Study in Berlin

The dynamic German capital is one of the most popular destinations to study for international students, and GISMA Business School now has two campuses within the region.

Berlin is the largest city in the EU, with a thriving business scene offering a range of job opportunities to young professionals and graduates. In addition to its rich cultural and political history, it is now becoming famous for its wealth of flourishing start-up tech companies and a growing number of global giants now calling Berlin-Brandenburg home.

Germany is the most popular option for international students looking to study in Europe^ due to its its high-quality education, career opportunities, and 18-month post-study visa, all of which you can experience with GISMA.

As one of only six business schools in Germany with AMBA accreditation, GISMA Business School is based at two campuses in Berlin. GISMA Berlin-Potsdam Campus is our brand-new site, where we will be running our digital and tech focused programmes, opening in May 2021. GISMA Berlin Campus is our location for our business programmes

^According to statistics and data from ICEF monitor.


Explore Berlin

The new campus is located in the heart of Berlin, close to some of the key players in the corporate world including Sony, Deutsche Bahn, the Axel Springer Media Group and Daimler, to name a few.

Student life in Berlin

Of Berlin’s 3.4 million inhabitants, 150,000 are students, of which 15% are from abroad. With a thriving economy, and exceptionally high quality of life score, Germany remains the number 1 choice for International Students in Europe. As a country built on manufacturing, Germany is now expanding its horizons and becoming just as well knows for finance, tech, and innovation – bringing with it a talent pool and exceptional employers. International students are warmly welcomed in Germany, not only due to English being a widely spoken language and diverse population, but because of the popular 18-month post study visa available for non-EU students

Germany’s capital of Berlin has seen a huge resurgence in popularity over the last 30 years, whilst maintaining its cool-status and affordable price tag. The largest city in the EU is now considered the start-up capital of Europe and is also home to some of the largest national and international companies in Germany, making Berlin a popular destination for students looking to live and work in Germany after their studies. However, Berlin is also famous for its freizeit (free-time) options – whether it is an all-night party at a club, exploring historical sights, or relaxing at one of the city’s 43 lakes or 2,500 public parks; Berlin residents have the best options for work and play.

Berlin is found in the northeast of Germany, surrounded entirely by the state of Brandenburg. The city sits between two rivers: the Spree and the Havel. Almost a third of the city is made up of green space, with plenty of public parks and gardens available.

The city and Brandenburg area has a complex and extremely efficient public transport network, which GISMA Business School students receive complimentary access to. Long-distance rail lines connecting Berlin with other major cities (even other countries) and the new international Berlin Brandenburg Airport.


Estimated amount per month


€500 - €600


€200 - €300


€20 - €40

Public transportation

€75 - €80

Telephone, internet

€40- €60

Health (health insurance, medication, consultations)

€45- €55


€80- €120

Total Cost of Living

€850 - €1250

  • *GISMA created this table for you to have a reference based on our experience and students feedback.

The bustling city of Berlin is home to plenty of attractions. Some of these include:

  • The Brandenburg Gate 
    This is one of the most famous landmarks in Germany, and is widely considered to be a symbol of peace and unity for the continent.
  • Reichstag
    This historic building was built in 1894 to host the German government, and was fully restored in 1990. The German parliament still meets there today.
  • Berlin Wall
    The remains of the Berlin Wall still stand in many places across the city as a reminder of how the capital was once divided and is now united. You can take a tour along where it once stood, or visit the memorial and documentation centre.
  • Potsdamer Platz
    This is an important public square which is now one of the busiest traffic intersections in Europe. It also plays host to many events, such as exhibitions and light shows.
  • Tiergarten
    The Berlin Tiergarten is the city's most popular park, as well as being one of the biggest city gardens in Germany. It's perfect for long walks in a natural space, and is also home to Berlin Zoo.
  • Berlin TV tower (also known as Fernsehturm Berlin)
    Climb to the top of Berlin TV tower for a 360-degree view of Berlin. This is the highest building in the city, offering unique panoramic views and a revolving restaurant too!
  • Botanical Gardens
    This botanical garden is home to 22,000 different species of plants, a tropical greenhouse and host to a range of various events.
  • Tempelhofer Feld
    This abandoned airfield was historically used in Berlin for military practice and parades. Since 2010, it has been open to the public and is now used for various activities. 
  • Berlinale (also known as Berlinale)
    The glamorous Berlin International Film Festival is one of the most popular annual film festivals. Every February, major movie stars and talent from the film industry head to Berlin for a week of film screenings, workshops and lectures.

Berlin's calendar is full of cultural events and seasonal festivals:

  • Carnival of Cultures
    As the city is extremely multicultural, it celebrates its diversity every year with a carnival over the Whitsun weekend.
  • Berlin Marathon
    This 42km race takes place in September, with up to 30,000 people taking part for charity, for fun, or as professional athletes.
  • Art Forum Berlin
    Every autumn, artists and art dealers come from all over the world to visit this international fair which showcases the best contemporary art.
  • Christmas markets
    Germany's traditional Christmas markets are famous worldwide for their size and variety - and Berlin's Christmas market is one of the most popular.
  • Berlin International Film Festival
    This annual festival brings the best of the international film industry to Berlin, showing the latest and greatest of the world's movie talent.

GISMA Berlin-Potsdam Campus

Located in the Brandenburg capital Potsdam, Berlin’s twin city, GISMA Berlin-Potsdam Campus is new for 2021 intakes. The new site in Brandenburg is part of SAP’s Think Campus, where GISMA students are in good company with the innovators, disrupters, and leaders of business.

The beautiful city of Potsdam is home to multiple palaces, parks, grand monuments, and lakes. It offers a more relaxed lifestyle, however being just 24 minutes from Berlin Hauptbahnhof (central station), Potsdam residents get to enjoy the best of both worlds.

Discover the campus

GISMA Berlin-Potsdam Campus is a brand-new location for 2021 intakes and is part of SAP’s Think Campus. The campus represents a step-change in Potsdam, which along with SAP has recently become the new site for American car manufacturer Tesla, a clear disrupter of the German industry. With rapid access to the city, the start-up scene that has made Berlin world famous is now starting to develop in the picturesque city. Students at the GIMSA Berlin-Potsdam Campus will be able to make the most of this vast network of companies through various forms of partnerships.

GISMA Berlin-Potsdam Campus is easily accessible by car, bike, or public transport, and students are likely to be able to live much closer to campus, with accommodation prices much cheaper than Berlin.

Follow our social media channels over the first few months of 2021 to see how the GISMA Berlin-Potsdam Campus is developing!

GISMA Berlin

Discover the campus

Our Berlin campus boasts modern facilities and is located in the city centre, with great access to shops, restaurants, nightlife, museums and other attractions.

GISMA Berlin is located in the heart of the city, close to some of the key players in the corporate world including Sony, Deutsche Bahn, the Axel Springer Media Group and Daimler, to name a few.

GISMA's Berlin campus is located in the city centre, easily reachable via public transport and with many attractions and places to eat nearby.


GISMA Business School

  • Campus address:
    Dessauer Str. 3-5
    10963 Berlin

Close public transport links include the bus stop Varian-Fry-Straße: 100, 200, M48, M85. The M85 bus goes straight from Berlin Central Station to the campus. The Metrobus M41 stops at the bus stop Abgeordnetenhaus, three minutes walking distance from the campus.

There are also the following underground and overground train stops within six minutes’ walk from the campus:

  • S + U Bahnhof Potsdamer Platz (S1, U2)
  • S Bahnhof Anhalter Bahnhof (S 1, S2, S25 and S26)
  • We have estimated the cost of living as a student in Berlin. In this vibrant city, living expenses are generally lower than in other places in Germany. Please note that these are average estimates only – your experiences may vary.