Berlin, Germany

Security Studies & International Affairs

Study Abroad
Program Options:
Part-Time Internship
Fall, Spring, Academic Year

At a Glance


Apartment, Homestay


15 to 19 per Semester

Language of Instruction:


Language Prerequisites:


Part-Time Internship (Optional):

Included in Program Fee

Visa Required:


About the Program

Imagine studying the European and global challenges that Germany faces and then walkig along the remnants of the Berlin Wall—a start reminder of the city's turbulent past. 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 the city's development and culture from the Metropolitan and Urban Studies program.

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Explore Germany and Beyond

Travel to Hamburg, Leipzig and more!

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Berlin Will Be Your Classroom

Courses take advantage of Berlin's historic and cultural sites.

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Study in the Historical Center of Berlin

Which has vibrant cafes, restaurants, and galleries.

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Connect with Your Program Advisor

Your IES Abroad advisor is your #1 resource for preparing to study abroad.

Fall 2024

Spring 2025

Program Dates:

August 28 - December 14

Application Deadline:

Estimated Cost:


Program Dates:

January 22 - May 10

Application Deadline:

Program Advisor

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Sabrina Wu

Once you’ve applied for a program, I’ll be your direct point of contact. From housing to course registration and everything in between, I’m here to help you prepare to study abroad. Once you’re accepted to your program, you’ll find even more detailed information about what you need to know before you depart in your Predeparture Guide. Let’s get started!

📱 800.995.2300 ✉️

About the Destination

An arial view of Berlin, Germany.

Why Berlin?

The city of Berlin has had a tumultuous geopolitical history: its destruction in World War II, its division during the Cold War that made it the City of Spies, 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 Germany's role as Europe's major political and economic power make Berlin the ideal place to study Security and International Relations.

Learn More About Berlin

Get to Know Your New City

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Relax in Parks & Green Space

Stroll, cycle, swim, or picnic in one of Berlin's 2,500 parks.

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Visit Neighborhoods

The city's neighborhoods give Berlin its unique character.

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Observe the Architecture

See restored buildings juxtaposed against modern structures.

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Check Out the East Side Gallery

The Berlin Wall is now an outdoor art exhibition.

The Student Experience

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A student apartment in Berlin with a view overlooking the city
  • Apartment
  • Living with Locals


Small Studio Apartment - You will live in a single studio with a private bathroom and either a private or shared kitchenette. Students typically prepare their own meals in their housing or dine in student cafeterias or affordable restaurants. No meals are provided with this housing option. All studios include high-speed internet. Laundromats are available at extra cost.

Shared Apartment - Live with other IES Abroad Berlin students in mixed-gender student apartments with separate rooms and shared living room, fully equipped kitchen, and bathroom. No meals are provided with this housing option. All studios include high-speed internet. Laundromats are available at no extra cost.