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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 learned so much about Germany culture and history, and also how Berlin is its own thriving entity, separate from the rest of Europe. It was the best. - Trinity University View Entire Review
Past Review Unexpected
It was worthwhile. I learned a lot from my courses from the local university, they were challenging but still manageable. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned how to adjust quickly to different cultures, languages and ideological differences. - Wagner College View Entire Review
I learned too many things to count while abroad. I learned how to roll with the punches, how to deal with whatever life throws at me. I greatly improved my German and my confidence in speaking. I learned about the EU and German film through my classes. I learned how to meet new people, even those who do not speak my language. Ov... - Pennsylvania State University - University Park / Penn State View Entire Review
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Past Review Good Experience
I learnt a lot. Germany was not as easy to fit in. I learnt how to deal with people's attitude to minority. As an Asian I feel that when people encounter me they do not treat me as a unique individual but a general Asian. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself and how to interact with other people. - Trinity University View Entire Review
I feel I've gained a better sense of self-awareness, self-esteem, and am more willing to take greater risks to jump into the unknown. I have a much better perspective of where I stand in the world as a student, an individual, and politically as an American--a mirror is admittedly held in front of you and your nationality as you ... - University of Rochester View Entire Review
Past Review Berlin Was Lit
I learned more about German culture and about Muslim relations in Germany. On top of that I feel like I really developed a more open mindset in terms of learning things for the first time. - Trinity University View Entire Review
Past Review Life Changing
Very worthwhile - Trinity University View Entire Review
Past Review Awesome
I learned a lot about German history and developed a better cultural understanding. Very worthwhile. - Trinity University View Entire Review
Learned a lot about Berlin's rapid gentrification, architecture, social issues, and history. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
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I learned to care and make time for myself and all the adventures I wanted to have. It was the best decision I have ever made - George Washington University View Entire Review
While I'm not sure my German got exceptionally better (partly because I'm already at a high level, so progress is slower now), my vocabulary did expand, and I got more comfortable/less embarrassed speaking in my second language. I learned how to be more self-sufficient with cooking. I learned how to book and plan trips. I learne... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
My language skills improved drastically, and I got to live abroad for an extended period of time, so it was definitely worthwhile. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I was able to improve my German language skills immensely. I gained friends who I still keep in touch with even though they are in a completely different continent. - The College of William and Mary View Entire Review
In addition to learning a lot about Berlin, Germany, and their population, I learned a lot about myself and what kind of person I want to be in the world. Interacting with all of these new people, places, and things really made me realize how much of the world is still out there for me to explore and learn about! There's so much... - Amherst College View Entire Review
The experience was definitely worthwhile! I learned that I am incredibly fascinated by German culture, as well as learning so much from Germany's passion for sustainable living. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself in terms of political views. I learned what I truly cared about and believed in - Trinity University View Entire Review
Learned a lot of German and met with old European friends. Very worthwhile. - Macalester College View Entire Review
I first and foremost learned what an interesting and quirky place Germany is. How rich its history is, how cool its culture is, and yet how different it is from the places I've been before. And considering all this, as well as the fact that I am Filipino studying in America, I also learned many hard truths about the complexity o... - Fordham University View Entire Review
I learned that America is ignorant. We don't understand or even try to understand other parts of the world. I learned that what I thought I wanted to do with my life turned out to be false, and found that my true passion and interest were in international relations and global studies. I learned unbelievable amounts of history, c... - University of Minnesota - Twin Cities View Entire Review
I gained friends I will never forget, and an experience that will go down in my personal history as one of the best experiences of my life. - Trinity University View Entire Review
It was definitely worth while - I gained a new perspective on my own goals for education and work, learned a lot about myself, Berlin, and Germany, and improved my German. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I gained my independence and was able to live in a foreign country on my own! - Franklin & Marshall College View Entire Review

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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 - 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
Minimum GPA:
2.75
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