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12 CREDITS | 12 WEEKS
Why Berlin?

The city of Berlin has had a tumultuous geopolitical history: its destruction in World War II, its hostile division during the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of Germany, and the country’s growth 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 Security and International Relations.

What You'll Study

Your coursework takes advantage of Berlin’s position as Germany’s capital, and the country’s role as a leading state in the European Union. The English-taught courses explore the history and challenges of European security policy, espionage, and strategic intelligence during the Cold War and beyond, the roots of global terrorism, and the challenges of migration. You will additionally be able to attend courses on EU politics, transnational film, marketing, and more.

Berlin will be your classroom. Imagine studying the European and global challenges that Germany faces then walk among the remnants of the Berlin Wall—a stark reminder of the city’s turbulent past. Or wander through the vibrant Turkish Market while learning about migration in Germany. As part of this program, you will also take part in a four-day trip to Vienna, where you’ll visit United Nations agencies and institutions that are relevant to your coursework.

Daily Life

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.

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$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.

Academics

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:

  • Culture Studies
  • Film Studies
  • German Language
  • International Relations
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Migration

Courses

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:

Anthropology
Course Name Term Language Credits
AN/GE 313A - Bio-Politics and Migration in the 21st Century Fall, Spring English 3
Film Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
FS 317 - Transnational Cinema: Germany and the U.S. Fall, Spring English 3
Geography
Course Name Term Language Credits
AN/GE 313A - Bio-Politics and Migration in the 21st Century Fall, Spring English 3
German Language
Course Name Term Language Credits
GR 101 - German Language in Context: Novice Abroad I Fall, Spring German 3
GR 301 - German Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad I Fall, Spring German 3
GR 401 - German Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad I Fall, Spring German 3
Gender Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
SO/HS/GS 335A - The Politics of Gender in Germany Fall, Spring English 3
History
Course Name Term Language Credits
HS/IR 320 - Espionage in the 20th & 21st Century Spring English 3
HS/PO 300 - Security in Europe: Actors and Constellations Fall, Spring English 3
SO/HS/GS 335A - The Politics of Gender in Germany Fall, Spring English 3
International Political Econ
Course Name Term Language Credits
IE/PO 318 - Germany in the Global Economy Fall, Spring English 3
International Relations
Course Name Term Language Credits
HS/IR 320 - Espionage in the 20th & 21st Century Spring English 3
Marketing
Course Name Term Language Credits
MK 316 - Global Marketing for Startups Fall, Spring English 3
Political Science
Course Name Term Language Credits
HS/PO 300 - Security in Europe: Actors and Constellations Fall, Spring English 3
IE/PO 318 - Germany in the Global Economy Fall, Spring English 3
Sociology
Course Name Term Language Credits
SO/HS/GS 335A - The Politics of Gender in Germany Fall, Spring English 3

Field Trips & Events

Even though your adventure starts in Berlin, our field trip to Dresden will take you outside the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country and beyond. This trip is partially subsidized by IES Abroad. Past destinations have included:

Dresden
2 days | Fall & Spring
See the breathtaking historic sites of this Saxon capital, the “Florence of the North,” with its culture and nightlife. You’ll visit the Zwinger palace, the Frauenkirche, and museums full of countless art treasures.

IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability.

Course-Related Trips

Course-related trips within Berlin complement IES Abroad courses and contribute to a general knowledge of German culture and society. Possible activities include:

  • Lectures at governmental institutions, organizations, and think tanks
  • Tours of art & advertising on Berlin’s public transportation
  • Tours of Berlin’s multicultural neighborhoods
  • Tours of a Cold War-era prison and other historical sites

Program-Related Trip
VIENNA, AUSTRIA
4 DAYS | FALL & SPRING
Vienna is one of the four headquarters of the United Nations, along with New York, Geneva, and Nairobi. During this required academic trip to Vienna, you will visit UN agencies and institutions that are relevant to the Security Studies & International Affairs Program. In addition, you will have the chance to explore and enjoy the city, with its stunning historical architecture, beautiful parks and gardens, and world-famous museums or concert halls.

Daily Life

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 and walking tours that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services.

Orientation

The program begins with an 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.

Our Comprehensive Orientation & Re-Entry Experience (CORE™) begins right when you arrive and continues through the semester with activities focusing on academic and cultural adjustment. Detailed information about housing, public transportation, culture, health and safety, and other important topics are also covered.

Following orientation, you divide your time between a series of lectures, tours, and trips related to the history, art, and culture of Berlin.

 

Housing

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 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 in their housing or dine in Mensas (affordable student cafeterias) or restaurants. Meals are not included in the program cost.

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
  • Jewish Museum
  • German Parliament

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.

Visit Neighborhoods

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.

Explore Museums

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.

Program Cost

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.

Term: Spring 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2019 $9,765 $2,370 $165 $12,300


Term: Fall 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2018 $9,665 $2,370 $165 $12,200


Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$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 Center

The IES Abroad Berlin Center is located in Mitte, the central district of Berlin with its vibrant cafés, restaurants, and galleries. It is within walking distance from Humboldt University, the Museum Island, the Brandenburg Gate, and the governmental district.

Features include:

  • Classrooms, student lounge, and study space
  • Small library
  • Outdoor terrace
  • WiFi and printer access

Our Staff

Barbara Finke

Center Director

 

Barbara holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. degree in political science from the University of Mannheim in Germany. She also studied for a year at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore with a fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD. Barbara conducted her Ph.D. research on the legitimacy of non-governmental organizations in global governance with a case study on women’s NGOs in the United Nations system. She has taught and published on civil society in global and European politics and on international relations theory. From 2007 to 2017, Barbara was Program Head at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, a distinguished international graduate school that focuses on public policy and international affairs.

IES Abroad Staff

IES Abroad Staff
Katrin Arendt
Academics

Rolf Staudt
Student Visa & Residence Permits

Britta Tonak
Housing & Customized Programs

Nadine Birner
Internships & CORE

Gosia Piechowiak
Student Services & Housing

Sabine Berking
Academics