Study Abroad Program Overview
Located in the heart of Europe, Germany's capital offers you unrivaled educational, intellectual, cultural, and recreational opportunities. To learn about Germany and the challenges of the post-Cold War era in a fast-changing Europe, there is really no better place to study abroad. Berlin's rich museum landscape, monuments and memorials, concert halls and opera houses, stage and movie theaters, pubs and clubs, and range of recreational offerings will all be at your disposal.
Students from a wide range of disciplines may participate in the 8-week internship program. You will be placed with companies or agencies that may include innovative start-ups, global non-profits, multinationals, and NGOs in varied industries and sectors. See how your colleagues work individually and as a team in support of the agency services or industry product.
Students attend classes with international students.
Language of Instruction
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
mid-June to mid-August
You will reside in the CIEE Global Institute residence hall in a single, double, triple, or quad room. More information on housing
Co-curricular excursions and cultural activities in and around Berlin complement your coursework and immerse you in the history and culture of the city. You can walk the last remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall still in place, called the East Side Gallery, pay your respects at the Holocaust Memorial, and visit the amazing Museum Island, named for the complex of five internationally significant museums. With such recent turbulent history, Berlin is brimming with historical sites that will bring the past to life.
UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of study abroad offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. CIEE resident staff abroad help students integrate into the culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
This eight-week full-time internship program includes an integrated academic course for 9 UC quarter/6 semester units. Students generally intern between 35 and 40 hours per week in Berlin. The weekly seminar is a hybrid course, both online and in-person, that meets once a week and has weekly readings and assignments that require a work plan, ongoing reflection, and culminates in a capstone paper. It is designed to prepare you for leadership in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse workforce.
You will be placed with companies ranging from innovative start-ups to global organizations and multinationals in a variety of industry sectors:
- Communications – advertising, publishing, marketing, public relations, design, media
- Life Sciences – biotech, environmental sciences, medical engineering
- Technology – software, hardware, finance tech, mobile apps, e-commerce
- Business – information technology, finance, financial services, accounting, consulting
- Social Good – economic development, NGOs, microfinance, public health, social entrepreneurship, social work
- Health Sciences – nutrition, food justice, public health
- Policy and Legal Issues – NGOs , law firms, trade associations, think tanks
Assessment occurs via assignments and activities related to the academic seminar, including online discussion forums, small group peer coaching, reflective papers, individual or group presentations, analysis of readings, an informational interview and internship work plan, and feedback from internship supervisor. Internship supervisors and students each provide written evaluations of progress towards goals.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 9 quarter/6 semester units are required per semester; one internship course.
Research and Independent Study
This is a full-time internship program. Additional research and independent study are not available on this program.
CIEE Study Center Berlin
This program is affiliated with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and is open to UCEAP students as well as students from other universities across the US. CIEE was founded in 1947 as a nonprofit, non-governmental organization with the mission “to help people gain the understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.”
The Global Institute is CIEE’s newest model of learning and living center. Built into the core of a 1890s factory, the Institute boasts a spacious residence hall featuring en-suite rooms, fully outfitted kitchens, laundry facilities, and comfortable lounges. The ground floor offers quiet study areas and more common space to do coursework and get to know your fellow students. To help you improve your German, one section of the residence hall is dedicated to German-language immersion.
Students will enjoy landscaped courtyards, modern classroom and event spaces, a public gallery that hosts events and exhibitions to connect the community with the Global Institute, a café, and our Student Life Office, where students can get cultural advice and guidance, obtain information on local events, and learn about volunteer opportunities.
Test Drive Your Future
Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.
All internships are secured prior to departure in collaboration with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). CIEE coordinates the internship placement process and matches you with a full-time internship that that suits your unique needs and goals. CIEE cannot guarantee that you will be placed with a specific company; therefore, it is important to be flexible and open-minded about your placement options.
Visit the CIEE website for detailed information on the placement process
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
- UC fees
- Tuition at Humboldt University
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
- Mandatory Host Country Health Insurance
- On-site orientation
- Predeparture expenses (student visa, health clearance, etc.)
- Room and board
- Program excursions and activities
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Round-trip airfare
- Local transportation
Multiple scholarships can be combined to cover UCEAP costs. Visit our scholarships overview page to apply for additional UCEAP scholarships.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior
2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by CIEE
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: