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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
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  • Restrictions: AU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Courtney Pollack Advising Required: No
Language Pre-requisite: 4 semesters of German (or equivalent) Minimum GPA: 3.0
Class Level Required for Admission: Second-semester Sophomore standing Non-AU Students Accepted by AU: No
Language of Instruction: German Language Courses Offered: Yes
Housing: Homestay Internship: Yes
Program Type: Not Direct Enrollment
Program Description:

Is This Program Right For You?

This program is for students who have had at least four semesters of German language and want to participate in a partner program for a semester or year that provides the flexibility of possibly enrolling at a local Berlin university.  The IES Berlin Language and Area Studies Program provides a good foundation in using the urban landscape to enrich students' academic focus regarding a variety of topics.  All classes are conducted in German.


The IES Berlin Center is located in Mitte, Berlin, a district characterized by cozy restaurants and stylish boutiques. Housed on the ground floor of a modern red brick building, the IES Abroad Center is is just a five-minute walk from the Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Brandenburg Gate, and German Parliament.   The Center includes classrooms, a small library, high speed internet and printer access, a student lounge, and an outdoor terrace.

Students are required to take at least 16 credits a semester.  The IES Abroad German Language Course is mandatory and worth four credits.  All other courses are worth three credits, including internships.  All classes can be taken at IES with other study abroad students, and study abroad students also have the option of taking courses at local university campuse with other German students.  Each IES student is paired up with a German student who can help them integrate into German life.

A list of IES classes can be found on the IES Berlin Center website.  Students can also choose to take courses at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität, Technische Universität or various other institutions.  Please note that taking courses outside IES requires students follow a different academic calendar for those classes, therefore it's not recommended that students choose to use this option in the Fall.

Course Equivalency

View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.


IES offers several different scholarships that any qualified student should pursue.  AU Abroad also offers merit based AU Abroad Awards up to $2500.


IES Abroad Berlin housing gives you the unique opportunity to live in homestays with local residents throughout the city. Hosts may be single adults, single parents, families, or German university students. Most homestays are in apartments.  Students are responsible for their own meals.

Student Life

Berlin offers many sites and sounds for a curious person, and the program offers lots of activities and cultural events to the German Parliament, Jewish Museum, Komische Oper, Pergamon Museum, and the Berlin Synagogue.

A one day trip to Potsdam is included in the program fee and two several night optional trips are also offered as deeply discounted rates that students pay for themselves.  Past trips included Budapest, Dresden, Hamburg, Krakow, St. Petersburg, and Vienna.


Students are responsible for obtaining their own visas if need be, but all American citizens can get a tourist visa upon arrival and then IES helps students arrange a Residence Permit within the first ninety days of the program.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/06/2017
Varies by program 03/07/2018 07/01/2018
NOTE: Program dates are estimates and uses end date for students enrolled in partner university course. Do not finalize travel arrangements until exact dates are given by program.
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/08/2018
Varies by program 09/04/2018 07/20/2019
NOTE: Program dates are tentative. Final dates will be confirmed upon acceptance into the program.
Fall 2018 03/08/2018
Varies by program 09/04/2018 12/15/2018
NOTE: Program dates are tentative. Final dates will be confirmed upon acceptance into the program.

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.