12 credits. 12 weeks. $12,000.

Our Berlin - International Affairs & Security Studies Program is part of our 12 for 12 for 12 programs. The city of Berlin has a fascinating geopolitical 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, Security Studies, Sociology, Business, and Economics, as well as Culture, Film, Art, and German Language.

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 doners 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.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Berlin Metropolitan Studies
  • City: Berlin
  • Country: Germany
  • Program Credits: 12 credits
  • Language of Instruction: English, German
  • Language Prerequisites: None

Program Dates

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.

Fall 2018

  • September 3 - November 24

Spring 2019

  • Late January - Late April

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

  • Fall 2018 - May 15, 2018
  • Spring 2019 - November 01, 2018


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


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:


  • GE/AN 313 - Between Life and Death: Bio-Politics and Migration in the 21st Century (Fall, Spring)

Film Studies

  • FS 317 - Transnational Cinema: Germany and the U.S. (Fall, Spring)


  • GE/AN 313 - Between Life and Death: Bio-Politics and Migration in the 21st Century (Fall, Spring)

German Language

  • GR 101 - German Language in Context: Novice Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • GR 301 - German Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • GR 401 - German Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad I (Fall, Spring)

Gender Studies

  • SO/HS/GS 335 - The Politics of Gender: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (Fall, Spring)


  • SO/HS/GS 335 - The Politics of Gender: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (Fall, Spring)

International Business

  • IB 315 - Management Theory and Practice (Fall, Spring)

International Relations

  • PO/IR 314 - At the Heart of Europe: Germany’s European and Global Challenges (Fall, Spring)
  • SO/PO/IR 312 - The Global Challenge of Terrorism (Fall, Spring)


  • MK 316 - Introduction to Global Marketing (Fall, Spring)

Political Science

  • PO/IR 314 - At the Heart of Europe: Germany’s European and Global Challenges (Fall, Spring)
  • SO/PO/IR 312 - The Global Challenge of Terrorism (Fall, Spring)


  • SO/HS/GS 335 - The Politics of Gender: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (Fall, Spring)
  • SO/PO/IR 312 - The Global Challenge of Terrorism (Fall, Spring)

Course-Related Excursions

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:

  • 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


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. Meals are not included in the program fee. Students usually prepare their own meals at home or dine in affordable student cafeterias or restaurants.

Student Life


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.

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

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 2.75 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required.


Fall 2018

  • Tuition: $9,665
  • Housing: $2,370
  • Insurance: $165
  • Total: $12,200

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.

Program taught in:
  • English
  • German
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