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

Language & Area Studies

Specially designed to improve your German language skills, this program draws upon Berlin’s rich culture and traditions to connect your coursework with the living history of the city. IES Abroad courses are taught in German by local faculty, and a variety of academic options are available at local universities.

You can also add international work experience to your resume while earning credit by taking an academic internship seminar during the semester and staying on after the semester to work at your internship placement.

Students take 16-19 credits (5-6 courses) during a semester, with all courses taught in German.

Academic Features

  • Academic strengths in:
    • Language, Linguistics & Cultural Studies
    • Anthropology, Sociology & Gender Studies
    • History, Philosophy & Religion
    • Literature & Writing
    • More!
  • Average class size of 11 students, average language class size of 6
  • Tailor your academic experience with one required German language course and a combination of IES Abroad area studies courses and courses at partner universities, all taught in German
  • Internship options in Business, Cultural Institutions, Education, Government, Social Organizations

PLU Course Equivalency

As PLU students choose this program, 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

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:

  • Warnemünde – On the Baltic Sea – 4 days
    Potsdam – 1 day
  • Prague & Dresden – 4 days
  • Hamburg & Lübeck – 2 days
  • Munich & Nuremberg – 4 days

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

Learn more about possible study tours here.


Students live with a homestay in Berlin, providing them with the opportunity to improve their language skills and cultural understanding. Hosts can be families, single parents, or single adults. Housing will most likely be an apartment. Students are typically responsible for providing their own meals, either cooking in the their host’s kitchen or eating at student cafeterias or restaurants.

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

Dr. Kirsten Christensen
IES Berlin – PLU Faculty Liaison, Professor of German


Contact IES here.


4 semesters of college-level German. 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

IES Abroad’s Website

For more information, visit IES Abroad’s website.

Learn more about Residence Permits and Student Visas for Germany.

Explore Germany-specific Identity Resources.

Explore Social Identity Resources.

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