Study Abroad in Berlin, Germany

Living Abroad - January Term 2018

AIFS in Berlin Resident Director, January Term Program

AIFS Resident Director

Nele Thomsen

American Institute For Foreign Study
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Invalidenstr. 110, Room 429
10117 Berlin

Phone: (49) 176 2333 1584

Moin Moin und Hallo! Welcome to Berlin. I am from Hamburg originally, but have lived in Berlin for over 10 years now. I studied History, Art History and English in Berlin and Potsdam and have worked as a tour guide in Potsdam. I enjoy meeting new people and showing them around Berlin, its sights and hidden treasures like wonderful markets and cute cafés.

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'll find Potsdam and Dresden, with their palaces and gardens, former residences of Kings and Emperors.

I look forward to meeting you in Berlin!

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

AIFS Campus Staff with First Aid Training

Because health and safety are top priorities at AIFS, at least one member of the staff at this campus has taken a first aid course in order to be available to help any student until a doctor or nurse can provide help. This is just one of many services that we provide to our students.

Housing and Meals

You will live in a university apartment. Two or three students share an apartment in a combination of double and single rooms. The apartments have a shared living room, kitchen and bathroom. They are centrally located or 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
  • Welcome reception
  • Visit to the German Bundestag
  • Visit to the Federal Chancellery
  • Visit to the Memorial for the Berlin Wall
  • Visit to the Technical Museum
  • Visit to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp
  • Visit to Ice Hockey game
  • Day excursion to Potsdam (UNESCO World Heritage site)
  • Traditional farewell dinner