Location
  • Germany
    • Berlin
Term
Summer
Subject Areas
Business Conservation and Preservation Cultural Studies Ecology Economics Education European Studies Geography History International Relations Jewish Studies Law Linguistics Literature Political Science Religious Studies Social Sciences Theater Theology +9
General grants/scholarships, BIPOC funding
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Program Details

Program Type
Provider
Degree Level
High School Diploma Bachelors
Housing
Apartment

Pricing

Price Details
AIFS Abroad is a premier provider of study abroad programs. Program fees cover tuition and housing, and over 50% of our study abroad participants receive financial support from AIFS Abroad in the form of scholarships or grants. Coordinated AIFS Abroad Flight Packages with major airlines are also available.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Some Activities Classes Some Meals Transportation Travel Insurance Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

Round trip flights, airport transfers and 2-night London stopover included for students on the optional AIFS Abroad Flight Package.

Feb 15, 2024
Feb 26, 2024
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About Program

Spend the J-Term, summer, semester or academic year in the modern and historic city of Berlin with AIFS Abroad ! You’ll earn up to 6 credits per session through a variety of courses studying at Humboldt–Universität. Courses are taught in English or German with no previous German language study required.

Live in a university apartment with a shared kitchen and bathroom. Not far from the subway, commuting to campus will be easy from your apartment. A meal card to subsidize the cost of lunches on campus is included in your program fee.

In Berlin, enjoy cultural and social activities such as:
• Museum tours
• Cultural and historical site visits
• A boat trip
• Day trip to Potsdam
• Day trip to Baltic Sea (Session 1 only)
• Day trip to Dresden (Session 2 only).
Optional excursions include a 3-day trip to Warsaw, Poland (session 1), and a 3-day trip to Prague, Czech Republic (session 2).

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

At AIFS Abroad, we want to support all participants in their study/internship abroad journey, inclusive of gender, race, religion, age, physical ability, or sexual orientation. Everyone has a complex identity, and faith, spirituality, and religion are important factors when deciding on a program location.

LGBTQIA+ Support

At AIFS Abroad, we want to support all participants in their study/internship abroad journey, inclusive of gender, race, religion, age, physical ability, or sexual orientation. Everyone has a complex identity, and faith, spirituality, and religion are important factors when deciding on a program location.

Accessibility Support

Everyone’s experience is unique. We recognize the location you choose can have an impact on your sense of belonging. We encourage you to use the information below as you review your options to select the program and location that will be the best choice for you. If you do not hold the identities that are amplified here, this information is still a great resource for you as well. It will give you a better understanding of those who have this identity.

Impact

Sustainability

In response to the overwhelming global climate crisis, AIFS Abroad is pleased to make Sustainability a key priority when considering organizational, operational, and programming decisions. We understand that the only way to effectively combat this crisis and mitigate the effects of climate change is to drastically reduce our environmental impact. Therefore, AIFS Abroad has committed to reaching carbon neutrality by the year 2025. AIFS Abroad is proud to announce we have signed the CANIE Accord, becoming the first US provider to make this commitment.

Program Highlights

  • Earn up to 6 credits and transcript issued by Humboldt–Universität
  • Transportation pass and museum pass included
  • No previous German language study required
  • Day trip to Potsdam & Excursion to Baltic Sea (session 1) or to Dresden (session 2)

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AIFS Abroad in Berlin, Germany

Spend January Term in the modern and trendsetting city of Berlin, Germany, with AIFS Abroad! Choose from a variety of course options offered at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the city’s oldest university. The University occupies a former royal place and was host to 29 Nobel Prize winners, including Albert Einstein.

AIFS Abroad Berlin

Spend 6 weeks studying abroad in Berlin, Germany next summer with AIFS Abroad! Earn up to 6 credits studying cultural studies, German language, geography, history, international studies, law, politics, religion, or social science at Humboldt–Universität zu Berlin. Courses are taught in English.

Scholarships

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AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships, Grants & Financial Support

We believe a study abroad experience is an essential component of well-rounded university education and we are committed to providing financial assistance to as many students as possible in support of their goal to study abroad. AIFS also offers internship and study abroad + internship blended programs to support the development of personal and professional skills.

Value
$500 - $5,000

Program Reviews

4.83 Rating
based on 6 reviews
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  • 4 rating 16.67%
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  • Academics 3.85
  • Support 5
  • Fun 4.5
  • Housing 4.85
  • Safety 4.85
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Abigail
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Fantastic Opportunity

This was one of the best opportunities I have ever participated in. I was a bit nervous because it was my first time traveling abroad alone, but since I opted into AIFS booking my travel, the AIFS program did a super job coordinating everything. The orientation set up expectations and helped me get over my second anxiety, public transport. Getting around independently becomes a breeze once it is explained to you and they give you the resources.

The class I took while I was there was very engaging, and the teacher took a real interest in our interests and learning. She wanted to make sure we had the best opportunity in Berlin while getting the most out of our learning experience.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would look a little more into what I wanted to do while I was there ahead of time. I had a list of things I wanted to do, but I knocked most out in one weekend. I would make a list and tier it. Things I absolutely want to do, things I want to do, and things that if I have time would be cool, but I don' ABSOLUTELY need to see.
Pros
  • The residence are very nice
  • Public transport makes traveling around the city very convenient
Cons
  • In January is does rain quite a bit
  • It's harder to find gluten-free food if you have an allergy or celiac than other places I have traveled
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Julian
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Berlin January 2024 Term

Berlin was great! I really enjoyed how welcoming the staff were and how engaging the classes were. I participated in two classes during my time at Humboldt Universität. I took a German language course and an Economic Urban Development course. The professors were very engaging and directions for completing in-class tasks/assignments were crystal clear. In addition, the excursions planned by AIFS were entertaining, engaging, and very informative! I would definitely recommend! One more thing, please check the restroom and shower to make sure everything is in good condition. My shower drain was clogged and it would result in water oozing towards the kitchen area. Nonetheless, AIFS fixed this problem and the rest of the program was great!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The most surprising thing I did during my time in Germany was actually having to speak German. This was very surprising because most people spoke German however after one of my courses, my classmates sat down in a classroom and the waiter spoke very little English. I'm very proud to say that with the German I learned and some Duolingo, I was able to effectively communicate to the waiter my order, asking for the check, and asking for directions.
Pros
  • Welcoming staff
  • Excursions were entertaining
Cons
  • Housekeeping issues - My room had a clogged drain and resulted in a flood that extended into the kitchen
8 people found this review helpful.
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Eleanor
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Berlin 2023

Berlin is a really wonderful city to be living in, there is lots to do and experience even if you don't speak German . The Program though AIFs offers very nice structured activities but also gives you plenty of time and space to do your own thing and travel around both Berlin and Europe. The AIFs staff was very supportive. I didn't particularly enjoy my academic experience at Humboldt, there were a few good classes and few really awful ones, and if I was given the chance I would probably pick the Freie Universität program

15 people found this review helpful.
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Darby
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

An Unforgettable Experience with Amazing Staff!

I studied in Berlin with AIFS in January of 2016, and my experience there has stayed with me in the year since my return. From adjusting to living like a German local to taking classes at one of the city's best schools, I really felt as though I could balance acting like a tourist and behaving like someone who lives in the city full time. The staff I encountered both through AIFS and at Humboldt University were enthusiastic and consistently helpful, and although I often opted to travel independently based on my own schedule, I always felt as though I could ask for support if I needed it. I also appreciated AIFS's all-inclusive fee--paying one price upfront included perks such as a transportation pass and a meal plan, and for an additional fee the program would even plan your travel. Having that support while you're adjusting to spending time in a new country is something that was incredibly useful, and I appreciate AIFS's willingness to help you as much or as little as you'd like.

What would you improve about this program?
There were some less exciting aspects of the housing situation, such as the lack of Internet connection and the fact that one laundry room was being shared by so many people, which made washing clothes exceedingly difficult. I understand that changing the housing is likely very difficult, so I think instead AIFS could benefit from clarifying all aspects of the housing beforehand and giving students tips on preparation.
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Nicole
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

There's a whole other world that I love.

This program was perfect for me. It was four weeks in the summer of 2014 when I went, and it was perfect because that didn't interfere with any of my classes during the year. The class that I took was called "Land in the City, Green in the City," and it explored all the ways that Berlin incorporates plants, trees and other greenery into the city. We spent maybe one day a week actually in class and the rest was spent exploring the various forests, parks, rooftop gardens, university greenhouses, and buildings with greenery inside or on the outside of the building. The rest of the time was spent exploring the city and pushing myself outside of my comfort zone. I wouldn't have had so many delicious meals if I hadn't pushed myself. We also had excursions planned for three of the four weekends. We went to Potsdam, Dresden, and Prague in the Czech Republic. Our director was also super helpful with planning any additional trips, or even just to find the best food around. Leaving Berlin was just as hard as leaving my hometown to go to Berlin. More than anything, I feel like I left a piece of my heart there and I want to go back and visit very soon.

103 people found this review helpful.
Emily
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Exploration and Beyond

This program allowed a lot more freedom and independence than I expected coming in. Mostly, I was pretty scared to to go abroad, so going off on my own wasn't an idea I'd thought about. But once there, I saw how easy it was to be anonymous and adventurous. There were several days out of the week I'd dedicate to exploring the city on my own. The classrooms are located in the heart of the city, within walking distance of some of the biggest attractions like the TV Tower, The Berliner Dome, and Museum Island. I ended up getting a year long museum pass and going to the museums after class several times a week. The trip allowed me to come back to America more open and independent than when I left.

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