Study Abroad in Berlin, Germany

Living Abroad

AIFS in Berlin Resident Director, Summer Program

AIFS Resident Director

Nele Thomsen

Phone: (011 49) 176 2333 1584

Moin Moin und Hallo! Welcome to Berlin. I am from Hamburg originally, but have lived in Berlin for over 15 years now. I studied History, Art History and English in Berlin and Potsdam and have worked as a tour guide in Potsdam. I lived abroad in England when still in High School 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


  • The apartments are double occupancy, with two single bedrooms (queen sized beds) and a shared bathroom and kitchen. The kitchen is equipped with a stovetop, oven, microwave, refrigerator and kitchenware for cooking. Pillows, blankets, and sheets are provided, and every apartment includes a washing machine. They are about a 25-minute ride via public transportation to Humboldt-Universität and a 15-minute ride to central Berlin. The Berlin transport system is frequent, quick and efficient. Wi-fi access is available in the apartments. 
    Amenities included: Basic kitchen supplies, furniture, bedding and towels.
    Apartments do NOT include: dryers or air-conditioning


  • You will receive a 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 in Berlin
  • 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 with other summer school students
  • 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.