Berlin
Berlin, Germany

Summer in Berlin

Study Program

Dates

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6 weeks

Costs

Credit

3 - 4 per Session semester hours

4.5 - 6 per Session quarter hours

Eligibility

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Dates

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12 weeks

Costs

Credit

3 - 4 per Session semester hours

4.5 - 6 per Session quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

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Dates

-

6 weeks

Costs

Credit

3 - 4 per Session semester hours

4.5 - 6 per Session quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Apply Now

Request Information

Contact Us

Dates

-

6 weeks

Credit

3 - 4 per Session semester hours

4.5 - 6 per Session quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

Apply Now

Request Information

Contact Us

Dates

-

12 weeks

Credit

3 - 4 per Session semester hours

4.5 - 6 per Session quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

Apply Now

Request Information

Contact Us

Dates

-

6 weeks

Credit

3 - 4 per Session semester hours

4.5 - 6 per Session quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

Apply Now

Request Information

Contact Us

Overview

Whether it is the innovative start-up scene, the vibrant arts and cultural offerings, or fresh perspectives on the historical legacies of the 20th century, Berlin always has something new to offer. Spend one six-week block (or up to two blocks) of your summer studying abroad in this famous city!

In courses ranging from business to language acquisition and cultural studies to political science, this Summer in Berlin program opens up opportunities for students to engage with complex issues inside and outside the classroom. Pack your bags and join us for an exciting six-week (or twelve-week) program in one of Europe's most dynamic metropolises!

Build Your Summer Adventure
Select one or two six-week blocks at any CIEE Open Campus Block location. Stay in Berlin for both blocks or go mobile and spend your second block in Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dublin, Kyoto, London, Madrid, Monteverde, Paris, Rome, Santiago, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, or Yucatan.

Unique Experiences

EXPLORE

Berlin’s architectural masterpieces and world-class arts scene.

INCREASE YOUR LANGUAGE SKILLS

with an immersive classroom experience and afternoon activities that let you practice your new real-life skills in the community

TASTE YOUR WAY THROUGH BERLIN

with legendary street food like Currywurst, Döner Kebap, or delicious ice cream

1,700

BRIDGES

118

NUMBER OF ARTISTS WHO PAINTED THE BERLIN WALL MEMORIAL AT THE EAST SIDE GALLERY

445

BERLIN'S PARKS, RECREATIONAL AREAS, WOODS, AND RIVERS

Experience
  • students at museum germany
  • berlin students at museum exploring

Your Destination

The thriving global city of Berlin is home to more than 3.7 million people. Live among the locals and see for yourself why Berlin is ranked among the top for international urban quality of life. With excellent public transportation, you'll have no problem getting around the city to explore Berlin's parks, orchestras, museums, festivals, and historical landmarks. 

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Berlin. 

The Culture

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EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

A day trip to the neighboring city of Potsdam will allow you to bask in the splendor and pomp of one of the city’s seven palaces from the 18th and 19th centuries.

german pretzel student abroad

OTHER CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

  • Visit the famous Reichstag, Germany’s iconic parliament building. 
  • Walk along the banks of the Spree River and the Landwehr Canal to soak up the summer vibes like true Berliners. 
  • Visit the headquarters of a German political party and talk about the future of the European Union. 
  • Get an inside look at Berlin’s thriving start-up scene and meet locals at a networking pitch event.

Program Blogs

From CIEE

Berlin’s Sky: A Thousand and One Colors

By College Study Abroad Ambassador at CIEE

By: Rachel Fischler Berlin is an extraordinary place. It has a heartbeat—a pulse all its own. While I had the chance to see immense variance and beauty across Europe, I... keep reading

From CIEE

Kayla Santana: "You'll gain much appreciation for Berlin, and when you head back to NYC, you'll figure out what a treasure both cities are”

By CIEE Berlin at CIEE

Kayla is part of our High School German Language and Culture Session II students, currently living in Berlin for 4 weeks. She is originally from the Bronx, New York, USA... keep reading

What People are Saying

  • "CIEE has opened my eyes to the world."

    Jazmin J., University of Illinois at Chicago

  • "CIEE was very helpful throughout the whole abroad process"

    Elle S., Denison University

  • "I would likely because it's the best decision I've ever made. Studying abroad helps one see the world In a different eye. You meet people of all races and different background which helps you understand other cultures better."

    Nomthandazo N.

Housing
Academics

Academics

Students enroll in one or two six-week blocks, taking two credit-bearing courses during each block. This program gives students the flexibility to stay in Berlin the entire time or spend one of the two blocks at our other Open Campus Block locations.  

Students can also opt to take a Survival German course (non-credit) during one block. All courses are taught by faculty from a range of Berlin institutions and are specialists in their respective fields.

GPA

2.5

Language Requirements

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Additional Requirements

Please refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Requirements

All students must enroll in two credit-bearing CIEE courses per block.

Program Credit

  • One block: 6-7 U.S semester/9-10.5 quarter credits 
  • Two blocks: 12-14 U.S. semester/18-21 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: typically, 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours 
  • Language courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 60 contact hours 
  • Lab courses: 4 U.S. semester/6 quarter credits; 60 contact hours

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

Each six-week course is a full semester in content, so the pace is accelerated and the workload is demanding. CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. The class environment typically features a combination of traditional lecture and discussion with co-curricular excursions and activities. Heavy emphasis is placed on student participation. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel out of Berlin when classes are in session and plan trips for the long weekends in between blocks.

Class Format

Courses taught at the CIEE Berlin Center are for CIEE students only. Each course is a full semester in content. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday and attendance is strictly enforced both for classes and required co-curricular excursions.

Grading

Courses are typically for CIEE students only. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday and meet two, three, or four times per week. 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. Instruction is supported and augmented online with our learning management system, Canvas.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction

English and/or German

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Courses

Course Information

Course Notes 

  • Courses are listed below by block and track; course list subject to change. Courses are in English unless otherwise noted. “GI” denotes courses that are offered at multiple CIEE locations. 

Language Classes 

  •  During course selection, students interested in a non-introductory language course will be required to take a language assessment to determine their proficiency level. Enrollment will be finalized on-site and is based on assessment outcomes.   
  • Students can also enroll in an optional Survival German course (non-credit) during a single block.

Summer Block I 2024

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Summer Block II 2024

Course
Language
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.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.

Scholarships

Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers 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
  • MSI Grant
  • CIEE Stem Scholarship

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application.

Learn more about scholarships

Dates & Fees

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.

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Program Summer Block I 2024 6 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $6,950
Program Summer Blocks I, II 2024 12 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $13,900
Program Summer Block II 2024 6 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $6,950
Program Summer Block I 2025 6 weeks Start Date End Date
Program Summer Blocks I, II 2025 12 weeks Start Date End Date
Program Summer Block II 2025 6 weeks Start Date End Date

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.

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 protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $4,453**

Housing = $2,000

Insurance = $197

Total Fees = $6,950

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 = $168

International Airfare = $1,250

Local Transportation = $150

Books & Supplies = $100

Visa Fees = $80

Personal expenses = $150††

Total Costs = $1,898

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; however, other factors may also be considered.

Select Housing Fee = $300^

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.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

For students in homestays, families provide 2 meals a day. For students in residence halls/apartments, you should budget approx. $340 per month for groceries if you plan on making your own meals, and more if you plan on eating out regularly.

††Includes 3 GB data/month. 6 GB data would cost an extra $9/month

^first-come, first serve, based on availability

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 protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $9,403**

Housing = $4,000

Insurance = $197

Total Fees = $13,900

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 = $336

International Airfare = $2,500

Local Transportation = $300

Books & Supplies = $200

Visa Fees = $160

Personal expenses = $300††

Total Costs = $3,796

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; however, other factors may also be considered.

Select Housing Fee = $600^

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.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

For students in homestays, families provide 2 meals a day. For students in residence halls/apartments, you should budget approx. $340 per month for groceries if you plan on making your own meals, and more if you plan on eating out regularly.

††Includes 3 GB data/month. 6 GB data would cost an extra $9/month

^first-come, first serve, based on availability

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 protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $4,453**

Housing = $2,000

Insurance = $197

Total Fees = $6,950

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 = $168

International Airfare = $1,250

Local Transportation = $150

Books & Supplies = $100

Visa Fees = $80

Personal expenses = $150††

Total Costs = $1,898

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; however, other factors may also be considered.

Select Housing Fee = $300^

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.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

For students in homestays, families provide 2 meals a day. For students in residence halls/apartments, you should budget approx. $340 per month for groceries if you plan on making your own meals, and more if you plan on eating out regularly.

††Includes 3 GB data/month. 6 GB data would cost an extra $9/month

^first-come, first serve, based on availability

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 protection with benefits.

Estimated Costs

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

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.

See Scholarships

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 protection with benefits.

Estimated Costs

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

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.

See Scholarships

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 protection with benefits.

Estimated Costs

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

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.

See Scholarships

What's Included

Tuition

Housing

Pre-departure Advising

Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions

Orientation

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 travel protection

24/7 emergency on-site support

Staff

Our Staff

Andrea Adam Moore

Center Director

Andrea Adam Moore holds a Master in Business Administration. Andrea was previously the Director of the Indiana University Europe Gateway in Berlin.

Greta Krumbholz

ACADEMIC DIRECTOR

Greta Krumbholz has a Master’s degree in German and Slavic Studies and a Ph.D. in linguistics at the University of Hamburg. She has taught at the University of Hamburg, the...

Get Started Steps

Get Started

Here’s what you need to do to take the next steps:

1

START AN APPLICATION
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2

CONNECT WITH YOUR CAMPUS STUDY ABROAD OFFICE 
Share your plans and confirm you're on track to meet all required steps to go abroad.

3

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