In the list of Frequently Asked Questions you will find some answers to questions regarding all aspects of the Master of Business Administration program.
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. 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:
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.
Work experience (only applicable to MBA candidates).
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 2 years in 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, 2012 to December 31, 2012 will be counted as 6 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 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 would like to upload uncertified copies of these documents online, they will be accepted and your application will be considered for admission, but we request that you either send the certified copies to us at a later point of time (by the start of your studies at the latest) or bring your original documents with you to HHL when you start your studies.
I would like to apply for HHL scholarships. When should I apply and what financial assistance 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 Margarita Saglam at margarita.saglam(at)hhl.de
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.
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 a small and very selective graduate school located in a culturally vibrant city with half a million residents. Neighborhood parks, sports facilities, a zoo, jogging and biking paths offer great ways to relax and enjoy your free time.
More about life at HHL and in Leipzig.
Where will I be staying in Leipzig?
Most of HHL's students choose to rent a private apartment during their stay in Leipzig. Accommodation in Leipzig is very reasonable. All student dorms within 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.