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From natural science to social science, from risks to solutions, from identifying Planetary Boundaries to managing Global Commons: The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) is advancing the frontier of integrated research for global sustainability, and for a safe and just climate future. A member of the Leibniz Association, the institute is based in Potsdam, Brandenburg and connected with the global scientific community. Drawing on excellent research, PIK provides relevant scientific advice for policy decision-making. The institute’s international staff of more than 300 is led by a committed interdisciplinary team of Directors. This is science – for a safe tomorrow.

The dynamic German capital is one of the most popular destinations to study for international students, and GISMA Business School now has two campuses within the region.


The Berlin-Potsdam area, which is known for technological innovation, economic growth, a unique culture, and a high standard of living, is where our two main campuses are located. It is one of the most popular destinations to study for international students.


Student life in the Berlin-Potsdam area

As a student in the Berlin-Potsdam area, you’ll be one of the 3.4 million inhabitants in this area, including 150,000 fellow students, of which 15% are from abroad. With a thriving economy, and exceptionally high quality of life score, Germany remains the number 1 choice for international students in Europe. As a country built on manufacturing, Germany is now expanding its horizons and becoming just as well known for finance, tech, and innovation – bringing with it a talent pool and exceptional employers. International students are warmly welcomed in Germany, not only due to English being a widely spoken language and diverse population, but also because of the popular 18-month post study visa available for non-EU students


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Berlin, the capital of Germany, has seen a huge resurgence in popularity over the last 30 years, whilst maintaining its cool-status and affordable price tag. The largest city in the EU is now considered the start-up capital of Europe and is also home to some of the largest national and international companies in Germany, making Berlin a popular destination for students looking to live and work in Germany after their studies. However, Berlin is also famous for its freizeit (free-time) options – whether it is an all-night party at a club, exploring historical sights, or relaxing at one of the city’s 43 lakes or 2,500 public parks.

Our campuses

GISMA Berlin-Potsdam campus

GISMA Berlin-Potsdam Campus is a brand-new location for 2021 intakes and is part of SAP’s Think Campus. The campus represents a step-change in Potsdam, which along with SAP has recently become the new site for American car manufacturer Tesla, a clear disrupter of the German industry. With rapid access to the city, the start-up scene that has made Berlin world famous is now starting to develop in the picturesque city. Students at the GISMA Berlin-Potsdam Campus will be able to make the most of this vast network of companies through various forms of partnerships.

GISMA Berlin-Potsdam Campus is easily accessible by car, bike, or public transport, and students are likely to be able to live much closer to campus, with accommodation prices much cheaper than Berlin.

Follow our social media channels over the first few months of 2021 to see how the GISMA Berlin-Potsdam Campus is developing!

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and the capital of Brandenburg, Potsdam is located on the banks of the Havel River and a short distance from Berlin. With its authentic charm, picturesque brilliance and rich history, the city is a cultural gem well worth visiting. Here are 15 reasons why you need to visit Potsdam at least once in your lifetime.

The Versailles of Germany


Just as many flock from Paris to Versailles each year to experience the French palace’s opulence and grandeur, Potsdam’s impressive Sanssouci Palace has landed the city on many tourists’ bucket lists. Alike Versailles, this palace, built between 1745 and 1747, was a relaxing royal retreat for the high society of the time and is known for its gold-hued treasures inside and out. Dripping in grandeur and surrounded by fragrant gardens, Sanssouci Palace is a unique window into a regal past.

Fairy-tale gardens


A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sanssouci Park is bursting with elegant charm, grand palaces, lush parklands and posh rose gardens. Acting as former Prussian King Frederick the Great’s summer refuge, it features many top attractions, including the New Palace, Sanssouci Palace, the Roman Baths, the Chinese House and the Antique Temple. Neighbouring parklands also include the Orangery PalaceDragon House and Charlottenhof Palace.

Experience Holland in Germany


Potsdam’s Dutch Quarter contains 134 red brick houses built in the 18th century by King Frederick William. The historic area stretches over four city blocks and is home to the largest number of Dutch-style houses outside of the Netherlands. A bustling part of the city, it is also home to a number of boutiques, quaint cafes and bars.

World-class cocktails

Although Potsdam might not be famed for its nightlife like closeby Berlin, it is home to some amazing cocktail bars. Dotted around the city and ranging from über fancy to relaxed and cool, this city has some world-class cocktail joints.

A rich history

Potsdam is bursting with history and notable sites for tourists to delight in. Prussian kings and the German Kaiser utilized the city as a residence until 1918. Much of its architecture and sights were built during this time, giving the city its historic charm. The city was also used in World War II and during the Cold War as a place for political prisoners.

Walk along the Bridge of Spies


Glienicker Brücke, the infamous set for the film Bridge of Spies and a site where the West German and East German regimes would exchange secret agents caught as political prisoners, is just a short drive from the centre of Potsdam. Visitors can walk along this famous bridge at their own leisure or with a guided tour.

Visit one of the best preserved Baroque squares in Europe

In the heart of Potsdam are two historic market squares. The first, Alter Markt, features a 16-metre obelisk in its centre, complete with carved portraits of the Potsdam architects Knobelsdorff, Schinkel, Gontard and Perseus. Opposite this, tucked away behind a row of houses, lies Neuer Markt, dating back to the 17th century. It is one of the best-preserved baroque squares in Europe.

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