Study Abroad in Berlin, Germany

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Living Abroad - January Term 2023

AIFS in Berlin Resident Director, January Term Program

AIFS Resident Director

Nele Thomsen

Phone : (49) 176 2333 1584
Email :

Moin Moin und Hallo! Welcome to Berlin. I am from Hamburg originally, but have lived in Berlin for almost 20 years. I studied history, art history and English in Berlin and Potsdam and worked as a tour guide. I have also lived abroad in England and Spain. It is a pleasure to accompany students on their journey to broaden their horizons, to explore the city and museums with them or to just find new spots and cafés to discuss the U.S. - German friendship.

I love the ever-changing way of the city, its vibrancy and the laid-back attitude. Berlin has something to offer everyone from museums, to clubs or historical sites like the Berlin Wall. And not far away you will find Potsdam and Dresden, with stunning palaces and gardens.

The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.

Housing and Meals

University Apartment

You will live independently in a shared university apartment with two or three other AIFS students. Included is a pre-loaded meal card for use in university-subsidized student cafeterias or to purchase lunches at heavily subsidized prices. The apartment includes:

  • Shared kitchen and bathroom
  • Double or single bedrooms
  • Laundry room
  • Centrally located and near subway station for a short commute to the campus
  • Grocery stores, pharmacies and other conveniences nearby

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Berlin

Cultural Activities

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of German culture, various activities will be organized such as:

  • City sightseeing tour
  • Welcome reception
  • Visits to:
    • German Bundestag
    • Memorial for the Berlin Wall
    • Charlottenburg Palace
    • Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp
  • German cooking class
  • An ice hockey game
  • Traditional farewell dinner

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