Stroll through the streets of Berlin and around one corner you’ll see soaring modern buildings that incorporate cutting-edge sustainable technology. Around the next corner, you’ll see art galleries, cafés, and shops lining old cobblestone streets. As a city that has been built and rebuilt over the past century, Berlin remains a city of contrasts—and of innovation. Come and study abroad in Berlin, and experience the energy and excitement of this amazing city.
Using Berlin as a case study, this English-taught program examines issues relevant to major cities today. Through comparative and interdisciplinary courses, you study topics such as architecture, cultural identity, gender and sexual politics, multiculturalism, popular culture, and urban studies to better understand the development of the city and its culture.
Berlin will also be your classroom. Imagine touring Berlin’s neighborhoods and exploring the city’s architecture as you learn about metropolitan development and urban planning. Or attending and then discussing a local theater event as part of your pop culture class. Wherever possible, our courses take advantage of the city’s many historical, artistic, and cultural sites, and several courses include a hands-on, practical component.
In addition, your learning is enhanced by extended course-related trips to Paris, France, or St. Petersburg, Russia, that provide a comparative context for your studies. In these cities, you tour
neighborhoods, visit museums, attend lectures, and meet with local university professors to discuss the topics you’re learning about.
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.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
To ensure that you are abiding by German laws and regulations, contact your IES Abroad advisor if you plan to arrive in Europe before the start date of your program or to depart Europe later than the end date of your program.
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 Metropolitan Studies, Culture, 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.
Students will take 15-18 credits per semester. All courses are taught in English, excluding language courses, and are 3 credits. You will create your own academic experience by selecting from the following program components:
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.
Two week-long course-related excursions are integrated into all courses. Course-related excursion destinations are St. Petersburg and Paris.
To learn more about IES Abroad’s innovative theoretical and pedagogical approaches to teaching language abroad, refer to the IES Abroad MAP for Language & Intercultural Communication.
We offer day excursions that complement your IES Abroad courses and contribute to a general knowledge of German culture and society. Past activities have included:
REQUIRED: A 7-day course-related excursion to Paris, France (Fall) or St. Petersburg, Russia (Spring) allows you to learn first-hand about the challenges facing these dynamic cities.
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.
Students usually 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.
The program begins with a four-day 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.
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.
The week following orientation is divided between intensive German language instruction and a series of lectures, tours, and excursions related to the history, art, and culture of Berlin and Germany. The language intensive period ends with an optional field trip to Potsdam or another nearby city.
Redefine the way you live and learn in Berlin through our cultural events, which may include visits to:
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:
Dresden2 days | Fall & SpringVisit the Saxon capital which is called “the Florence of the North,” and see the Zwinger palace, the Baroque Königsstrasse, the Frauenkirche, and museums full of countless art treasures.
This program also includes one course-related excursion per semester, which allows you to learn first-hand about the challenges facing dynamic cities such as St. Petersburg, Russia and Paris, France. Course-related excursions are required, integral academic components of this program, and include activities and assignments that are specifically related to the courses that you are taking in Berlin. Most costs of the course-related excursions are included in the IES Abroad program fee.
St. Petersburg, Russia
7 days | Spring
Tour St. Petersburg, visit the Hermitage Museum, attend a ballet performance at Mariinsky Theater, explore the architecture of Basil Island, and meet with Russian university students and faculty.
Paris, France7 days | Fall
See Paris in a new way on tours of neighborhoods such as the Marais and Belleville, on visits to a mosque and the catacombs, and on a boat trip on the Seine. You may also visit some of Paris’s museums, such as the Louvre, and the palace and grounds of the Sun King at Versailles.
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, Brandenburg Gate, the Berliner Dom, and other sights.
The three IES Abroad programs at the Berlin Center are conducted on two separate floors of the building.
IES Abroad Staff
John SchulzeProgram Manager
Gosia PiechowiakStudent Affairs, Housing and Field Trip Coordinator
Sabine BerkingAcademic Coordinator