Program Details

Program Location Berlin, Germany
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33005
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Current Program Dates
Summer 2024 06/03/24 to 07/20/24
Past Dates
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice



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 music venues, as well as world-class architecture and a reputation for cutting-edge design. A center of German and international business, politics, and culture, and an ideological crossroads where East meets West, Berlin is the driving force for Germany in the 21st century. 

There are two summer program options in Berlin:

Language & Culture:  This program combines the development of language skills with English- and German-taught courses that expose students to Germany’s fascinating history and present-day culture and society.

Metropolitan & Urban StudiesThis English-taught program explores topics in Urban Studies, Architecture, and Environmental Studies in Berlin, a city that has both rebuilt and redesigned itself over the past century.

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



The program is open to Purdue students in good standing 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.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 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

Language & Culture Program: German language courses are available at the beginning and intermediate levels. A German-taught Literature course is offered for advanced-level students. Field study plays a central role in the program, taking you outside the classroom to discover the rich heritage and contemporary culture of Berlin and Germany.

Metropolitan & Urban Studies: Courses integrate field study to provide a first-hand look at Berlin’s architectural innovations, methods for integrating sustainable design, and various historical and political movements.

Please see IES website for more specific information regarding courses.


Various local activities and field study trips to important sites within Germany round out the program. Locations may vary, but may include visits to Potsdam, the Baltic Sea, tours of Berlin neighborhoods, architectural tours, a soccer game, meetings with Berlin-based ambassadors of foreign countries, and more!


IES Abroad offers you the unique experience of living with local Germans. Live with local residents throughout the city, allowing you to fully experience German life. Hosts may be single adults, single parents, families, or German university students. No meals are provided.

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.

Program fee includes tuition, public transportation pass, and resident permit. Students who'd like to earn nine credits will be charged an additional $500 fee.

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

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $5,075.00
Study Abroad Fee $609.40
Housing $1,540.00
Insurance $135.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,500.00
Books and Supplies $50.00
Meals $1,250.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $600.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

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 Summer Programs Mar 1

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