Berkeley College Graduate Studies Newsletter

Fall/Winter 2017

Global Immersion Experience Will Bring Students to Germany

Berkeley Cologne 

(Above) In spring 2018, M.B.A. students will visit Cologne in Germany during a Global Immersion Experience. (Below) Berkeley College students visit India during a Global Immersion Experience in 2017.

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Students in the Berkeley College M.B.A. in Management program are once again preparing to journey abroad, as an upcoming collaboration with Fresenius University of Applied Sciences in Germany offers an opportunity to extend the campus beyond the classroom to cities like Cologne, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf. 

Faculty members at the School of Graduate Studies note that students with an interest in global business become more aware of international issues and customs as they meet with leaders of multinational companies, as well as enjoy cultural experiences.

“The Global Immersion Experience provides students with the opportunity to travel abroad, engage with business leaders in other countries, and increase their understanding of cultural and political environments as they are exposed to different cultures and communication styles,” said Mary Wagner, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Berkeley College School of Graduate Studies.

During their stay in Cologne, the Berkeley College students will reside in MediaPark, an urban regeneration neighborhood that is home to more than 250 companies.

Last year, a group of 19 graduate students participated in a Global Immersion Experience to India, learning firsthand about economic, political and social influences and visiting famous sites like the Taj Mahal. In collaboration with the Welingkar Institute of Management, Development & Research in Mumbai, students experienced academics abroad and visited large corporations like Microsoft and PepsiCo.

This year’s program will provide students with a meaningful perspective on German education and business in collaboration with Fresenius University, Dr. Wagner said. 

Berkeley College began its collaboration with Fresenius in 2016, when it opened facilities at its Midtown Manhattan campus specially designed for German students participating in an international business program. The program for Fresenius students is taught fully in English and includes study abroad components in its curriculum offered at Berkeley College and other schools throughout the world.

University Fresenius of Applied Sciences, founded in 1848, is one of the largest and oldest private universities in Germany, with more than 10,000 students and locations in Cologne, Hamburg, Munich, Idstein, as well as study centers in Berlin, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt am Main.