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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.

Programs to love in Berlin

Programs to love in Berlin

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European Business & Economics

European Business & Economics

Berlin School of Economics and Law

Attend class with other international and local students and hone your international business knowledge. Along with business and economics coursework, you’ll also take a German culture class.

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European Union in a Global World

European Union in a Global World

Berlin School of Economics and Law

Designed for students who want to learn about the EU’s position in and approach to globalization, this summer course allows you to explore the challenges and opportunities of globalization. You’ll attend class with other international students and take a beginning German language course.

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German Language & Cultural Studies

German Language & Cultural Studies

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Spend a summer immersed in German language and culture. Designed for students at a high-beginning and above language level, you’ll delve into local culture while honing your spoken and written German.

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What's included in your Program'

What's included in your Program

From housing to excursions, our inclusions make studying abroad easy!
  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising
  • Visa & Immigration Advising
  • Financial Advising
  • Tuition and Registration
  • Airport Pick-up
  • On-site Orientation
  • City Tour
  • On-site Staff Support
  • 24/7 Emergency Assistance
  • Travel Medical Insurance
  • International Emergency Service Support
  • Welcome & Farewell Events
  • Centrally Located Housing
  • Transportation Pass
  • Wellness Activities
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Excursions
  • Student Clubs & Organizations
  • Host Institution Services & Amenities
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Prague, Czech Republic

Potsdam

Sachsenhausen

Dresden

One of the benefits of studying abroad in Berlin is the ability to venture outside your host city and explore the surrounding area. You’ll receive a calendar of excursions for your program during orientation. The following excursions have been offered in the past:

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, is known as the "city of a hundred spires" and "the golden city". It is said that everyone who sets foot in Prague falls in love with it. A city of museums and galleries, churches and synagogues, palaces and gardens, Prague boasts an amazing mixture of architectural styles and periods, from the Middle Ages to the present. Our excursion takes you to Wenceslas Square, Old Town Square, Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, Charles Bridge, the National Theater, and the Old Jewish Cemetery. You’ll also visit Prague's main churches and synagogues, including the Gothic Church of Our Lady before Tyn, the Baroque Church of St. Nicholas, and the Old-New synagogue in Prague's 13th-century Jewish quarter, one of the oldest and best-preserved in Europe. You’ll also have free time to visit the Dvorak Museum, the Museum of Decorative Arts, and the National Museum. There’s no shortage of dance clubs, cafés, tea houses, restaurants, and beer halls to help you unwind when the museums and galleries have closed.

Potsdam

Potsdam, a World Heritage site with beautifully restored architecture and old-world charm, is just 10 miles southwest of Berlin. This picturesque town offers parks, lakes, outdoor cafés, and its own Brandenburg Gate. A half-day city tour will show you Potsdam’s main sights, including the 18th century Sanssouci Palace and its magnificent 600-acre park; Cecilienhof, the historic country house where Truman, Churchill, and Stalin met at the famous Potsdam Conference following WWII; and the city’s three main historical areas, the Russian colony of Alexandrowka, the Holländisches Viertel (the Dutch quarter) and the Bohemian Weaver's quarter. Renting a bike is a fun way to spend the afternoon exploring Potsdams’ many parks and lakes, or visiting the Babelsberg Filmpark, exploring the world of nature at the Biosphaere, or playing tennis and swimming at the Volkspark.

Sachsenhausen

Sachsenhausen was a Nazi concentration camp in the North of Berlin, used mainly for political prisoners from 1936 to the end of the Third Reich in 1945. After WWII, the structure was used by the Soviets as a special camp until 1950. The remaining buildings and grounds are now open to the public as a museum.

Dresden

Built by Augustus the Strong in the 18th century, Dresden was known for its culture, art, and sophistication, as well as its fabulous riverside setting on the Elbe. During WWII, the city was annihilated by Allied bombing on the night of February 13/14, 1945. After Germany’s reunification in 1990, reconstruction efforts resulted in one of Europe’s most striking baroque cities. We’ll start our visit with the most ambitious of all the reconstruction projects, The Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), located in the heart of Old Town. We’ll also explore Zwinger Palace, an important late baroque building; the Renaissance-style Semper Opera House; Katholische Hofkirche, the largest church in Saxony; Brühl's Terrace on the Elbe river; and the Old Masters Gallery, home to many great works of art. You’ll have ample time to sample Dresden’s outdoor café life and drink a toast to the reconstruction of Augustus the Strong’s beautiful baroque city with a glass of sekt (sparkling wine).

Take advantage of the unique flavors of Berlin! Whether you enjoy concerts, clubs, sports, cooking classes, language exchanges or something entirely different, our staff helps you engage with local culture. Since Berlin is a sprawling city with so much to experience, you’ll receive a monthly transportation pass, good for the duration of your program. This will allow you to access public transportation throughout Berlin, helping you make the most of your time abroad.

Walking the Wall

Where exactly was the Berlin Wall? Most visitors still want to see what little remains of the Wall, yet it has been so completely erased that even Berliners hesitate when describing its course through the city. Starting from the Allied Checkpoint Charlie to the Brandenburg Gate, follow the Wall’s route as you learn the history of Germany’s 28-year separation. You’ll gain understanding of why the Wall was erected, how it fell, and how Berlin deals with the scars of its past. Entrance to the Checkpoint Charlie Museum is included.

Gourmet Tour

Berlin has a great number of eateries to choose from, both ethnic and German, with new restaurants opening up every week. CEA staff will show you interesting places to eat and help you decide which local delicacies to try, like spanferkel (suckling pig), Berliner schüsselsülze (potted meat in aspic), hackepeter (ground beef,) and currywurst, (sausage served with tomato sauce, curry, and pepper.) Discover where to find the best eats and how they’re prepared. Guten Appetit!

Jewish Life in Berlin

Stroll through three centuries of Berlin's Jewish history on a tour of the city's traditional Jewish quarter. The triangle between the new Synagogue, Oranienburger Straße, and Große Hamburger Straße was once the center of Jewish life in the city. Traces of the old Jewish community can be found at New Synagogue, the galleries of the Jewish Renaissance, the Old Cemetery, and the Rosenstraße, site of the only demonstration against the deportation of the Jews during the Nazi period. The tour will end with a visit to the controversial Holocaust Memorial.

Berlin by Bike

Berliners like to bike—in fact, half of Berlin’s households don’t own a car! Since Berlin is flat, green, and highly accessible thanks to bike lanes and quiet streets, biking is certainly the way to go. You can see Berlin’s main attractions and delve into the city‘s amazing history on a half-day guided bike tour. Highlights include the Berliner Dom, Opera House, Kronprinzenpalais, Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island, Lustgarten, and the Fernsehturm (TV tower) at Alexanderplatz, the tallest building in the city. Get pedaling and immerse in Germany's liveliest city!

Berlin School of Economics & Law Activities

Take part in university-organized and led social immersion activities for all German language levels, from beginner to advanced. Activities vary depending on your German; for beginners, the tours and activities are organized in English, while activities are held in German for more proficient speakers.

International Student Club

Join the international student club, Orbis Humboldtianus, at Humboldt Universität zu berlin. This active group offers many special activities for international and German students. Watch for the Kulturplaner, which details excursions, activities, and meetings.

Mobile Journalist Program

Want to build your digital portfolio while you study abroad? Join the Mobile Journalist (MOJO) program! You’ll blog, photograph, and video your experience abroad, then share them on social media.

Alumni Ambassador Program

Your study abroad adventure doesn’t have to end when your program is over. Keep sharing your study abroad love on your home campus…become an Alumni Ambassador! This internship allows you to help other students on their study abroad journeys while gaining work experience and growing your professional network.

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What's included in your Program'

Berlin Housing

Available:

Summer

Accommodation for students enrolled in the Humboldt University summer program is in the House of Nations residence. The residence has modern facilities with single rooms each equipped with an en-suite bathroom, shower and equipped kitchen corner. The House of Nations Berlin is ideally located to enable you to explore and experience the culture, design and architecture of perhaps Europe’s most cutting-edge capital. It’s central location will enable you to easily discover both east and west sides of Berlin with ease, using the included Berlin transportation pass. Many exciting adventures await you from your well located Berlin HQ. You will also enjoy the city’s great night life, shopping on nearby Ku’damm, Friedrichstrasse and much more!

Typical Commute

  • Humboldt Universität zu Berlin: 30 minutes by public transportation 

Meals Included

N/A

Roommates

  • 1 student per room

Unit Amenities

  • Equipped kitchen corner
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • NO towels included
  • Internet access available
  • Central heating
  • 24 hrs 7/7 welcome desk
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Available:

Summer

Accommodation for students enrolled in one of the BSEL summer programs is in the Citadines Aparthotel. The aparthotel has modern facilities with double rooms each equipped with an en-suite bathroom, shower and equipped kitchen corner. The Apart'hotel Citadines Kurfürstendamm Berlin is ideally located to enable you to explore and experience the culture, design and architecture of perhaps Europe’s most cutting-edge capital. It’s central location will enable you to easily discover both east and west sides of Berlin with ease, using the included Berlin transportation pass. Many exciting adventures await you from your well located Berlin HQ. You will also enjoy the city’s great night life, shopping on nearby Ku’damm, Friedrichstrasse and much more!

Typical Commute

  • Berlin School of Economics and Law: 25-30 minutes by metro

Meals Included

N/A

Roommates

  • 2 students per room

Unit Amenities

  • Equipped kitchen corner
  • Shared - single sex bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • Towels included
  • Internet access available
  • Central heating
  • 24 hrs 7/7 welcome desk
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While CEA highly recommends that you choose one of our Barcelona housing options provided, you also have the option to arrange independent housing. If your ideal housing scenario includes living in a specific neighborhood with a specific program participant as your roommate, then independent housing could be the ticket for you.

Use the online housing application form to request permission for this option no later than the application closure date. You'll receive a rebate for your CEA housing payment if and when your request is approved. Rebates are not granted to students who move out of their CEA housing or who pursue independent living arrangements after the application closure date. Keep in mind, CEA will not provide you with any assistance setting up independent housing

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What's included in your Program'

Institutions

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

World-renowned Humboldt Universität zu Berlin is the oldest of Berlin’s major universities. The university was founded in 1810 with the goal of providing a well-rounded, humanist education. Prince Heinrich of Prussia donated his former palace, built from 1748 to 1766, and this historic setting still serves as the university’s main building. Located in Berlin’s most famous street, Under den Linden, between Brandenburg Gate and the TV Tower at Alexanderplatz, the university ended up in the Soviet sector of the divided city after World War II.

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin boasts 29 Nobel Prize winners, with prominent alumni that include Albert Einstein, Heinrich Heine, Karl Marx, and Friedrich Engels. The university’s enrollment of 32,000 includes more than 5,300 international students.

With a special emphasis on the humanities, the university offers a total of 190 courses of study, ranging from biophysics and hungarology to law and medicine. The Berlin-Adlershof scientific campus opens up unique opportunities for science majors to work with scientific research institutions, preparing them for careers with modern high-tech companies.

Many of Berlin’s theaters, cinemas, museums and galleries—including the five museums on the Berlin Museumsinsel (Museum Island)—are just a short walk from the Humboldt campus.

The international club, Orbis Humboldtianus, is the hub of many international activities at the university. Here you’ll meet fellow international and German students at “Country Evenings,” the “International Coffee Hour,” and other events.

Accreditation

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin is accredited by the German Ministry of Education as a degree-granting institution of higher learning.

Grading

All final course grades will be reported in the form of a number grade. The German grading system is based on a scale of 6, as compared to 100 in the U.S. system. Keep in mind that grading varies from subject to subject; for example, in mathematics, a student may receive a 1 for completing all the problems correctly, whereas in the humanities, a 2–2.9 on an essay is an acceptable grade.

Professors include evaluations of written tests and assignments as part of their final grade compilation. You may add or drop a course at the beginning of the program, but after this deadline, you must adhere to the course schedule selected. Interpretation of the German grading scale is as follows:

German Grade

Grade Description

U.S. Grade Equivalent

1-1.5

Sehr Gut (Very Good)

A

1.6-2.5

Gut (Good)

A

2.6-3.5

Befriedigend (Satisfactory)

B

3.6-4.0

Ausreichend (Sufficient)

C

4.1-4.3

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D

4-4.6

Nicht Ausreichend (Insufficient)

F

Grades in the 4.1 to 4.3 range may sometimes be considered passing in individual subjects.

Please note that this grading scale is recommended, but final credit and grade evaluation is ultimately determined by a student's home university.
Classroom and Information

  • Faculty from Humboldt Universität zu Berlin teach language and culture courses
  • Courses are taught in English and German and are open to international students.
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments, and final exams will be administered.
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Teaching styles in Germany may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to different classroom structures and coursework expectations.
  • Class size ranges from 12 to 15 students for language courses and 12 and 40 students for culture courses.
  • You will attend class with international students from the U.S., Europe, Canada, and around the world. You will not attend class with host national students, but you will have many opportunities to interact with them during cultural activities, excursions, and at the international club.

Amenities
  • Student Offices
  • Clubs & Organizations
  • Student Lounge
  • Study Area
  • Travel Books & Resources
  • Printing Services
  • Internet Access & Wi-Fi
  • Academic Advising
  • Language Learning Services
  • Cultural Engagement
Berlin School of Economics and Law
Berlin School of Economics and Law

In 2009, the Berlin School of Economics and the University of Applied Sciences for Administration and Law merged, forming the Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL). BSEL leverages more than 30 years of expertise and experience from both former universities, each widely recognized as experts in their own fields. Today, BSEL is one of Germany’s largest academic institutions for business studies and recognized as a top applied sciences institution.

BSEL’s academic staff consists of approximately 160 full-time doctorate-holders, 500 lecturers, and more than 200 research and administrative personnel, teaching the school’s 7,800 students. The university also has an excellent international reputation, fostered through its focus on internationalization and more than 90 partnerships with universities worldwide. A wide variety of courses taught in English makes BSEL a popular destination for approximately 700 international students from over 60 different countries.

BSEL is located in the Schoeneberg district, a safe residential neighborhood not far from Berlin’s city center. The school occupies a six-story building with over 300 rooms, seminar facilities, and a large reference library.

Accreditation

The Berlin School of Economics and Law is accredited by the German Ministry of Education as a degree-granting institution of higher learning. 

Grading

All final course grades will be reported in the form of a number grade. The German grading system is based on a scale of 6, as compared to 100 in the U.S. system. Keep in mind that grading varies from subject to subject; for example, in mathematics, a student may receive a 1 for completing all the problems correctly, whereas in the humanities, a 2–2.9 on an essay is an acceptable grade.

Professors include evaluations of written tests and assignments as part of their final grade compilation. You may add or drop a course at the beginning of the program, but after this deadline, you must adhere to the course schedule selected. Interpretation of the German grading scale is as follows:

German Grade

Grade Description

US Letter Grade Equivalent

1.0 - 1.5

Sehr Gut (Very Good)

A

1.6 - 2.5

Gut (Good)

A

2.6 - 3.5

Befriedigend (Satisfactory)

B

3.6 - 4.0

Ausreichend (Sufficient)

C

4.1 - 4.3

 

D

4.0 - 4.6

Nicht Ausreichend (Insufficient)

F

Grades in the 4.1 to 4.3 range may sometimes be considered passing.

Please note that this grading scale is recommended by CEA, but final credit and grade evaluation is ultimately determined by your home school.

Classroom and Information

  • BSEL faculty teach business and economics courses.
  • Trained language instructors lead introductory level (beginner and advanced beginner/low intermediate) German language, and culture courses.
  • Both the European Business & Economics and European Union in a Global World programs include visits to companies and political institutions, and talks by industry experts.
  • Exams, homework assignments, and final exams will be administered on a regular basis.
  • Attendance is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • In order to obtain maximum benefits, you’ll be expected to do some reading before the start of the program.
  • Class size ranges between 15 and 25 students; language classes have a maximum of 15 students.
  • You will attend class with students from the U.S., Europe, Asia, Australia, and other parts of the world.

Amenities
  • Student Offices
  • Clubs & Organizations
  • Student Lounge
  • Study Area
  • Travel Books & Resources
  • Printing Services
  • Internet Access & Wi-Fi
  • Academic Advising
  • Cultural Engagement
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