Study Abroad Program Overview
Develop skills for a future in engineering, urban planning, business or environmental science this summer in Berlin, Germany's modern capital and hub for commerce, science and culture. Learn how to create and pitch innovative business plans during team projects and site visits to companies in Berlin. Inspiring courses at Technical University Berlin lead the way in teaching design that is human-centered, socially conscious, sustainable and energy efficient.
Berliners enjoy a creative environment with open green spaces, epic museums and historical sites, lively pubs and concert halls, and a surprisingly inexpensive cost of living for a European capital. Taught in English, the program includes cultural activities, optional German language study and practical training using the city as an extended classroom.
Students attend classes with international students.
Language of Instruction
Students with no background in German may choose to enroll in an introductory German language course.
Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
early July to mid-August
You will live in a dorm or youth hostel with other program participants close to Technical University's main campus and your lecture halls. More information on housing
Summer is a wonderful time to experience Berlin. This program includes excursions in and around Berlin and many cultural activities, including:
- A river boat tour and guided walking tour of Berlin
- Visit to the Reichstag (German Parliament)
- Sports and team building activities
- Urban culture activities to discuss hidden spots in Berlin
- Optional tours of Berlin’s cultural life and weekend trips outside the city available at additional cost
UCEAP students are supported by the University of California’s network of offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. Local UCEAP and Technical University Berlin Summer School staff 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).
Technical University Berlin's Summer School is ideal for students in a range of majors and study paths.
Summer 2018 Courses:
Your program will begin with a two-week course worth 4 quarter/2.7 semester UC units. You will select one of the following courses. Full course descriptions can be found on the Technical University Summer School website under "Block 2". Course topics may include:
- German for beginners
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Arduino for Interactive Media
- DesignBuild Summer Studio
You will then take a 4-week topic-focused, intensive course worth 6 quarter/4 semester units. You will select one of the following courses. Full course descriptions can be found on the Technical University Summer School website under "Block 3". Course topics may include:
- 1950-2050: A Century of Energy Revolution
- Acoustical Engineering
- Blue Engineering- Engineers with Social and Ecological Responsibility
- CanSat: Hands-on Satellite Design
- Computational Engineering
- Quantitative Decision Making for Business Operations
- Global Climate Change: Science & Politics
- Introduction to 3D Scanning and Printing
- Natural Disasters & Information Systems
- Reimagining Berlin as a Smart City
- Startup Crash Course: From Idea to Reality
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
Please note that courses in this program are graded Pass/No Pass unless you request a letter grade in advance of the course start. It is your responsibility to be aware of your campus and department regulations and limitations regarding P/NP and to plan accordingly.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 10 quarter/6.7 semester UC units required; two courses.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Internships, research, and independent study are not possible on this program
Technical University, Berlin
Technical University Berlin is one of the largest and oldest universities of technology in Germany. With 29,000 students, the University offers 41 bachelor degree programs and 58 master degree programs with an emphasis on engineering and natural sciences, as well as economics, social sciences, planning sciences, and humanities. Centrally located in the district of Charlottenburg, the main campus can be easily reached from every corner of the city via Berlin's world renown public transportation system.
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 2016-17. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2016-17 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:
- UC fees
- Tuition at host institution
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
- Predeparture expenses (student visa, health clearance, etc.)
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Program excursions and activities
- Books and other incidental expenses (phone, laundry, etc.)
- 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
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
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. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: