Berlin, Germany

German Language & Culture

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Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jun 9 – Jul 6, 2019 (4 weeks)

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 7 – Aug 3, 2019 (4 weeks)


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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 host family, 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 traditionally German fare like meat balls (die Boulette) or mashed potatoes with minced meat (die Beamtenstippe) and endless many dishes influenced by the different communities who have made Berlin home, including two street-food staples: the famous German Currywurst or the Döner Kebab, made famous by Berlin’s Turkish community.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"When I come home at 18:00 on most weekdays I speak only German with my host family...."

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

  • Housing

    Carefully Screened Host Family

  • 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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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 Insureance, but do not cover the cost of flights. More details about tuition inclusions can be found here.

Optional College Credit Fee

$150  Learn more 


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Summer Session I 2019 4 weeks Rolling Admissions Jun 9, 2019 Jul 6, 2019


Summer Session II 2019 4 weeks Rolling Admissions Jul 7, 2019 Aug 3, 2019


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