Study Abroad Program Overview
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 than Berlin. Located in the heart of Europe, Germany's capital offers you unrivalled educational, intellectual, cultural, and recreational opportunities. 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.
As a UCEAP student at Humboldt University, you will take regular university courses in a variety of fields with German and international students. Theaters, cinemas, museums, and galleries are all a short walk from the campus, which occupies a former royal palace.
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
With the exception of the spring (advanced only) option, the program will begin with an intensive language program (ILP) to help you develop your German writing, grammar, and conversation skills and prepare you for taking German university courses. Language study is encouraged but not required during the term.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
Pre-ILP + Fall
mid-July to late March
late August to late March
Pre-ILP + Year
mid-July to late July of the following year
late August to late July
Pre-ILP + Spring
late January to late July
early March to late July
Spring (Advanced Only)
late March to late July
The fall option extends through the UC winter quarter (or UC spring semester for Berkeley or Merced).
You can either find your own housing in a private apartment or you can apply for a dorm room through the university. Depending on your choice, you may live with German, international, or UC students. More information on housing
There is a wide range of extracurricular activities available to you in Berlin. There are opportunities to participate in sports, clubs, volunteer work, tandem language partnerships, music groups, and much more. You can find an extensive list of extracurricular activities here.
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 at the UC Study Center in Berlin will help you integrate into the culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
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).
This program offers regular university courses taught in German in many UC academic majors. In particular, Humboldt University has excellent opportunities in African studies, American studies, Asian studies, anthropology, art history, communication, comparative literature, English, film and media, geography, German, history, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, sociology, urban studies, women’s and gender studies.
Students should be prepared to take most of their courses in German, however there will also be a selection of courses taught in English. Humboldt University also offers a selection of courses designed specifically for international students
that focus on the history, culture, and society of Berlin and Germany.
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
Compare the Majors/Minors at Free, Humboldt, and Technical University
Humanities and Social Sciences
Natural Sciences and Engineering
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad.
Summer Pre-ILP: 10 quarter/8 semester UC units required; one course
Winter Pre-ILP: 7 quarter/4.7 semester UC units required; one course
ILP: 8 quarter/5.3 semester UC units required; two courses
Term: 18–24 quarter/12–16 semester UC units required per semester; four–five courses
Research and Independent Study
Independent study may be possible on this program. If you are interested in conducting an independent study, you will need to contact professors in the field you desire to work in after you arrive in Berlin. Research is typically not available on this program.
Humboldt University, Berlin
Humboldt University, founded in 1809, is Berlin’s oldest university where major European thinkers such as Karl Marx and Albert Einstein studied and taught. There are currently 31,065 students enrolled in the university, including almost 5,000 international students.
Campus Mitte is home to the Arts and Humanities, Law, Economics and Business Studies as well as Theology. On Campus Nord, the Life Sciences are concentrated. Mathematics and the Natural Sciences are located on the modern, high-tech Campus Adlershof.
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.
- Work with Non-profit Community Development Organizations
- Environmental NGO internship
- Marketing and Public Relations Internships
- Technology-based Internships
- Business Administration experience in local companies
- Work with researchers at Berlin Museums, from large national museums to small specialized museums
- U.S. Embassy in Berlin
- More Opportunities
Please note- Current internship offerings may vary, you may do your own research to find additional internship opportunities.
Setting Up Your Internship
- Prior to departure practice your German and work on your CV/resume so that you are prepared for the interview process.
- Email the Faculty Director prior to departure so that they are aware of your internship interests.
- Meet with the Faculty Director during the ILP to discuss internship options. If you wait until the semester has started, it is often too late to find a suitable placement.
Some internships are competitive so you should have clear goals and objectives of what you expect out of your experience and be prepared to share these goals during your interview.
Most internships are secured once you are in Berlin so that you can attend an interview with the sponsoring organization.
Internships are primarily for yearlong students because companies are more willing to take on interns if they can commit to an internship period of more than 6 months.
There may be a few opportunities to do a semester-length internship but most companies are looking for a longer commitment.
If you are on the spring semester program you can consider staying after the semester ends to continue your internship into the summer.
Internships for academic credit can take place of one regular university course during the semester.
You are allowed to do a paid internship if you find a placement. Paid internships cannot receive credit and cannot replace a regular university course. The Study Center Staff is not responsible for finding paid internships for students.
"My experience at the legal firm was unforgettable. It was the first time that I ever worked at a legal firm. I was definitely nervous: they worked with mostly German clients and so the work would mostly be in German. I was worried that my language skills would not be up to par, but I knew that I was ready to take on the challenge that this experience would bring. I worked under a team of lawyers specializing in corporate law, and was assigned a variety of tasks, including translations and revisions of legal documents such as letters, contracts, and briefs. We handled many high profile clients. The office operated primarily in German, and it was rough at first getting used to speaking German exclusively. It was interesting to experience not only the student life in Germany, but also to see what working life was like as well. I got to interact with accomplished lawyers, many of whom studied at Humboldt Universitaet, the university where I was studying."
Brian Velez, UC Berkeley, Internship at a legal firm
“Besides the direct impact the internship has had on my studies, I also learned during my search and application process the benefits of taking a chance to get out of my comfort zone. I was initially quite apprehensive about the prospect of sending emails to complete strangers about available positions, of interviewing in German, of working in an unfamiliar setting, and of cutting into my time for my studies. In the end, though, it was one of the best experiences I had in Berlin; the research I took part in led me to unexpected directions in my studies and the people I worked with enriched my connection to the city of Berlin.”
Anne MacKinney, UC Berkeley, Internship with a Museum in Berlin
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.
Estimated EAP Costs *
|Pre-ILP + Fall||37||36||24||$14,175||$11,975|
|Spring (advanced only)||19||18||12||$8,725||$6,825|
|Pre-ILP + Spring||28||33||22||$13,125||$9,375|
|Pre-ILP + Year||55||54||36||$21,350||$18,050|
* 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
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Junior, Senior, Graduate
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 1 year (3 quarters / 2 semesters) with a minimum language GPA of 2.85.
* The 1 year minimum requirement qualifies you for the Pre-ILP + Fall or Pre-ILP + Year option. For other options the minimum requirements are: Fall, Year, and Spring: 2 years; Pre-ILP + Spring: 4 quarters/3 semesters; Spring Advanced: 7 quarters/5 semesters.
2.85 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 Humboldt University.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: