What You Get

Expect a lot of perks when you study abroad with CEA. From housing to excursions, our inclusions make studying abroad easy!

Here's what you get when you study abroad with CEA in Berlin:

  • 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
  • Official Transcript(s)

Housing Options

Our carefully chosen housing options enhance your experience abroad by allowing you to live like a local. While we do attempt to match your preferences with our housing options, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed. Housing and roommate assignments are first-come, first-serve based on availability; apply early to help us organize your housing arrangements.


CEA Berlin students enjoy city-living in apartments as their standard housing option. Located on the east side and west side of Berlin, these privately owned apartments cater perfectly to independent, do-it-yourself type students who want to experience Berlin just as the locals do. Cook tasty German meals with your roommates in your kitchen, explore the personality of the neighborhood that surrounds you and make your new apartment a home.


  • Humboldt Universität zu Berlin: 20-40 minutes by metro
  • Berlin School of Economics and Law: N/A (option only available for students studying at HUB)




  • 1-3 students per room
  • 2-5 students per apartment

Unit Amenities

  • Shared full kitchen
  • Shared-single sex bathroom
  • Bed Linens included
  • Washer only
  • Central heating

Session Available

  • Summer

Extended Stay Residence

Accommodation for students enrolled in one of the BSEL Summer School Programs is in the Citadines Extended Stay Hotel residence. The residence has modern facilities with double rooms each equipped with an en-suite bathroom and shower. 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 much more!


  • Humboldt Universität zu Berlin: N/A (option only available for students studying at BSEL)
  • Berlin School of Economics and Law: 25-30 minutes by metro




  • 2 students per room

Unit Amenities

  • Equipped kitchen corner
  • Shared - single sex bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • Towels included
  • Internet access available
  • Telephone access available
  • Available at residence for additional fee
  • Central heating

Session Available

  • Summer

Independent Housing

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







Unit Amenities



One of the benefits of studying abroad 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, 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 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.


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).

Cultural Engagement

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!

Other Opportunities

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.

What Our Student Said

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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

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