Your key to Success: MBA Made in Germany

Apply now for Fall Term: Until May 30, 2016

Full-time MBA


Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Program length

Fast Track: 15 months
Advanced Track: Up to 21 months including an optional term abroad or an internship

Language of instruction

100% English

Program Start


Entry Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in any field with a minimum of 180 ECTS

Substantial postgraduate work experience

Very good English skills (e.g. TOEFL)


Application Deadlines

January 31 - deadline for Early Bird rate
May 30 - non-EU candidates 
June 30 - EU candidates and remaining non-EU candidates not requiring a German visa

Tuition Fees

EUR 29,000 (whole MBA program/incl. term abroad)
EUR 27,000 (Early Bird rate)



Financing Options

Student loans



35-40 students per class, average age: 29
90% international students

International Perspective

Over 120 partner universities
Double degree options


Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking 2015:
#1 in Germany for Salary Increase post MBA
Top 5 in Germany

Financial Times European Business School Rankings 2015:
#33 in Europe
Top 3 in Germany

America Economia 2015:
#34 MBA worldwide
Top 3 MBA in Germany

CNN Expansión:
Top 3 MBA in Germany

trendence Graduate Barometer 2015:
Germany’s favorite business school

Founder's Association for German Science Start-up Radar 2013:
#1 in Germany as best entrepreneurial university



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Program Structure

Flexible structure: An MBA tailored to your needs

HHL’s flexible and innovative MBA Program is designed to prepare effective and responsible business leaders and entrepreneurs for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. The program offers international experiences and focuses on developing your leadership talents and management skills. Our program offers you the greatest flexibility and you have two tracks to choose from.

Fast Track vs. Advanced Track

The “Fast Track”, particularly designed for candidates with substantial work experience, allows you to acquire the essential knowledge and skills and to return to work as soon as possible. The “Advanced Track” gives you the opportunity to take additional electives and offers you other options such as an internship or a term abroad, and is best suited for candidates who wish to spend more time building a professional network or concentrate on certain disciplines. The Advanced Track will also let you spread out your schedule to allow a better balance between your study and private life.

Here is a quick overview of the program features in both tracks:

Fast TrackAdvanced Track
Best for:Graduates with a min. of 210 ECTS or
extensive postgraduate work experience

Career enhancers
Young professionals with 3+ years of
postgraduate work experience

Career switchers or future entrepreneurs
Program features:15 months

*Selected elective courses
Up to 21 months

*Advanced elective courses
*Internship or term abroad option
*Advanced German courses

Core Modules

Accounting for Businesses People Management
Corporate & Business Finance Foundations of International Business
Business Economics Ethics & Governance
Soft Skills Managing Customer Relationships & Supply Chains
Strategy & Organizations Entrepreneurial Management

Elective Modules

Corporate Management Negotiation & Public Relations
Advanced Business EconomicsAdvanced Marketing Management
Management & IT Creating & Leading Organizations
Advanced AccountingStudent Consulting Project
Advanced Corporate FinanceAdvanced General Management I
Management TechniquesAdvanced General Management II

German Language Courses

If you are interested in German companies after graduation, it is never too early to start learning German. As statistic shows, employers in Germany very often require good language skills from MBA graduates and even if you are not planning to stay, why not use the time spent in Leipzig to practice a new language.

At HHL, you will have an opportunity to choose from several courses running throughout the program. For those who want to use the lecture-free time to study the language more intensively, there is an intensive beginner course offered in August. You will find the detailed information about our language courses in the downloads at the end of this section. 

For registration please use: germancourse(at)

Student Consulting Projects

Within the module “Student Consulting Projects” you have the chance to take on the role of a company consultant and apply the concepts you have learned to actual business practice. By working on a field (consulting) project, you will gain insights into high-performing companies and help them solve critical business issues. HHL offers you a variety of challenging projects, with multinational companies as well as start-ups and local companies, e. g.


The MBA Faculty – World-class Business and Teaching Experience

HHL’s MBA faculty is a carefully selected combination of full-time resident professors and international guest professors from top universities who bring a wealth of international experience to the classroom. They have taught at MIT, Stanford, the University of Chicago, the University of St. Gallen and other prestigious universities. They are at the forefront in their respective fields and enhance our reputation as a leading business school. In order to bring together the academic element with the state-of-the-art business experience, several courses are taught by business professionals with an outstanding track record of expertise in their subjects.


“HHL is an institution that shares some of my core values as a scholar. It builds the connection between academic scholarship, theoretical development, and real world practice. That is one of the hallmarks of a business school.”
Prof. Michael E. Porter, PhD
Honorary Doctor of HHL Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School, USA

“Our full-time MBA Program offers an innovative and flexible program structure which covers all functional areas of modern business. This ensures a learning environment that combines state-of-the-art courses with practical experience to prepare you best for your leadership challenges ahead.”
Professor Dr. Bernhard Schwetzler
Academic Director of the MBA Programs, Chair of Financial Management


“After working in mechanical engineering industry, I decided to have a change in my career, a transition into more of a managerial position. I took the GMAT with a score of 780, I started looking at the top colleges, especially those that would offer me good financial support. Considering Germany's strong economy, and HHL's excellent repute in the country, I decided to join this school. HHL is held at high esteem and the MBA program’s graduates are deemed high-caliber; thus, this qualification will act as an endorsement of my capabilities. In addition, the 15-month course period compared to two-years in many other prestigious institutions, along with affordable fees, makes this course financially attractive.”

Sayantan Chattopadhyay (India), MBA student

“I have chosen HHL because of its straight focus on entrepreneurship. Moreover it has a very good reputation and is accredited by AACSB and ACQUIN. That shows that HHL provides high caliber education. Moreover the full-time MBA classes are very diverse. My class is a mixture of more than 14 different nations! This is a great experience and also highly increases my sense of cultural distinctions. These experiences will help me a lot in my future career.”

Jana Walther, MBA alumna

Class Profile

The most diverse and international class

At HHL we cherish diversity as a global business imperative. From the very beginning of the program, the class bonds together by sharing experiences and interacting in a dynamic learning environment: a melting pot of cultural, academic and professional backgrounds.

The variety of students in our MBA program provides you with an understanding of your future workplace: the globe. Your classmates will come from all over the world. They will have earned academic degrees and gained practical experience in very diverse fields, such as architecture, communication, education, engineering, IT, law, linguistics, medicine, business administration or psychology.

Your MBA class at a glance

Average age: 30
Age range: 25 - 45
Class size: 35 - 40
Percentage of woman: 30 %
Average work experience: 5,5 years
Percentage of international students: 90 %
Average number of countries represented: 15



Southern Asia27%
Eastern Asia11%
Middle East5%
Eastern Europe11%
Western Europe10%
North America12%
Latin America11%


“I chose HHL since I believe that it will provide me an excellent grounding in business as well as sector expertise which would enable me to fully break into the business world. With its international character and outstanding academic qualifications, HHL is more than a place where you are given the opportunity to excel in your personal and professional life, HHL is the community you want to belong to.”

Ana Ajdukovic (Serbia), MBA student


“I have been accepted by 3 of the best business schools in Germany and I have chosen HHL due to its professors, due to its worldwide prestige in Entrepreneurship and Strategy and finally due to the city. The HHL-Leipzig mix sets the perfect balance for studying, networking and enjoying life. The MBA class is very diverse - I have colleagues from over 14 countries and with different professional backgrounds. The program is very well structured and allows living a full international experience.” 

Sebastian Domnariu (Romania), MBA student


Outside the box – gain more international experience at our top partner universities

International competence is essential for a business leader. Global partnerships are therefore one of HHL’s key assets. We serve our selective number of students with over 130 partner universities around the globe.

In order to keep abreast of current international, social, and economic challenges, a term abroad is offered in the 5th or 6th term in the MBA curriculum.

Double Degree Options

We also offer a double degree option with selected partner universities. Within this option you have the opportunity to earn an additional degree at one of these institutions.

Opting for a double degree will cause an extension of the standard period of study as well as additional costs.
The places are limited and will be allocated within the regular nomination process of all outgoing students by using the student ranking.
The master thesis must be written at the home university. The final transcripts will be handed out to you by the home university after completing both programs.

Please note that as an HHL student you have ample time to decide on your study abroad destination or your double degree option as the placement will be done at the end of your first term at HHL.

MBA students who would like to earn a double degree have to choose the semester abroad as an elective and then continue their studies as long as necessary to earn the double degree abroad.

If you are interested in a double degree you have to meet the following requirements:

  • GMAT score of at least 600
  • Meet the qualifications set by the partner university regarding minimum age and/or work experience and language skills.

HHL Partner Universities with Double Degree Options
Australia - University of Adelaide
Costa Rica - INCAE, Alajuela
France - ESC Grenoble
France - ESC Montpellier
France - ESC Toulouse
France - Audencia Nantes
Japan - Nagoya University of Commerce
Norway - BI Norwegian Business School
Peru -Universidad esan
Taiwan - National Chengchi University, Taipeh
USA - Tulane University, A.B. Freeman School of Business, New Orleans


Our goal: Your personal and professional development

An individual Career Service at HHL is regarded as a key element to our students' success. From the date of admission to the Master in Management to the placement of a successful job application – we will support you. Leading international firms regularly recruit HHL students and graduates on campus for internships and permanent positions.


The HHL Career Service Department regularly offers webinars on career perspectives for MBA prospects. Check out the upcoming events.

Individual Career Service

Leading international firms regularly recruit HHL graduates on campus – both for internships and permanent positions. Therefore, many of the students have several employment offers even before graduation and 95% of them sign a contract three months after graduation the latest. Our service does not end with your HHL graduation. We continue to support our graduates with our postgraduate career service.

Personal DevelopmentAssessment tests
Intercultural training
Individual Career StrategyCompany presentations
Career Orientation Workshops
Consultation projects
Application PreparationCV & cover letter writing
Interview preparation
Case study training
Job SearchOn-campus recruiting
HHL Online Recruiting Platform
Résumé Book

Recent Placement Statistics

HHL has a record of placing graduates with prominent firms including Accenture, BASF, Bertelsmann, Daimler, Deutsche Bank, Henkel, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, OC&C Strategy Consultants, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, RWE, Siemens, Triumph, ZS Associates and many German medium-sized companies.


*After graduating from HHL, international students will benefit of an 18 months post-study job search visa.

Opportunities for Future Entrepreneurs

More than 160 start-ups have been founded by HHL graduates in the last 15 years making HHL one of the most entrepreneurial business schools in Germany.

Selected by the Financial Times as #1 school for Entrepreneurship two years in a row, HHL is developing its entrepreneurial activities even further, supporting all interested students in already developing their business ideas in the course of the program.

We regularly invite entrepreneurs as well as investors and other key players of the start-up scene to share their experiences with our students. Additionally, HHL wants to foster and encourage the entrepreneurial spirit by several initiatives such as Accelerate@HHL, the International Investors Day or the SpinLab – the HHL Accelerator.

Selection of HHL start-ups

Alumni Networking at HHL

Our HHL alumni are recognized members of the HHL community. They foster our network and benefit from it at the same time. Moreover HHL alumni show strong commitment for HHL’s students.

They e.g. take part in Alumni Talks and share their experiences in terms of career opportunities with HHL students, they take part in student mentoring programs and open up their companies doors to welcome our students and give them the chance to get insights into daily challenges and to get in touch with HR persons.

HHL students can become members of our Alumni Association right from the beginning of their studies free of charge.  

HHL Success Stories

At HHL, we offer more than just a degree from one of the best business schools in Europe. We work hard to foster a strong network of contacts and sustainable friendships. Beyond the campus, there is a “worldwide web” of over 1,700 dedicated alumni and sponsors, working in and representing dozens of countries, and a variety of high-value industries. They hold executive managerial positions and donate their personal time and expertise, as well as financial support to further strengthen HHL and its mission.


“After seeing Bertelsmann’s on-campus presentation at HHL and learning how interested they are in international profiles, I approached the company representative at the get-together afterwards to learn about internship opportunities in HR. One thing lead to another, and I ended up landing an internship in Talent Management at Bertelsmann’s corporate headquarters. This internship turned into a job offer, and now I am an Associate in Corporate Management Development, focusing on university relations and employer branding. My first day of work was actually coming to HHL to do a company presentation! Talk about full circle!”

Pamela Taylor, USA 
MBA alumna, Associate in Corporate Management Development, Bertelsmann, Germany

“Looking back at my decision to choose HHL for postgraduate studies: if I was suppose to choose again I would repeat that decision. For a person who wants to do an MBA course in Germany, on a prestige international business school, in the highly diversified class and in a thriving but charming city such as Leipzig, HHL is the perfect choice. After finishing studies I've successfully shifted my career to the business consulting field, where I am still active.”

Pedja Popic (Serbia)
MBA alumnus, Business consulting professional adviser to the SB of Kerseyco ltd

“Having worked in commercial real estate in the US for most of my career, I was looking for options to move into a new field while continuing to live in Europe. Through connections that were established due to HHL’s strong Entrepreneurship program, and the alumni network, I am now working at trivago GmbH, a leading international travel platform.”

Jonathan Eichelberger, USA
MBA alumnus, Strategy and Business Development, Trivago GmbH, Germany

“The MBA helped me to enhance knowledge and skills in standard business disciplines in addition to experiencing fields that were completely new to me. I particularly enjoyed entrepreneurial disciplines, not only in theory but also by testing the practical worth of new ideas we developed. The combination of this high class academic program, the international experience and the practical knowledge I had before the studies are the foundation of my professional development.”

Denis Ranke, Germany

MBA alumnus, Head of Financial Planning & Analysis, Marketplaces Germany, eBay GmbH, Germany


Start your MBA journey with HHL

Admission to HHL’s MBA program is highly competitive. We carefully select a diverse student body, one that reflects a variety of backgrounds, cultures and nationalities, and covers a wide range of personal interests and professional ambitions. Enrollment takes place once a year with studies beginning in September.

We operate a rolling admission process. Once you have submitted your application, a member of the Admissions Committee will inform you if you have been selected for an interview, either via Skype or – if you are in Germany – at HHL. Once the committee has arrived at its final decision, you will be informed immediately.

Want to join our next MBA class? Apply now!

Admission Criteria

  • A completed Bachelor’s degree in any field from a recognized university
  • Postgraduate work experience. On average, students in our full-time MBA program have five years of work experience, ranging between three and twelve years. However, more important than the length of your experience is the quality of your accomplishments. If you can demonstrate an exceptional maturity and your potential as a leader, we encourage you to apply. It is important that you assess your readiness when deciding to apply for an MBA: there is no universal "right" time.

Application Documents

Applicants have to submit the following application documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of motivation
  • Final transcript and a degree certificate of all completed degree programs*
  • Proof of a minimum of 3 years relevant practical work experience*
  • Proof of very good English skills (e.g. TOEFL of 96+ ibt)
  • 2 letters of recommendation*
  • GMAT/GRE result*
  • Passport photo

* Please see FAQs section to learn more about application documents and how you can submit them

No application fee is required.

Application Deadlines

January 31: Early Bird applications - tuition fee reduction EUR 2,000 (for more information see below "Fees & Financing")
May 30: international applicants
June 30: remaining EU applicants and those non-EU applicants not requiring a visa to Germany

Fees & Financing

A worthwhile investment

The tuition fee for the complete full-time MBA Program is EUR 29,000. Candidates who apply for the program by January 31st, 2016 will benefit from a fee reduction of 2,000 Euro. The Early Bird Discount is offered to those who uploaded all mandatory documents and submitted their application until January 31 (including the GMAT), admission process (interview and all missing documents) by the end of February and signed study contract by the end of March the latest.

The fee includes all educational services including online course material as well as the term abroad at one of our partner universities. Transportation, accommodation and insurance are not included. Our track record shows that the MBA degree from HHL will provide you with exceptional career opportunities that will make your financial investment well worthwhile.
Information for taxpayers in Germany (also applies to international MBA graduates working in Germany after graduation): the tuition fees for the MBA Program are tax deductible as anticipated professional expenses. For detailed information please contact your legal tax advisor.

Flexible Payment Conditions

After you have been admitted to HHL, we ask that you make a deposit of EUR 2,000 to secure your place in the program. The remaining costs will be paid in several installments throughout the program.

Here is an example of your possible payment plan:

  • 1st payment of EUR 2,000 – due 3 weeks after admission
  • 2nd payment of EUR 8,000 – due October 1st of the first year
  • 3rd payment of EUR 10,000 – due March 1st of the following year
  • 4th payment of EUR 9,000 – due September 1st of the following year

Financing Options and Scholarships

We believe and have the proven record that your HHL degree will provide you with extraordinary career opportunities that make your financial investment well worthwhile. However, we are aware of your financial situation as a young professional and support you in financing your studies.

We offer several scholarships and other diversified financial options to our MBA candidates. For more information, please refer to the financing options page.

Financing Opportunities for Women

To support excellent female candidates applying for the MBA program, HHL would like to award several additional scholarships worth up to 15 000 Euro. For more information about the scholarship, please refer to our financing options page.


“Thanks to HHL’s Women in Business Scholarship, I have more flexibility with my studying and living budget. That takes some weight off my shoulders and allows me to focus on learning everything I can while I am here. Furthermore, this scholarship is a step towards equality between men and women. In today’s business world, there is still a significantly higher percentage of men than women in leading positions. Every bit of encouragement for women to take the next step in their careers and move up the management ladder is step in the right direction. This scholarship is both inspiration and peace of mind for women like myself to be just as ambitious and determined as the men learning alongside me in HHL's MBA program.”

Christine Meister (USA), MBA student

“With HHL scholarship I was able to enroll for my MBA program renowed for it's outstanding general management cources and entrepreneurial drive. Here at HHL with every new class, every new event and every new person you meet I receive evidence of numerous career opportunities the school provides.”

Pavel Neginsky (Belarus), MBA alumnus


“I appreciate the scholarship “Women in Business” because it offers me big financial relief in the first place. Furthermore, this special scholarship shows not only the recognition of my achievement as a business woman, but also the positive sign from HHL towards equality. Females can be as successful as males in academic area as well as business world, though this is not always perceived as truth. Therefore, it is great that HHL gives credit to the business women and motivate them to further develop themselves. I would like to encourage business ladies to pursue the MBA study at HHL as well as applying for this scholarship as it is all about recognition, motivation and confidence – which we need for our future career." 

Christine Zhang (China), MBA alumna

Student Life

The HHL-Leipzig mix sets the perfect balance for studying, networking and enjoying life

HHL is located in Leipzig, the heart of Europe. With a high-quality lifestyle, very moderate living costs, many parks, open air sports facilities, surrounding lakes with beautiful beaches, as well as many jogging and biking paths, Leipzig is probably the “greenest” metropole that you could find - discover it for yourself!
All in all: HHL-Leipzig Mix sets the perfect balance for studying, networking and enjoying life.

Ask a Student

These are some of the reasons why students voted HHL as Germany’s favorite business school. If you would like to get in touch with one of them to ask about their experiences at Leipzig & HHL, feel free to email them.

Christine Meister (USA)
Current HHL MBA student
“The beauty of studying at HHL is the amount of diversity found on the campus, not only when it comes to nationalities and cultures, but also in the sense of work and study backgrounds, ages, and life experiences which all play a part in shaping our mentalities. Having the chance to learn from and with people who hold so many different perceptions of the world around you opens your mind to ideas you would have otherwise never imagined - that is the true value of the HHL MBA program.”

Juan Ramirez (Colombia)
Current HHL MBA student
About HHL: “Studying at HHL has been an amazing experience. A top business schools that allows you to interact with unique classmates from all around the world and with different backgrounds, enjoy a perfect combination between theoretical and practical knowledge, and participate in so many student initiatives and networking events. And not leaving behind living in a vibrant city such as Leipzig, full of live and entrepreneurial opportunities.”
About Me: “Before coming to HHL I had been working in the banking industry for almost six years and I had the opportunity to be in different areas such as accounting, corporate strategy, and project management. Being a student again is the perfect opportunity not only to further develop my professional skills but to open my horizon and learn from different cultures.”

Suryaprakash Venkateswaran (India)
Current HHL MBA student
About HHL: “I was a technology consultant by profession and I Believe that an MBA will help me accelerate my career growth. For me, the class size should be small but diverse and the school should have quality professors and excellent infrastructure. HHL fitted my requirement perfectly. I like the program for the diverse learning opportunities it provide and I am sure that a HHL MBA will help me attain my professional goals." 
About Me: “I did my undergraduate in engineering and I have around 8 years of work experience in tech industry and in finance domain. I was a technology consultant and I had the opportunity to work with clients from around the world in diverse industries. Currently I am doing my MBA at HHL, one of Germany's premier institutes and post MBA, I would like to work in the finance industry.”


Thilo Wallenstein (Germany)
Current HHL MBA student
About HHL: ”I chose HHL because studying here does not only guarantee you an excellent academic education, but also offers you the opportunity to learn from your fellow students, with diverse professional, academic and cultural backgrounds. The time at HHL will open your mind and living in Leipzig, one of the most dynamic and entrepreneurial cities in the world, is definitely a great experience.”
About Me: “I earned my Bachelor degree in Business Administration in a cooperative program with Hochschule Weserbergland and Lenze SE, a German machine building company. I afterwards became part of Lenze´s Corporate Lean Management team to support the implementation of the lean culture and lean processes in the global production facilities for four years. I joined HHL´s MBA program to deepen my management skills and gain intercultural competencies through the diversity of HHL´s students. Outside lecture hall, I enjoys doing sports, traveling and I'm head of European Ivy League, a student initiative.”

Living Costs

Living in Leipzig is much cheaper than in other university cities. The approximate living costs per month including accommodation in Leipzig are around EUR 670, while the average living costs in Germany are estimated at EUR 735. Here is an overview of the costs that you should take into account during your studies in Leipzig:

Estimated Costsper month
AccommodationEUR 250,00
Health insuranceEUR 78,50
Books and copiesEUR 10,00
FoodEUR 200,00
Semester fee for Leipzig student union (Studentenwerk Leipzig) including semester ticket (tram and busses)EUR 32,25 (193,50 per semester divided by 6 months)
OthersEUR 100,00
Amount of Living Costs
ca. EUR 670,75
Additional Initial Costs and Bonuses
Residence Permit EUR 110,00 (only for non-EU citizens without a Stibet scholarship)
Rental BondEUR 250,00
Moving BonusEUR 150,00
Maximum Amount of Initial Costs
EUR 290,00


Moving Bonus
In case you have lived outside of Leipzig prior to your start at HHL and you have chosen to take your main residence in Leipzig for the duration of your studies (registration as “Hauptwohnung”) the city of Leipzig will refund part of your mandatory social fee and transfer 150 Euro on application.
Students who were registered in Leipzig before coming to HHL are not eligible for the Moving Bonus. Application deadline is December 31, in addition you have to be registered in Leipzig by December 31.  You will need the following application form and your enrollment certificate.

Student Initiatives

An additional important and very interesting point of the student life at HHL are our student initiatives in sports, professional and social sectors. 
Students at HHL show strong and diverse commitment. In this context, they established a catalog of initiatives and events besides their curriculum. Amongst these extracurricular activities are:

  • Sports Events: European Ivy League
  • Professional Initiatives: Accelerate and Venture Capital Club, Energy Club, TEDxHHL
  • Social Initiatives: BSWB

Formalities for International Students

If you are an international student, you might have some questions about formalities. Get more information about Formalities before Arrival and Formalities after Arrival in Germany.

Contact & FAQ

Any questions? We are here for you!

We invite you to experience the spirit of HHL yourself by visiting us or by attending an open lecture (please contact us to schedule a visit). You can also talk to an HHL student and find out about their experience at HHL.

Raluca Modoiu
Manager Student Recruitment MBA | Student Recruitment Doctoral Program
Department of Marketing & Student Recruitment
T +49 341 9851-889
F +49 341 9851-731

For Chinese Candidates
Christine Zhang-Lippert
Business Development Manager Asia
Department of Marketing & Student Recruitment
T +49 341 9851-617
F +49 341 9851-615
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Does the full-time MBA Program only start in the fall?

Yes, you can join the full-time program in September of each year.

I can’t upload all the documents by the deadline. Can I send them later?

Some of the documents have to be submitted along with your application. Please make sure you have uploaded them and indicate when we can expect the rest. Missing documents such as recommendation letters will be accepted within four weeks after your application. However, we encourage all candidates to submit their complete applications by the deadline, as late applications may not be considered. International candidates should complete their applications in a timely manner to allow enough time for visa processing.

Is GMAT mandatory?

The GMAT test is mandatory for the Full-time MBA applicants. Alternatively, HHL can accept the GRE test.
Our GMAT code is ZCB-P6-01. To register for the test, please visit the official GMAT website.

How do I submit my recommendation letters?

Please ask your referees to submit their recommendation letters to us directly. They can use the HHL template or write a recommendation in a free format. They can either email it to us (in this case, it should be scanned with the original signature and sent from the email account of the referee) or send it by mail to the following address:

HHL Admissions
Jahnallee 59
04109, Leipzig

In some cases, your referees may give their reference letters to you. Should this be the case, you may upload the letters to the online platform with the rest of your application. Please make sure that letters bear the original signature and contact information of the referees. In other cases please leave these fields in your application blank.

How many years of work experience do I need?

On average, students in our full-time MBA program have five years of work experience, ranging between three and twelve years. However, the minimum work experience cannot be shorter than two years full-time. Please note that only postgraduate work experience can be considered. Exception from this rule is military service that can be accepted regardless of the time during which it was completed (please see additional information about military/social service in the next question).

Internships completed after bachelor studies graduation will be accepted as relevant work experience.

Part-time work/internships will be counted as half of their total duration (for example, part-time internship from January 1 to December 31 will be counted as six months of work experience)

Any other practical experience after graduation from a bachelor level academic program might be considered by the MBA admissions team and we encourage candidates to include all information relevant to work experience in their application.

When can military service/social service be accepted as relevant work experience?

Military service can be accepted as work experience regardless of its duration and time of completion. If you have a certificate of completion of military service, please upload it in the respective field.

Social service can only be accepted as work experience if it was completed after university graduation, lasted at least 6 months and if you can provide a relevant certificate of completion. Please note: only official projects supported by relevant certificates can be recognized.

What is meant by „Proof of work experience“?

To determine your eligibility for the program, HHL requires that candidates submit a letter from their current/former employer(s) stating the length of their employment.
If your recommendation letter/s are provided by one of your employers with the length of your employment stated in the reference and the stated length exceeds the minimum work experience requirement, the recommendation letter will suffice and you can leave the field „Proof of work experience“ blank.

Do I have to send a hard copy of my application to HHL or will the electronic application be sufficient?

Your electronic application is sufficient to apply for the MBA program. Please note, however, that we require certified copies of your university degree certificates and grade transcripts. In case you upload uncertified copies of these documents online, they will be accepted and your application will be considered for admission, but you will ne requested to bring certified copies with you to HHL when you start your studies.

When should I apply for a scholarship and what other financial options are there?

Applicants will be considered for financial assistance upon a formal application only. You can apply for scholarships after you have submitted your program application. Please keep in mind that the MBA program has an earlier deadline for those candidates who wish to be considered for scholarships and we encourage early applications in this case. Scholarship applications should be sent via email to Raluca Modoiu at raluca.modoiu(at)
More information about financing options.

Am I required to speak German?

Though students do not have to speak German during the studies at HHL, solid language knowledge is a major benefit when looking for an internship or a job in Germany and Europe.

HHL offers German language classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced speakers and also a German intensive language course in August, prior to the study begin.

Is the program accredited or ranked?

Yes, HHL's full-time MBA program is accredited both in Germany and internationally, by AACSB and ACQUIN accreditation agencies.

What is the atmosphere at HHL and in Leipzig like?

HHL is the most popular business school in Germany located in one of the most dynamic and vibrant cities in whole Europe. Leipzig is home to 40,000 students and offers a high-quality lifestyle with very moderate living costs compared to other university cities. With its many parks around the campus, open air sports facilities, surrounding lakes with beautiful beaches, as well as many jogging and biking paths, Leipzig is probably the “greenest” metropole that you could find. Also our campus is surrounded by the green banks of the river Weiße Elster, where you can relax after a long day of group work. In your free time, you can also choose to have a drink with your classmates in one of the many cafés, bars and restaurants close to the campus or in the city center, or you can enjoy a cultural event. All in all, in Leipzig you will not get bored for a second.

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Where will I be staying in Leipzig?

Leipzig offers plenty of reasonably priced housing options. Many HHL students choose to rent a private apartment or a shared flat during their stay in Leipzig. In general, the international students prefer to live in the student dorms which are located very close to the campus and to the student cafeteria. All student dorms in Leipzig are rented out by the Studentenwerk Leipzig (institution governed by public law for the support of college and university students; maintains cafeterias, dormitories, administers student loans etc.) and are available to HHL students as well.

What kind of networking opportunities will I have at HHL?

Networking is one of the key benefits of an MBA, hence at HHL we support you from the very beginning of your studies to develop your own lifelong professional network. Thanks to our close-knit alumni network, you will benefit from mentoring programs, company visits or alumni talks, which will all enable you to get insights about the career paths that will open for you once you have graduated from HHL. Moreover, company presentations and recruitment visits conducted by leading companies frequently take place on our campus, so you will have the chance to approach the company representatives on your own and ask for internship or job opportunities. In short, networking will be your daily routine during your MBA at HHL.

Will my classmates have different cultural, academic or professional backgrounds so that I can learn from the diversity of my class?

At HHL, we are convinced that diverse classrooms enrich the educational experience of all students. Therefore, in the MBA program you will meet classmates coming from all over the world, with diverse academic, professional or cultural backgrounds, but also one common goal, which is learning how to become the successful business leaders of tomorrow. Each year, our staff makes sure that the MBA class includes a critical mass of individuals, so that your ideas can be appropriately challenged. Thanks to an intercultural training taking place at the beginning of the program, you will have the chance to bond with your classmates and learn to cherish diversity as a global business imperative.

Are there any special requirements for applicants from China?

Applicants with university degree from People´s Republic of China are required to go through the APS certification process to prove the authenticity of both degree and grades obtained. APS stands for Academic Certification Authority (Akademische Prüfstelle) and is a service institution established jointly by German Embassy in Beijing and German Academic Exchange Institution (DAAD). Furthermore, APS certificate is an indispensable part of visa application documents for applicants who obtain their accreditation from a university of People´s Republic of China. APS process takes approximately 6-8 weeks, therefore it is recommendable to start APS certification process as early as possible so as to manage the whole application process more easily. Please kindly note that APS certificates are effective for an unlimited period.

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