Berlin, Germany

German Language & Culture

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Du bist ein Berliner oder eine Berlinerin!

Experience life as a Berliner! In the German capital you’ll expand your intercultural awareness exponentially by sharing this city with people of more than 160 ethnicities who live here. Berlin has a unique history and attracts many visitors each year curious to understand this diverse city. Much of this world-changing history only happened in recent years and is still very tangible. In shops, cafes and at the many cultural sites, you’ll hear a variety of world languages all around you. But during daily language classes and your full-immersion experience, the focus will be all things German!

With CIEE, you’ll dedicate most mornings to intensive language study, and then head out for lunch and afternoons practicing your language skills in local shops, restaurants, museums, workshops and other attractions in and around this lively, student-friendly city. Living with a homestay, you’ll practice German as you prepare and share meals, shop at local markets, learn local customs, and enjoy the rhythm of everyday life.

  • Language

    60 hours of instruction in German by CIEE professors, spanning two or more levels

  • College Credit

    4 college credits may be used to apply toward your future college degree, to demonstrate your ability to do college-level work, or to test out of a language level in college.

  • Certificate

    A certificate of language learning in German, and documented language growth through pre- and post- program testing

Location & Culture

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German summer programs for high school students
High school summer in Germany

Get ready for one of Europe’s favorite study abroad destinations.

Berlin is arguably one of Europe’s most dynamic cities. After 70 years of dramatic change, Berlin offers an incredible range of activities for all interests.

The capital of Germany is now a fast developing and vibrant metropolis with many different cultures and sub-cultures living side by side. About one-third of Berlin is park land or gardens, contrasting with its urban feel and reputation. The Brandenburg Gate serves as a historical landmark , famous for its association with the Berlin Wall which separated the city in East and West and fell in 1989. Recently refurbished, it is a national symbol of peace and unity.

Berlin’s cuisine is a combination of traditional German dishes such as Bouletten (meat balls) or Kohlrouladen (stuffed cabbage) and endless many dishes influenced by the different communities who have made Berlin home, including two street-food staples: the famous Currywurst and the Döner, the latter made famous by Berlin’s Turkish community.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"We only speak in German at my homestay!"

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog posts below.

  • Housing

    Carefully Screened Homestay

  • Local Support

    24/7 Support from your CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members

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Sample Activities

  • Visit the German Bundestag (parliament) and watch the decision making of the politicians through the glass roof.
  • Get a feel for Berlins history and geography by walking along East Side Gallery, through the Brandenburg Gate or climbing up the TV tower.
  • Join a tour of the Olympic Stadium.
  • Watch a film in a local park in the famous Summer Open Air Cinemas.
  • Have picnics with your friends, play soccer and frisbee in the parks.
  • Experience Berlin’s vibrant music and arts scene.
  • Take in exhibits at dozens of museums – there is something for every interest.
  • Go boating on the city’s extensive canal and river network.
  • Get to know your peers and work as a team in an Escape Room or a theater workshop.
  • Visit the city of Postdam with its castle and palace gardens.

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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, covid-related measures and restrictions 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!

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • All proficiency levels.
  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.

Application Fee


Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. More details about tuition inclusions can be found here.

Optional College Credit Fee

$150  Learn more 

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