Study Abroad in Berlin, Germany

Living Abroad - January Term 2019

AIFS in Berlin Resident Director, January Term Program

AIFS Resident Director

Nele Thomsen

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Invalidenstr. 110, Room 429
10117 Berlin

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 Barcelona, 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 US-American-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 sights 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

You will live in a University apartment. Two or three students share an apartment in single rooms. The apartments have a shared kitchen and bathroom. They are centrally located and near to a subway station for a short commute to the campus. Grocery stores, pharmacies and other conveniences are all nearby.

Each student will be given a pre-loaded meal card to use in University-subsidized student cafeterias. You can use the card to purchase lunches at heavily subsidized prices and add additional money if needed.

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
  • Traditional Welcome dinner
  • Visit to the German Bundestag
  • Visit to the Federal Chancellery
  • Visit to the Memorial for the Berlin Wall
  • Visit to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp
  • Learn to make traditional apple strudel at a workshop
  • Day excursion to Potsdam (UNESCO World Heritage site)
  • Ice skating in Berlin with fellow program students
  • Get to know Berlin’s culinary scene with visits to local delicatessen shops, street food markets and on group dinners
  • Farewell reception