This program combines the development of language skills with English- and German-taught courses that expose you to Germany’s fascinating history and present-day culture and society. German language courses are available at the beginning and intermediate level. A German-taught Literature course is offered for advanced-level students. Course-related excursions plays a central role in the program, taking you outside the classroom to discover the rich heritage and contemporary culture of Berlin and Germany.
Study in Berlin this summer!
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 German Language, History, Culture, and other topics through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors and course options at prestigious local universities enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.
You take two courses for 6 credits. You may take a third course for a total of 9 credits at an additional cost. Students with beginning or intermediate language skills are required to take a German language course.
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.
IES Abroad Berlin organizes course-related excursions that complement what you’re learning in the classroom, and contribute to your general knowledge of German culture and society.
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.
IES Abroad Berlin housing gives you the unique experience of living with local residents throughout the city. Hosts may be single adults, single parents, or families. Most housing is in apartments.
Students typically prepare their own meals at home or dine in affordable student cafeterias or restaurants. Meals are not included in the program fee.
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.
You will spend your first 2 days in Berlin participating in the mandatory, comprehensive IES Abroad Berlin Summer program orientation. IES Abroad staff will guide you through the following activities during this time:
Additionally, CORE, IES Abroad's Comprehensive Orientation and Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focused on goal achievement, cultural adjustment, and preparing for the return home.
The IES Abroad Berlin Language and Culture Summer Program sponsors a day trip to the Berlin suburb of Potsdam, where you will take a walking tour of the city and explore the beautiful, Rococo-style Sanssouci Palace and its surrounding gardens.
You can also participate in an optional multi-day field trip to Prague, a beautiful storybook city with architectonic treasures from two golden ages and the right balance of bustle and calm oases. The trip includes a faculty-guided tour of the old town and the Charles bridge, and entrance to the best sites in the city. You must pay an additional fee to participate in this trip.
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, Brandenburg Gate, the Berliner Dom, and other sights.
The two IES Abroad programs at the Berlin Center are conducted on separate floors of the building.
Barbara Gügold has been the Director of IES Abroad Berlin since 1992. She is a member of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin faculty where she teaches the methodology of foreign language teaching. She received her doctorate from Martin-Luther-Universität Halle in English Literature, and obtained a master’s degree in English and Russian from Leipzig Universität. She has worked in Sweden, Poland, Belgium, and the U.S. as a frequent guest lecturer. In her spare time she takes full advantage of the wealth of cultural opportunities in Berlin.
IES Abroad Staff
Katrin ArendtAssistant Director
Rolf-Dieter StaudtCoordinator of Student Services, Office Manager & Accountant
Britta TonakHousing & Special Programs Manager
Liane WyschkaAcademic & Cultural Advisor
IES Abroad Faculty (Summer and Semester Programs)
Sabine BerkingCultural StudiesDoktor philosophiae, Kolumnistin der Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung Projektleiterin at Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin
Wolfgang BialasPolitical and Social ScienceDoktor philosophiae, University of Leipzig; Research Associate, Hannah-Arendt-Institute, Technical University Dresden
Ulrich BrücknerInternational Business
Doktor philosophiae, Gastprofessor, Political Science Department, Szczecin University, Poland
Berlin School of Economics
and Law Berlin
Reinhard IsenseePolitical Science, American
Privatdozent Dr. habilitates
Bernhard MaleckPolitical Science, History
Doktor habilitates philosophiae
Michael OpitzTheater, Media Studies
Times and Freitag;
Abteilung Kultur und Literatur
Carola Opitz-WiemersGerman and Feminist Literature
Deutschlandradio Berlin, Abteilung
Kultur und Literatur
Dorothea LöbbermannLiterature, Film StudiesDoktor philosophiae in American Literature, Humboldt Universität zu BerlinAdjunct Faculty, Humboldt Universtät zu Berlin