Home to 3.4 million people, the thriving global city of Berlin is a place of vigorous growth and change. Low living costs, excellent public transportation and services, and easy access to parks and playgrounds make it the perfect environment for students to live, study, and play abroad. Countless small online businesses started here, and a number of industries continue to experience rapid growth – so whether students want to study communications, life sciences, environmental services, media and music, or business, Berlin is the perfect place!
Artsy, affordable, and endlessly entertaining, Kreuzberg features sidewalk cafés, colorful shops, street festivals, waterfront access, and a lively cultural life – all waiting for students to explore. Plus, its location in the center of Berlin makes it easy to experience all that this dynamic city has to offer. Many landmarks are nearby, including Checkpoint Charlie, the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East and West Berlin; and the Jewish Museum Berlin. Just a 10-minute bike ride away is the expansive oasis of Tempelhof, the former airport of Berlin Air-Lift fame and now a giant urban park. And that’s just the beginning of what students will experience while studying abroad with CIEE.
At CIEE’s new Global Institute – Berlin, students will have unmatched flexibility to design a study abroad program that offers maximum immersion and intensive study.
Elon students are allowed to study in Berlin for a minimum of two blocks, Block I and II (12 weeks) or a maximum of three blocks, Block I, II and III (18 weeks). In the case that students elect to study for three blocks, students shall be allowed to exceed the 20 credit hour maximum normally extended to semester study abroad students at Elon, up to 24 credits.
Students participating in the Open Campus program will be prompted select an academic track during the application process and enroll in three six-week academic blocks per semester. Students typically enroll in two courses from their chosen academic track* per academic block, having the choice of two or three electives from dozens of courses across a range of academic disciplines. Add an optional academic project or internship to further enrich studies. *Students will be prompted to choose a track as part of your application, however they can also select “no preference: multi-disciplinary.” Regardless of selected track, students can choose your courses from among all offered courses. Study Tours and Academic Projects are designed to align with track themes.
- Communications, Journalism, and New Media
- Health Sciences
- International Relations and Political Science
- Language, Literature, and Culture
Grading System:The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Students are graded on the basis of class participation, homework, individual project work, presentations, and midterm and final examinations.
Points to review about academics abroad:
- Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
- Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.
- Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available on the Course Planning Registration for Study Abroad and Study USA page.
Fall semester – mid-August to mid-December
Spring semester – mid-January to end of May
Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.
For cost information for this program, please see the following budget sheets:
Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC. For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.
If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.
CIEE offers scholarships to students studying abroad on CIEE programs. Information is available on the CIEE website.
The CIEE Global Institute – Berlin is intentionally designed to connect students to their professors, community, and new international home.
Students live in an on-campus residence hall with a mix of CIEE and German students and resident assistants. Our resident assistants are local experts who help students adjust to life in Berlin and coordinate a variety of weekly cultural activities, Institute-wide events, and excursions. Students live in single, double, or quad rooms with en-suite bathrooms and shower facilities. Students living in the residence halls can prepare their own meals in the full kitchens. CIEE provides basic cooking utensils and cleaning supplies. Students also may get coffee, tea, soft drinks, and snacks at the on-site CIEE café, or explore the myriad restaurants and cafés in the Kreuzberg neighborhood. Lounges of the residence hall allow students to mix and mingle over meals, cultural activities, study groups, and special events. Larger common areas, quiet study areas, and a library are on the ground floor, and inner courtyards offer comfortable spaces to pass the time.
A limited number of homestays are available for students. Students who live with homestay families receive breakfast and dinner daily. CIEE also offers an “Adopt a Family” option for students who choose to live in the residence hall but would like to connect with a local family for weekend activities and occasional meals.
Combining the architectural charm of an old German factory with modern German design elements, the Global Institute – Berlin campus features:
- A spacious residence hall that features en-suite rooms, fully outfitted kitchens, laundry facilities, and comfortable lounges
- Lecture and studio space
- A café, courtyards, and gallery
- An on-site Discover Berlin resource office
- High-speed Wi-Fi
- Access to convenient subway lines and bike paths
- Close proximity to restaurants, shops, and landmarks
Students must complete the online Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline. See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.
Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by CIEE.
CIEE assists students in obtaining the necessary student visa. This usually takes place when the students are in Germany.
A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad. These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety. Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program. Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.
A two- to three-day on-site orientation at the beginning of each academic block introduces students to Berlin, German society and culture, and the CIEE academic program. Students will also get practical information on living in Germany, and Berlin in particular. Excursions in and around the city introduce students to the subway system and showcase major points of interest, resources, and amenities.
View the pre-departure orientation schedule for semester programs.
Additional Information and Links
Want to know more? Join the Global Education Center Facebook page to connect with alumni and other prospective students.
Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives who have participated in one or more study abroad programs, and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current Global Ambassadors via email, or contact past study abroad participants who have attended your program. They are looking forward to hearing from you!
Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources
Isabella Cannon Global Education Center
Global Commons 360
2375 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Fall||2022||02/15/2022 **||Rolling Admission||08/15/2022||12/17/2022|
|Spring||2023||09/15/2022 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.
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