Living in Berlin




Berlin provides an intensive and rich learning environment for students who are interested in Germany’s broader cultural history and the city’s place in it. Berlin is the capital of Germany, yet retains its underground character, and is best known for start-ups and the vibrant music scene. Festivals in all genres are held at venues throughout the city, challenging the student to stay informed and on-the-go. Berlin is ranked as one of the top urban quality-of-life cities.

Students receive BVG (Berlin public transportation) passes for the entirety of their stay as part of program fees. Although many neighborhoods will be visited during classes and excursions, the excellent and safe public transportation system enables students to independently explore greater Berlin.

Housing & Meals

  • Meals include three official group dinners, brunches at orientation and final presentations, occasional lunches, as well as lunch on the excursions.
  • Student housing is available in apartments in a high rise in former East Berlin, each with full kitchen and bath, for two students, at the subway U-Jannowitzbrücke, near Alexanderplatz and the heart of former East Berlin, central to all forms of public transportation.

In general, with an abundance of great street food options in all of Berlin, students should calculate no less than €18 per day for other meals and necessities.

Cultural Activities & Excursions

Required tours/excursions include:

  • Walking tour through the political heart of Berlin, ending with sunset visit to German Parliament dome and view of Berlin
  • Berlin Wall Memorial
  • Leipzig overnight excursion
  • A guided tour of the Boros art collection
  • “Memorials and Counter Memorials” – guided, at the German Holocaust memorial
  • Berlinische Galerie – the Gallery of Berlin Artists
  • Tempelhof Airport –Vacant and imposing, a palimpsest of 5 historical decades.
  • Peacock Island – a neo-classical island designed as a ruin, to create history.
  • Hamburger Bahnhof Museum of Contemporary Art (for Visual Arts Students)

Optional tours include:

  • Full day visit to Sachsenhausen Concentration camp.
  • Museum Island
  • Jewish Museum
  • Devils Mountain US Spy station ruin

All expenses for tours, excursions, theater visits, and optional tours are included in program fees.