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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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Study Tours & Cultural Excursions in Berlin

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 and overnight 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!

About the Center

Centrally located in the heart of Berlin's Kreuzberg district, CIEE Berlin features eight classrooms, student lounges, a study space, a student life office, an academic advising office, an on-campus café, a dedicated outdoor space, and complimentary WiFi and printer access. In addition to the Center's amenities, students' dorms conveniently boast lounges, shared kitchens, and laundry facilities.

Outside the Center, students will discover CIEE Berlin is in close proximity to a large public market hall, plenty of restaurants and cafés, and various shops. The Kreuzberg district is also known as a hub for the arts, music, and digital technology, meaning CIEE Berlin students study in a vibrant neighborhood within Germany's historic capital!

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Where Students Study

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

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Internships & Volunteering

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

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  • Berlin, Germany
  • Study Program

Spend January immersing yourself in an intensive three-week course as you engage with the material in and out of the classroom.

Program Interests
  • Art Capital
  • Big City
  • Bike Friendly
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  • Berlin, Germany
  • Study Program
  • Full-Time Internship

Looking for an insider’s perspective on Europe’s largest economy?

Program Interests
  • Art Capital
  • Big City
  • Bike Friendly
Berlin
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Study Program

Pack your bags and immerse yourself in the rich culture of one of Europe's most dynamic cities

Program Interests
  • Art Capital
  • Big City
  • Bike Friendly
Berlin
  • Study Program

Dive into Global Architecture + Design in Germany’s hub for creativity and innovation.

Program Interests
  • Art Capital
  • Big City
  • Bike Friendly
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  • Berlin, Germany
  • Study Program
  • Multi-Location Offering
  • Part-Time Internship

Our Open Campus Block program allows you to start studying in Berlin, then study in two other countries in one term.

Program Interests
  • Art Capital
  • Big City
  • Bike Friendly
Berlin
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Study Program
  • Part-Time Internship

Take advantage of all this trendy city has to offer as you participate in a part-time internship in English and internship course.

Program Interests
  • Art Capital
  • Big City
  • Bike Friendly
Pocket Guide to Berlin

Currency 
Euro

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 Brandenburg Airport (BER) 

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

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.

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.

You should study abroad in Berlin for several reasons, including its affordability, international lifestyle, central location in Europe, and its history.

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!

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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Apply in 1,2,3!

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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Study Abroad Scholarships

NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS

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.

MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS

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 SCHOLARSHIPS

Other scholarship awards are based on program or alumni status.

VIEW OUR SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS

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Talk To A Student Who's Lived It...

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 accommodating 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