Study Abroad in Berlin, Germany


Modern Berlin stands as a center of political power, economic strength, and technological innovation. Germany’s capital is also home to hundreds of galleries and museums, nightclubs that keep famously late hours, old-school brewpubs, and landmarks that commemorate the city’s long history. Hone your German language skills and delve into local culture in classes at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, or take economics, law, or business classes—taught in English—at the Berlin School of Economics and Law. Spend your summer in the city that served as a muse to Bowie, Einstein, JFK, and Marx, just to name a few.

About the Country


Theaters? Concert halls? Galleries? Prestigious universities? Weisswurst, hefeweizen, and lederhosen? Study abroad in Germany for the summer and experience one of the world’s leading economies, as well as a country rich in history. From Martin Luther to Albert Einstein, Beethoven to the Brothers Grimm, Deutschland has long been a center of global influence. Events and trends in Germany have shaped global history, and the country’s turbulent past—from the Reformation to WWII—has shaped the country we know today. Explore Germany’s Länder, regions defined by distinctive customs, dialect, traditional dress, and cuisine, and get to know this fascinating nation.

Kristin Kerr, Program Director, French Riviera & Berlin

Kristin's role is the day-to-day management of CEA's French Riviera and Berlin programs, including student services, host institution relations, local vendor relations, program academics, student evaluations, health and safety, and office administration. More

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Bold Berlin


Local Highlights

Third Reich Bike Tour

Explore Berlin as the capital of Nazi Germany on a Third Reich bike tour. Visit Gestapo Headquarters, bunkers, air-raid shelters, and the spot where von Stauffenberg and his co-conspirators were executed by firing squad after a failed attempt to assassinate Hitler, known as Operation Valkyrie.


At two miles long and 300 feet wide, Karl-Marx-Allee is the longest architectural monument in Europe. Formerly known as Stalinallee, it was created in 1949 to celebrate Stalin’s 70th birthday. Dubbed 'the first Socialist road of Germany,' it now plays host to the Berlin Beer festival, where you can sample 2,000 beers from all around the world every August.


Every year, 70 million currywursts are consumed in Berlin, making it the city’s #1 fast-food item. (It’s so famous that it has its very own museum!) A contender for the title of best currywurst in town, Konnopke's Imbiss (snack bar) in Prenzlauer Berg serves these delicious sausages with or without skin, topped with generous helpings of famous spicy sauce.

Bowie’s Berlin

David Bowie made Berlin his home in the late 1970’s. While living on Hauptstraße in the Schöneberg district, he produced three albums— “Heroes,” “Low,” and “Lodger”— known as his “Berlin Trilogy.” In a recent song entitled “Where are We Now?” Bowie looked back with nostalgia on his productive period in Berlin, as well as his favorite nightclub, the Dschungel on Nürnberger Straße 53, a popular haunt of Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed.


A heatwave in Berlin? It could happen! But don’t worry, just do as the locals do and cool off in the city’s many lakes. Wannsee is an open-air lido with Europe’s largest inland beach, less than a half hour by public transportation on a direct line from central Berlin. Other options for swimming are the Müggelsee Pötzensee, Sacrower See, and Tegeler See.

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Fall13 MOJO, Berlin.

Flourishing Abroad  
It was an amazing experience, an amazing city, and I had all the means to flourish through CEA!

Francesca Accomazzo
Cal Poly,
Summer 2015, Berlin, Germany
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