Berlin, Germany

Global Internship

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Information for term Global Internship

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2018

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2018
  • Dates: Aug 13 – Nov 17, 2018 (14 weeks)
  • Credit: 12 - 15 semester hours / 18 - 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2018

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2018
  • Dates: Jan 7 – Apr 13, 2019 (14 weeks)
  • Credit: 12 - 15 semester hours / 18 - 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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CIEE Global Internship programs are built just for you! All of our locations offer a wide range of internship opportunities across a diverse set of industries. When you apply, we work directly with you to find an internship that suits your unique needs and professional goals. Learn more about our personalized placement process.

From its evocative landmarks to its vibrant art and dining, Berlin is one of the world’s most remarkable cities. Take advantage of all this trendy city has to offer as you participate in a full-time, English language internship matched to your individual skills and interests.

Unique Experiences

  • Work in Europe’s largest economy

    and international hub for start-ups and tech companies

  • Sample Berlin’s entrepreneurial spirit

    through the eclectic food scene with local and sustainable ingredients, supper clubs and food festivals

  • Live in a young, vibrant city

    with residents from over 186 countries, world-renowned architecture, efficient public transportation, and open-minded, English-speaking locals

  • bridges. More than Venice!

  • opera houses – most of any city in the world

  • bigger than Paris


Location & Culture

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Home to nearly 3.5 million people, Berlin is a dynamic, global city. The capital of Germany boasts the most productive workers in the world, with booming start-up and tech sectors, creating the perfect environment for a rewarding internship. Berlin is also rich in culture with a wealth of museums, landmarks, and stunning architecture, not to mention its vibrant art and dining scenes. 

The Culture


  • Get to know your peers by participating in local activities like going to the open-air cinema, taking a riverboat cruise, or playing soccer
  • Visit the multitude of universities, research institutes, museums, and historical sites to expand your understanding of Berlin culture
  • Explore the arts scene with trips to local galleries, film festivals, concerts, and theater performances


  • Take advantage of resume help and interviewing skills based on local business culture
  • Explore the professional working world of Berlin through organizational site visits, industry networking events, and guest lectures
  • Participate in workshops that will help you make the most of your internship

Daily Life

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    Residence hall: Most students live in an on-campus residence hall with a mix of CIEE students and resident assistants. Students live in double, triple, or quad rooms with en-suite bathrooms and shower facilities. Lounges and kitchens allow students to mingle 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.

    Apartments: Students may also be housed in shared apartments if available. Final housing assignments are solely at the discretion of CIEE.


    Residence hall: Students can prepare their own meals in the full kitchens. CIEE provides basic cooking utensils and cleaning supplies. Students also may get coffee, tea, soft drinks, and snacks and sandwiches at the on-site café, or explore the myriad restaurants in the Kreuzberg neighborhood.

Berlin, Germany

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE Global Institute-Berlin

    Located in the heart of the Kreuzberg district, one of the most popular neighborhoods in Berlin, our campus contains the best of both worlds, with a U.S.-style residence life program within a local German neighborhood. The campus also offers easy access to a variety of shops, markets, restaurants, and cafes.

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    Getting Around

    Students will commute mostly via public transportation. We provide an introduction to the system during orientation, and students are responsible for securing their own public transportation pass.

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What you need to know

The program details

As a global intern in Berlin, you’ll work in a non-paying position within a wide range of opportunities across a diverse set of industries. Co-curricular excursions and cultural activities in and around Berlin complement your coursework and immerse you in the history and culture of the city.

This semester length program includes 6-weeks of academic coursework and an 8-week full-time internship and seminar. Class environment varies depending on the course and is designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. All internships are offered in English. 


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    Students begin by taking two CIEE elective courses offered on a six-week academic block system. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday and meet either two or three times per week, and attendance is strictly enforced both for classes and required co-curricular excursions. Students should expect an average of two hours of preparation required for each hour in class. The second part of the program includes an eight-week CIEE full-time internship (200-240 hours) with a required course taught in an online learning environment for 6 semester/9 quarter credits. In addition, students have the option to enroll in one additional CIEE elective course. Students should expect to spend 30-32 hours per week (200-240 hours total) engaged in internship project work.


    Students will be assessed via assignments and activities related to the hybrid integrated academic seminar, including but not limited to: online discussion forums, small group peer coaching, reflective papers, individual or group presentations, analysis of readings, an informational interview and internship work plan, and feedback from internship supervisor. Internship supervisors and students each provide written evaluations of progress towards goals.


    CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. The class environment for elective courses typically features a combination of traditional lecture and discussion with co-curricular excursions and activities. The academic seminar is taught in an online learning environment to complement the internship experience. Students are expected to dress and behave professionally throughout their internship project and are subject to the agreed-upon internship protocols arranged by CIEE and the host organizations.



    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5. Students participating in the Berlin Semester Global Internship program must maintain full-time student status at their home university while participating in the CIEE program, and must have matriculated full-time at their home university at least three months prior to application. Students should be prepared to obtain a signed letter from their home university confirming student matriculation details. *Additional visa restrictions may apply and CIEE will advise students as part of the early application process. 


    Upon completing the two electives during the first six-week block, students participate in an academic seminar taught in an online learning environment alongside the 8-week, full-time internship. The seminar and the internship are both required components of the program. 

  • Program Credit

    Total credit for the program is 12-15 semester/18-22.5 quarter credits.


Explore entrepreneurship, marketing, history, the German language, journalism, and more with our many course offerings. Students will enroll in:

  • Two CIEE elective courses offered on a six-week academic block system
  • Eight-week full-time internship with an integrated online academic seminar
  • Optional additional CIEE elective course: Doing Business in Europe.

Fall 2018 Courses

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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.

Courses offered in Berlin are listed below; course list subject to change. Courses are 45 contact hours; 3 semester / 4.5 quarter credits, unless otherwise noted in the syllabus. German language courses (except Survival German) are 60 contact hours; 3 semester / 4.5 quarter credits. 

The 8-week CIEE full-time internship (200-240 internship hours) with a hybrid integrated academic seminar includes 30 contact hours; 6 semester / 9 quarter credits.

WEEKS 1 - 6

Students enroll in two 6-week courses offered through the Open Campus program in Weeks 1 – 6 (Block I), and also have the option to enroll in the non-credit Survival German class during orientation. “GI” denotes courses that are offered at multiple Global Institute sites.

Qualified students may have the opportunity to enroll in a Global Architecture + Design and Global Sustainability + Environment course as one of their electives during Weeks 1 – 6. Specific pre-requisites will be reviewed by Resident Staff for final enrollment on-site.

WEEKS 7-14

All students enroll in the 8-week CIEE Global Internship with hybrid integrated academic seminar and have the option to complete an additional elective course.



Students can choose to take an additional elective course:

Spring 2018 Courses

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Courses (with descriptions) offered in Berlin are listed below by block and track; course list subject to change. Courses are 45 contact hours; credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours, unless otherwise noted. German language courses are 60 contact hours; credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. 

The 8-week CIEE full-time internship (200-240 internship hours) with a hybrid integrated academic seminar includes 30 contact hours for 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.


Students may choose between any of the 6-week courses offered through the Open Campus program in Block I.

“GI” denotes courses that are offered at multiple Global Institute sites.

WEEKS 7-14
All students enroll in the 8-week CIEE Global Internship with hybrid integrated academic seminar and then will have the option to choose one of the two elective courses.



Students can choose one of the following courses:


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Scholarships & Grants

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

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

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, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & 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.


  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Pre-departure online orientation and optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext

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, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

No Hidden Fees


Fall 2018 14 weeks Spring 2019 14 weeks

Application Due

May 1, 2018 Nov 1, 2018

Start Date

Aug 13, 2018 Jan 7, 2019

End Date

Nov 17, 2018 Apr 13, 2019

Fees & Housing

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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 = $8,943

Housing = $3,440 **

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $12,850

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 = $2,100

International Airfare = $1,150

Local Transportation = $315

Books & Supplies = $200

Visa Fees = $82

Personal expenses = $2,215

Total Estimated Costs = $6,062

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching 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 to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* Non-refundable

** Does not include a meal plan

Roundtrip based on U.S. East Coast Departure

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