Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

Berlin, Germany: CIEE Open Campus

Program Overview

Berlin, once divided by a wall, is a city of 3.4 million people and the capital of a unified 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.

Program: CIEE Berlin Open Campus

Duration: Spring or Fall, Academic Year


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


  1. Business - Students explore demands and strategies of global enterprise
  2. Communications, Journalism and New Media - Berlin is a leader in European communciations. Study the impact and power of media in today's global society.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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.


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.

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.

Housing & Meals

Students live in the vibrant Kreutrzberg district at the newly built CIEE Campus building. Single, double, and quad accommodations are offered with en suite bathrooms and shower facilities, fully equipped kitchens and comfortable lounges.  The residence hall also features quiet study areas, a cafe, common space and a peaceful inner courtyard. 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. A limited number of students may be housed in homestays or shared apartments. 


Program Costs

Clark Spring

Clark Fall

CIEE Berlin













Admin Fee









Addtional Estimated Expenses:  These are the responsibility of the student and may vary widely. Check with your program for specific information.

  • Passport, visa or residency permit
  • Health insurance
  • Personal Expenses (travel, gifts, going out)
  • Airfare
  • Local Transportation
  • Books and Supplies


The Fine Print

If you are a financial aid recipient, you should continue to receive financial aid. However, be sure to 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. You will receive an invoice from Clark's Student Accounts Department, indicating that the tuition payment will be due by mid-July for fall semester and mid-December for spring semester. Failure to satisfy your financial obligation to Clark University by the due date may result in withdrawal from the program. Clark University is not responsible for any independent travel that is not an official part of the Clark program and Clark does not assist in personal travel arrangements


Additional Resources

Application Information

  1. Apply for Clark approval to study abroad through the Clark website.
  2. Apply for admission to the program at CIEE's website. 


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.


Any information on this page is subject to change.