This English-taught program explores topics in Urban Studies, Architecture, and Environmental Studies in Berlin, a city that has both rebuilt and redesigned itself over the past century.
Course-related excursions are integrated to provide a first-hand look at Berlin’s architectural innovations, methods for integrating sustainable design, and various historical and political movements. Excursions to other cities in Germany round out the program, and allow you to explore the culture and architecture of Germany in a comparative context.
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 Architecture, History, and Metropolitan Studies, 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.
Listed below are the course options for the IES Abroad Berlin Summer Metropolitan Studies & Architecture Program. You are required to take two courses (6 credits), but may enroll in a third course (9 credits) for an additional fee.
German language is not a required course and is offered at the beginning and intermediate levels.
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.
Berlin is your classroom. IES Abroad courses allow you to experience the streets, neighborhoods, and museums of Berlin, and learn by interacting with the local environment. Actitvities vary by course and term. The program uses local resourcesaking you to relevant sites in Berlin, such as:
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, families, or German university students. 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 program includes a one-day field trip to Potsdam, where you will take a walking tour of the city and tour 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.
Course-Related Excursions outside of Berlin
Exciting course-related excursions associated with courses allow you to learn first-hand about the innovative architectual, environmental, and artistic movements of each location. Locations vary by course and may include:
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