The IES: Berlin Language and Area Studies Program in Germany provides students with an opportunity to study the German language and about Germany in this thriving cultural and political center at the crossroads of East and West. Students can enroll either in courses with other US students at the IES Center or in courses with German students at Humboldt Universitat. All courses are taught by local faculty in German. To further facilitate cultural immersion, participants live in apartments with Germans, typically young professionals or families.

“It was the experience of a lifetime. Particularly for students like me, who come from rural towns and then live in Walla Walla, Berlin is the perfect city to introduce one to urban living. It is huge, lively and diverse; but at the same time it has enough parks and quiet places that it never feels overwhelming. You learn every day in Berlin, whether you have class or not. This city is the perfect intersection between the past and future, between east and west. One cannot match the Berlin experience in any other city.” Noah O. ‘17

Faculty Adviser:

Professor Emily Jones (German Studies & Environmental Humanities)

Fields of study:

German language, art history, German literature, history, politics, sociology, as well as other fields


Minimum cumulative gpa requirement 2.8 (Whitman requirement)

Language Prerequisite:

Four semesters of college-level German or the equivalent


16-19 credits per semester - Required Courses:
IES Abroad German language course (4 credits)
German-taught area studies courses at IES Center (3 credits each)
German-taught courses at partner universities (3 credits each)
Internship (includes internship seminar followed by internship placement after the semester, 3 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 IES credit = 1 Whitman credit


Available in areas such architecture, business, computer science, education, engineering, government, medicine, mass media, and social organizations. Internships occur at the end of each semester either in January-February or in July-August, except placements at schools and some social organizations.


Housing with local residents


Students typically prepare their own meals in their housing or dine in student cafeterias or restaurants.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


September-December or August-February (for students taking University Courses or on an internship)
March-June or March-July (for students taking University Courses) or March-August (for students with internships)


IES Abroad Scholarships

Program Link:

IES: Berlin Language and Area Studies