Berlin, Germany

Global Architecture + Design

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Information for term Global Architecture + Design

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2021
  • Dates: Aug 16 – Dec 18, 2021 (18 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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The Global Architecture + Design program invites design, architecture, or sustainability majors or minors to create model cities that address climate change by reducing the environmental footprint of buildings. All courses are taught in English, and students take the required Future Cities Design Studio; Design and Sustainability Seminar; and Science and Technology Workshop at the CIEE Global Institute - Berlin. Hands-on workshops with cutting-edge technology are led by experts from Berlin’s architecture and design community. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

Unique Experiences


    with guided visits to experimental cooperative housing at Spreefeld and urban farming culture at Prinzessinengärten.


    from the Bauhaus in Dessau to baroque palaces in Potsdam.


    to improve city living.

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites

  • trees line the streets

  • miles of bike paths


Location & Culture

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The Culture


Overnight excursions and study tours will be suspended for spring 2021 due to COVID – 19.  Ample activities and day-trips will be offered to immerse you in Germany’s culture and historical heritage.  Excursions can include: 

  • Visit landmarks by celebrated architects, such as the Reichstag Dome by Foster and Partners, and Potsdamer Platz buildings by Renzo Piano Building Workshop.
  • Explore innovative projects such as Spreefeld, an experimental sustainable housing cooperative; Prinzessinnengärten, an innovative urban community garden; or Tempelhofer Feld, a historic airfield now home to a major public park.
  • Visit two cities celebrated for architecture on day-trips to cities such as Potsdam, Hamburg, Leipzig, or Dresden.
  • Get out of the classroom to investigate design in person, at the East Side Gallery section of the Berlin Wall, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the Brandenburg Gate, and more.


  • Collaborate on design projects in small groups with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Meet and learn from visiting faculty and professionals via lectures and critiques.
  • Connect virtually with other CIEE students as they tackle the same design issues in other cities.
  • Practice your language skills with weekly activities organized in the residence hall and around the neighborhood, including cooking events, film nights, board-game evenings, and other opportunities designed to help you perfect your German while hanging out with friends.

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Daily Life

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    Residence Hall  Most students live in an on-campus residence hall with a mix of CIEE students, local university students, and resident assistants. Students live in single rooms with en-suite bathrooms and shower facilities. Lounges and kitchens allow students to meet over meals, cultural activities, study groups, and special events. They are shared spaces, with students enjoying the benefits but also the responsibility of taking care of them. Larger common areas are on the ground floor and inner courtyards offer comfortable spaces to work and relax.

    Shared Apartments Students may also be housed in shared apartments when available. Students may live in single rooms similar to the Residence Hall. Each apartment will have shared common spaces, including kitchen and bathroom.

    *Accepted students can indicate a housing preference, but final housing assignments are solely at the discretion of CIEE.


    Meals are not included in the program cost. In both housing styles, students can prepare their own meals within the kitchen facilities. CIEE provides basic cooking utensils and cleaning supplies. Students can also explore the myriad restaurants in our multicultural Kreuzberg neighborhood or throughout the city. Students should be prepared to have a food budget.

Berlin, Germany

Where You'll Study

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    The center is located in the heart of the Kreuzberg district and offers students easy access to a large public market hall, restaurants, cafés, and a variety of shops.

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    Getting Around

    Berlin has excellent public transportation, and our Global Institute is steps from a neighborhood subway station with easy access to the rest of the city.


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CIEE designed this program to help students develop a language of technological design that links individual responsibility and the global environmental crisis through study of places, cities, and cultures. The program includes the Future Cities Design Studio, a seminar, and science, engineering, and technology workshop. Students have full access to cutting-edge facilities at the CIEE Global Institute - Berlin.

Courses are taught in English by CIEE faculty members who also facilitate collaborative projects with local professionals and peers.



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

Students must be either:

  • Majors in architecture, environmental design, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, sustainability studies, or urban design.
  • Minors in one of the areas listed above, with 2-3 semesters of design studio or project-based courses in their major.

Program Requirements

  • ARCH 3001 GGAD: Future Cities Design Studio
  • ENVI 3102 BRGE: Design and Sustainability Seminar
  • ARCH 3102 BRGE: Science and Technology Workshop – Computational Design Theory and Application
  • 1-2 CIEE Electives

Program Credit

Total credit: 15-18 U.S. semester/22.5-27 quarter credits

Technical Requirements for Required Courses

Hardware Requirements

Windows laptop with 64-bit OS (preferred) OR MacBook partitioned with Boot Camp (please set up Boot Camp prior to arriving in Berlin, as your university IT department may be able to help you with this)
Intel i5 or i7 processor or AMD equivalent
Open GL 2 video card or equivalent
8 GB of RAM minimum
100 GB memory (internal and/or external)
Multiple button mouse with scroll wheel

Software Requirements

Rhino 6 or latest version (64-bit for Windows; for macOS, use the Windows version with Boot Camp and not the native Mac version)
Grasshopper 3D, latest version with the following Add-ons:
Mesh Tools

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
    • Design and Sustainability Seminar
    • Science and Technology Workshop – Computational Design Theory and Application
    • Electives
  • CIEE language courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 60 contact hours
  • CIEE Future Cities and Design Studio: 6 U.S. semester/9 quarter credits; 90 contact hours

Academic Culture

Students are encouraged to inquire, debate, collaborate, conduct experiments, and consider the role of today’s architects and designers. Students need open minds, a readiness to collaborate and exchange ideas, and self-motivation to thrive in an interdisciplinary learning environment.

Class Format

All courses are customized for and open only to CIEE students. Classes include a combination of lectures, group work, presentations, and discussions.


The U.S. grading scale of A–F is used. Students are graded on class participation, homework, individual project work, presentations, as well as mid-term and final exams.

Language of Instruction

English and/or German


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Course Information

Course Notes

  • Future Cities Design Studio spans the full semester.
  • Design and Sustainability Seminar, Science and Technology Workshop, and all CIEE elective courses* operate on a block schedule. Courses are condensed into three intensive six-week blocks in partnership with the Open Campus Block program.
  • Students may not take more than one CIEE elective in a single block.

Language Courses

  • During course selection, students interested in a German language course will be instructed to take an online German language assessment to determine their proficiency level. Enrollment will be finalized on site and is based on assessment outcomes.
  • Students not enrolled in three-credit language classes may add the non-credit “Survival German” course to their course load during the on-site orientation.

*Not all courses listed below may be available to Global Architecture + Design students as some electives may conflict with the meeting times for the core curriculum. Additional courses may be made available upon arrival depending on the final schedule.

Fall 2021 CIEE Courses

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Semester Credit

Biological and Physical Sciences

Semester Credit

Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing

Semester Credit

Communication, Journalism, and Media

Semester Credit

Health Professions and Related Programs

Semester Credit

History, Philosophy, Religion

Semester Credit

Languages and Cultural Studies

Semester Credit

Literature, Linguistics, and Writing

Semester Credit

Natural Resources, Conservation, and the Environment

Semester Credit

Social Sciences

Semester Credit

Visual and Performing Arts

Semester Credit
Semester Credit

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Flight Voucher

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.


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Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Fall 2021 18 weeks May 1, 2021 Aug 16, 2021 Dec 18, 2021
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $14,958 **

Housing = $4,425 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $19,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $2,800

International Airfare = $1,250 ††

Local Transportation = $400

Books & Supplies = $450

Visa Fees = $80

Personal expenses = $2,800

Other = $65 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $7,845

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** Students in the homestay option have two meals per day provided as part of the program fee. No meals are included in the student apartment option.

for students in residence halls or shared apartments. Students in a homestay option have two meals per day as part of the program fee and should budget approximately $330 per block (or $1000 per semester) for additional meals

†† round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

††† Covid test fees for entry to the US

Spring 2022 18 weeks Nov 1, 2021 Jan 3, 2022* May 7, 2022*

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

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What's Included

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What's Included

Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city
On-site Staff
Full-time program leadership and support in your city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Excursions and/or Study Tours
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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