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.
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.
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.