Study abroad in Germany and expand your education to a global context as you experience the country’s heritage of world-class education firsthand.
What’s it like studying abroad in Germany? Daily life could mean checking out the street art in Berlin’s famous Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain neighborhood or enjoying mountain views in Freiburg. Whether you choose Berlin or Freiburg, your host city will become your classroom.
Our world class faculty, field trips and excursions, and city-unique courses will complete your German study abroad experience, as you order bratwurst from a local vendor or spend weekends visiting world famous sites like the Black Forest, Neuschwanstein Castle, and the Berlin Wall.
From studying environmental studies in Freiburg, a smaller city committed to environmental sustainability, to pursuing metropolitan studies or even a full-time internship in Berlin, Germany’s capital and largest city, you can make living and studying in Germany your reality on one of our many programs!
Since 1872, the Reichstag has been the parliamentary building for Germany. It was here that Berliners celebrated the reunificiation of the country in 1990. In 1999, a magnificent dome was added to Reichstag.
Alexanderplatz is a large public square and transportation intersection in the central Mitte district, near the Fernsehturm.
When it was originally constructed in the 17th century, the Brandenburger Tor symbolized peace. During the 1960s, it separated East and West Berlin and signified Germany's division. After the Wall fell in 1989, the Branderburger Tor became the symbol of a unified Germany.
The 1960s marked the peak of the Cold War, and the Berlin Wall was the ultimate symbol of separate Germany. East Berliners could not travel to the West, or their punishment could be death. In 1989, the Wall finally came down, and Berliners celebrated throughout the city.
An entire day can be devoted to exploring Schlossberg. Originally a French fortress, Schlossberg today is a serene and beautiful area to climb, relax, eat, or drink in the famous beer garden. The Schlossberg tower was built in 1997, and allows for beautiful views 1300 feet above the city.
The Münster is a magnificent late Romanesque and Gothic cathedral that rises 116m over the city. Intricate stained glass, hundreds of candles, and a depiction of the Last Supper are just a few of the treasures inside.
Expanding to the east of Freiburg, the famous Black Forest is home to quaint, fairy-tale villages and a wealth of hiking trails and slopes for winter skiing.
Sustainability and green technology are important parts of Freiburg's culture and have inspired several sustainable communities in the city, including the innovative Vauban neighborhood and the solar estate of Schlierberg.
Located in the former St. Augustine church, the Augustinermuseum holds more art than any other museum in Freiburg. Some of the objects are older than 1000 years. The original statues from the Munster Cathedral are housed in Augustinermuseum.
Going home has been a bittersweet event. After almost four months, I am ready to see my family. However, I have made a lot of really good friends with people in my program and am sad to leave them. They live all over the U.S., so it will be convenient to have people to stay with if I ever decide to visit! It was especially hard to leave when the weather is getting hotter and more consistently warm.
My semester abroad is about to come to an end. I do not feel like I have done everything in Berlin, but that gives me an excuse to visit again. I have made some really good friends on the program and enjoyed traveling and exploring Berlin with them.
Our weekend agenda for Paris was a very ambitious one. It was definitely not a relaxing trip because we wanted to see so much. We walked around 15 miles every day and tried to get in as many sites as possible. I would suggest waiting to go to Paris until you have the German residents permits because then you can get into most museums and churches for free. This makes Paris a more affordable travel option for students.
London was my first solo trip as a traveler. I went alone, but I met friends that were studying in London. It is nice to have friends studying abroad in other cities so that you can visit them and they can show you around. One of my favorite things we did was take free tours. This helped me get to know the city. Also, if you get tired of walking, renting bikes is a fun and quick way to get around and see a lot!
There are so many different types of activities to do in Berlin. For instance, the botanical garden is only three euros if you bring your student ID. Each district in Berlin is unique and is definitely worth exploring. In Mitte, there is a place called museum island where most of the museums in Berlin are located. However, there are also museums in the different districts such as a GDR museum in Prenzlaur Berg.