Berlin, Germany

Global Sustainability + Environment

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Information for term Global Sustainability + Environment

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

May 15, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 15, 2018
  • Dates: Aug 13 – Dec 15, 2018 (18 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 8 – May 12, 2018 (18 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 semester hours / 22.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Come to Berlin, and see how this flourishing city and the country of Germany are leading the way for sustainable development. Dig into the challenges our planet and communities face, and explore the role cities play in a healthier future. The energy that pulses through this global city is sure to inspire new ideas, and offer an extraordinary experience.   

Unique Experiences

  • Learn from Berlin’s expert environmental engineers,

    researchers, ecologists, sociologists, policymakers, and economists.

  • See how innovations are making a difference

    throughout Berlin, with visits to EUREF-Campus, community gardens, and more.

  • Boost your German language skills

    with classes, language partners, and weekend homestays.

  • research scientists

    62K
  • trees line the streets

    400K
  • miles of bike paths

    390

Location & Culture

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Berlin is a thriving global city of 3.5 million, swirling with innovation and energy. Political and economic decisions made in the German capital reverberate throughout the EU and around the world, and the city is home to countless small start-ups, with growing communications, life sciences, environmental services, media and music, and digital sectors. With reasonable living costs, excellent public transportation, plenty of green space, and tons to do, Berliners enjoy high quality of life. Young and old alike enjoy meeting Americans.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Tour technical innovations all over Berlin, like:
    • EUREF-Campus – an urban research campus that is home to companies and university programs specializing in the fields of renewable energy, sustainability, and next-generation mobility
    • Tempelhofer Feld – a historic airfield now turned into a public park, which is a proving ground for citizen-initiated sustainable land use and urban park concepts
    • Adlershof Science and Technology Park – a campus for 1,000 companies and research institutes focused on renewable energy and photovoltaics, innovative materials, biotechnology, and environmental health
    • The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
    • Prinzessinnengärten – an innovative urban community garden
       
  • Travel to other cities to compare approaches to sustainable development. In Hamburg, for example, visit HafenCity and the International Building Exhibition Projects, including BIQ House, the first building in the world with a bioreactor façade.
  • Stop by the Community and Student Life Office to borrow recreational equipment and get advice from CIEE staff and local student “Buddies” on local restaurants and stores, concerts, art exhibits, and more.

PROJECTS

  • Stay with German hosts for a weekend to experience family life and traditions in Berlin.
  • 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.
  • Collaborate on design projects in small groups with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Meet and learn from visiting faculty and professionals via lectures and critiques.

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Residence Hall: Most students reside in the Global Institute in doubles, triples, or quads. Lounges and a cafe in the residence hall allow students to mix and mingle over meals, cultural activities, study groups, and special events. 
    Homestay: A limited number of homestays may be available for students, with preference given to those whose universities require living with a local family; this must be indicated when applying.
    Apartments: Students may also be housed in shared apartments. Final housing assignments are solely at the discretion of CIEE.

  • MEALS

    Residence Hall: Meals are not included for students in the residence halls, but students can prepare their own meals in fully equipped kitchens.
    Homestay: Students in homestays receive two meals per day with their program fee.
    Apartments: Meals are not included for students in shared apartments.

Berlin, Germany

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE GLOBAL INSTITUTE – BERLIN (G.27)

    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 stop with easy access to the rest of the city.

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What you need to know

The program details

This program is designed to help students explore the components that make up sustainable, livable cities. Because we offer this program in Cape Town and Berlin, students, faculty, and partners get the benefit of shared ideas and highlights from other locations.

Study at the CIEE Global Institute – Berlin in the heart of one of Berlin’s liveliest and culturally rich districts. Experience peaceful inner courtyards, classrooms with state-of-the-art technology, the CIEE Café, and our Student Life Office, where students can get advice on how to make the most of their time in the city.

Courses are taught in English, by faculty contracted by CIEE who also facilitate cooperative projects with Berlin professionals.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

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

  • GRADING

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

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Students are encouraged to inquire, debate, collaborate, conduct experiments, and consider the role that cities have to play as leaders in sustainable development and agents of change. Students need open minds, a readiness to collaborate and exchange ideas, and self-motivation to thrive in an interdisciplinary learning environment. Students are expected to attend all classes, participate in group discussions, and complete all assignments on time. Students also document and submit their entire semester’s work for final review.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    At least two college-level courses in environmental studies or environmental science.

Curriculum

Program Credit

All students take a course load totaling 15-18 U.S. semester credits/22.5–27 quarter credits, comprised of:

  • Required Courses:
    • Local Sustainability Project (6 credits; 90 contact hours)
    • Design and Sustainability Seminar (3 credits; 45 contact hours)
    • Global Sustainability Workshop - Geospatial Information Systems (3 credits; 45 contact hours)
  • Elective Courses:
    •  1– 2 CIEE elective courses (3 credits each)

Please note that the Local Sustainability Project will span the semester, while the Design and Sustainability Seminar and Global Sustainability Workshop – Geospatial Information Systems, along with elective courses will operate on a block schedule. As such, these courses are condensed into three intensive six-week blocks offered in partnership with the Global Architecture + Design and Open Campus programs.

Spring 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.

CIEE REQUIRED COURSES

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

Global Sustainability + Environment students benefit from the CIEE Open Campus model, which features a range of innovative courses offered in six-week academic blocks. Language courses include 60 contact hours, and area studies courses include 45 contact hours. All courses are offered for a recommended 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits.

GERMAN LANGUAGE COURSES

Beginning I (A1)
Beginning II (A2.1; A2.2)
Intermediate I (B1.1; B1.2)
Intermediate II (B2.1; B2.2)
Advanced I (C1.1; C1.2)
Advanced II (C2)

Contact hours: 60; credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter credits

During the course selection process, students interested in any German language course will be instructed to take an online German language assessment test to determine their proficiency level, which will be finally determined on site. Beginners are exempt.

CIEE German courses are designed to help students rapidly improve their German whether they are beginners or nearly fluent speakers. CIEE students at all levels will learn and practice in all areas vital to successful communication in German: speaking, comprehension, reading, writing, self-correction, sociocultural competence, and self-reflection. CIEE Berlin follows the standards set forth by the Goethe Institute curricula, which are, in turn, based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

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.

REQUIRED CIEE COURSES

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

Global Sustainability and Environment students benefit from the CIEE Open Campus model, which features a range of innovative courses offered in six-week academic blocks. Language courses include 60 contact hours, and area studies courses include 45 contact hours. All courses (except Survival German, which is optional and non-credit) are offered for a recommended 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits.

Students choose 1 - 2 CIEE elective courses from six Academic Tracks:
Business
Communications, Journalism, and New Media 
Global and Community Health
International Relations and Political Science
Language, Literature, and Culture
Sustainability and Environmental Sciences

Area Studies Courses

GERMAN LANGUAGE COURSES

During the course selection process, students interested in any German language course will be instructed to take an online German language assessment test to determine their proficiency level, which will be finally determined on site. Beginners are exempt.

CIEE German courses are designed to help students rapidly improve their German whether they are beginners or nearly fluent speakers. CIEE students at all levels will learn and practice in all areas vital to successful communication in German: speaking, comprehension, reading, writing, self-correction, sociocultural competence, and self-reflection. CIEE Berlin follows the standards set forth by the Goethe Institute curricula, which are, in turn, based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

CEFR Equivalencies:
Beginning I (A1)
Beginning II (A2.1; A2.2)
Intermediate I (B1.1; B1.2)
Intermediate II (B2.1; B2.2)
Advanced I (C1.1; C1.2)
Advanced II (C2)

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

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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.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • A multi-day orientation – an introduction to German culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • 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.

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Program

Spring 2018 18 weeks Fall 2018 18 weeks

Application Due

May 15, 2018

Start Date

Jan 8, 2018 Aug 13, 2018

End Date

May 12, 2018 Dec 15, 2018

Fees & Housing

$18,850
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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 = $13,958 **

Housing = $4,425 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $18,850

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 = $2,600

International Airfare = $1,200 ††

Local Transportation = $400

Books & Supplies = $450

Visa Fees = $82

Personal expenses = $2,800

Total Estimated Costs = $7,532

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

** 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 on-campus residence hall; homestay students should budget $900 per semester for meals not included in fees

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

$18,850
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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 = $13,958 **

Housing = $4,425 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $18,850

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 = $2,600

International Airfare = $1,200 ††

Local Transportation = $400

Books & Supplies = $450

Visa Fees = $82

Personal expenses = $2,800

Total Estimated Costs = $7,532

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.

See Scholarships

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

** 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 on-campus residence hall option.

for students in on-campus residence hall; homestay students should budget $900 per semester for meals not included in fees

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

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