• Germany
    • Berlin
Fall, J-Term, Spring, Summer
Subject Areas
Architecture Business Cultural Studies Design Economics Finance Health Sciences History International Business International Relations Marketing Sociology +2

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Apartment Dormitory Host Family


Price Details
You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE! Our high-quality programs include tuition, housing, on-site airport pick-up, field trips and cultural activities, 24/7 on-site professional staff, and automatic iNext insurance. There are no hidden charges or surprises when you arrive, and scholarships opportunities are available!
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Classes Some Meals Travel Insurance
Jul 14, 2022
Jan 20, 2023
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About Program

Students are welcomed with open arms in Germany’s capital city, where the cost of living is reasonable, public transportation is excellent, green space is abundant, and businesses – from hip tech start-ups to international conglomerates – thrive.

The thriving global city of Berlin is home to nearly 3.5 million people. Live among the locals and see for yourself why Berlin is ranked among the top for global urban quality-of-life – with excellent public transportation, you’ll have no problem exploring the city’s parks, orchestras, museums, festivals, and historical landmarks.

Courses are available in English and German.

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Program Highlights

  • CIEE Berlin is conveniently located in the Kreuzberg district – a hub for the arts, music, and digital technology
  • Explore Berlin’s city life along the Spree River, well known for its numerous cafés, street musicians, beach bars, flea markets, boutique shops and pop up stores.
  • Practice your language skills with weekly activities organized in the residence hall and around the neighborhood, including cooking events, film nights, board-game evenings, and other opportunities designed to help you perfect your German while hanging ou
  • Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to volunteer or participate in an internship.
  • Do Berlin on your own terms by customizing your experience through the Open Campus program. Take one, two, or three six-week blocks, select your academic track from six options, then choose your courses from a wide range of subject areas.

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CIEE Berlin Summer Programs

Pack your bags and immerse yourself in the rich culture of one of Europe's most dynamic cities this summer. Art, music, and history in a historic backdrop all add to your summer study abroad experience.

CIEE Berlin Semester Programs

Architectural laboratory. Industrial giant. Cultural capital. Germany is the perfect setting to explore your passion – whether it’s art and architecture, business and economics, or German language and culture – or gain professional international experience.

CIEE Berlin January Programs

Berlin is the dynamic and fascinating capital city of a country with a complex history. 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 and has a moderate cost of living, making it an attractive place for artists and young people.


With CIEE's Open Campus Block Programs, you can design your very own study abroad program to include up to three different locations for 6, 12 or 18 weeks.

Stay in one city the entire time or spend other blocks at our other Open Campus Block locations in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dublin, Kyoto, London, Madrid, Monteverde, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore, or Sydney.



CIEE Scholarships and Grants

CIEE’s need-based grants offer support to students who face financial barriers to studying abroad. CIEE awards need-based grants based on students’ EFCs and program selection. The Gilman Go Global Grant offers students $750-$2,000 toward airfare, plus $2,500 toward semester program costs, or $1,000 toward summer program costs.

$500 - $2,500

Program Reviews

4.82 Rating
based on 28 reviews
  • 5 rating 82.14%
  • 4 rating 17.86%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Academics 4.25
  • Support 4.75
  • Fun 4.9
  • Housing 4.55
  • Safety 4.85
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Sarah Grace
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Program Ever!

I was hesitant about studying in Germany because I have never been before and am a health science major. The CIEE staff was super helpful and consistent with reaching out. I was able to complete my major-required classes by doing one on one courses. The location seems scary from the outside but is beautiful on the inside. Students are outside the city's heart, providing excellent food and fun. You definitely have to get used to cooking for yourself because you live in an apartment-style building but share a kitchen with other students. I experienced a language barrier but quickly picked up on short phrases. At first, I was intimidated by the people, but they are friendly and most of them speak English. I had such a great time that I am already planning my next trip back!!

  • Great food
  • Internship Opportunities
  • Friendly and Helpful Staff
  • Langauge Barrier
  • Getting used to public transportation
  • Cooking for yourself
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My experience in CIEE berlin for the winter break

Coming to CIEE in Berlin was one of the best decisions I've made in my life. Academically, I had a lot of fun learning about entrepreneurship and start-ups with a great professor who made the class a lot of fun and taught us a lot. On the personal level I had great time. I met a lot of cool people from either the United States or Germany and made great friends in a very short time. CIEE was also really helpful in that aspect as they organized some excursions that helped us explore more of Berlin and outside Berlin as we went to Leipzig.

  • Great people
  • Learning new culture
  • German food is not the best
2 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Be Prepared to Change your Life!

If you've never been out of the country be prepared to immerse yourself in a fun culture! I knew beforehand I wanted to live in Germany and after coming to Berlin I knew this is definitely on the top 3 list of places I would want to live. The culture here both day and night is always alive with richness in history, art, and food. Every corner of the street is something new and a market to go to on Sunday with second-hand items such as clothing. The history is also something you should not miss out on learning if you come here, there are so many museums to explore! I highly recommend coming here to get out of your comfort zone and learn a new culture.

  • Amazing food everywhere!
  • Rich history city
  • Advanced Transportation System
  • Little to no Hispanic restaurants
2 people found this review helpful.
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CIEE open campus - Berlin

I had a great experience through CIEE. I did their open campus program, so I studied in Rome for 6 weeks and Berlin for 6 weeks. While ever program has their little weird rules or policies, CIEE made my time abroad wonderful. You always have a three day weekend, so you'll have plenty of time to travel on the weekends. The professors are great, but there was a good amount of work in the Berlin Study Center specifically. There are a couple different housing locations, one is on campus where all of your classes are held. The others are about a 20 min Ubahn ride away.

  • Great location
  • Great staff
  • Berlin
  • Attendance policy
  • Dorm Housing
  • Cold
5 people found this review helpful.
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Berlin OPEN Campus CIEE

My experience was very unique regarding by study abroad expectations. I had loads of fun exploring the intercultural connections, and getting to learn more about society and culture in Germany. The academic experience was good as well in terms of material being discussed. Some classes I heard are not as good depending on the teacher. Other than that, Berlin has great food, drinks, and exploring scene. Summer and Fall is quite nice for weather but during the winter be prepared to experience the cold.

  • Culture
  • Food
  • Networking
  • Housing
  • Academics depending on teacher
6 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience!!

CIEE gave me the opportunity to fully immerse myself in Berlin's culture while also having the comfort of helpful staff and professors and other American students. I was very intimidated and worried I would have trouble meeting people and finding my way around, but this was the opposite of my experience. I was instantly able to meet other students through classes and excursions, and the Berlin residents themselves were fun to meet and talk to. Additionally, my professors incorporated the real world experiences we had into the course content to make it feel more tailored to us, especially in my class on European political systems. I would recommend this program in Berlin to anyone because there was truly something for everybody. The night life was exciting, the language was interesting, and the city had a rich history.

  • Great food in the area
  • Interesting classes
  • Fun night life
10 people found this review helpful.
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My Semester Abroad

While studying abroad I learned more in a single semester than I ever could have in four years at my state university. Not only did I learn about the incredibly deep history of country I stayed in, I also was able to develop independence that would not have been achieved if I'd stayed in the states. I made so many friends and memories. I have great stories to tell about all of the adventures I went on. The housing was right in the city and across the street from the public transport station. Berlin I a fairly cheap city so I never spent an exorbitant amount while shopping. Berlin houses so many different cultures and is very English friendly so you will never be in a situation where no one speaks English. The staff and professors were always helpful and super knowledgable about whatever questions you may have. Eric Ginola especially helped out and was everyones favorite. Overall the experience is definitely worth it and I recommend this to everyone!

  • Build independence!
  • Learn so much history!
  • Be enveloped in a new culture!
  • Sometimes lonely
  • Very cloudy/rainy weather
  • No iced coffee
11 people found this review helpful.
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My Favorite Experience!!

Berlin was one of my favorite experiences of my life. I studied abroad in the spring, from January to May. I was able to do so much and have so many unique experiences in a short amount of time. The staff was great, they were super helpful on everything from classes to resources and restaurant recommendations. CIEE plans many excursions throughout the year, my personal favorites were the day trip to Dresden and the WWI bunker tours.

The dorm itself is in a great location, right in front of a train stop. There are also a bunch of great restaurants within walking distance. The program was a decent size, so I was able to get to know everyone on the program which was great. The nightlife is really fun in Berlin, and it all was very accessible by train or bus.

Classes are pretty small and attentive. The typical structure is Monday-Thursday, so we had a lot of flexibility in our travels. I took part in an internship while I was abroad for a sustainable start-up. I got to work in an internship that was in my field of study and got great experience working in a foreign culture. Overall, I loved every aspect about this program and I can't recommend it enough.

  • Great location!!
  • Fun Nightlife - in Kreuzberg and Berlin as a whole
  • Unique culture
  • Very grey in the winter
  • Communal kitchen got occasionally pretty dirty
13 people found this review helpful.

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