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

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