Study Abroad in Berlin, Germany

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Living Abroad

AIFS in Berlin Resident Director, Summer Program

AIFS Resident Director

Nele Thomsen

Phone: (49) 176 2333 1584

Guten Tag und Herzlich Willkommen. I would like to extend a warm welcome! Originally from Hamburg, I studied in Berlin and Potsdam and spent time abroad in England and Spain. Berlin has been my home for 20 years now. I love it and am sure you will too! Whatever your interest, Berlin offers a niche for everyone, from the clubber to the historian, from opera to street art. On your program you will glimpse historic German towns, sample local specialities and experience Berlin like a native. It will be my pleasure to help you during your time abroad.

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

University Apartment

You will live in a university apartment sharing with 2 or 3 other students located close to the subway within easy commuting distance of Humboldt-Universität.

  • Single or double rooms
  • Shared kitchen and bathroom, washing machine provided
  • Meal card to subsidize lunches in the low-cost university cafeterias


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:

  • Visits to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Museum Island
  • Visit to the Nazi concentration camp “Sachsenhausen” that was used to imprison opponents and victims of the Third Reich
  • Boat trip
  • Tour the German Parliament
  • Visit to the outdoor museum “Topography of Terror”
  • Explore Berlin’s street art scene
  • Social activities like beach volleyball games with international summer school students at Humboldt-Universität
  • 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.

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