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  • Locations: Oestrich-winkel, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Cost Estimate: Summer
Program Description:

Germany: "Successful Leadership in

Europe" Short-Term Exchange with EBS

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The European Business School (EBS) is a leader in finance, logistics, automotive management, and real estate.  Founded in 1971, EBS is the oldest private business school with university status in Germany and its campus occupies several historic buildings, creating an inspiring environment. 

The EBS Master in Management is ranked 12th worldwide in the 2016 Financial Times Global Masters in Management Rankings. EBS seeks to develop knowledgeable future leaders with skills having practical relevance. EBS has five core values: performance, responsibility, impact, diversity, and entrepreneurial spirit.    

This short-term exchange course is offered through our exchange partner, the European Business School, and is taught at the main EBS campus in Oestrich-Winkel (Frankfurt) and Berlin, Germany. Students may choose between a program length of 2 weeks or 3 weeks.

The first 2 weeks are the MBA session BASIC, which takes place in Oestrich-Winkel. Apart from lectures on economics, finance, taxation and automotive topics all around Europe, EBS is newly introducing a new lecturer in the leadership area Prof. Dr. Myriam N. Bechtoldt and a 2-day workshop about Corporate Decision Making. The optional book reading and discussion with Prof. Dr. Richard Raatzsch will have a bonus question in the exam, giving students the possibility to boost up their final grade.

The third week is an elective that may be added and will take place in Berlin. The program we will be hosted at the campus of a major shareholder, SRH Higher Education, with a mix of lectures about innovation and with visits to what Berlin has to offer in the area of start-ups! Please have a look at the topic outline here!
This course includes classroom lectures & case study analysis, corporate visits and cultural activities:
Lectures and case studies: This program is divided into 3 main areas:

  • The European System
  • European industries
  • European Uniqueness in the World
Corporate visits:
  • The European Central Bank and the Stock Exchange in Frankfurt
  • AUDI car manufacturer in Neckarsulm
  • A session with the director of business operations of a large wine estate, combined with a pleasant wine tasting.
 Social activities include:
  • A welcome cocktail in the original wine cellar of the campus castle to mingle with your fellow participants
  • Sightseeing in different parts of Germany, connected to the company visits
  • a wine tasting at a local winery

A tour of a venerable old abbey, followed by the farewell BBQ on the last day of the program.


This program is only open to MBA students at the School of Business. Applicants must have work experience.

Academic Credit

3 - 5 credits are awarded for successful completion of 2 or 3 weeks of this program.

GWSB graduate students must earn at least a B equivalent in order to receive credit for the courses taken at EBS. Scores earned through a GWSB short-term exchange will not count towards a student's GW GPA.

This program fulfills general elective credit for MBA programs. Students may petition to have study away courses count towards Graduate School of Business Certificates or other Master's degree requirements by speaking with their academic advisor.


Application Deadline*:
Sunday, February 4, 2018

Short-term exchange programs follow a two-step application process. Students first apply through Global & Experiential Education (G&EE) and then apply through the partner university hosting the program. After a student is admitted by G&EE to a short-term exchange program and we receive their confirmation of participation through the deposit, G&EE will forward the student’s name with our endorsement to the partner university. The student will be contacted by the partner university with instructions on next steps and how to complete their application (if applicable). From this point forward, the decision to accept you as a participant in the program rests with the exchange partner institution and they will contact you directly regarding your application.

*Students applying to this program will also be required to complete EBS's online application (link
HERE) by February 26th, 2018. Register under “New Applicant” and follow the instructions. When applying, have on hand to upload: your resume and a copy of your transcript.

Overseas Dates**:
MBA session Basic program: May 7 - 18, 2018 - in Oestrich-Winkel
MBA session Elective week: May 22 – 25, 2018 - in Berlin
**Students may choose between a program length of 2 weeks or 3 weeks. The first 2 weeks are a basic program and the third week is an elective that may or may not be added.

Cost Estimate

Students will be charged 3 - 5 credits of GW tuition for this short-term exchange program. A service fee of 350 euros is due to EBS upon acceptance into the program. You must complete the EBS application by February 26th to take advantage of the 350 euro "early bird rate" for the service fee. If the application is completed after this point, the service fee increases.

Click HERE for program cost estimates.
Scholarships are available to GW School of Business graduate students. For more details, click HERE.

Information Session

View a live recording of the information session HERE.


EBS will provide guidance on accommodation options.

For the third week in Berlin, EBS will organize the trip and accommodation, and offer students an affordable package to make the most of their week in Berlin. Also, staff from EBS Oestrich-Winkel will accompany the students to Berlin for on-site support.

Additional Information

2018 Fact Sheet: Fact Sheet EBS Business Summers 2018.pdf


This program is administered by Global & Experiential Education in The George Washington University School of Business.
Feel free to contact us at 202.994.0767 or with your questions and visit the EBS website.

Helpful Links

Eligibility & Payment (GWSB Graduate)
Withdrawal & Refund Policy (GWSB Graduate)
Health Insurance for Short-Term Abroad
Pre-Departure, Health & Safety Orientation for Short -Term Abroad
Non-Participant Accompaniment
Cancellation Policy for Short-Term Abroad
Global and Experiential Education Scholarships