IES: Berlin Metropolitan Studies

The IES: Berlin Metropolitan Studies program provides students with an opportunity to use the thriving cultural and political center of Berlin as a case study in issues affecting major metropolitan areas.  Students must enroll in a German language course, but all other instruction is in English.  Field trips to Paris, France and St. Petersburg, Russia provide a comparative context for study.  Previous German language study is not required.

Fields of study:

German language and German studies, Sociology and Urban Studies.


Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


Late August-December, February - May


15 - 19 credits per semester - Required Courses:
German Language (4 credits)
Area Studies courses taught in English (3 credits each)

Credit Conversion:

1 IES credit = 1 Whitman credit


In apartments with Germans


Students prepare their own meals or dine in student cafeterias or restaurants


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