Taking the leap and moving abroad to pursue the Master’s in Management at ESMT Berlin

Meet Elyor Mukhamedov Uzbekistan flag – ESMT Berlin

Elyor Mukhamedov hails from Uzbekistan, he decided to leave his home country to pursue the Master’s in Management program at ESMT Berlin. ESMT is currently ranked in the FT Business School ranking as the #1 business school in Germany and #9 in Europe.

Elyor shared with us his inside knowledge of what the MIM course at ESMT Berlin entails, his top tips on moving to Berlin and his advice for prospective students.


What were you doing before deciding to study at ESMT Berlin?

After my Bachelor’s I was working for 3 years until I decided that I wanted to further develop my knowledge and network with like-minded individuals. I was also excited to experience something new!

For my Bachelor’s degree, I studied at the Westminster International University in Tashkent, which is the first international university in Uzbekistan. After graduating from my undergraduate degree I joined Asian Development Bank where I was an Economic Researcher for 3 years.

What is the MIM program?

MIM stands for Masters in Management, at ESMT Berlin it’s a two-year program which consists of a compulsory 6-month internship. During the second year, students are free to choose one of four specializations: Finance & Investments, Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship & Innovation or Global & Digital strategy. The program is taught in English but students come from all around the world to study the MIM at ESMT Berlin.

How diverse is your MIM Class at ESMT Berlin?

In my class, there are over 100 people from more than 40 different nationalities. It’s amazing to have people from all around the world come together and chase the same goal, to become responsible leaders of the future.

I have become very close with my peers and having this experience in common has been incredible, it’s great to get to know people with shared ideas and interests.

ESMT Berlin MIM students


What should students prepare before moving to Germany?

Make sure you have planned ahead and you’re prepared. It’s always a good idea to prepare any documents you may need in advance, whether that’s your visa or opening a local bank account. My advice would also be to start thinking about where you’re going to live around 5 or 6 months before you arrive in Berlin. Berlin is a big city with a lot of students from all over the world so it can be difficult to find accommodation.


What is it like to live in Berlin?

Berlin is a very safe city, it’s also a very vibrant and modern city with different sub-cultures. You can find a part of yourself in Berlin – it’s a city for everyone.

Berlin is also a very international city, it’s not essential to speak fluent German – although it’s always good to have and to know at least a little German. However, it is possible to get away with just speaking English.


Any advice for future MIM students?

I know it can be difficult to leave behind your home country and embark on a new journey but personally, I can definitely say that it’s truly worth going and trying out this new path in your life. It will bring a lot of opportunities further down the line.

Keen to learn more about studying the MIM degree at
ESMT Berlin? Reach out to Elyor directly and ask him anything:

Elyor Mukhamedov, ESMT Berlin MIM ambassador

by Fern Pearson

Finding a sense of belonging at ESMT Berlin

ESMT Berlin MIM students

Meet Andrea Manzi – ESMT Berlin

Andrea Manzi has found a sense of belonging at the ESMT Berlin MIM Program. He had studied business administration in Italy after which he took some time out to start a sustainable clothing brand. Not wishing to interrupt his studies for too long, he started looking for Master’s degrees and was quickly convinced that ESMT Berlin is the right place for him.

He shared with us how feeling at home is really important and valuable and how the program is like being in a big family.


How does the academic experience at ESMT Berlin compare to your previous academic experience?

In my previous experience, lectures were carried out by the professors to the students. So, you basically were a passive user of the lecture itself. Here, you learn from others. You learn from a very broad and diverse environment. You need to be an active part of the lecture and you will often be the one who will teach something to someone else in class. This has been really great.

ESMT Berlin MIM students

Why did you choose the ESMT Berlin MIM Program?

Coming from a small entrepreneurial adventure, I was looking into this world of entrepreneurship and it turned out that Berlin was a great place for this reason since the ecosystem presented here is great. Everything that relates to technology an innovation and the startup scene is really big. This was one key point that attracted me to ESMT Berlin.

The social impact project also really attracted me. This is an activity that is carried out during our second year and we have to propose a project that adds social value. You are free to do the activity wherever you want. If the university accepts the project, you build a team with your fellow students and for one month you work on a social project. Many people do some pro bono consulting in NGO’s, some travel and visit new places to try and make an impact there. All ESMT Berlin students have this desire to make an impact in common.

How did you secure your internship?

The internship module is a mandatory part of the MIM Program. In the first semester you have lectures on campus and then the second semester is mainly the internship. You are required to do an internship for at least twelve weeks but are free to extend it for as long as you wish until the next semester starts. I’m doing an internship at Bosch in South Germany in a product management team. I got an offer through the network of ESMT Berlin.

ESMT Berlin MIM Student Internship at Bosch

They contacted me through email and it worked out pretty well. ESMT Berlin is a great provider of opportunities. It does not necessarily mean that it is easy to secure an internship or employment, but ESMT Berlin has a great network with companies. There is a very big and effective pool of alumni that is very supportive.

The sense of belonging at ESMT Berlin is really powerful in this regard – I saw a person on LinkedIn that attended ESMT Berlin six years ago who is working in a company in the US that I am interested in. I messaged him to let him know I am a MIM student and he replied instantly. This is a very powerful thing which makes the connections really effective.

Tell us about the ESMT Berlin Career Services Team

There is a brilliant Career Services Team who constantly works for us students, finding opportunities for us and organizing great events such as the careers fair and company visits. I think it is really effective and valuable.

What have been some of the main challenges during your program?

The intensity of the program. Especially in the beginning, it was really hard. I was absorbed by the whole program, which is fine, since this is the reason why I decided to come and study abroad at ESMT Berlin, but it was hard. Keep in mind that it is not an easy journey, it is quite tough but at the end it is really pleasant and joyful. There will be highs and lows but overall, it is on the very high side. Also, I had no experience abroad so the fact that I was away from my home town and country was really hard. However, all the students at ESMT Berlin are in a similar situation as it is such an international environment so we built friendships really fast which made being away from home easier. I quickly formed new relationships.

Andrea has craved the opportunity ESMT Berlin has given him to “be part of something that is greater and to provide value to other people.” The experience has instilled a desire in him to carry this forward as he completes his program and prepares to make his mark in the world.

Keen to learn more about studying the MIM degree at
ESMT Berlin? Reach out to Andrea directly and ask him anything:


Andrea Manzi ESMT Berlin MIM Student

by Maryke Luijendijk-Steenkamp

ESMT Berlin offers a home to those who never felt at home

ESMT Berlin students

Meet Michela Andreolli ESMT Berlin

Michela Andreolli always knew she would end up moving abroad. Born in Italy, she attended an international high school in Milan which opened her mind to what the world has to offer. During her final year of engineering studies, she did an internship with Amazon where the international environment made her desire to explore new territories even stronger. It was therefore a natural choice to look for Master programs abroad.  She found her niche at ESMT in Berlin – a city she calls the “home for all of those people who never feel at home.”

Here she tells us why it was quite easy for her to move and begin her new life there.

Why the MIM Program?

I decided to go for an MIM Program because I am still relatively young and do not have a lot of work experience. I still wanted to gain some academic experience before starting my career. I was deciding between a Masters in Entrepreneurship and a Masters in Management but I realized that the MIM will give me a chance to learn more diverse things. I have the opportunity to explore different environments and topics which is why I chose the MIM and so far, I think it has been the right choice for me.

You seem to love Berlin

When I had to decide where to go for my Masters, Germany and in particular Berlin caught my attentions since I am very interested in Entrepreneurship. In Berlin there are a lot of startups which would give me opportunities to learn about the startup environment. It is also a very international city where you are surrounded by people from all over the world. There is a place for everyone here and everyone can find their space. It is hard to describe the Berlin culture because there is a little bit of everything. You can really be yourself and find yourself in the city. Everyone is just being whoever they want to be. 

What made you choose ESMT?

The thing that really made me decide to go to ESMT is the curriculum. It is a two-year program but you only have thirteen months of presence in class. We have a six-month internship in the first year and in the second year we have the chance to do a one-month social impact project. This gives us the chance to apply what we learnt in the classroom to a very different environment, so you have to really step out of your comfort zone. During the second year we also have three months to write our thesis and opt for another internship if we wish to. The highlight of this program is the fact that it is really practical – you have as much time in class as in a proper working environment.

What is the ESMT student body like?

We are a very diverse group, both in terms of nationalities and in terms of backgrounds. We have a lot of group projects to do and for the first six months the teams are made by the professors, so you get a chance to talk to and work with everyone. It is really nice and interesting. You get to work on a marketing project, for example, with someone who studied philosophy or psychology in Asia and I studied engineering in Europe. It brings different approaches to problems and so many different ways of working. It might sound like a standard answer, but I am learning so much from my colleagues in the classroom. We work together and it is so diverse, it is really beautiful. 



What has been your best experience so far?

It was during my first course named Judgement and Decision Making. At the end of the course the professor gave us an exercise to do where we had to create a decision tree for a real-life situation. I did my best, of course, and by the end of the exercise the professor shared that the situation was one he had encountered in his own life. This showed me that what he was teaching me was not only a matter of academics or for exam purposes but could be used in real life. Not only for business decisions but also for life decisions. In engineering I had to always follow a mathematical and scientific approach but when I saw this exercise really had an impact in his life, I really felt that I am studying something that matters. Something that could change not only my career but the way I live my life.

Michela has found her global home at ESMT Berlin. As she so aptly concludes: “I am in the right place, I am studying something that can really help me but also help others. ESMT is giving me the technical instruments to make an impact in the world.”

Keen to learn more about studying the MIM degree at ESMT Berlin? Reach out to Michela directly and ask her anything:


Michela Andreolli MIM

by Maryke Luijendijk-Steenkamp