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CIEE Language and Culture Program in Berlin, Germany
Berlin, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Program Website: Click Here for Additional Information
Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Restrictions: UW-Platteville Education Abroad applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2015 03/16/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2015-2016 03/16/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study:
Architecture, Business, Business Law, Drama, Film, German, History, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Language(s) of Instruction:
English, German
Minimum GPA:
Apartment (Shared), Homestay
Years of Eligibility:
Program Description:


Come begin or continue your German language study in Germany’s dynamic capital city.

CIEE study abroad in Berlin provides challenging and stimulating courses in a range of subjects that aim to increase students’ understanding of contemporary cultural realities in Berlin, Germany, and Europe. Intensive language courses serve to improve you facility with German and deepen learning and social exchange experiences.

In Berlin you will:

  • Begin or continue your German language study in Germany’s capital city
  • Select from a wide range of courses taught in English focused on modern Germany and Europe, and explore the country on overnight program excursions
  • Get an insider’s perspective on Berlin through CIEE events and workshops on diverse aspects of the city
  • Participate in activities with German students, including language partners
  • Live and learn in an exciting, accessible, multicultural European metropolis
The CIEE Difference


Enroll in an array of courses in various disciplines taught in English focusing on Berlin and Germany.  Subjects include Architecture, Philosophy, Business, Pop-Culture, and Cinema.
Advanced German speakers may enroll in one German-taught course.


Enjoy an insider’s perspective that most people, both locals and tourists, never see. Guided site visits and self-guided excursion assignments unveil local culture, history, politics, and art that link classroom learning to modern realities. A weeklong field trip to two European cities helps to place Germany within the context of the European Union and a separate two-day, one-night field trip to another German city such as Munich, Hamburg, Leipzig, or Dresden exposes the diversity of the German states.

Language Partners

CIEE works with the Freie Universität to recruit German students from the Department of Foreign Languages to serve as language partners for CIEE study abroad students. Structured weekly meetings and more informal events with language partners help students improve their language skills.


Total recommended credit for the semester is 13-16 semester/19.5-24 quarter hours. For the academic year, total recommended credit is 26-32 semester/39-48 quarter hours.

Content courses have 45 contact hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated.

Language class contact hours are either 130 with a recommended credit of 8 U.S. credits or 90 with a recommended credit of 4 U.S. credits.

Program Requirements

Students typically take German language for four or eight credits and two or three additional courses. Students at the beginning level may take German for four credits and three additional courses. Students at the intermediate or advanced level may take German for eight credits and two additional courses. Students also take the Seminar on Living and Learning for an additional two credits.

About Berlin

Berlin is the dynamic and fascinating capital of Germany with a dramatic and disturbing past. As a center of German cultural and intellectual life, the influence of Berlin reverberates around the world. It offers an incredibly wide range of cultural offerings, including many museums, theaters, restaurants, cafés, music venues, and green spaces. With low rents and inexpensive food prices Berlin is an attractive place for artists and young people who flock to the city and make it one of the most dynamic places in the world to work, live, and study. The 24-hour public transportation system is extensive and the city is well connected to other cities.

Where You’ll Study

The CIEE Study Center is located in central Berlin, in the lively Mitte district, in a quiet residential neighborhood just minutes from bustling shopping, dining and recreation areas Torstrasse, Prenzlauer Berg, Hackescher Markt, Alexanderplatz, and Museum Island are all within easy walking distance. The facility features several bright, airy classrooms, a student library, a spacious lounge, a small kitchen and coffee area, as well as CIEE administrative offices. Free Wi-Fi is available to students, as well as computing, printing, and complementary long-distance telephone.

Housing & Meals

Study abroad students live either with host families or in studio apartments. Staying with a host family is strongly encouraged as this allows students to fully experience the local culture and practice speaking German every day. For students in homestays, two meals per day are included. For students in apartments, meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Each studio apartment includes a kitchenette and food markets are within walking distance. Meals can also be taken at student cafeterias and restaurants throughout the city and on the Freie Universität campus. All students use public transportation to commute to their classes.

Academic Program

The CIEE Berlin Language and Culture program at the Berlin Study Center offers an array of courses in various disciplines taught in English focusing on Berlin and Germany. Faculty are drawn from Humboldt University, the Technical University, the Berlin School of Law and Economics, and other prestigious Berlin institutions.

Academic Culture

Classes are small in size, consisting of approximately 10 to 15 students. Content courses meet each week, and include field visits in Berlin and surrounding areas. CIEE students may take German at any level. Students take an online pre-departure language test to determine their language level placement before arriving in Berlin.

Nature of Classes

CIEE students take courses with other CIEE students.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

As study abroad students gain proficiency in German, resident staff encourage them to use their language skills in everyday settings. The more students participate, the more a community that contributes to German language proficiency and understanding of German society develops.

Grading System

The U.S. grading scale of is used. Content courses are generally evaluated based on participation, a mid-term, final exam, final paper, and small independent projects focused on specific sites in Berlin. In the German language courses, students are generally evaluated based on exams, quizzes, oral exams, and short written assignments.

Language of Instruction



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