Study Abroad in Berlin, Germany

Living Abroad

AIFS in Berlin Resident Director, Summer Program

AIFS Resident Director

Nele Thomsen

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

Phone: (011 49) 176 2333 1584
Email: nthomsen@aifs.co.uk

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 have experienced living in a foreign country during a study abroad experience when still in High School in England and as an au pair living in Barcelona, Spain.

I love the ever-changing way of the city, its vibrancy and the laid-back attitude. Berlin has something to offer for everyone from museums, to clubs or historical sites 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

Housing

  • You will live in a University apartment sharing with 2 or 3 other students in single or double rooms. The apartments have a shared kitchen and bathroom and are located close to the subway within easy commuting distance of Humboldt University.

Meals

  • You will receive a meal card to subsidize lunches in the low-cost University cafeterias.

Transportation

You will receive a transportation pass for the duration of the program. This includes all public transportation such as subway, bus or city train, day and night, 7 days a week.

Cultural Activities

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of German culture, a wide range of cultural activities and excursions are included in your program fee. The Resident Director organizes a variety of activities which usually include:

  • Welcome Dinner
  • Sightseeing tour of Berlin
  • Visits to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Museum Island in Berlin
  • Visit to the Nazi concentration camp “Sachsenhausen” that was used to imprison opponents and victims of the Third Reich
  • Boat trip
  • Visit to abandoned airport Tempelhof
  • Graffiti Street Art Tour and Workshop – create your own artwork
  • Day trip to Spree forest, the “Venice of Brandenburg”: an impressive area formed in the Ice Age when the river Spree was transformed into a labyrinth of almost 1,000 km of small rivers
  • Visit to the outdoor museum “Topography of Terror”
  • Dinners at local restaurants to experience the diverse Berlin food scene
  • Visit to Reichstag, the German parliament
  • Evening at an open-air theater
  • Social activities with other summer school students
  • Visit to the Olympic Stadium, home of the 1936 Olympics with Jesse Owens
  • Students receive a museum pass which allows them access to all state owned museums for the duration of their stay
  • Farewell party at a typical German restaurant

Please note that students may need to pay a small additional fee for some of the activities above.