We live in a digital era which is completely restructuring business, banking and our social lives. Thanks to the speed and efficiency of global mobile networks, new market opportunities have been identified. However, these bright horizons are being overshadowed by digital attacks, major data thefts and social networks manipulations.

Why choose this programme? 

Select this programme if you want to:

  • Understand the role of big data through legal, cultural and economic lenses in German, European and global business contexts
  • Study in a multicultural environment
  • Employ methodologies based on real cases
  • Learn from experts in the field
  • Develop your soft skills
  • Get career coaching
  • Study in English
  • Visit local companies
  • Enjoy the dynamic city of Berlin, by day and night

Who is this course suitable for? 

The Big Data and Digital Ethics programme is specifically designed for bachelor students and graduates interested in working abroad and discovering new cultures or looking to study a further degree in Germany.

Objectives of the programme

  • Understand the impact of big data on businesses
  • Provide opportunities for participants to consider real-world examples in which big data and data mining play an important role in problem-solving and decision making
  • Understand current themes and trends related to big data and ethical concerns
  • Improve German/English language proficiency
  • Better understand German business corporate culture

What will you learn? 

GISMA’s Summer and Winter School programme will allow students to gain an overarching understanding of the German business landscape and offers a broad and realistic impression of German culture, heritage and daily life.

GISMA’s Summer and Winter School programme runs for two weeks and consists of two modules. Each module will be split into:

  • Two blocks of lectures with two study subjects and 12 contact hours each
  • German classes or Business English/Scientific Writing classes - 4 hours per week
  • 1-2 company visits per programme
  • 2-3 extracurricular activities per week
  • 2-3 free evenings per week

  • Bachelor students and graduates, minimum 18 years old
  • English proficiency:
    - TOEFL –77 (minimum of 22 in each band), computer-based: 240, paper-based: 587
    - IELTS – 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in all areas)
    - Cambridge Proficiency Exam (CPE): B2, C1 C2 level
    - Pearson Test of English (PTE) – minimum of 63


  • Complete application form
  • Signed terms and conditions
  • Passport photo
  • Scanned passport copy
  • Copy of most recent degree/diploma certificate


To enter Germany for GISMA’s Summer and Winter School for just two weeks, students can apply for a tourist visa.

In general, to apply for a tourist visa, students will usually need to provide the following documents:

  • Letter of admission from GISMA Business School
  • Evidence of your financial means to sustain your stay in Germany
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Proof of health insurance

By law, students are obligated to have health insurance in Germany. Thus, students will need to obtain private medical insurance for their complete stay in Germany.


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Career statistics you need to know

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Germany has the 2nd best unemployment rate in the EU, at 3,4%*

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4th Best Graduate starting salary at £40,650**
in Europe, with a growing economy

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Key facts

  • Full-time
  • Berlin
  • Two weeks
  • TBC
  • € 2200 per course

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Study with over 40 nationalities across the globe 

2nd best

Germany has the 2nd best unemployment rate in the EU, at 3.4%*


4th best

Germany has the 4th best graduate starting salary at £40,650** in Europe, with a growing economy

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