Academic Year, Spring and Fall for students with advanced German
Become fully immersed in Germany’s culturally rich capital city while participating in a rigorous academic program.
What is unique about Cornell’s program in Berlin?
- Study in German at Berlin's top universities
- Prepare for interdisciplinary study in the German university system through intensive language training.
- Explore contemporary German life and culture in a dynamic, multicultural city with a vibrant arts scene.
- Learn from Berlin's advanced knowledge of environmentalism and new technologies.
- Immerse yourself daily in the city’s remarkable culture and history!
Academic Year and Spring: Study alongside local students at the Freie Universitaet, Humboldt Universitaet, or the Technische Univeritaet Berlin.
Fall-only program, Advanced German, "Option 4": Take all courses in German, starting with the unique "German Discourse and Culture" course offered through the BCGS, and 3 "block courses" at the university that end in December. Use the application link below.
Beginning & Intermediate German, "Options 1-3": Take German language classes and elective coursework in English: Use Cornell Application for the Beginning and Intermediate German program with English classes. Not available in the Fall semester. Does not meet A&S requirements for study abroad.
What is unique about Berlin?
Berlin, Germany’s capital and largest city, has become known for its art scene and entrepreneurial environment. Berlin is home to world-renowned universities, museums, orchestras, and entertainment venues. This city, rich in history and historical monuments, will provide endless cultural outlets for city dwellers and visitors alike.
Since the city's reunification in 1990, Berlin has been characterized by change and invention. The dichotomy between old and new provides a constant reminder of Berlin's complex history. After the fall of the Berlin wall, Berlin emerged as the cultural and economic capital city of Germany, alive with a sense of transformation and progress. A vibrant nightlife, exciting art scene, and myriad cultural venues contribute to Berlin's status as one of Europe's most cosmopolitan and sophisticated urban centers.
- Go to the “Get Advice” page for Global Learning-Education Abroad to find information on drop-in advising hours, scheduling an advising appointment, returned student contacts, and college advisors for study abroad
How do I apply?
- Determine which Berlin program is right for you. Meet with Frau Gunhild Lischke, German Studies, if you have any questions
- Apply for Cornell approval
- For the advanced fall, spring, and year programs, apply for Cornell approval using the green "Apply" button below
- For Options 1-3 with English classes, use Cornell Application for the Beginning and Intermediate German program with English classes (not available for the Fall Semester; does not meet A&S requirements for study abroad).
- Apply for program admission via Columbia's BCGS page for the appropriate program
- All German (open to students in all colleges)
- Beginning to Intermediate with English classes (open to students in AAP, Brooks, CALS, Dyson, ENG, Hum Ec, ILR, and Nolan)