Study Abroad in Berlin, Germany

Study Abroad in Berlin: Cultural Excursions

London, England (2 nights) Session 1 and 2

Included only for students on the optional AIFS Flight Package

Get to know your fellow students before traveling to campus and take a sightseeing tour with a professional guide who will point out some of London’s famous landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London. You will also have free time to visit museums, see a play or stroll in London’s beautiful parks.

Includes accommodations, breakfast and sightseeing as indicated. Lunch and dinner are not included.

Potsdam (day trip) Session 1 and 2

Included in program fee.

Potsdam is one of Europe’s most impressive royal capitals and visitors are drawn to the many palaces, parks and landscaped gardens that led to the city being awarded UNESCO World Cultural Heritage status. Once a garrison town, Potsdam survived WWII relatively unscathed and was chosen by the Allies as the location for the 1945 Treaty of Potsdam which laid the ground work for the demilitarization, reparation and reconstruction of Germany after the war had ended. The city center itself has a vibrant mixture of restaurants, cafés and bars which together with the stunning architecture and green spaces make it well worth a visit.

Includes transportation, entrances as indicated on the itinerary and professionally guided tour.

Baltic Sea (day trip) Session 1 only

Included in program fee.

Visit the adjoining cities of Rostock and Warnemünde in a day trip from Berlin. Rostock has a city center with historic brick Gothic architecture, a medieval Hanseatic League history and one of Europe’s oldest universities. A visit of the Church of St. Mary from the 13th Century and to the tower of St Peter from the 14th Century offer great views of the city and its history. Only a few minutes away is the busy port of Warnemünde, with access to the beach and boat rides.

From Berlin, travel on a train to Rostock, go on a tour of Rostock, finish the day sunbathing on the beach or taking a boat trip on the Baltic sea. Leave for Berlin in the evening.

Includes transportation and professionally guided tour.

Dresden (day trip) Session 2 only

Included in program fee.

Dresden (which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site) is a well-known and picturesque city, situated near the Czech border in a valley on the River Elbe.

Famous sights in the old city include the opera house “Semperoper” and the reconstructed church “Frauenkirche”. Dresden also invites visitors to see the city from the river and even visit the nearby petite vineyards or the “Elbe Sandstone Monuments” by boat. With its numerous bars and cafés, the city attracts many students from all over Germany.

Includes transportation, sightseeing and entrance to museum.

Optional Excursion to Warsaw, Poland (3 Days - $445) Session 1 only

Warsaw, the capital of Poland, offers visitors a rebuilt gem of an old town. Almost completely destroyed during WWII it has been beautifully and laboriously reconstructed from the 1950s and placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The sharp contrast to skyscrapers and socialist architecture makes the city that much more interesting.

Travel by train from Berlin to Warsaw. Overnight in Warsaw. The next day, take a guided tour of the old town of Warsaw, walk along the Royal Route and the market square. You will have free time to explore the Warsaw Ghetto, the Palace of Culture and Science from 1956, or the Warsaw Uprising Museum.

On day three, visit the Museum of the History of the Polish Jews before returning to Berlin.

Optional Excursion to Prague, Czech Republic (3 Days - $495) Session 2 only

Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, as well as one of the most popular tourist destinations.

Travel by train from Berlin to Prague. Overnight in Prague. The next day, take a guided tour of the historic city of Prague, including the huge Hradčany Castle complex, the cathedral, the 14th century Charles Bridge and the architectural artistry of Malá Strana. Enjoy free time to stroll down Golden Lane, once home to Emperor Rudolph II’s court alchemists, or explore the Prague Ghetto, which includes Europe’s oldest Jewish cemetery.

On day three, enjoy a free morning to explore Prague before returning to Berlin.

For both optional excursions the fee includes accommodations, breakfast, transportation, sightseeing and entrances as indicated, but not lunch and dinner. Students must enroll and pay for the excursions by April 1. Students who apply after the deadline may enroll subject to availability. If a minimum enrollment of 10 is not achieved, the tour may be cancelled. Once paid for in the U.S. optional excursions are non-refundable except in the event of cancellation by AIFS. Dates and itineraries for all excursions are tentative and subject to change.