Program Details

Program Location Berlin, Germany
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33005
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2025 01/21/25 to 05/10/25
Fall 2024 08/27/24 to 12/14/24
Past Dates
Spring 2024 01/30/24 to 05/18/24
Page Links
Click here to apply for this program!
Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice



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.  

IES Abroad has three program options in Berlin:

The program dates in Berlin vary by program as well as options within the program itself. 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 website 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 enrolled in a German course within the year prior to the program start date

Metropolitan Studies and Securities Studies Programs: 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.

Academic Program

No matter which program track you pick, you'll enroll in 15-19 credits for the semester.

On the Language & Area Studies track, a German language course is required and all courses are taught in German.

On the other tracks, courses are offered in English with the option to take a course taught in German if your language level allows.

Please click on the links for each option in the overview section to see more on available courses. 


Excursions are subject to change.

Even though your adventure starts in Berlin, IES field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. Field trips are offered at an extra cost and may be day or overnight trips to other parts of Germany.

Redefine the way you live and learn in Berlin through cultural events as well, which may include visits to:

  • Concert halls and opera houses
  • German history museum
  • Jewish Museum
  • German Parliament

Field trips and cultural events can vary by semester or year, the ones listed above are for reference only and may not reflect the offerings each semester.


IES Abroad Berlin offers several housing options:

Live with Locals -  You will live in a single room in a shared apartment with single adults, single parents, or families. Students typically prepare their own meals in their housing or dine in student cafeterias or affordable restaurants. Meals are not included in the program cost. All apartments include high-speed internet.

Small Studio Apartment - You will live in a single studio with a private bathroom and either a private or shared kitchenette. Students typically prepare their own meals in their housing or dine in student cafeterias or affordable restaurants. No meals are provided with this housing option. All studios include high-speed internet. Laundromats are available at extra cost.

Shared Apartment - Live with other IES Abroad Berlin students in mixed-gender?student apartments with separate rooms and shared living room, fully equipped kitchen, and bathroom. No meals are provided with this housing option. All studios include high-speed internet. Laundromats are available at no extra cost.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.
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 includes tuition and on-site orientation.  

Some program options may carry additional fees, listed below are the base fees for the program. Please see IES website for more details.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $17,099.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $3,316.00
Insurance $245.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students - $1,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,300.00
Visa $76.00
Books and Supplies $50.00
Meals $3,600.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $2,300.00
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 (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online 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