Studying an MBA in Germany

Germany has a long running history of strong economy and management, making it a great place to study for business qualifications. If you want to study for an MBA in Europe, Germany might just be the right place for you.
If you belong to a country outside the European Union (EU) and are applying to study in Germany you will need a visa. There are three types of visas available for international students:
  • A language course visa, which cannot be converted into a student visa and is only valid for the duration of the course
  • A three-month study applicant’s visa, which is valid if you have not yet obtained university admission. After admission, it must be converted into a resident permit for student purposes
  • The visa for study purposes, which is valid for one year. In order to obtain this visa, you must provide proof of admission and financial support for the duration of study.
All visa applications should be submitted to the German Embassy or the German Consulate in your country of residence as early as possible once you have made your decision to study abroad.

What MBA programs are offered in Germany?

Mannheim Business School falls just short of the top 30 business schools in Europe and has been classed as the best in Germany. Its students boast an average Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score of 600 and four years of work experience. They are taught in classes of around 40.

ESMT (Berlin) has been ranked close to the top of all schools in Germany for business. Its students are taught in classes of around 28, and have an average of seven years work experience before they apply. Their average GMAT score is 620.

The European Business School, in Oestrich-Winkel, just outside Frankfurt, requires significantly less work experience from its students – the average is two years, plus a 500 GMAT score.

GISMA Business School, in Hannover, falls slightly below the European Business School in Higher education rankings. Its students have on average five years of work experience and a GMAT score of 620. Class sizes are larger than other top ranking institutions, with around 70 students.

HHL – Leipzig GSM is also high in the rankings of European business schools. Its students have four years of work behind them, GMAT scores of 595, and are taught in classes of around 35.

WHU – Otto Beisheim GSM, in Vallendar, near Koblenz in the west of the country, is among the best management schools in Germany and falls within the top 40 in Europe. Three years of work experience and a GMAT score of 600 are the average requirements. Class sizes are small compared to other institutions – most classes are only around 20 students. 

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