12 credits. 12 weeks. $12,000.
Our Berlin - International Affairs & Security Studies Program is part of our 12 for 12 for 12 programs.
The city of Berlin has a fascinating geo-political history: its destruction in World War II, its hostile division in the Cold War, the fall of the Wall, the reunification of Germany, and the growth of Germany as a major cultural, economic, and political force in the 21st Century. This history and its present importance make Berlin the ideal place to study International Relations, Security Studies, Sociology, Business, and Economics, as well as Culture, Film, Art, and German Language.
Courses in this program take advantage of Berlin’s position as Germany’s capital and Germany’s position as a leading state in the European Union. The English-taught courses compare and contrast the pros and cons of the European Union’s open borders, of strategies to combat terrorism, and of the challenges and benefits that migration brings.
Berlin will also be your classroom. Imagine studying the European and global challenges that Germany faces then walking along the remnants of the Berlin Wall, a stark reminder of the city’s turbulent past. Or wandering through the Turkish Market while learning about migration in Germany. Can you picture exploring the neighborhoods of Berlin, taking in the stunning architecture, and enjoying doners and currywurst? This is study abroad!
We want you to feel at home in Berlin, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. We offer unique courses that explore International Relations, Security Studies, Sociology, and other topics through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.
You take 12 credit hours per semester, and all courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified. All courses are taught in English, excluding language courses.
Create your own academic experience by selecting from the following course topics:
This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account. Courses include:
We offer day excursions that complement your IES Abroad courses and contribute to a general knowledge of German culture and society. Past activities have included:
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Berlin, it will feel like home.
We offer you the unique experience of living wih local residents throughout the city. Hosts may be single adults, single parents or families. Most housing is in apartments.
Meals are not included in the program fee. Students usually prepare their own meals at home or dine in affordable student cafeterias or restaurants.
Part of making you feel at home in Berlin is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it’s the orientation program that prepares you for what’s ahead, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
The program begins with a one-week orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Berlin staff, your fellow students, and the city of Berlin. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered in addition to survival German language instruction.
Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.
Redefine the way you live and learn in Berlin through our cultural events, which include visits to:
Even though your adventure starts in Berlin, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. These trips are subsidized by IES Abroad. Possible destinations include:
2 days | Fall & Spring
About the Center
The IES Abroad Berlin Center is located in Mitte, the central district of Berlin, and is within easy walking distance of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Museum Island, and the Berliner Dom.
The two IES Abroad programs at the Berlin Center are conducted on separate floors of the building.
IES Abroad Staff
John SchulzeProgram Manager
Gosia PiechowiakStudent Affairs, Housing, and Field Trip Coordinator
IES Abroad Faculty
Sabine BerkingCultural StudiesDoktor philosophiae, University of Leipzig
Columnist at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper
Wolfgang BialasCultural StudiesDoktor philosophiae, University of Leipzig
Ulrich BrücknerInternational Business, Political Science
Doktor philosophiae, Free University Berlin
Stanford University in Berlin
Andreas ButterArt History, Urban Studies
Doktor philosophiae in Art History, Technical University, BerlinLeibniz Institute or Regional Development and Structural Planning
Burkart EnckeGerman Language
Christine FreudenbergGerman Language
Ondrej KotasGerman Language
Dorothea LöbbermannLiterature, Film Studies
Doktor philosophiae, Humboldt University, Berlin
Humboldt Universtät zu Berlin
Nina SelchowGerman Language
Hannah Lotte LundHistory, Gender Studies
Dr. philosophiae, Humboldt-University, Berlin
Center for Jewish Studies, Berlin Brandenburg
Jan Otakar FischerUrban Studies, Architecture
Masters in Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of DesignNortheastern University School of Architecture in Berlin
Riza Baris UelkerUrban Sociology, Social Anthropology
Ph.D., Central European University, Budapest
Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technical University Berlin
The $12,000 program fee includes base tuition, housing, health insurance and at least one overnight field trip. A complete breakdown of this fee will be available in February 2016.