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, Sociology, Business, and Economics, as well as Culture, Film, Art, and German Language.
What You'll Study
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 Döner 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.
$5 Million in Financial Aid
We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.
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:
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, though extra costs may apply. Past destinations have included:
Dresden 2 days | Fall & Spring Visit the Saxon capital which is called “the Florence of the North,” and see the Zwinger cathedral, the Procession of Princes, Frauenkirche, and museums full of countless art treasures.
Potsdam 1 day | Fall & Spring Visit the capital and crown jewel of the state of Brandenburg, and admire Sanssouci’s fabulous palaces and surrounding gardens.
We offer day trips that complement your IES Abroad courses and contribute to a general knowledge of German culture and society. Past activities have included:
Tours of Berlin’s multicultural neighborhoods to examine topics of religion, migration, youth culture, and demographics
Tours of art and advertising found on Berlin’s public transportation
Attendance at a soccer game
Walking tours of the Stolpersteine Holocaust Memorial and Jewish Cemetery
Architectural tours of Potsdamer Platz and former East Berlin
Lectures at the American Chamber of Commerce
Meetings with Berlin-based ambassadors of foreign countries
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.
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.
Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events
Redefine the way you live and learn in Berlin through our cultural events, which may include visits to:
Concert halls and opera houses
German history museums
Get to Know Your New City
Relax in Parks & Green Space
Although the city is known for its vibrant arts and culture, Berlin has more than 2,500 parks and gardens to stroll, cycle, swim, picnic, or just unwind in.
From the fantastic art and fabulous nightlight of Kreuzberg to the trendy shopping of Charlottenberg to the hub of sites, attractions, and cafes that make up Mitte, the city's neighborhoods give Berlin its unique character.
Whether you are into art and design, ancient or modern history, or even currywurst, Berlin is a city full of excellent museums.
Observe the Architecture
Though it was nearly destroyed during World War II, Berlin has rebuilt, with restored historic buildings juxtaposed with some of the world's most breathtaking modern structures.
Check Out the East Side Gallery
The longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall is now an outdoor art exhibition, featuring the work of more than 100 artists.
Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.