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:
This course examines key concepts, theories, and methodologies of the ‘politics of gender’ as played out in the history of Berlin from the 19th to the 21st centuries. We will explore how gender and sexuality influence various facets of life and are therefore important analytical categories in any academic discipline. Every session will focus on a different subject area, such as science, literature, film, and how it intersects with the field of gender studies. The course is also structured along a historic axis, and looks at the politics of gender as it is played out in Berlin’s history during successive periods – Prussia, the German Empire, the Weimar Republic, WW II, the post- WW II period with West Germany and the GDR, unified Germany/contemporary Berlin. Comparing Berlin to Paris and St. Petersburg will give further insights into the way place and time shape the cultural constructions of gender and sexuality and vice versa. We will ask, how gender roles are made and how they can be undermined. The course uses an interdisciplinary approach and students explore theoretical concepts and ideas by using the city of Berlin as a classroom.
Europe is struggling with the impact of the sovereign debt crisis of the Eurozone, mass migration, external and internal security challenges, as well as political and social needs for reform to mention only some of the most pressing problems. The ongoing project of an ever closer union of European states with currently 28 members of the European Union started with the promise to provide peace, stability and prosperity. This narrative attracted new members in five enlargement rounds since the 1970s while today Eurosceptic parties, nationalist movements as well as internal and external critics of the EU question the European integration project as such. The course analyses challenges Europe as a whole and the EU in particular is confronted with. We study the various impacts, how the EU and its members respond and if the opportunities of these crises are constructively used for reform – or wasted (Crisis = Danger + Opportunity). We will analyze institutions, interests and competing narratives to explain the current situation in Europe and discuss alternatives.
The course will follow ongoing debates within and outside of the EU. It includes global reflections on the state European situation and it makes comparisons with responses to similar challenges in other parts of the world. Students will have numerous opportunities to meet with experts, politicians, scholars and political analysts in course related events in the German capital.
In today’s global economy, marketing is no longer only domestic or even international; rather, global marketing is a key success factor for multinational firms. Students examine the historical definition of “global marketing” and its objectives and challenges in addition to today’s main emerging markets and differences with our domestic market. The course chronologically follows each step of the global marketing approach, including the analysis of foreign market’s environment and context, analysis of the different entry modes in the targeted foreign market, creation of the global marketing strategy, marketing plan and communication plan, and other aspects of a global strategy (global organization of logistics, supply chain and human resource, global controlling).
This core course focuses on the fundamental concepts, functions and skills of management. It is designed to enhance students´ understanding of effective management; to focus on a thorough and systematic coverage of relevant management theory and practice; to cover fundamental management skills and abilities required to run companies and organizations successfully; and to review the foundations of modern management thought.
Management theories are applied to practical business situations in planning, organizing, leading and controlling of business activities. Students are encouraged to put management concepts and skills into practice by using selected Top Fortune 500 corporations, Top 100 Arab Corporations and Top Trend 500 Companies as well as special sources for case research including actual company information.
This course looks at questions of leadership in the modern world, in the domains of business, policy-making, and service organizations. As many young people want to make a difference or will go on to jobs in which they will be faced with questions of “changing” the world or simply their organization, the course will attempt to show them how leadership may (or not) make that possible, given the cultural context.The overarching goal of the course is to analyze and develop an understanding of what leadership means, particularly in an intercultural context that is characteristic of our global world, and to provide students with resources to enhance their own leadership abilities.
This course evaluates current theoretical models of leadership and leadership characteristics in the context of the local culture and also identifies commonalities of leadership that are recognized across cultures. Thecourse first presents what makes good leaders and what skills they need to lead effectively. We will survey a variety of approaches to the question and analyze definitions of essential concepts. We will also consider how leadership is defined in different cultural contexts. The rising field of global leadership studies identifies the cultural context as one of the important dimensions in analyzing leadership styles and how leaders meet ethical challenges, negotiate conflict, manage social dynamics through communication and team-building, and bring about change in a global environment. Finally, the course will analyze selected issues that decision makers have to face in different sectors: business, politics, public sector and international affairs. We will assess the best way to lead change, motivate followers and cope with conflicts.
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.