics, Administration, Legal and Security Management as well as a wide range of Engineering disciplines.


Berlin, Germany

Berlin, Germany’s capital, dates to the 13th century. Reminders of the city's turbulent 20th-century history include its Holocaust memorial and the Berlin Wall graffitied remains. Divided during the Cold War, its 18th-century Brandenburg Gate has become a symbol of reunification. The city's also known for its art scene and modern landmarks like the gold-colored, swoop-roofed Berliner Philharmonie, built in 1963.

Exchange information

Courses available

For more information on English taught courses available, visit the BSEL website.


The BSEL does not have its own on-campus accommodation and therefore is not in a position to guarantee rooms to exchange students. However, there are several possibilities for exchange students to find accommodation during their stay in Berlin.

Cost of living

Cost of living varies depending on personal needs, the estimated cost of living for one semester including accommodation, food, health insurance, transport, textbooks and supplies and spending is estimated at EUR 5000-8000.

See current exchange rates.

Visa requirements

If you come from Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea or the United States you can enter Germany without a visa. If you stay in the country for more than three months, you can apply in Germany for the residence permit you will then need.

Other information

The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) web page offers the best overview of possible scholarships and funding for international students.

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