Berkeley College Undergraduates Begin Study Abroad Semester in Cologne at Fresenius University in Germany

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Berkeley College launched its inaugural Study Abroad program with a group of undergraduate students from the Larry L. Luing School of Business® enrolled at Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, Germany.


“This is the beginning of an important global learning opportunity for Berkeley College undergraduates,” said Elana Zolfo, EdD, Dean, Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business®. “The Berkeley College Study Abroad program will broaden the horizons of these students, affording them opportunities to learn international business practices that will set them apart in their chosen career paths.”


The initial group of students in the Berkeley College Study Abroad program represent fields of study in programs such as Business Administration, Fashion Merchandising and Management, and International Business, offered through the Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business.


The Berkeley College students in Cologne are taking courses taught in English titled International Business Ethics and Sustainability; Management Game: Entrepreneurial Knowledge and Business Plan; Current Affairs in Global Business; and Intercultural Competence. In addition to this, they are participating in the courses Academic Writing and German Language.


The students are living in Mühlheim, a diverse neighborhood in Cologne popular among young people, and have been assigned volunteer student “mentors” from Hochschule Fresenius who have completed their semesters at Berkeley College or plan to attend a semester at Berkeley College in New York City. The students also will visit points of interest in the area such as the world-famous twin-spired Cologne Cathedral and the Chocolate Museum, go on a cruise on the Rhine River, and meet with several businesses during their stay.


“This program addresses the three ‘I’s – immersion, integration and inclusion. Berkeley College students immerse in the local culture, learn in an integrated classroom with Hochschule Fresenius students, sharing a dynamic intellectual exchange, and, are part of an inclusive and safe environment. Both Berkeley and Fresenius students will benefit from this transformative experience,” said Priya S. Nayar, Director, North America, Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences.


Two years ago, civic leaders joined representatives from Fresenius University of Germany and Berkeley College to laud the partnership between the two institutions of higher learning at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at Berkeley College. The partnership offers Fresenius University students the opportunity to gain intercultural abilities and academic experience by studying in facilities designed especially for Fresenius at Berkeley in New York City.


Photo Caption: Five undergraduate students from the Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business® begin their semester abroad at the Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, Germany. The new Study Abroad program extends the partnership between Berkeley College and Fresenius University for global higher education, whereby undergraduate Fresenius students enroll in courses taught at Berkeley College in New York City. Pictured (left to right) are Bryan Lopez-Sanchez of Clifton, NJ, Class of 2019; Priya S. Nayar, Director, North America, Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences; Alejandra Guevara of Yonkers, NY, Class of 2019; Erika Natasha Leon of Union City, NJ, Class of 2019; Rebeca Gaytan Campillo of Astoria in Queens, NY, Class of 2020; Diana Rodriguez of Union City, NJ, Class of 2019; and Kerstin Rixen, Officer of International Services, Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences.


About Fresenius University of Applied Sciences

Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, founded in 1848, is one of the largest and oldest private universities in Germany, with over 12,000 students and locations in Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Idstein, Cologne, Munich, and study centers in Berlin, Düsseldorf and New York. Hands-on, innovative study and educational contents align with the demands of the job market, small study groups, and reputable cooperation partners as well as a comprehensive alumni network. Hochschule Fresenius is accredited as a state-recognized, privately sponsored and operated university and offers vocational, professional and continuing education. Depending on location, the Faculty of Economics and Media offers Bachelor and Master degrees that include full-time and part-time programs as well as English-taught degrees that are attractive to the students of the future. The website address is


About Berkeley College
A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 7,100 students – including more than 440 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.


Berkeley College has three New York campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are four campuses – Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For five consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is


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