Study Abroad in Berlin, Germany

The minute you step off the plane in Berlin, you feel its energy. It’s a place of new ideas, where sustainable technology and modern design are a way of life, and where art galleries can be found on nearly every corner. But don’t forget, this dynamic city is also a center of modern European history – it has no equal for leaving its imprint on the political, social, and cultural history of the 20th century. We invite you to study in Berlin and to explore one of the world’s most vibrant cities.

Fall Semester, Spring Semester, or Academic Year

Academic Tracks

IES Abroad offers a variety of courses that explore topics related to urban societies and culture or security studies and international affairs through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Their experienced faculty facilitate a unique academic experience and provide you with new perspectives both in and out of class.

You take 15–19 credits per semester. All courses are worth 3 credits, excluding the 4-credit German Language courses. All courses are taught in English, excluding language courses, which are taught in German.

Both tracks below are available to PLU students as Featured programs:

Metropolitan & Urban Studies

Security Studies & International Affairs

PLU Course Equivalency

In the future, a Course Equivalency Guide will be built and uploaded to this webpage.

Pacific Lutheran University awards all credits earned in this program. Semester-long study away programs fulfill PLU’s Cross Cultural Diversity requirement.

Course and study tour offerings are subject to change.

Study Tours

Required Program-Related Trip

Both academic tracks include an exciting course-related trip to either Vienna or Warsaw where you learn firsthand about historical and contemporary challenges cities are facing. The trip is a required, integral academic component of this program.The cost is included in the program fee.


Metropolitan & Urban Studies – This academic trip will provide you with a new perspective on the Austrian capital. In addition to exploring its world-famous historical sites and museums, you will have the opportunity to discuss urban governance topics with local scholars and explore the city’s rich architectural heritage in relation to urban development.

Security Studies & International Affairs – The academic trip to Vienna will provide you with a new perspective on the Austrian capital which is also one of the United Nations headquarters. You will explore the city’s world-famous museums and historical sites, visit institutions that are relevant to international affairs, and meet scholars and practitioners in the field.


Metropolitan & Urban Studies – You will explore European history and urban development in a comparative perspective through this academic trip to Poland’s vibrant capital, viewing its distinct historical and cultural heritage through architectural tours, museum visits, and encounters with the local academic community.

Security Studies & International Affairs – You will explore European history and current security challenges through this academic trip to Poland’s vibrant capital, viewing its distinct historical and cultural heritage through architectural tours, museum visits, and encounters with the local academic community.

IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability.

Additional Opportunities

IES Abroad offers a range of field trips that take you throughout and beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country and the region. You share a portion of the cost with IES Abroad. These field trips are not included in the PLU comprehensive fee. Past destinations have included:

  • Dessau – 1 day
  • Potsdam – 1 day
  • Hamburg – 2 days

Note: These locations are subject to change. Cost per field trip varies, see IES Abroad for current information. 


Living with Locals – IES Abroad offers you the unique experience of living with local residents throughout the city. Hosts may be single adults, single parents, or families. Most housing is in apartments. You will live in a single room or with another IES Abroad student.

Apartments – IES Abroad offers single rooms or same-gender shared rooms in mixed-gender student apartments. Live with other IES Abroad students in apartments with fully equipped kitchens.

Program Fee

The PLU comprehensive fee covers this academic experience (instruction and academic credit, housing, a meal stipend, study abroad insurance, and visa fees*). To find the current comprehensive fee for one semester, divide the total full-year cost listed on the Admissions website by two. Please note that the comprehensive fee varies each year, and the cost of this program will be based on the year in which you study away. Financial aid applies.

*The Wang Center will reimburse you for your visa fees up to $300; such fees can include: visa processing fees, consulate fees, online application fees. Reimbursement does not include: domestic travel costs for in-person submission, postage costs.

Learn more about Residence Permits and Student Visas for Germany.

Out-of-pocket Expenses

Some air travel, books/supplies, personal excursions, domestic travel*/postage for visa processing, and other miscellaneous expenses are not included in program cost.

*Be sure to research your visa requirements as you may have to go in-person to a consulate or visa processing center. Depending on the country, there may or may not be a local consulate, and you may have to fly to another US state.

Contact Us

Holly Peterson, Study Away Advisor and Semester Program Liaison

Contact IES here.


Sophomore, junior, or senior standing. Students must have a minimum 2.75 G.P.A. and be in good standing.

Application Deadline

Fall, Spring and Full Year applications are due March 15

A $50 non-refundable fee is due with the application.

Each academic year the current application is made available during International Education Week in November.

Applicants to IES Abroad Berlin must also complete the IES Abroad application.

Application Components

  • Short essays
  • Faculty Recommendation Form
  • $50 Non-refundable Application fee
  • Advising appointment
  • Online applications for both PLU and IES

Program Highlights

  • Fall Semester, Spring Semester, or Academic Year
  • Live with a host family in Germany’s vibrant capital
  • Improve your language skills by taking courses in German
  • Gain international work experience and enhance your study away experience with an internship