The IES Berlin Language & 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.

Fields of study:

Art history, German literature, film, theater, philosophy, economics, politics, sociology and women's studies as well as other fields


Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Language Prerequisite:

Four semesters of college-level German or the equivalent

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


August-December or August-February (for those taking University Courses)
March-June or March-Late July (for those taking University Courses)


Minimum of 15 credits per semester - Required Courses:
German Language (4 credits)
Four Electives at IES Center and/or local University (3 credits each)

Credit Conversion:

1 IES credit = 1 Whitman credit


In apartments with Germans


Available in places such as museums, government offices, theaters and publishing houses. Internships occur at the end of each semester either in January-February or in July-August, except placements at schools and some social organizations.


IES Abroad Scholarships

Program Link:

IES Berlin Language & Area Studies