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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - International Office

MEMS Frequently Asked Questions

This page offers some standard answers to many frequently asked questions about the MEMS program.

 

What is the language policy of the MEMS program?

More than half of the courses in the program are in English. Students usually have no problem finding enough courses in English during their first year at our School of Business and Economics. Learning German will of course, widen your choice of courses considerably since some courses are only offered in German. But most importantly, a good knowledge of the German language makes your integration into the school and the city a lot easier and more enjoyable. We offer German courses for students who would like to improve their skills. However, German language skills are not a requirement for admission and little knowledge of the language should not be seen as a major obstacle when applying for our program.

Do I need to know German?

Even though German is not necessary for admission, knowing German will make your stay in Berlin more fun. That is why we strongly suggest that you learn German before coming to Germany. Some courses will only be held in German, however, the program is designed in a way that you can succeed without prior knowledge of the German language. German courses are offered every semester through the HU Sprachenzentrum:

http://www.sprachenzentrum.hu-berlin.de/

Do you offer German Language courses?

Yes, during the whole two year period of study, different levels of German courses are offered for a comparatively small fee at the Language Center of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Please refer to their website for the most up-to-date schedule and course costs:

http://www.sprachenzentrum.hu-berlin.de/

My mother tongue is English. Do I have to take TOEFL and GRE tests?

For the most up-to-date information about our requirements, please see a dedicated to the application process section of our page:

https://www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/de/international/mems/program/apply

What scores do I need?

For the most up-to-date information about our requirements, please see a dedicated to the application process section of our page:

https://www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/de/international/mems/program/apply

What are the ETS institution and department codes of Humboldt-Universität?

Please find our institutional codes for both TOEFL and GRE tests under the following links:

For GRE: https://www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/de/international/mems/program/apply

For TOEFL: https://www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/de/international/mems/program/apply

My marks are good. Do I still have to hand in GRE results?

Yes. The GRE is a standardized test for the graduate students that measures your general aptitude in analytical and quantitative thinking. GRE is no measure of direct qualification with respect to your academic background but more a possibility to rate your overall analytical abilities and your likelihood of succeeding in a graduate academic program like ours on the basis of a common test. Please understand that we insist on this requirement regardless of your other qualifications.

For the most up-to-date information about our requirements, please see a dedicated to the application process section of our page:

https://www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/de/international/mems/program/apply

May I substitute the GRE with my GMAT results?

No, we only accept GRE scores less than five years old. GMAT is not a substitute.

For the most up-to-date information about our requirements, please see a dedicated to the application process section of our page:

https://www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/de/international/mems/program/apply

Are there any scholarships available for international students?

MEMS and HU in general do not offer any grants or scholarships. To this point, we have compiled a fairly comprehensive -but not exhaustive- list of scholarship opportunities for you which can be found on our Scholarships page:

https://www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/international/incomings/scholarships

I didn't study economics before. Do I have a chance to be enrolled to the MEMS program?

As you will learn from the information material, our program is not an MBA course. It is a rather advanced academic course building on previously gained background knowledge in economics, management science and quantitative methods. Hence, students that studied economics, management or a related discipline like mathematics, statistics, law, sociology, political science or engineering will have the best chances to be accepted. Students with a different background also have the possibility to apply and given excellent results in both their previous studies and on the GRE and TOEFL, have good chances of acceptance.

Do I have a sufficient academic background?

To decide whether your academic background can be accepted as an equivalent to a German "Vordiplom" or Bachelor degree, we need to see your examination results as well as having to check whether your academic institution is recognized by the German government. This is usually the case for state institutions or well-known private universities in developed countries. The examination of your application in this respect is performed immediately after we have received your documents.

What is the difference between your program and an MBA program?

The intention of the Program is to provide students with the necessary methodology to work in a large variety of different positions. In this respect, it prepares you for an academic or professional career in economics or international management. It places a substantial amount of weight on quantitative methods. For more details about the program and its contents see the following page:

https://www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/de/international/mems/program/structure

Can letters of recommendation be written in English?

Letters of recommendation may be written in English or German. Recommendation are expected to be written by Professors from your previous university and sent by post in signed, sealed envelopes.

Do I have to translate English documents into German?

No.

Do I have to hand in verified copies of my Diploma and transcripts?

Yes, we require that you produce verified copies of documents at immatriculation like a Bachelor's degree certificate or a "Vordiplom" and your study transcripts from the institution which issued this certificate or diploma.

Are there tuition fees for the Master's program?

Education in Germany is financed by the government. This sponsorship holds for German students as well as for foreign students studying in the Master's Programs. See our costs page for more information on living expenses:

https://www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/de/international/incomings/costs

Is the "study abroad" period compulsory?

As this is an international program, we strongly suggent that all students take advantage of a semester abroad. Especially those students who have not spent at least one semester of their previous studies at a foreign university. Our faculty has a wide variety of international exchange offers. For more information and a detailed list of our international exchange partners, please see:

https://www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/international/

Are there employment possibilities for international students?

There are limited possibilities for student employment in the faculty. Student employment at other places is generally possible but limited in duration. To read in more detail, check out our Career Services page:

https://www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/de/international/incomings/career

Do you recommend any literature in order to prepare my studies in the program?

To succeed in our program, you should have a strong foundation in mathematics and statistics. If you are not sure if your background is adequate, have a look at the following page:

https://www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/de/international/introduction-weeks/literature

Could you help me to find accommodation upon arrival in Berlin?

Yes, if you are not too late for the enrollment, we will certainly do our best to help you find an accommodation. Please see the following section in the first place:

https://www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/de/international/incomings/accommodation

What professional opportunities do I have after graduation?

The job opportunities for our students are generally excellent, as they have gathered a rich background in both economic and management theory. Many of our students seek a career in management consulting, in the banking and investment industry, or in international management or economic research. However, your individual chances largely depend on how well you do in your studies and what additional qualifications and skills you have rather than just on the Master's degree. In the MEMS Program we have our own Career Center. Students can find general information about jobs and internships and information about positions opened specially for participants of our program.

To read in more detail, check out our Career Services page:

https://www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/de/international/incomings/career