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IES: Berlin, Language & Area Studies
Berlin, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
Program Dates &
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Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Courses Offered:
Accounting, Art History, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science, Culture, Economics, Education, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Fine Arts, Gender Studies, Geography, German, History, International Business, Jewish Studies, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Sciences/Sociology, Sociology, Theatre, Urban Studies, Women's Studies
Type of Program:
Direct Enrollment, Study Center
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
4 semesters
Education Abroad Adviser:
Scott Runner
Internship Available:
Non-Penn State Students:
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Program Description:

Program Overview     

Students on this language intensive program take all course work in German by German faculty at the IES center.  Students also have access to classes at a number of Berlin universities, including the renowned Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.  This program does require 4 semesters of college level German for the fall semester and 5 semesters of college-level study for the spring semester.

This program offers a wide variety of courses in art history, business, cinema, economics, history, literature, media, politics, and social science. Information about the range of IES courses can be found at the IES website.

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Education Abroad Credits

You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.

 Students are required to take 15 to 19 credits each semester on the IES: Berlin program.

To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the IES Berlin Course Equivalency List*. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.

*The University Office of Global Programs is committed to making its websites accessible to all users. As such we are currently developing a new course equivalency database which will launch in Academic Year 2014-2015. In the meantime if you require an accessible version of the course equivalency information provided for this program please contact


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Junior class standing or higher at time of study
  • Language requirements
  • Students must have completed 4 semesters of college level German for the fall semester
  • Students must have completed 5 semesters of college level German for the spring semester. 

Housing and Meals

Your housing will be arranged by IES. You will live in a homestay with either single adults, single parents, families, or German university students. Most homestays are in apartments. For the most part, students are responsible to prepare their own meals, but also have the option to dine in student cafeterias or restaurants. Meals are not included in the program fee.

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Fall Budget SheetSpring Budget Sheet, or the Academic Year Budget Sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.

The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

For More Information

For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply

If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire

  •  One academic recommendation

  •  Signature Documents

Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with the host provider as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance. 

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2014-2015 01/20/2014
03/15/2014 TBA TBA
Fall 2014 01/20/2014
03/15/2014 09/02/2014 12/20/2014
Spring 2015 09/15/2014
09/30/2014 03/03/2015 06/27/2015
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing for students only taking IES Abroad Courses. Departure date for students enrolled in partner university courses is July 18 and is August 8 for students participating in an internship.
Fall 2015 03/01/2015
03/17/2015 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2015-2016 03/01/2015
03/17/2015 TBA TBA
Spring 2016 05/01/2015 06/30/2015 TBA TBA

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