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Program Description


CIEE Open Campus Berlin 1

CIEE Berlin 2

Photos courtesy of CIEE.
The 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: Pair 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 your electives from a wide range of courses offered through the program.

No matter how you build your program, you’ll immerse yourself in the German language, culture, and people vibrant Kreuzberg district – a hub for the arts, techno, and the world’s digital currency boom. Live in a new residence hall, study in state-ofthe-art classrooms, and get involved with fun activities, interest groups, and sports on a campus designed to connect you with the local community. Plus, you’ll have plenty of chances toget out and see Berlin and Germany up close during included excursions and multi-day study tours.

NEW! Interested in studying abroad for only session A or B? Apply now for Block I (session A) or Block III (session B) and earn 6 ASU credits in 6 weeks during the semester.




Photo courtesy of CIEE

Location Details

Berlin is the dynamic and fascinating capital of Germany with a dramatic and disturbing past. As a center of German cultural and intellectual life, the influence of Berlin reverberates around the world. It offers an incredibly wide range of cultural offerings, including many museums, theaters, restaurants, cafés, music venues, and green spaces. With low rents and inexpensive food prices, Berlin is an attractive place for artists and young people who flock to the city and make it one of the most dynamic places in the world to work, live, and study. The 24-hour public transportation system is extensive and the city is well connected to other cities.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens may NOT require a visa* in order to participate in this program. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or CIEE, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

Where You'll Study - CIEE Global Institute

Learn in the heart of one of Berlin’s liveliest and culturally rich districts. Live with German and other CIEE students in a spacious residence hall featuring en-suite rooms, fully outfitted kitchens, laundry facilities, and comfortable lounges. The ground floor offers quiet study areas, a library, and more common space to do coursework and get to know your fellow students. To help you practice, one section of the residence hall is dedicated to German language immersion – no English allowed!

Just steps away are peaceful inner courtyards, classrooms with state-of-the-art technology, a public gallery to showcase student and local artwork, the CIEE Café, and our Discover Berlin office, where students can rent recreational and sports equipment and get advice on local events and volunteer opportunities.

Academic Program

Choose from one of 5 academic tracks:

  • Business
  • Communications, Journalism, and New Media
  • International Relations and Political Science
  • Language, Literature, and Culture
  • Health Sciences

View more course details here.

Students earn 6 credits per 6-week block, and may participate in one of the following program options:

  • 1 block to earn 6 credits (ASU Session A or B)
  • 2 blocks to earn 12 credits
  • 3 blocks to earn 18 credits

Photo courtesy of CIEE


Berlin Street Scene

Program Housing

Housing and Meals

Students live in an on-campus residence hall with a mix of CIEE and German students and resident assistants. Our resident assistants are local experts who help students adjust to life in Berlin and coordinate a variety of weekly cultural activities, Institute-wide events, and excursions. Students live in single, double, or quad rooms with en-suite bathrooms and shower facilities. Students living in the residence halls can prepare their own meals in the full kitchens. CIEE provides basic cooking utensils and cleaning supplies. Students also may get coffee, tea, soft drinks, and snacks at the on-site CIEE café, or explore the myriad restaurants and cafés in the Kreuzberg neighborhood. Lounges of the residence hall allow students to mix and mingle over meals, cultural activities, study groups, and special events. Larger common areas, quiet study areas, and a library are on the ground floor, and inner courtyards offer comfortable spaces to pass the time.

CIEE also offers an “Adopt a Family” option for students who choose to live in the residence hall but would like to connect with a local family for weekend activities and occasional meals.

You are strongly encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Wireless Internet is available at the CIEE Global Institute.


Accessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.


Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad.  Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the Fall semesterSpring semester, and Academic Year cost sheet for information on current program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet or Spring Semester Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program



Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2019-2020 04/01/2019
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Fall Semester 2019 04/01/2019
Rolling Admission 08/12/2019 12/14/2019
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed in host institution acceptance materials.
Block I - August 12 - September 21
Block II - September 23 - November 2
Block III - November 4 - December 14
Spring Semester 2020 09/25/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed