This program combines the development of language skills with English- and German-taught courses that expose you to Germany’s fascinating history and present-day culture and society. German language courses are available at the beginning and intermediate level. A German-taught Literature course is offered for advanced-level students. Course-related excursions plays a central role in the program, taking you outside the classroom to discover the rich heritage and contemporary culture of Berlin and Germany. Study in Berlin this summer!

Curriculum Highlights

  • Improve your German language skills through beginning- and intermediate-level IES Abroad language courses. German language experience is not required to participate.
  • Enroll in area studies courses focusing on Art History, Film Studies, German Language and Literature, Jewish Studies, and Political Science.

Other Highlights

  • Discover the rich heritage and contemporary culture of Germany on course-related excursions and field trips that take you outside the classroom.
  • Experience local culture by living in housing with local residents.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Berlin
  • City: Berlin
  • Country: Germany
  • Program Credits: 6-9 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.

Summer 2018

June 5 - July 21

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

Application deadline has passed


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 German Language, History, Culture, and other topics through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors and course options at prestigious local universities enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class. You take two courses for 6 credits. You may take a third course for a total of 9 credits at an additional cost. Students with beginning or intermediate language skills are required to take a German language course.

  • IES Abroad German Language courses (required for students with less than one year of college-level German; optional but highly recommended for intermediate-level students)
  • English-taught IES Abroad area studies courses
  • German-taught IES Abroad Literature course (prerequisite: at least 4 semesters of college-level German)


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.

Art History

  • AH 330 - 20th Century German Art and Architecture (Summer)


  • US/ES/AT 315 - Global Challenges to the 21st Century City: Design and the Promise of Sustainability (Summer)

Environmental Studies

  • US/ES/AT 315 - Global Challenges to the 21st Century City: Design and the Promise of Sustainability (Summer)

Film Studies

  • HS/FS 343 - From Lenin to Lola: Contemporary German Film (Summer)

German Language

  • GR 101 - Novice Abroad I (Summer)
  • GR 301 - Emerging Independent Abroad I (Summer)
  • GR 351 - Emerging Independent Abroad II (Summer)


  • HS/FS 343 - From Lenin to Lola: Contemporary German Film (Summer)
  • US/HS 320 - Politics of Remembrance: Berlin - Memory, Identity, and Modernity (Summer)


  • LT 450 - Berlin in Literature - Literature in Berlin (Summer)

Political Science

  • PO 358 - Germany and European Unification (Summer)

Urban Studies

  • US/ES/AT 315 - Global Challenges to the 21st Century City: Design and the Promise of Sustainability (Summer)
  • US/HS 320 - Politics of Remembrance: Berlin - Memory, Identity, and Modernity (Summer)

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 residents are living. Our goal is that when you leave Berlin, it will feel like home.

Homestays - Live with local residents throughout the city. Hosts may be single adults, single parents, families, or German university students. No meals are provided.

Student Life


You will spend your first 2 days in Berlin participating in the mandatory, comprehensive IES Abroad Berlin Summer program orientation. IES Abroad staff will guide you through the following activities during this time:

  • An introduction to the IES Abroad Berlin Summer program, staff, and your fellow students
  • A guided tour of Berlin
  • A presentation on student life in the city
  • Course registration
  • A welcome reception
  • Workshops on housing, health and safety, and intercultural issues
  • Registration with the city

Additionally, CORE, IES Abroad's Comprehensive Orientation and Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focused on goal achievement, cultural adjustment, 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:

  • German history museum visit
  • German Parliament visit
  • Berlin city tour
  • Potsdam day trip

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 2.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Graduate students and continuing education students encouraged to apply
  • No previous German language study is required

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. U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa to enter or study in Germany. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a student visa prior to arrival.


Summer 2018

  • Tuition: $4,540
  • Housing: $1,375
  • Insurance: $135
  • Total: $6,050

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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