Berlin, Germany

Global Entrepreneurship

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What better way to learn about startups than to immerse yourself in the startup capital of Europe? 

Go where the action is. Over the last decade, Berlin has become an entrepreneurial hub with one of the fastest growing startup scenes in the world. Its economy is based on high-tech firms and the service sector, encompassing a diverse range of creative industries, research facilities, media corporations, and convention venues. 
This summer you could find yourself in the center of it all, working directly with small businesses and start-ups. From professionals in the field, you’ll learn what it takes to run a small service business in a competitive environment. You'll also meet local entrepreneurs of Berlin and see what goes into making a business a viable success. 
During afternoons with your classmates, go to the East Side Gallery, take part in a street art tour or hop on a boat for a ride along the river Spree. Historic sites including the Berlin Wall and German Reichstag will be covered on group tours. On an overnight trip, you’ll explore Görlitz, a beautiful UNESCO heritage town by the Polish border. 
You’ll live in dorms at CIEE Berlin, in the heart of the Kreuzberg district – one of Berlin’s trendiest neighborhoods. While all classes are taught in English, your daily explorations in Germany’s most multicultural and progressive city will provide lessons in themselves.   
For three weeks, you’ll gain practical business skills while building global competence and perspective in a city that embraces change. Leave with the experience you’ll need to succeed on your own entrepreneurial journey. 

  • Leadership

    More than 45 hours of instruction in global entrepreneurship principles and practices

  • Experience

    Hands-on experience in building, serving on, and managing project teams

  • Certificate

    A certificate of learning in Global Entrepreneurship

Location & Culture

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Explore all that modern Berlin has to offer, with its renowned universities, orchestras, museums, and entertainment venues.

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 in the peaceful revolution fell in 1989. Recently refurbished, it is a national symbol of peace and unity.

During your stay, you will live at CIEE Berlin and take classes in a school building that can be reached within 5 minutes of walking distance.A former factory, it was recently renovated and boasts beautiful living spaces and state-of-the-art classrooms. Located in the heart of the Kreuzbeurg district - a hub for the arts and digital technology - it is an ideal base to explore the city.

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

"While living in the CIEE Berlin students will be responsible for the majority of their meals, with the exception of a few group meals. They’ll receive a meal stipend, which they can use to explore the diverse restaurants and take-out options within the neighborhood. Students are also welcome to prepare meals in the shared kitchens at CIEE Berlin. Sometimes students and Program Leaders work to prepare meals together as a group which can be a fun way to build community! "

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

  • Housing

    Dorms at CIEE Berlin

  • 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.
  • See some street art (graffiti) on a guided tour through the city and create your own piece of art during a graffiti workshop.
  • Tour of the Olympic Stadium.
  • Take a solemn tour of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp.
  • 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!

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • 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.

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