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Berlin is a modern city rebuilt on a tumultuous past. Let history surround you in Berlin, as you see the future boldly reflected in the architecture, innovation, and culture that characterize this great city today.Programs in Berlin:Berlin Summer ... read more

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I was able to become more autonomous - I learned better how to live by myself. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
September 19, 2022 Berlin
I learned that I definitely want to move back to Berlin as soon as possible. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
How different the culture and the people are - Brandeis University View Entire Review
There is so much to explore in Berlin. I definitely came home with better German and a lot more understanding about the city's history. I get used to the language and I can use it more comfortably. - Lawrence University View Entire Review
I definitely improved my German skills, in reading, writing, and speaking! I met new friends who shared my passion for German, which was actually super cool for me, coming from a super small school where all of my German classes had fewer than 7 students. I got to know the beautiful city of Berlin and made connections with Berli... - Bowdoin College View Entire Review
I learned a lot. It was great to be in a situation where you could make mistakes and learn from them in very real-life scenarios. Studying abroad you kind of get thrown into a new environment and learn how to adapt and make the most of the experience. - Augsburg University View Entire Review
Having traveled abroad before, i believed that you can get everything out of a country without having to involve school. But now, I would say that being with other students around the country and the world there is a different vibe and a completely different environment that enables yourself to self-relfect and - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I gained cultural experiences and I advanced my language abilities far beyond what I could do here in the States. This program is worth while. - Albion College View Entire Review
I've gained guidance and a new appreciation for life. My experience was completely worthwhile. I would want live it all over again. - Trinity University View Entire Review
I learned that it's okay to slow down and experience life from time to time. Not everything has to be a mad dash to the finish line, and that sometimes it's okay to just pick a direction, start walking, and see what happens along the way. It was absolutely and completely worthwhile. - Trinity University View Entire Review
Past Review Berlin Summer
I definitely gained a sense of independence. - Trinity University View Entire Review
I gained a sense of many different cultures and practices. It was extremely worthwhile for me. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A better understanding of other cultures. - University of California - Berkeley View Entire Review
September 20, 2022 Berlin Is Fun
Basic understanding of German, experience living in a foreign country, exposure to German culture - Brandeis University View Entire Review
yes see above question - Haverford College View Entire Review
100% worthwhile. I learned more about the German language and culture in my time here than I could ever have hoped. - American University View Entire Review
Past Review Ber Lit
I learned a lot about myself, such as how I handle change and what I value. I also gained a deeper understanding for the German culture and its people. - American University View Entire Review
I improved in my German language skills. I went from barely having the confidence to ask for directions to telling a Döner store owner that I wish I had discovered his shop sooner and that his shop was my favorite - all in German. - Washington and Lee University View Entire Review
It was absolutely worthwhile! I was able to gain the confidence of living in another country without the stress of taking a full course load in a foreign language. - University of Vermont View Entire Review
yes - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learnt a lot both academically and personally. Here I had my first art history and I really enjoyed, because we had many field trips to museums and galleries and the professor is so nice and wonderful. Personally, the experience is quite unforgettable, because I had my 20th birthday here in Berlin. Moreover, I learnt to be mor... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned how much I love the country as a whole and their culture. I have always wanted to go there, but now I am trying to do everything I can to finish my studies there in either Biochemistry or Medicine and eventually live there. - University of Minnesota - Twin Cities View Entire Review
Speaking German consistently every day in a variety of situations both academic and casual really got my language skills up to scratch, and I feel confident now that I could handle anything that might get thrown at me. The entire experience was amazing, but it was worth it for the language alone! - American University View Entire Review
My German abilities increased immeasurably, I met some amazing people, I spent a semester in the best place in the world, and I learnt so much about Germany and myself. Absolutely worthwhile. - Tulane University View Entire Review
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Studying abroad in Berlin was incredible. Between having an excellent host-family, taking interesting classes, and exploring the city by myself or with friends I can confidently say my time was well spent. I learned about many aspects of the city, both in class and from first-hand experience, I met really wonderful people, trave... - Whitman College View Entire Review


Berlin is a modern city rebuilt on a tumultuous past. Let history surround you in Berlin, as you see the future boldly reflected in the architecture, innovation, and culture that characterize this great city today.

Programs in Berlin:

  • Berlin Summer - Internship: Experience Berlin—the economic and political center of Germany. This capital city also boasts a thriving arts scene (with more than 175 museums and galleries) and some of the world’s most spectacular architecture. When you intern in Berlin, you’ll be able to walk, bike, or take a bus, tram, or train (U-Bahn) to work. Over lunch, stroll through one of Berlin’s countless parks and gardens. At night, enjoy live music or theater in this Kulturhaupstadt (cultural capital) of Germany. Interning in Berlin will boost both your résumé credentials and your cultural competence. An IES Internship in Berlin develops your professional skills and your ability to communicate across cultures, and provides substantive work experience to jump-start your career in today’s competitive job market.

  • Berlin Summer - Language & Culture: 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.

  • Berlin Summer - Metropolitan Studies & Architecture: 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.

  • Berlin - International Affairs & Security Studies: Our Berlin - International Affairs & Security Studies Program is part of our 12 for 12 for 12 programs. The city of Berlin has a fascinating geo-political 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.

  • Berlin - Language & Area Studies: The minute you step off the plane in Berlin, you’ll feel its energy. It’s a place of new ideas, where sustainable technology and modern design are a way of life, and art galleries can be found on nearly every corner. But don’t forget, this dynamic city is also a center of modern European history—it has no equal for leaving its imprint on the political, social, and cultural history of the 20th century. We invite you to study in Berlin and to explore one of the world’s most vibrant cities. Specially designed to improve your German language skills, this program draws upon Berlin’s rich culture and traditions to connect your coursework with the living history of the city. IES Abroad courses are taught in German by local faculty, and a variety of academic options are available at local universities. You can also add international work experience to your résumé while earning credit by participating in an internship placement and accompanying academic seminar.

  • Berlin - Metropolitan Studies: 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.

  • Berlin Spring Quarter - Business, Sustainibility & Innovation: This quarter program, which takes place from late March through early June, takes full advantage of the city’s entrepreneurial spirit and Germany's position as an economic powerhouse and global leader in sustainability. The English-taught courses in topics such as Business Ethics, Marketing, and Global Business are viewed through the lens of Berlin and Germany, using local startups and corporations as case studies.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • German
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
  • Germanic Languages, Literature
  • Cultural Studies
  • Economics
  • International Relations
  • Political Science and Government
  • Sociology
  • Drama, Theater, Theatre Arts
  • Film, Video, Photographic Arts
  • International Business
  • History
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