Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

Germany: CIEE, Berlin


map of Germany

Program Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: Spring or Fall, Academic Year
Program Dates

Flights should be not be booked based on the dates above. It is recommended to wait until the program has issued specific arrival information.

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Program Overview

Berlin, once divided by a wall, is a city of 3.4 million people and his home to a great number of artists and young adults. Since the country's reunification in 1990, Berlin has been capital to the Federal Republic of Germany. It has developed a wonderful public transportation system that is open 24/7 and links the city to the rest of Europe and beyond. Nightlife ranks among the top venues in Europe with a broad variety of museums and cultural attractions to visit during the day.

At the Berlin Open Campus Program students can choose from 5 Academic tracks:




Business - Students explore demands and strategies of global enterprise

Communications, Journalism and New Media - Berlin is a leader in European communciations. Study the impact and power of media in today's global society.

Health Sciences - Understand how Germany and the EU view and are taking action re: today's health care concerns. Opportunites are available for fieldwork and internships.

International Relations and Political Science - Berlin is a global center for new ideas and industry. Explore the strengths and challenges of the Contintent and their influence around the world.

Language, Literature & Culture - Begin or improve your communication in the German language. Learn about the rich cultural heritage in the areas of architecture, music, theater, dance and art. Courses are available in both German and English.

Students live in the vibrant Kreutrzberg district of the city at the newly built CIEE Campus building. Single, double, and quad accommodations are offered with en suite bathrooms and shower facilities. Both local students and CIEE students live in the accommodations which are supervised by local RA's. Events and excursions are planned weekly. Students must budget for all meals, as food is not included in the CIEE billing. Kitchens, laundry facilities, courtyards, a cafe and study lounges are available to the students in their spacious accommodations. Students may consider participating in the weekend homestay or the adopt-a-family program.

The academic program is supplemented with excursions around Berlin to compliment course work and engage students in the local activity and culture. Trips may vary from semester to semester and include sites that the average tourist may not have access to visiting. As students gain proficiency in German, Resident Staff encourage them to use their language skills in everyday settings. There are German-language only sites within the Open Campus where students can use and improve their language skills.

Clark Credit

Students must take three Blocks of classes, enrolling in two courses for each Block for a total of 6 classes. A full course load totals 15-18 credits. All courses receive letter grades, which show on the Clark transcript and are factored into the overall GPA.

NOTE: Students may not take courses Pass/Fail. Students may take up to 18 US credits without petitioning for a 5th course. Please check with the Study Abroad Office to ensure transferability of credit.


All applicants must fulfill Clark University's eligibility requirements. Students must also be prepared to fulfill the CIEE study abroad program requirements in Berlin, Germany. Applications may be rejected for any number of reasons by the overseas program.

Program Costs:

Students are billed for Clark tuition each semester that you are abroad, and Clark will pay your tuition/academic fees to CIEE. There is a one-time $1000 study abroad fee that will appear on your Clark tuition bill. You will be billed by CIEE directly for your housing, and you will need to provide for your own meals if not provided. Books, non-academic fees, visa, and travel expenses are your responsibility. You are also responsible for all of your personal expenses and for your pocket money while abroad. There might be additional fees for using select campus facilities. These fees vary from year to year and we recommend that you check with the program representatives at CIEE to see if further information is available. Additional expenses related to individual courses, such as travel, are also your responsibility.

Studying off-campus always generates additional and unexpected expenses. If you are a financial aid recipient, you should continue to receive financial aid. However, check with the Office of Financial Assistance to see if there will be any changes in your financial aid package. You will not be able to receive Work-Study money while you are abroad. International Scholarships are granted to enrich the Clark campus with international students and cannot be applied to off-campus programs. Students applying to programs in Germany should check scholarship opportunities offered by the DAAD (the German Academic Exchange Service).

You will receive an invoice from Clark's Student Accounts Department, indicating that the tuition payment will be due by mid-July for the fall and mid-December for the spring. The exact due date will appear on your bill. Failure to satisfy your financial obligation to Clark University by the due date may result in your withdrawal from the program. Failure to satisfy your financial obligations to your host institution may result in no transcript being issued for your participation in their program.

Under NO circumstances will Clark University be responsible for independent travel you choose to participate in, which is not an official part of the Clark program. Clark will not assist in any personal travel arrangements.

Estimated additional costs for 2016-17

  • Housing - $4425
  • Insurance - $167
  • Meal expense - $2700
  • Personal Expenses - $2850
  • Airfare (based on US East Coast departure) - $1450
  • Local Transportation - $405
  • Books and Supplies - $300
  • Study Abroad/Away Admin. Fee - $1000

*these fees vary from year to year

Application Deadlines

Study abroad applicants must schedule an appoint with a study abroad advisor the semester before the application deadline, or two semesters/one year before planning to be abroad. Application information will be provided at this meeting. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted, and retrospective credit will not be granted.

  • Fall semester application deadline - February 15
  • Spring semester application deadline - September 15

Important Additional Information

For more information about this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office.

Any information on this page is subject to change.