The IES: Berlin Metropolitan and Urban 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.

“I felt well integrated in the social and cultural life of Berlin while living there. Living in a big city was a new experience for me and has definitely prepared me for life in bigger cities in the future.” - Matt U. '18

Faculty Adviser:

Professor Emily Jones (German Studies & Environmental Humanities)

Fields of study:

German language and German studies, politics, sociology, and urban studies


Minimum cumulative GPA requirement 2.8 (Whitman requirement)

Language Prerequisite:



15-18 credits per semester - Required Courses:
IES Abroad German language course (Whitman requirement, 4 credits)
IES Abroad Berlin Metropolitan Studies core courses (required, minimum of 2, 3 credits each)
International Affairs & Security Studies courses (optional, maximum of 2, 3 credits each)

Credit Conversion:

1 IES credit = 1 Whitman credit




Housing with local residents


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

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


September-December, late January-May


IES Abroad Scholarships

Program Link:

IES: Berlin Metropolitan and Urban Studies