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Berlin School of Economics and Law

4.2 out of 5 (21 ratings / 9 reviews) Schöneberg, Germany
With approximately 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 Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) was founded on 1 April 2009 through the merger of the Berlin School of Economics (BSE) and the FHVR Berlin, a university of applied sciences for administration and law. The new Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) decisively strengthens the German capital's position as a location for tertiary level education and research


The BSEL is one of the largest Universities of Applied Sciences in the city. It can leverage over 30 years of expertise and experience from both former Universities, each widely recognised as expert in their own fields. In the course of the merger, the specialised disciplines within the individual Universities have been strengthened and expanded. While the programmes at the Berlin School of Economics (BSE) and University of Applied Sciences for Administration and Law (FHVR) were already prominent in their field in Berlin, throughout Germany and, in many cases, internationally, the Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) aims to further evolve and promote these competences


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

The Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) offers a comprehensive on-campus library service for BSEL students, and academic and administrative staff. The library services include a stock of books and journals for loan and reference, as well as information on resources

ICT services

To ensure the same high standard of IT services throughout the University, the IT Centre has offices on all three campuses

Student Life

Campus life

The Berlin School of Economics and Law has firm roots in Berlin, an excitingly cosmopolitan and international city. Moreover, Berlin is one of the leading academic locations in the world, with a tradition shaped by such key figures as Humboldt and Einstein, Virchow and Koch, Meitner, Planck and Zeise. Berlin's present reputation in teaching and research reflects the standing of the four Universities, six Universities of Applied Science, three Universities of the Arts, the private universities and over seventy extramural research institutes that are all located here

Sports facilities

The Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) offers a sports programme that covers football and gymnastics, as well as volleyball for beginners and advanced players. We encourage everyone to take part and whether you have been involved in the sport for years or are just starting, you will be very welcome!

  • Gymnastics
  • Football
  • Volleyball for beginners (A1 + A2)
  • Volleyball for advanced players (F1 + F2)
  • Volleyball Practice games for experienced players

Student clubs

The Berlin School of Economics and Law encourages the internationalisation of its students and faculty through more than 130 partnerships with universities throughout the world.As a member of UAS7, a strategic alliance of seven leading German Universities of Applied Sciences, the Berlin School of Economics and Law strives for excellence in teaching and research.The Berlin School of Economics and Law is a member of AASCB (Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business) and a member of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)


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

Not the greatest, but you get your 'golden nuggets'
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Some of the material taught throughout the classes was outdated. Few of the professors failed to convey the excitement of their own subject butchering even the most interesting topics. On the other side, the course includes a lot of practical assignments and group projects focused on the real-life business cases. Overall, it wasn't the best educational experience in my...

Holistic experience
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Berlin School of Economics and Law is the perfect fit for students who are seeking both, theoretical knowledge and hands-on practical use cases. With state-of-the-art teaching approaches and an open, encouraging environment it made me grow.

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I would recommend this university because firstly Berlin is an awesome city. You can learn there real life alone and you can meet with a lot of people for your future career. I have taken 4 courses there and these courses was the most interactive courses ever. Lecturer always pushed us to talk and share our ideas with class and i have learned to look at the subject from...