Berlin School of Economics and Law



The Berlin University of Applied Sciences (FHW Berlin) was founded in 1971 as a successor to the Business Academy. This in turn came out in 1965 from the University Institute of Economics and the Higher Business School.


Conducting high-level research with a focus on its applicability, researchers at the HWR Berlin work in five departments, two Central Institutes, seven internal research Institutes and six An-Institutes conducting research into topics pertaining to Economics and the Social Sciences, the Administrative Sciences, Engineering and Law. A multi-disciplinary research concept promotes the development of shared research foci. The university also maintains an internal programme of research funding. The HWR Berlin is a member of the Institut für angewandte Forschung Berlin e. V. (IFAF). 


The Career Service at the Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) provides support and advice on all aspects of the study/work interface for students and graduates, as well as companies and other employers

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Student services

The Buddy Programme brings together new international students and student volunteers who can give information and guidance on studying and living in Berlin and it's not just a big plus for exchange students coming here to study, it 's also a very enriching experience for the Buddies!Central Student Advisory ServicePoint of contact for:

  • Prospective students from Germany and abroad
  • Students at the Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL)
  • Family members of (prospective) students
  • Teaching staff from secondary schools
  • Refugees

Housing services

Many people moving to Berlin are surprised to find a wide range of relatively cheap accommodation in Germany's capital city. Prices for rented flats are moderate, though they vary from district to district and are obviously higher in sought-after neighbourhoods. Private sector landlords are also generally happy to take on a flatshare as tenants. If you'd prefer a place in a student residence, you should check out the Studentenwerk Berlin website (information in English and German). There you can find accommodation from single rooms to small apartments designed either for students on their own or with friends.

Library services

HWR Berlin offers its students a comprehensive library service. But professors, lecturers and employees of the university can also use the library at any time.

ICT services

The Department of Information Technology (IT) belongs to the central university administration of the HWR Berlin. The core business of the department is the conception and implementation of central university-wide services (services) as well as the guarantee of a sustainable and stable operation of these services.

Student Life

Campus life

The teaching and administrative buildings on the Schöneberg Campus extend over several buildings - between the Bavarian Quarter and the Schöneberg Town Hall. In addition to the Department of Economics, which is the largest faculty of the university, as well as the Berlin Professional School are located here, the university administration and the central university administration and numerous service facilities.

Campus Lichtenberg is part of the education and administration center Friedrichsfelde (BVZ) in Berlin-Lichtenberg. The faculties Duales Studium Economy · Technology, General Administration, Legal Administration, Police and Security Management are located on the campus. 

Sports facilities

The HWR Berlin offers its students a range of sports in the sports of football, basketball, volleyball and the acceptance of the sports badge. In addition, there are courses offered by external providers in the sports Aikido and Shaolin Wing.

Student clubs

Women's Council, Staff Council, Disabled Employees Representation in accordance with statutory provisions and the AStA are among the advocacy groups of HWR Berlin.


Accreditation is designed to provide a guarantee of professional and substantive standards by evaluating such factors as programme design, ease of study ('studyability'), quality of teaching and professional relevance.

The Berlin School of Economics and Law was quick to introduce external accreditation for its degree programmes

Student Reviews

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I have taught by qualified academicians for a 1 year period however it starts pademic and I have give a long break.

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I'm loved this university

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The university is good with good line of communication structure. The staff were attentive and nice to foreign students but the language could really be an obstacle to communicate.

Berlin Schöneberg, Berlin, Germany

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