Exchange Program-Germany

Berlin School of Economics and Law- HWR

About Hochschule fur Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin: 
Founded in 1971, BSE is one of the major universities for business studies and social sciences in Germany. Some 3,000 students from over 60 countries are currently enrolled and about 450 students annually graduate with a diploma degree, equivalent to the B.A. (hons.). The faculty consists of 60 professors and 150 lecturers.

Location:  Berlin, Germany


Academics Available:  HWR is open to all Business and Economics majors.  Classes include:  Marketing & Operations Management, Organizational & Human Resource Management, Macroeconomics, International Economics, Data Processing I: Information Systems; Topics in Intercultural Management Training, Strategic Management, International Finance Management for Corporate Entities, International Marketing, Introduction to Financial Accounting/Bookkeeping, Social & Organizational Structures, Softskills II: Presentation and Macroeconomic II, Business Law, and Computational Engineering. Optional German language classes are available. Student can click the following General English Stream for courses offer in English or check out this fact sheet on HWR Berlin. 

A general overview of our English programme and of the previous semesters' programmes can be found here: The link below does offer course descriptions:

Scholarship Opportunity: The Berlin School of Economics and Law is a member university of the UAS 7 (Seven German Universities of Applied Sciences) scholarship program. Successful applicants will be able to study one semester at BSEL. For more information on UAS 7, click here.

Our programs are open to students in a wide range of applied fields. Applicants to SIP are automatically considered for the UAS7 Travel Scholarship of EUR 1000 to cover transatlantic travel expenses.

The next application deadline is February 15, 2016 for the UAS7 Study and Internship Program (SIP), the UAS7 Study Program (SP) and for the UAS7 Internship Program (IP).

Dates to Remember: You can check out important dates on the Academic Calendar.


Application Due

Study Abroad Dates

Fall Semester

June 15

October- February

Spring Semester

November 30

April 1 – August 1 

* Fall Semester is not available due to conflicts with our academic calendar. You may only choose between attending Spring Semester or Full Year at this university.

* Please remember HPU Study Abroad Application Deadline is Mid-March for Fall and Mid-October for Spring. 

Admission Requirements:

  • Must have attended HPU for one semester
  • Must intend to graduate from HPU
  • Must have at least a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must be fluent in English

Application Procedure:

  • Complete the Student Exchange Program data sheet.
  • Schedule and attend a formal interview with Melissa Matsubara
  • Be prepared to discuss your motives for studying abroad and your degree plan.
  • Select an exchange partner university that has courses which can be used for your intended HPU degree.
  • Fill out the exchange university’s admissions application. 
  • Obtain recommendation letters to be turned in with your application. (This depends on the individual university’s application requirements)
  • Passport photos (Amount and size depend upon each university)
  • Sign a Credit Request Approval (CRA) to verify your foreign coursework and HPU equivalents.

Health Insurance:  Health Insurance is mandatory for all study abroad students. Health Insurance is mandatory for all study abroad students. You may check with your current provider to see if they cover a study abroad, or you may choose an additional provider to cover you while overseas. Please consult our Health Insurance page found in our Resources section for more information.

In order to enroll as an exchange student at the BSEL you  are required to hold a valid health insurance for the whole period of their stay. (One of the most important criteria for validity is that there are no financial limitations for medical coverage.) German health insurance companies offer special student coverage for approximately 80 Euros per month. Students from non-EU countries who do not possess a health insurance valid for Germany from their home country can sign a contract with a German health insurance company on the Orientation Day/Welcome Day. For more information on Health Insurance with HWR Berlin, click here

Housing Accommodations:  Housing is arranged by Studentenwerk (Student Accommodation Organization), a Berlin municipal government entity. Housing begins on Mar. 1 and the average monthly rent is 200-250 € per month. 

There are several possibilities for exchange students to find accommodation during their stay in Berlin. The housing application is part of our regular registration process. A list of available accommodation options can be found on our website:
BSEL provides only limited accommodation to exchange students. Please note that if you wish BSEL to provide you with accommodation you will be automatically allocated a student accommodation in Berlin. You have no choice regarding the location.

Currency:  The current exchange rate between the U.S. dollar and the Euro can be calculated online at

Visa Information:  U.S. citizens do not need a visa to study in Germany. After arrival you receive a resident permit. Nationals from other countries may get student visa information through the Consulate Germany, 252 Paoa Pl., Suite 4-1, Honolulu, HI (phone: 946-3819). U.S. Passport information is available at 522-8283 (recording) and on line at

HPU Study Abroad and International Exchange Programs
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1164 Bishop Street, Suite 200, Honolulu, HI, 96813
Tel: 1-808-544-9326, Fax: 1-808-544-9355

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