Editor's note: Marcel Marius is a German student and a graduate of the Berkeley Haas Global Access Program, which brings international students from diverse backgrounds to study business and entrepreneurship. The blog post below originally appeared on his personal blog. It has been edited for clarity and length.
If you are considering participating in the Berkeley Haas Global Access Program (BHGAP), I can give you three main reasons why you definitely should go for it, from the point of view of someone who has now completed the program.
...the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley, surrounded by countless start-ups in Silicon Valley, was the right choice. After several weeks at Haas I already knew this was the best decision I could ever make.
Friendships. You will make unforgettable friends. You will meet people from all over the world who want to become entrepreneurs just as you do. You will widen your network and benefit from being surrounded by great people.
Cultural diversity. Students from over 13 countries made up our fall 2018 BHGAP cohort. Japan, China, Germany, Denmark, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Austria, Spain and Thailand among others. This diversity enhances the experience and makes you a better person for it.
Memories. I traveled to many different places, experienced sport events, enjoyed parties, attended awesome lectures and met wonderful people. I listened to astonishing speeches at cohort lunches. You will only get it here, in Berkeley.
Professors....make the Haas experience so exceptional. The way they teach, the way they share experience and the way they show interest in students contribute to the unique style of education.
Haas School of Business Professors and a Unique Style of Education
When deciding about where to study in the U.S., I considered excellence, reputation and proximity to entrepreneurship. After a ton of research I believed that the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley, surrounded by countless start-ups in Silicon Valley, was the right choice. After several weeks at Haas I knew that this was the best decision I ever made.
There is one aspect that distinguishes Haas from different business schools. No other business school has such great, experienced, interactive and passionate professors. Professors at Haas embody all of Haas’ defining principles: question the status quo, confidence without attitude, students always and beyond yourself. They make the Haas experience so exceptional.
The Berkeley Haas Global Access Program gives you the opportunity to learn from the world’s best professors.
Special thanks to Marcel Marius for sharing his BHGAP experience with us through his personal blog.