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 rooms will be stocked with basic food necessities upon arrival.

In general, with an abundance of great street food options in all of Berlin, students should calculate no less than €15 per day for other meals and necessities.

Cultural Activities & Excursions

Required tours/excursions include:

  • A walking tour through the political heart of Berlin, ending with a visit to the Reichstag dome at sunset
  • Berlin Wall Memorial
  • Dessau (full day walking tour)
  • A guided tour of the Boros art collection
  • German History and Culture class visits the former East German STASI prison, Topography of Terror, Holocaust Memorial, and Tempelhof airport.
  • Visual artists will have classes in the Berlinische Galerie, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum of Contemporary Art, the Gemälde Galerie, and the Kupferstich (drawing) Kabinet among other locations.

Optional tours include:

  • A full day visit to a former concentration camp
  • Museums outside the course curriculum (on Museum Island)
  • Jewish Museum

All expenses, including those for optional tours and excursions, are included in program fees. If scheduling permits, students are encouraged to join other seminars for specific events; for example, any student can choose to attend various dance performances, while, on the other hand, dancers and language students are encouraged to attend the visual art lectures in major galleries.