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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CIEE 
  • Program Cost: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Final Application Deadline Decision Timeline Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 10/01/2021 10/01/2021 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.75
Subject Areas: Art History, Business, Communication and Journalism, Computer & Information Sciences, Engineering, Journalism, Mathematics, Media Studies, Political Science, Statistics Housing Options: Residence Hall/Dormitory
Internship Available: Yes Program Sponsor: CIEE
Program Description:

Open Campus

BERLIN, GERMANY

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Program Overview

Do Berlin on your own terms by customizing your experience through the Open Campus program. Take one, two, or three six-week blocks, select your academic track from six options, then choose your courses from a wide range of subject areas. No matter how you build your program, you’ll surround yourself with the language, culture, and people of the vibrant, international Kreuzberg district – a hub for the arts, music, and digital technology.

Unique Experiences

STAY IN BERLIN FOR THE DURATION

of your study abroad or add on blocks in other CIEE Open Campus locations in London, Rome, Paris, Madrid, and Cape Town.

EXPLORE BERLIN’S

architectural masterpieces and world-class arts scenes.

SEE HOW GERMANY AND THE EUROPEAN UNION

are addressing major healthcare challenges through courses and fieldwork.

Read student stories

Excursions & Activities

  • Visit the German Institute for International and Security Affairs to discuss cyber security.
  • Walk along the East Side Gallery – the longest existing stretch of the Berlin Wall – with a local artist and political activist.
  • Tour Jamba!, a ring-tone creator and marketing firm that has become one of Berlin’s most successful tech start-ups, and more.
  • In each block, participate in a two-night, three-day study tour to another region in Germany or Europe.  
  • Students living in the residence hall can experience a weekend homestay with a local German family.

Projects

  • Volunteering. Give back and create a deeper connection to Berlin. Students have opportunities to volunteer at local organizations, youth centers, schools, and more.
  • Internships. Build new skills and intercultural competencies through the CIEE Academic Internship, and become an active member of the Berlin professional environment.
  • Research. Pursue a research project of your own design incorporating independent, local field work.
  • Service-learning projects. Combine course-based learning with practical, relevant project experience to meet a community-defined need.

What's Included

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Multi-day on-site orientation – introducing students to Berlin society and culture, and the CIEE academic program.
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

1 out of 3 CIEE students receives a scholarship - get yours!

GAIN Travel Grants - up to $2,000 toward travel costs guaranteed to all Pell-elgible students.

Gilman Go Global Grants - $2,500/semester and $1,000/summer, guaranteed to all Gilman applications.

Merit-Based Scholarships - $2,500/semester and $750/summer, awarded to students deomonstrating high academic achievement.

Minority Serving Institutions (MIS) Grant - $2,000/semester and $500/summer, guaranteed to all students attending MSIs.

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Why CIEE

  • 200+ study abroad programs in 40+ countries
  • $8 million in scholarships offered each year
  • 1 in 3 students receives a scholarship
  • Study tours and cultural activities included
  • Internships and volunteering opportunities
  • Rigorous academics
  • Cultural immersion
  • iNext travel insurance included

Questions?

Our highly experienced staff have extensive knowledge of all CIEE programs and services. If you are a student with questions about completing your application, or you want to sign up to receive program updates and news, our staff are happy to help.

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Customize your study abroad experience. Our Open Campus program at the CIEE Global Institute – Berlin offers maximum flexibility to engage and experience Berlin in your own way. Match the academic experience with your interests, aspirations, and degree requirements: Take one, two, or three six-week blocks for your perfect amount of intensive study and cultural engagement, select your academic track from five diverse options, then choose from our wide range of courses and subject areas.

In Berlin, no matter how you build your program, you'll surround yourself with the language, culture, and people of the vibrant Kreuzberg district – a hub for the arts, techno, and digital technology. The campus features a newly renovated former factory, study in state-of-the-art classrooms, and opportunities to get involved with activities, interest groups, and sports activities designed to connect you with the local community. Plus, you'll have plenty of chances to get out and learn about Berlin and Germany up close during included excursions and Study-Tours.

Students can also opt to combine locations across the CIEE Open Campus locations to create a truly individualized study abroad experience

CREATE YOUR PERFECT STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCE
Select courses from five academic tracks: 
  • Language, Literature & Culture – Build your German language skills and probe the fascinating cultures found in Berlin, Germany, and Europe as you absorb Berlin's architectural masterpieces and world-class arts scenes. Some courses are available in both English and German, so you can combine language-learning with discipline-centered content.
  • Business – Germany is Europe's economic powerhouse, and its capital city is the largest hub for tech start-ups, making Berlin a prime spot to investigate the new demands and strategies of global business.
  • Communications, Journalism & New Media – Home to more than 1,000 film and television production companies, Berlin leads the way in European communications. Coursework, fieldwork, and site visits offer revealing insight into the role and power of media today.
  • Health Sciences – See how Germany and the European Union are addressing major health care challenges with a combination of courses and fieldwork with renowned institutions and research centers.
  • International Relations & Political Science – Germany – a leading voice in European and world affairs – an ideal place to examine the pressing challenges facing Europe today and their impact on every corner of the globe.

Enroll in one, two or three 6-week blocks:

The Open Campus Program teaches classes taught on a unique six-week academic block system, which results in courses that are taught more intensively than in a traditional semester-length course. Student should be prepared for a more focused academic experience with longer class sessions. Choose one, two or three academic blocks during either the fall or spring semester. Each block is six weeks long, and can be combined with blocks in the Open Campus program in Berlin, London and Paris. Students typically take two courses per block, one of which might be an Academic Project (internship, service learning project, or independent research).

Stay in Berlin – or combine locations

Stay in Berlin for the duration of your study abroad – or add on blocks in other CIEE Open Campus locations in CIEE's unique Global Scholar program.

Global Scholars are students who combine sessions in the Open Campus programs in Berlin, London, Paris, and Rome. To amplify and maximize the experience, all Global Scholars participate in Global Scholars Online (GSO), a virtual course that will accompany you on your journey to multiple CIEE Global Institutes. GSO will help you squeeze the most learning and benefit out of your time abroad. It will support you in connecting with peers, making sense of cultural differences, and transitioning between multiple host cultures.

Application Process for Other Approved Programs
This program is offered through one of our approved program partners. In order to participate you must apply through, and be approved, by both St. Thomas and the program.
 
Application Process
  1. Attend a first-step session. Dates posted online at stthomas.edu/studyabroad.
  2. Schedule an advising meeting. This meeting will review:
    1. any questions you have about studying abroad, including program selection if you are considering multiple programs.
    2. the course approval process
    3. how to apply to Other Approved Programs
  3. Notify your study abroad advisor of final program selection.
  4. Complete all St. Thomas application materials by the St. Thomas application deadline.
  5. Complete program application via the program’s website by their deadline.
 
University of St. Thomas application deadlines:
October 1 for January Term and spring semester programs
March 15 for summer, fall semester and year-long programs.
Please note that some programs have deadlines earlier than St. Thomas.
 
St Thomas Criteria for Participation
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.5.
  • Students may not apply for, maintain an approved application, nor participate in a Study Abroad program while on academic or conduct probation. Any disciplinary records may be a consideration for approval to participate in an off-campus programs.
  • View all eligibility requirements for study abroad through St. Thomas: stthomas.edu/studyabroad > Student Policies.
  • Some programs have additional criteria.
 
Financial Aid/Scholarships
Financial Aid Awards (grants, loans and scholarships) typically apply to study abroad. Visit stthomas.edu/financialaid for instructions.
The Office of Study Abroad, and other approved program partners, offers scholarships. Visit stthomas.edu/studyabroad, and the program’s website, for details.


Program Information
For additional program information, contact the program partner.
For application procedures contact Study Abroad.
 
Office of Study Abroad
University of St. Thomas
MHC 212 (Mail 5026)
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096 USA
Tel: 1.651.962.6450
Fax: 1.651.962.5199
Email: studyabroad@stthomas.edu
stthomas.edu/studyabroad