Study Abroad Program Overview
Study abroad in Berlin at Technical University, one of the largest and oldest universities of technology in Germany. This program offers a unique and exciting opportunity for science and engineering majors to study in an innovative research-based institution alongside German and international students. Maintaining a strong multicultural community, the campus is centrally located in Germany’s lively and dynamic capital. Berlin is an exciting city with a vibrant nightlife and wide array of cultural and recreational activities.
If you need additional German instruction to meet the program requirements, or if you would like extra language preparation, you may also enroll in the Pre-Intensive Language Program (pre-ILP)
Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.
Language of Instruction
With the exception of the spring (advanced only) option, your program will begin with an intensive language program (ILP) at Free University Berlin to help you develop your German writing, grammar, and conversation skills and prepare 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 in architecture, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental studies, math, and physics.
Engineering courses are offered in bioengineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, materials science, and mechanical engineering.
Students should be prepared to take most of their courses in German, however there will also be a selection of courses taught in English.
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; 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 once you are in Berlin. Research is typically not available on this program.
Technical University, Berlin
Technical University has its origins in several older institutions dating to the 18th century, specializing in industrial, technical, and vocational studies. While the institution became an important source of technical support for the war industry during the Third Reich, it was revitalized after the war to include courses in the humanities and social sciences so that its graduates would see their work in the larger social and cultural context. Today, 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.
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.
“I learned a few lessons that I have passed on and will continue to pass on to young prospective professionals. Firstly, I would tell students to take every opportunity available to them. By that, I mean that every hint of an opportunity deserves a chance, things that you couldn't see yourself doing, things that may seem unrealistic, and opportunities that may seem beyond current abilities, you will surprise yourself like I did. Making sure to utilize all opportunities also includes asking questions and learning from the answers, setting up meetings, and knowing who to contact while keeping a personal relationship with those around you. My second recommendation would be to keep all relationships, good or bad. They may help you in the end or they may help you make a connection to someone new, but knowing people in a broad spectrum and area can never hurt.”
Sean Reed, UCSC, Business Administration work with a locally owned Italian Shoe Company
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 host institution
- 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.)
- Intensive language program
- 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 Technical University.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: