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CIEE Language and Culture Program in Berlin, Germany
Berlin, Germany
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 02/25/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/25/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: General Business, German, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Pre-Law, Theatre Arts Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Academic Level: Sophomore Language of Instruction: English, German
Housing Options: Apartment, Host Family
Program Description:


Come begin or continue your German language study in Germany’s dynamic capital city.

CIEE study abroad in Berlin provides challenging and stimulating courses in a range of subjects that aim to increase students’ understanding of contemporary cultural realities in Berlin, Germany, and Europe. Intensive language courses serve to improve you facility with German and deepen learning and social exchange experiences.

In Berlin you will:

  • Begin or continue your German language study in Germany’s capital city
  • Take a wide range of courses taught in English focused on modern Germany and Europe, and explore the country on overnight program excursions
  • Get an insider’s perspective on Berlin through CIEE events and workshops on diverse aspects of the city
  • Participate in activities with German students, including language partners
  • Live and learn in an exciting, accessible, multicultural European metropolis
The CIEE Difference


Enroll in an array of courses in various disciplines taught in English focusing on Berlin and Germany.  Subjects include Architecture, Philosophy, Business, Pop-Culture, and Cinema.
Advanced German speakers may enroll in one German-taught course.


Enjoy an insider’s perspective that most people, both locals and tourists, never see. Guided site visits and self-guided excursion assignments unveil local culture, history, politics, and art that link classroom learning to modern realities. A weeklong field trip to two European cities helps to place Germany within the context of the European Union and a separate two-day, one-night field trip to another German city such as Munich, Hamburg, Leipzig, or Dresden exposes the diversity of the German states.

Language Partners

CIEE works with the Freie Universität to recruit German students from the Department of Foreign Languages to serve as language partners for CIEE study abroad students. Structured weekly meetings and more informal events with language partners help students improve their language skills.


Total recommended credit for the semester is 13-16 semester/19.5-24 quarter hours. For the academic year, total recommended credit is 26-32 semester/39-48 quarter hours.

Content courses have 45 contact hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated.

Language class contact hours are either 130 with a recommended credit of 8 U.S. credits or 90 with a recommended credit of 4 U.S. credits.

Program Requirements

Students typically take German language for four or eight credits and two or three additional courses. Students at the beginning level may take German for four credits and three additional courses. Students at the intermediate or advanced level may take German for eight credits and two additional courses. Students also take the Seminar on Living and Learning for an additional two credits.

About Berlin

Berlin is the dynamic and fascinating capital of Germany with a dramatic and disturbing past. As a center of German cultural and intellectual life, the influence of Berlin reverberates around the world. It offers an incredibly wide range of cultural offerings, including many museums, theaters, restaurants, cafés, music venues, and green spaces. With low rents and inexpensive food prices Berlin is an attractive place for artists and young people who flock to the city and make it one of the most dynamic places in the world to work, live, and study. The 24-hour public transportation system is extensive and the city is well connected to other cities.

Where You’ll Study

The Freie Universität Berlin is one of Germany’s premier institutions of higher learning. The University was founded in 1948 and enrolls 32,000 students. The University, located in Dahlem, the attractive southwestern section of Berlin, is one of nine German universities named by the German government as an institution of excellence. The University is located in a residential area of southwestern Berlin with easy access by public transportation to the city center.

Housing & Meals

Study abroad students live either with host families or in studio apartments. Staying with a host family is strongly encouraged as this allows students to fully experience the local culture and practice speaking German every day. For students in homestays, two meals per day are included. For students in apartments, meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Each studio apartment includes a kitchenette and food markets are within walking distance. Meals can also be taken at student cafeterias and restaurants throughout the city and on the Freie Universität campus. All students use public transportation to commute to their classes.

Academic Program

The CIEE Study Center at the Freie Universität Berlin is embedded in the University‘s European Studies program (FU-BEST). FU-BEST was created with the interests and schedules of North American students in mind. It offers an array of courses in various disciplines taught in English focusing on Berlin and Germany. As class placements are distributed on a first come, first served basis, students should submit their applications early to ensure a better chance of getting the courses they would like.

The semester is aligned with the North American academic calendar. Advanced German speakers may enroll in one German-taught course.

Academic Culture

Classes offered through the University’s European Studies Program are small in size, consisting of approximately 15–20 students. Content courses meet once per week for two and one-half hours, and include field visits in Berlin and surrounding areas. CIEE students have two German language options; one course meets for 12 hours per week and the other for six hours per week. Students take an online pre-departure language test to determine their language level placement before arriving in Berlin.

The European Studies program operates on an academic calendar similar to most North American institutions of higher education, with the fall semester running from September through December and the spring semester running from January through April. Direct enrollment in regular Freie Universität Berlin courses is not possible as their calendar runs on a different academic schedule.