Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

Germany: CIEE, Berlin

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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

Clark's year-long or semester program in Berlin is administered by the Council on International Educational Exchange, (CIEE). The program is designed for students who have an interest in contemporary culture in Berlin, Germany, and Europe as a whole, while studying the German language. The CIEE study center is affiliated with the Touro College Berlin. Courses are offered in a variety of areas including the German language, art history, history, philosophy, political science, business and more depending upon the courses offered during the specific semester. Courses are small at both the CIEE Study Center and Trouro College, typically between 15 -20 students.

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. As CIEE Resident Director Benjamin Lorch describes it, "It is a place of stark contrasts - dark memories and bright dreams...." Nightlife ranks among the top venues in Europe with a broad variety of museums and cultural attractions to visit during the day.

Students have the option of living in a single bedroom with a German host family or in an apartment where students may have to share a room. Home stay placements are made on the basis of compatibility between families and students and in some cases a suitable home stay will not be available for every interested student. Students in home stays generally eat two meals a day with their families and most meals on the weekends. Students are responsible for weekly lunches. Students selecting the apartment option need to budget for all meals, as they are not included in the room and board fee.

The academic program is supplemented with an excursion to another German city to increase the students' understanding of Berlin within its broader national context. Trips may vary from semester to semester. This trip is supplemented by local excursions to 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.

Clark Credit

Participating students receive four Clark units per semester, provided all coursework is completed, all required exams are taken, and final papers are submitted. All students are required to enroll in German language courses and typically four additional area studies courses. A full load is considered courses totaling 15-18 credits. All courses receive letter grades, which show on the Clark transcript and are factored into the overall GPA. Please note that it is not possible to take courses Pass/Fail, and overloads (i.e. "5th" courses) are not permitted. 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. Applications may be rejected for any number of reasons by the overseas program.

Program Costs:

Your student account will be 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. Remember that there might be a whole array of fees for using the 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. Any 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, 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. 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 2014-15

  • Housing (both home stay and apartment options) - $4850
  • Insurance - $102
  • Meal expenses (lunches) for home stay students – $900
  • Meal expenses for apartment housing - $2600
  • Personal Expenses - $2800
  • Transportation (based on US East Coast departure) - $1450
  • Local Transportation - $400
  • Books and Supplies - $300

*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.