The Hotelfachschule Berlin was founded in 1963. It offers a two-year full-time course of studies for young adults who have several years of work experience in hospitality and who try to reach management positions in hospitality or start their own business. Our college closely cooperates with companies from all fields of hospitality. The school year begins in August and ends in July. It is divided into two semesters and lasts 39 weeks. The students attend 17 double lessons (90 minutes) per week, do projects on theoretical and practical issues, meet hospitality experts at the college or in their company, and take part in a one-week study trip. In the second year they take two electives courses (a second language and a hospitality subject). They take two test papers per semester in each subject, and a final written examination in four subjects at the end of the second year. After successfully passing the final examination the students' official title is "Staatlich geprüfte/r Betriebswirt/in (Hotel- und Gaststättengewerbe)" (State-Certified Expert in Hospitality Management).