Wellesley College: Wellesley-in-Berlin

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Wellesley College

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A vibrant and constantly changing city, it is now a center for cultural, political, and economic life, and plays a central role in the development of the European Union. A truly international city, Berlin also has a unique cultural profile within ... read more

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OVERALL RATING 3.9
Based on 16 Reviews
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In addition to language skills, I feel that I've gained so much confidence. I had to do so many things (find an apartment, make a budget) which I'd never had to do before. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained self-confidence. i faced many challenges while studying abroad and the fact that I managed, in the end, to find a way to succeed makes me feel prepared to deal with future challenges confidently. I learned to pay more attention to my feelings. I also learned some stress-management exercises. I gained experience away f... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned how to navigate a foreign environment. I gained a thoughtful and well-informed perspective of German culture, and had the chance to experience it for myself and really immerse myself in it. I met interesting people, though that was something I had to strive to do on my own and was not easy. If I could, I would do it ag... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Yes. I gained language skills, I learned how to live alone, I learned how to take care of myself, how to harangue an airline on the telephone, I overcame my fear of traveling and then my fear of traveling alone, I learned a lot about myself, I learned that I am capable of writing 24 pages of German, I learned that communication ... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I really loved meeting new people and through this experience have become far more outgoing than I was before. I am also more confident with my language skills. While Berlin is not everyone's favorite city (it does not represent what most people expect when they think of Europe), it is a great city for being young. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I've gained a lot more self-confidence in expressing my thoughts and opinions after being frequently needing to speak up in my seminars no matter if I felt that I was not able to always speak in German as well I wanted to. I think was worthwhile overall. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review Amazing!
Language learning, cultural experience. Definitely worthwhile, I'm sad to be back and would recommend a year abroad to everyone. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
My German became much more fluent. I also learned about the nuances of German culture, and was able to talk to many interesting people. It was most definitely worthwhile. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
July 15, 2015 Unimaginable
It was incredibly worthwhile. Berlin is amazing. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Living on your own but at the same time knowing that help and support is available anytime. Immersing into a fully-german academic environment. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
It was completely worthwhile. I think the program was poorly organized and didn't help me as much as I thought it would (I did, however, find my German program tutor to be fantastic). I learned more outside the classroom, living in a foreign city and immersing myself in a culture/language. That was completely worth it. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I loved being among other international students and conversing with them. The entire experience really exposed me to a more globalized sense of the world. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
It was an interesting, but not necessarily worthwhile experience. I am somewhat glad I experienced it, but I am not pleased with the monetary cost it took to have it. I felt constantly out of place in Berlin (as an American and as an Asian) and I was incredibly disappointed by the fact that we were not able to take many/most of ... - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I think this has be the most challenging and rewarding year of my life. I would do this year over in a heartbeat, but I would definitely do things differently. I learned so much not only about other cultures and language, but also about myself. Keep trying to make friends, even though it's hard. Persevere. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Past Review A Great Year!
I learned so much about the German culture, which also helped me to learn how to live on my own and become more independent. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
My German did improve noticeably, but I think the most significant development I saw in myself was increased confidence and independence. That's very common in study abroad programs, and it probably would have happened elsewhere, but all I can say for sure is that it did happen in Berlin. Berlin was not my top choice of city, an... - Wellesley College View Entire Review

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A vibrant and constantly changing city, it is now a center for cultural, political, and economic life, and plays a central role in the development of the European Union. A truly international city, Berlin also has a unique cultural profile within Germany and boasts residents from around the globe. The city offers anything a culture-seeker could hope for, including countless museums, a vibrant theatre scene and an arty counter-culture. And while Berlin is a large city, it features abundant parkland and a myriad of bridges crisscrossing the river; both features give the city not only a feeling of spaciousness but also remarkable beauty. Wellesley students will take courses in a wide range of disciplines at Freie Universität, one of the capital's two public universities. Students supplement their cultural and language immersion through housing with German roommates, internships, or volunteer work. The program is administered through Middlebury.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • German
Language Requirement(s):
  • German
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Chemistry
  • English Language and Literature
  • German Language, Literature
  • Comparative Literature
  • Education
  • Computer Science
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Near Eastern Studies, Middle Eastern Studies
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