Quick Info

  • Berlin, Germany
  • Spring, Year (Fall and Spring)
  • : Exchange
  • : Business, Accounting, Business Information Systems, Finance, Global Management, Human Resources, Marketing, Supply Chain Management
  • : Spring 2018: Mid-March - Early August
  • : Pitt's tuition and fees; additional costs listed below
  • : 8 October 2017 (Spring 2018), 25 March 2018 (Full Year 2018-2019)
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record, Business Students Only


Classes at the BSEL are taught in both German and English. The English Stream list in the link below displays all courses taught in English that are open to exchange students. No previous language experience is necessary, but you must show proficiency in German if you wish to enroll in courses taught in German.

An intensive German course is offered before the start of the semester for free, and students are highly encouraged to register.

Please refer to BSEL's website for a full course list.

Student Life

The school boasts easy access to Berlin’s city life, but BSEL also offers wonderful sports clubs, a buddy program, and numerous student organizations.

You will be paired with a buddy before you depart for Berlin so you can ask any questions you have. Also, your buddy will meet you at the airport and help you settle in. For more information on the buddy program, please visit BSEL's website.

BSEL's International Programs Office is there for you throughout your time in Berlin, whether you're looking for suggestions for where to eat or want advice on how to deal with homesickness. You will meet the staff during orientation, and they hold office hours every semester.


When finding housing through the International Office at the BSEL, you will be placed into student housing in either the Studentenwerk Berlin or the Studentendorf Schlachtensee. Keep in mind that this housing is approximately an hour away from the BSEL campus via public transportation, which is a typical commute for a BSEL student. If you would like to find private housing on your own, BSEL‘s website has a list of possibilities and will help you through the process.

For more details, please visit BSEL's website.

Pricing And Dates

Spring 2017: Mid-March 2017 - Early August 2017

Full Year 2017/2018: Mid-September 2017 - Early August 2018

Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from BSEL of the official start and end of the semester(s).

You will pay regular tuition and fees to the University of Pittsburgh. If you have a tuition scholarship, please check with the entity providing the scholarship to confirm coverage for studying abroad.  

Business students can apply for over $360,000 in scholarship funds on the Pitt Business International Scholarships page as well as crowdfund using the Pitt Business Fund My Travel page. Please note, that the application deadline for the Pitt Business International Scholarship is the same as the program application deadline. 

For additional scholarship opportunities, be sure to check out the ‘Programs’ tab at the top of this page!

Inclusions & Exclusions

While you will pay Pitt tuition and fees, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($400.00)
  • Airfare (round trip ~$1,000.00 - $2,000.00)
  • Room, board, and personal expenses (~600-750 euro monthly)
  • Visa (if applicable)
  • International health insurance

Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from BSEL. Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

You must first be accepted by Pitt Business International Programs, then you will be nominated directly to BSEL and will complete an official BSEL application. Additionally, students are required to meet with the Program Manager prior to being nominated. 

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Arielle Schweber

Walk-In Advising Hours: By Appointment Only

Bonjour! I’m the International Programs Manager for Pitt Business. I’m originally from New York but have spent some time in France, as I have dual nationality. I’m new to the city and university, but I can’t wait explore my inner yinzer! Since high school, I have participated in short and long term study abroad programs.  My first stop was in Spain, then a semester in France and finally two short term programs in Cuba and India. Outside of the office you can find me exploring new restaurants, biking, skiing, watching HGTV or planning my next adventure! My hope is for every Pitt student to study abroad. You can get in touch with me at aschweber@business.pitt.edu or 412-383-7489.

Bradley Miner

Walk-In Advising Hours: By Appointment Only

Kia Ora! I'm Brad, a Pittsburgh transplant who discovered a passion for international education during my own study abroad experiences here at Pitt. My time abroad took me on back-to-back semester programs to Costa Rica and New Zealand. I’ve also had the good fortune to travel throughout Canada, Fiji, Panama, Nicaragua, Spain, and Switzerland. Now, as the International Programs Coordinator for Pitt Business, I get to help others have their own memorable experiences abroad! Outside of the office you can find me snapping photos around the city, exploring the outdoors, and planning future adventures both near and far. Get in touch with me to chat about study abroad at bradminer@pitt.edu or 412-383-7136.