This English-taught program explores topics in Urban Studies, Architecture, and Environmental Studies in Berlin, a city that has both rebuilt and redesigned itself over the past century. Course-related excursions are integrated to provide a first-hand look at Berlin’s architectural innovations, methods for integrating sustainable design, and various historical and political movements. Excursions to other cities in Germany round out the program, and allow you to explore the culture and architecture of Germany in a comparative context.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Berlin Metropolitan Studies
  • City: Berlin
  • Country: Germany
  • Program Credits: 6-9 credits
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • 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 Architecture, History, and Metropolitan Studies, 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. Listed below are the course options for the IES Abroad Berlin Summer Metropolitan Studies & Architecture Program. You are required to take two courses (6 credits), but may enroll in a third course (9 credits) for an additional fee. German language is not a required course and is offered at the beginning and intermediate levels.


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.

Shared Student Apartments - Live with other IES Interns in apartments with fully equipped kitchens. Apartment placements are limited and 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 Center 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
IES Abroad

See 128 more programs offered by IES Abroad »

Last updated January 15, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
7 weeks
6,050 USD
Program cost Summer 2018
By locations
By date
Start Date
End Date
Application deadline
Application deadline
End Date