Study Abroad Program Overview
Study abroad in Berlin at the International Summer School where your classes make use of the vast historic, cultural, and political institutions and resources Berlin offers. Field trips to museums, memorials, as well as political and cultural institutions, are integral parts of the curriculum. In some classes you will have the unique opportunity to attend specially organized and exclusive round-table discussions with decision makers, diplomats, and experts in their field of study. Design your own program: take intensive German language classes at any level, choose courses in English in a variety of subject areas relating to Germany and Europe, or take a combination of both.
The program is hosted by FUBiS, an affiliate of Free University, which is located in Dahlem, a charming, quiet section of Berlin within easy reach of the city center by public transportation. Berlin is a dynamic, multicultural city with a vibrant nightlife and wide array of cultural and recreational activities.
Students attend classes with international students.
Language of Instruction
German language study is available but not required during the summer program.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
mid-July through mid-August
Choose to live in a single room in a shared apartment at one of the Free University’s student dorms, a single occupancy apartment, or with a German family. Housing is arranged through FUBiS. More information on housing
FUBiS offers a variety of extracurricular activities. The following trips and activities are included in your Program Fee:
- Visit of the Reichstag Building and the Federal Parliament
- River Boat Tour through Downtown Berlin
- Weekly Movietime presenting popular and well-known German movies
Additional optional trips are offered extra cost. These trips may include:
- Daytrip to Dresden
- Weekend excursion to Weimar
- Daytrip to Lutherstadt Wittenberg
UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of UCEAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. Local UCEAP staff will help you integrate into the culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues. Additional assistance is provided by the FUBiS staff.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
There are three options on this summer program. You can study the German language, you can take subject courses taught in English, or you can do both! Subject courses in English are upper-division credit and are offered in anthropology, art history, business administration, comparative literature, economics, environmental studies, international studies, music, political science, sociology, and urban studies. Beginning and Intermediate German language courses are lower-division credit and Advanced German language courses are upper-division credit. Choose one of the following options:
Subject course topics may include:
- Architecture in Berlin
- Law, Society, and Politics in Comparative Perspective
- The Politics and Policies of Climate Change
- European Business Management
- Art of the Western World
- Urban Places and Spaces: Analyzing and Exploring Berlin
- Berlin and the Digital Music Era
- Global Politics: How to Cope with a World in Disarray?
Semi-intensive German language courses meet three days a week and intensive German courses meet every weekday. Subject courses meet two days a week and are taught by distinguished German and international faculty.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 10 quarter/6.6 semester UC units are required; one or two courses.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Internships, research, and independent study are not possible on this program.
Free University Berlin International Summer School (FUBiS)
The program is hosted by FUBiS, an affiliate of Free University. FUBiS provides international students with a premiere study abroad program delivering high academic quality and developing intercultural competence.
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 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 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 the same 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 host institution
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
- On-site orientation and activities
- Predeparture expenses (student visa, health clearance, etc.)
- Room and board
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Round-trip airfare
- Local transportation
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page
for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Study abroad scholarships for Germany
Arnold Heidsieck Scholarship Fund
The Arnold Heidsieck Scholarship Fund provides 1-4 awards of $2,000 each to students studying in Germany through UCEAP for an academic year. All applications for this award must be submitted through UCEAP's online scholarship application system as part of the $1 Million Scholarship Initiative.
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarship to Germany
The publicly funded German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers a wide range of funding opportunities to support undergraduates and graduates studying at German universities. Each year, DAAD provides financial support to more than 55,000 people. The program aims to promote international academic relations and cooperation. Find out more
Delta Phi Alpha Scholarship to study in German-speaking countries
A prize of $1500 is available to help defray costs of study abroad in a German-speaking country. Applicants, who must be members of Delta Phi Alpha, should present a plan for study abroad with the application. Find out more
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
2.80 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.
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.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: