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A Guide to Studying Abroad in Berlin

With a storied past that is central to some of the brightest and darkest chapters in European history, today Berlin is one of the most influential cities in Europe and an enriching place for young people from all over the world to study abroad in Germany. Equally a hub of innovation and scientific research, as it is filled with arts and culture, students from many different academic backgrounds can find numerous reasons to study abroad in Berlin; all that’s left to do is make it happen!

Study Abroad Programs in Berlin

As a major global city with influence in a diversity of fields, international students can study abroad in Berlin within all different kinds of academic subjects. Some of the most commonly pursued disciplines include German, European studies, international relations, engineering, and philosophy. You are by no means limited to these subject areas while studying in Berlin; scroll through GoAbroad's list of study abroad programs in Berlin to get an idea of all the different academic pursuits you can undertake.

While it is possible to study abroad in Berlin at a local university, only students who are fluent enough in German to comprehend their course-load will generally take full advantage of this option. For non-German speakers, there are a variety of international or satellite schools also located throughout the city. While your course options may be more limited at these schools, many classes are also custom designed for international students, which can be a great education about the city itself.

Students can study abroad in Berlin for a summer term, single semester, or full academic year, depending on the level of immersion they want out of the experience. Some summer study abroad programs in Europe even stop in Berlin as part of a larger European tour, a great option for students who want to experience as much of the continent as possible!

Life in Berlin

As the capital of Germany, Berlin has gone through more changes in the past century than perhaps any other city in the world. A preeminent global power at the beginning of the 20th century, World War I would cripple Germany economically and pave way for the Nazis to force their way into power. After the tragedies of World War II, Berlin became divided between the communist East and democratic West, serving again as a nucleus of the Cold War until finally in 1989 the Berlin wall came down.

Over the past few decades Berlin has been constructing for itself a new identity in the 21st century. It is a very progressive global city in science, industry, politics, and the arts, and its influence only continues to grow. Walking the streets history is never that far behind; from the Brandenburg Gate to the Holocaust Memorial to the ruins of the Berlin Wall, Berlin embraces its tumultuous past as a constant motivation for brighter days ahead.

You should make a sincere effort to explore as much of the city as possible while studying abroad in Berlin. With world class museums, restaurants, concert venues, and an infamously thriving nightlife, there will never be a shortage of new things to do and try in this incredible city.

Scholarships & Costs

Since a large part of the city was deprived economically under communism, Berlin remains a relatively affordable option for international students who want to study abroad in Germany, especially by European standards. There are also a wide range of scholarship opportunities for those who study abroad in Berlin, so be sure to check out these ways to take your tuition the furthest.

Accommodation & Visas

Those who study abroad in Berlin can choose from living in student dormitories, homestays, or individual apartments. Each of these has their pros and cons, and no one knows better than you what type of housing will provide for the type of experience you want. When looking for housing, eastern Berlin is still generally more affordable than the west, though the two halves of the city are beginning to equal out.

Unless you are coming from within the European Union, you will generally need to apply for a student visa if your study abroad program in Berlin lasts for longer than three months. Germany’s visa policy varies depending on what your home country is, so be sure to check out GoAbroad's Embassy Directory for more information that applies to your specific circumstances.

Benefits & Challenges

Cultural Immersion. To be blunt, Berlin is an incredibly fun city. The nightlife is out of this world, and there are always tons of interesting cultural opportunities to take advantage of while studying in Berlin.

Recent History. As opposed to many older European cities, one of the coolest parts about Berlin is how recently the crux of its history has played out. Architecture and monuments that are only a few decades old already stand testament to a distinct past era.

Language Immersion. As the country becomes more and more influential on the global stage, German continues to grow as an immensely valuable second language to know. If you decide to study abroad in Berlin, you'll have a great opportunity to improve your comprehension of the German language.

Don't waste anytime contemplating, just do it; experience life in Germany by choosing to study abroad in Berlin now!

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Visitors to Berlin are amazed at the juxtaposition between its youthful vibe and its volatile history. Study abroad with the Council on International Educational Exchange and discover the real culture and traditions of Germany, while being immersed in academics ranging from architecture to sustainability. Programs available for semester, summer, and six-week Open Campus blocks.

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Semester in Germany (Reutlingen)

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Summer Study in Germany with AIFS

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DAAD University Summer Course Grant

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TU Berlin Summer and Winter University Courses 2018

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