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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:
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, Stand alone Language level: German 44 or the equivalent
GPA: 8.25
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Berlin - Language & Area Studies

Program Overview

Berlin Students

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.

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Interested in seeing our Center through a Virtual Tour? Check it out here!

NOTE: Program dates listed in Studio Abroad are approximate. Please refer to IES Abroad predeparture materials for planning travel.

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

Whether it's an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path--we're all about our student services. To find out more specific details, click here and select the Student Life tab.

About IES Abroad

Everything we do is about the IES Abroad student. Our profoundly passionate team of study abroad professionals believes in creating once-in-a-lifetime educational adventures that transcend expectations. Our goal is to rock the world of some 6,500 study abroad students every year. From our headquarters in Chicago to our 140 study abroad programs in more than 34 global locations worldwide, we create authentic global education and life-affirming cultural experiences.

Discover more about what we offer with all of our programs.

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Academic Program
Pomona students enroll in five courses (16 IES credits) for a total of 4.0 Pomona credits. Students are required to enroll in a German advanced language course at the IES center (1.0 Pomona credit) and at least one course at a local university (0.75 Pomona credits). The remaining three electives can be taken in a combination of IES center or local university courses (0.75 Pomona credits each).

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

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

Note: Pomona allows students to study in Germany only in the spring semester because of the German academic calendar. The spring semester dates allow full participation in regular university courses. However, students with compelling academic reasons may apply for the fall, but they will not be able to take university courses since most fall university 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
Freie Universität
Technische Universität

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.
  • 9.0 GPA.
Priority is given to students who will have taken German during the semester preceding their anticipated study in Germany.

Through the generous support of IES Abroad, the Office of Study Abroad is able to award a small number of grants to Pomona College students who participate in the IES Abroad Berlin-Language & Area Studies program during the spring 2019 semester. Scholarships range from $500-$5,000. Applications will be made available to students after acceptance by Pomona College's Study Abroad Committee.

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

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/15/2019 03/08/2019 TBA TBA