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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: IES 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: German Housing options: Homestay
Areas of study: Art History, Economics, Film, German, History, International Relations, Internships, Jewish Studies, Politics, Sociology, Theatre Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Program type: Direct enrollment, Hybrid Language level: German 44 or the equivalent
GPA: 2.75
Program Description:
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Berlin - Language & Area Studies

Program Overview

The minute you step off the plane in Berlin, you'll feel its energy. It's a place of new ideas, where sustainable technology and modern design are a way of life, and 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.

Specially-designed to improve your German language skills, the IES Abroad Berlin Language & Area Studies Program draws upon Berlin's rich culture and tradition 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.

Why Berlin?

Berlin is a modern city rebuilt on a tumultuous past. Let history surround you in Berlin, as you see the future boldly reflected in the architecture, innovation, and culture that characterize this great city today.

Student Life

We strive to make sure you feel safe, cared for, and at home while you’re away from home. Whether it’s the orientation program that makes you feel prepared, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, the cultural events that make it easy and fun to meet other international and local students, or the field trips and walking tours that take you to places tourists don’t usually see—we’re all about our student service. Learn more about the day-to-day studying abroad on this program. From field trips to housing, it’s all on IES Abroad’s website.

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Scholarships & Aid

IES Abroad firmly believes that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad program. That's why we commit $6 million in study abroad scholarships and aid, all offered through one quick and easy application. 

Aid Application Deadlines:
Summer – April 1
Fall/Academic Year – May 1
Spring/Calendar Year – November 1


The IES Abroad Difference

We can say that our academic standards are completely unmatched, our partnerships with more than 500 global universities and colleges speak to the quality of our programs, and our health and safety practices have set the standards for the entire field of study abroad. And all of that would be true…. But what really sets us apart is our commitment to you. As a not-for-profit study abroad and internship provider, you are our bottom line. Your success is our success. And in today’s world, that’s a pretty extraordinary thing.

  • 135+ Award-Winning Study Abroad and Internship Programs
  • 33 Global Locations
  • Advising & Student Support from predeparture to after you return home
  • Strong Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
  • $6+ Million in Aid and Scholarships
  • Passionate, Mission-Focused Staff and Faculty from our headquarters in Chicago to our Centers around the world
  • 70 Years of Experience

About IES Abroad

Founded in 1950, IES Abroad is a not-for-profit academic consortium of more than 260 top-tier American colleges and universities, with more than 240 additional partner universities worldwide. IES Abroad provides premier study abroad and internship programs around the world through IES Abroad, IES Internships, IES Abroad Customized & Faculty-Led Programs, and The Study Abroad Foundation. With more than 400 study abroad programs in 85 locations worldwide, the organization creates authentic global education opportunities for thousands of students annually. IES Abroad has nearly 140,000 alumni who have benefited from studying in IES Abroad programs since its inception. 

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Academic Program
Pomona students enroll 16-19 IES credits for a total of 4.0-4.75 Pomona credits. Students are required to enroll in an advanced German language course at the IES center and at least one course at a local university. The remaining electives can be taken in a combination of IES center or local university courses.

Highly advanced students may substitute a German literature course for the language course.

Students may not enroll in courses taught in English.

At least one course must have a significant focus on Germany.

Students may take only one IES course on a CR/NC basis. Students may not take the required German language course on a CR/NC basis.

Note: Normally, this program is only available for Pomona students in the spring semester because of conflicts with the German academic calendar dates in the fall. The spring semester dates allow full participation in regular university courses. Students with compelling academic reasons may apply for the fall, but they will not be able to take university courses since most fall courses run through February.

Living Arrangements
Students live with Germans in homes and apartments throughout the city. Pomona provides a meal allowance.

Number of Students
IES enrolls approximately 40–50 students, selected from a national pool. 

Host Institutions
Institute for the International Education of Students (IES)
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Faculty Liaison
Hans Jürg Rindisbacher

  • Completion of advanced German (German 44), or the equivalent.
  • A language course must have been completed within one year prior to the start of the program.
Priority is given to students who will have taken German during the semester preceding their anticipated study in Germany.

Student Experiences
Read about student experiences on the IES Berlin program.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline (Pacific Time) Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2024-2025 02/11/2024 03/08/2024 TBA TBA