Study Abroad in Berlin

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study abroad berlinExplore Berlin, Germany

Students are welcomed with open arms in Germany’s capital city, where the cost of living is reasonable, public transportation is excellent, green space is abundant, and businesses – from hip tech start-ups to international conglomerates – thrive.

When you study abroad in Berlin, you’ll gain the inside scoop on Europe’s largest economy with a variety of personal and professional opportunities. Regarded as one of the world’s most remarkable cities, studying abroad in Berlin is sure to amaze you with its unique history, gorgeous architecture, and vibrant arts scene.

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Every CIEE semester program has frequent cultural excursions uniquely designed to complement the program’s academics and enhance students’ cultural immersion. In Berlin, past excursions have included:

  • Day trips to the rich historical sites and palaces of Potsdam, Hamburg, and Dresden
  • Excursions to the East Side Gallery section of the Berlin Wall, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and the Brandenburg Gate
  • Visits to famous landmarks, including Checkpoint Charlie, the Jewish Museum Berlin, and the historic Mitte district
  • Join your peers for a riverboat cruise, open-air cinema showing, or soccer match
  • Enjoy Berlin’s cafes, street musicians, flea markets, galleries, and more

If you’re a student looking for an authentic experience to study in Berlin, CIEE’s tours and excursions allow you to do just that. Whether you’re looking to explore Berlin’s historical sites, complete German language classes, or experience student life in Berlin, CIEE’s tours and excursions in Germany offer something for everyone! 

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CIEE Berlin
Our center in Berlin is part of the CIEE Open Campus Block Network. Berlin is located in the heart of the Kreuzberg district and offers students easy access to a large public market hall, restaurants and cafés, and a variety of shops.

Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL)
BSEL focuses on building business, management, and administration skills for private and public sectors and enrolls 9,100 students. BSEL and six other German universities are committed to quality and the international perspective through the USA7 Alliance for Excellence. The multinational campus is in the vibrant Schöneberg neighborhood.

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Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to participate in an internship or volunteer. For students looking to intern in Berlin, they may be able to build new skills and intercultural competencies by interning with a local company, attending networking events, and watching guest lectures. 

Students interested in volunteering in Berlin may become involved in their community by volunteering at local organizations, youth centers, schools, and more.

Study Abroad Programs in Berlin

Pocket Guide to Berlin

  • Currency

    Spoken Languages
    German, English

    Available Transportation
    U-Bahn underground trains, S-Bahn regional trains, feet

    Famous Local
    Katarina Witt, Olympic Gold Medalist in figure skating, 1984

  • Climate
    Four seasons – cold winters, hot summers, mild spring and fall

    Places to Explore
    Brandenburg Gate – 18th century neoclassical monument that symbolizes both Germany’s division and reunification

  • Airport
    Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL)

    Social Norms
    In Germany, if you’re not on time, you’re late, and they’re insulted

    What to Pack
    Backpack, comfortable shoes, sunglasses

Frequently Asked Questions


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Berlin is a good place to study abroad for students looking to be in an international, lively capital city in Germany. From its famous landmarks and rich history to its cafe culture and nightlife, Berlin is one of the best places to study abroad in Germany for students looking for a vibrant cultural scene.


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Berlin is considered a safe city with a low overall risk. As with any city, we advise students to travel in groups when possible, keep their belongings secure, and stay aware of their surroundings.


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Berlin is a multicultural, trendy city rich in culture and history. Whether you want to study architecture, art, German language, or music, Berlin offers something that every student can enjoy!


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In order to ensure our students feel welcomed, supported, and empowered while studying abroad, CIEE staff completes comprehensive diversity equity and inclusion (DEI) training. Staff provide students with advice, resources, and ongoing support both before and during their study abroad program in Berlin.
For more detailed information on diversity in Berlin, visit our Diversity in Berlin page.

Study Abroad Scholarships & Grants

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You may be wondering if there are any scholarships to study in Berlin. CIEE offers scholarships and grants for study abroad programs in Berlin to students with demonstrated financial need, proven academic merit, and for specific CIEE programs. Students can apply for scholarships through 3 simple steps:

  1. Search for and apply to your dream program
  2. Review all available funding opportunities
  3. Complete the Scholarship & Grants portion of your application

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Based on students' Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and enrolled institution. Complete the Scholarships & Grants portion of your program application to be considered for all awards to which you are eligible. 


Based on academic achievement. Complete the Scholarships & Grants portion of your program application, along with an essay, to be considered for all awards to which you are eligible. 


Other scholarship awards are based on program or alumni status. 


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Ask an Ambassador

Reach out to one of our Student Ambassadors to learn what CIEE Study Abroad is really like from alums who've lived it! Address any questions you may have about Berlin, from your academic interests and travel planning to housing and cultural differences. 


Berlin Study Abroad Reviews

  • "I love it here! Teachers are accomodating and there are so many events that one can attend to get to know Berlin. I also really enjoyed the study tours."

    Olufolakemi O., Howard University
  • "CIEE Study Abroad has always offered me a wonderful experience professionally, academically, personally, and culturally."

    Shine K.,
  • "CIEE was very helpful throughout the whole abroad process. "

    Elle S., Denison University
  • "Berlin has great accommodations and is very flexible to make the program work for participants. I attended interesting classes taught by qualified professors."

    Aine F., Gettysburg College
  • "CIEE provided many excursions and it was a great program."

    Hae Wann K., Carnegie Mellon University