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. When you study abroad in Berlin, you can 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.

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Study abroad in Germany, and discover historical sites and other fascinating attractions you can enjoy and learn from. Whether you see it in the blush of spring or blanketed with winter snow, Neuschwanstein Castle, the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle, will leave a lasting impression. For a trip further back in time, check out the Burg Neuleiningen castle ruins, dating to the 1600s. Feast your eyes on the extravagant palaces and gardens of Potsdam, where Prussian kings constructed a Baroque playground. Step into Cologne’s grandiose Kölner Dom, the tallest twin-spired cathedral in the world, after admiring it in the city skyline. In Berlin, Germany’s internationally loved capital, live at the intersection of turbulent history, cultural experimentation, sleepless nightlife, and an exploding start-up scene. In Munich, see the decadent interior of the 18th century Asam Church, surf the man-made Eisbach wave in the Isar River, and lounge in the green oasis of Luitpoldpark. In Hamburg, take a romantic walk across canal bridges, see a show in the recently opened Elbphilharmonie concert hall, and experience the annual Port Anniversary Festival on the River Elbe. Wherever your German adventure takes you, you’ll find something to delight all five of your senses.  Germany boasts some of the most beautiful natural scenery in Europe, from rugged mountains to lush green hills and valleys. Hike through the famous Black Forest to experience a fairy-tale atmosphere both mysterious and enchanting. Explore the Bavarian Alps on skis, on foot, or with a snowboard. Follow the Rhine River, a longtime key landmark, as it winds past old fortresses, storybook castles, fertile vineyards, and charming small towns. Trek through the Berchtesgaden National Park to the serene and secluded Obersee Lake for a perfect afternoon in the mountains. Go for a stroll through breathtaking wilderness on the Gorge Walkway in Garmisch-Partenkirchen ski resort. Swim in the azure blue waters of the Blautopf swimming hole in Blaubeuren. Go sailing off the coast of Kiel, in the Baltic Sea. Visit Munich’s Botanical Gardens next door to the gorgeous Nymphenburg Palace and step into the greenhouse complex for a taste of the tropics in the middle of Europe.

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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