*USC offers the Hovel Scholarship which awards up to $10,000 for German Studies minors studying abroad in Germany. See Study Abroad Scholarships for more information.
Program Site: IES Study Center and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, both located in central Berlin.
Eligibility: Minimum of 3.0 cumulative USC GPA. Students must have completed four semesters of college-level German or the equivalent.
Description: The Berlin program is designed for students who have already acquired an advanced knowledge of German. Students have the option of taking German-taught courses alongside Americans at the IES center or regular university courses with German students at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin as well as several other Berlin universities. Humbolt is Berlin’s oldest university and has been home to many of Germany's greatest thinkers of the past two centuries, including G.W.F. Hegel and Albert Einstein; alumni include Heinrich Heine, Friedrich Engels, and Karl Marx.
The IES center and Humboldt University are located in Mitte, a central district of Berlin famous for its numerous restaurants and stylish boutiques, and a five-minute walk from the Brandenburg Gate and German Parliament.
Academics: Students receive intensive German language instruction during the first three weeks of the program, and then enroll in courses at the IES center and Humboldt University for the remainder of the semester. All courses are taught in German by native German faculty; students should be independent and self-motivated in order to succeed in the German system of higher education. Courses are available in a variety of disciplines.
Sample IES courses:
- Early 20th-Century German Art and Architecture
- Theater in Berlin I: The Literary Heritage
- History of Modern Berlin
- Germany and European Unification
- German Literature from 1945 to the Present
Humboldt University fields of study include:
- Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
- Cultural and Art Studies
- Studies of Asia and Africa
- Politics and International Relations
Course Load and Credit: The maximum number of USC units granted per semester is 16. Students are required to take 5 courses.
Activities and Other Program Features: Each semester, the IES Berlin staff arranges an optional field trip to Central Europe. Students typically visit Budapest, Bratislava, and Vienna in the fall and Krakow, and the surrounding area in the spring. There are optional day-trips and many course-related field trips in Berlin and the surrounding countryside. Internships are also available (though credit is not guaranteed).
Accommodations: Students are housed in private German homes or apartments. IES provides no meal plan; students typically prepare their own meals at home or dine in affordable student cafeterias or restaurants.
Dates: Fall, Spring, or Year. Fall semester runs from late August to mid-December. Spring semester runs from late February to late June (IES courses) or to mid-July (Humboldt University courses). Students planning to take courses at Humbolt University must attend in the spring or for the entire academic year.
Estimated Semester Cost:
Cost Updated: 5/28/15
Text Updated: 4/12/13
*Additional expenses include estimated costs for airfare, room and board, books and supplies, health insurance, and personal expenses (which can vary greatly from student to student). USC financial aid, scholarships, and tuition remission may be applied to program costs. Please visit the Office of Overseas Studies for more detailed cost information.