German Language & Culture
15-20 hours per week of German language learning designed to improve real world language skills
Build a strong foundation in the core components of intercultural learning. Come home with an improved sense of self and awareness of what shapes others.
Earn a Certificate of Learning in German
of alumni said their language skills improved
said they learned to interact with different cultural backgrounds
said their level of independence increased
Break free in Europe’s leading capital of creativity and innovation.
A lively café culture, an innovative art and music scene, an abundance of green city parks and a laid-back vibe make for a near-perfect student environment. Berlin’s efficient public transportation makes it easy to get around, and the welcoming atmosphere makes it easy to practice your German while out on the town.
Berlin is a city of districts and neighborhoods. CIEE Berlin is located in the heart of Kreuzberg, known for its youthful energy, sidewalk cafés, street festivals, and vibrant cultural scene. Checkpoint Charlie, the Jewish Museum, and Berlin’s historic “Mitte” district are all within walking distance. A 10-minute bike ride takes you to the expansive oasis of Tempelhof, the former airport of Berlin Airlift fame and now a giant urban park. Central Berlin is a quick subway ride away – the station is right in front of the center!
Home to nearly 4 million people, the centuries-old capital of Germany is now a rich and vibrant city with many different cultures and subcultures living side by side. About one-third of Berlin is parkland or gardens, contrasting with its urban reputation. The Brandenburg Gate serves as a historical center of Berlin, famous for its association with the Berlin Wall, which fell in 1989. Recently refurbished, it is a national symbol of peace and unity.
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- Walk one of the last remaining stretches of the Berlin Wall still in place at the East Side Gallery – the longest open-air art gallery in the world
- Get an inside-look at Berlin's thriving start-up scene at a networking event or pitch night
- Spend a day at Zoologischer Garten, the most visited zoo in Europe
- Check out famous landmarks such as Checkpoint Charlie, the Jewish Museum Berlin, the Reichstag building, and the Mitte district
- Pay your respects at the Holocaust Memorial
- Relax in the expansive oasis of Tempelhof, the former airport of Berlin Airlift fame, and now a verdant urban park
- Sample Berlin’s famous street food – an amazing range of international and local foods are sold on almost every corner of the city
- Each block includes two day trips. Past groups have enjoyed day trips to Dresden, Wolfsburg, or Potsdam, with its rich historical sites and palaces.
Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!
Dates & Fees
- Program open to recent high school graduates (no more that 1 year post-graduation) who:
- Are at least 18 years old at the time of their departure
- Are in good academic standing
- Demonstrate—through the application and interview process—flexibility and maturity.
- No previous language experience required.
- Please note Gap participants may volunteer at local organizations with prior authorization from CIEE. Gap participants however, are not authorized to take any job or seek employment during their stay.
For more information, refer to our detailed GAP eligibility criteria.
Priority deadline discount: Apply to a fall semester or academic year by June 1 and get a $400 discount. Apply to a spring semester by October 1 and get a $400 discount. Discounts are deducted from final balance.
Program fee includes iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online.
|Program Academic Year 2024 33 weeks
|Program Fall 2024 12 weeks
|Program Spring 2024 12 weeks
|Application Due Deadline Passed
|Program Spring 2025 12 weeks