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Program Location Berlin, Germany
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33005
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Fall 2019 08/20/19 to 12/14/19

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Overview Purdue Credit
Eligibility Program Costs
Financial Aid Deadline
Returnee Info Resources


The IES Berlin Center is located in Mitte, a central district of Berlin famous for its numerous restaurants and stylish boutiques, the IES Center is just a five-minute walk from the Humboldt-Universitaet Berlin, Brandenburg Gate, and German Parliament. It is housed on the ground floor of a modern red brick building and offers classrooms, a small library, a computer lab, and a student lounge with wireless internet access.  

Language & Area Studies Program:

The IES Berlin Language & Area Studies Program draws upon Berlin's rich culture and tradition to connect coursework subjects with the living history of the city. The program offers IES courses taught in German by German faculty, as well as access to classes at a number of Berlin universities, including the renowned Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.  

Metropolitan Studies in Berlin Program:

A center of modern European history, Berlin has no equal for leaving its imprint on political, social, and cultural history in the 20th century. One of Europe's most vibrant cities, Berlin boasts a wide array of museums, art galleries, theaters, and cabarets, and its taste for artistic and social experimentation and effervescent night life are as alive today as they were in the 1920s. Berlin, a center for business, politics, and culture, and an ideological crossroads where East meets West, is the driving force for Germany in the 21st century.

The program dates above are for the Metropolitan Studies and the standard Language and Area Studies programs, which are very different from each other, so students should check the IES website to confirm their preferred program and its dates. In addition, students wishing to participate in IES' other options in Berlin, such as enrolling in courses taught at any of the local universities, should check the IES web-site for any varying dates, fees, and/or other additional expenses.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IES.



The program is open to Purdue students who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

Language & Area Studies Program: the language requirement is four semesters of German language courses and a 3.0 GPA.

Metropolitan Studies in Berlin Program: there is no language requirement.

GPA Requirement: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 0-4 Sem

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The Program Fee below is for the Metropolitan Studies or Language & Area Studies Programs and includes tuition and on-site orientation.  

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2019

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$14,995.00
Study Abroad Fee$914.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students- $2,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,170.00
Local Transportation$100.00
Books and Supplies$150.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$1,800.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Applicants for this program may be interested in scholarships offered by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). See the following website:

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

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