Study Abroad in Berlin, Germany

Study Abroad in Berlin: Living Abroad

Housing and Meals

Homestay

  • In a single room
  • Access to kitchen and bathroom

Apartment

  • Single occupancy studio
  • Kitchen and bathroom

Meals

  • All students receive a Mensa card for use in the subsidized University cafeterias
  • Homestay students receive daily breakfast and dinner
  • Apartment students receive a meal allowance to subsidize the cost of purchasing meals

Internet access is available in all AIFS housing in Berlin

Housing Options

Homestays

Living with a homestay family is the best way to immerse yourself in the language and culture of Berlin and many students who choose this option consider it to be the most rewarding aspect of their time abroad. It is the best way to learn German, gain an authentic insight into the culture and integrate into the local community. Each homestay is unique and individual - your host may be a single woman whose children have grown up and left home, a professional couple or a retired couple.

You will have your own room and recieve daily breakfast and dinner. Generally there is one student per family allowing you to maximise your opportunities to practice your German.

Student Apartments

The apartments are single occupancy studio apartments, each one with a living room/bedroom, a bathroom and fully equipped kitchen. Bed linen is provided for the dual use couch-beds. There are laundry facilities on-site. Apartments are located in a residential neighborhood and students shoulde expect to have to travel on public transport to get to campus and downtown.

Meals

All students recieve a Mensa card which can be used in the subsidized University cafeterias across Berlin. Apartment students will also recieve a meal allowance to subsidize the cost of purchasing meals at the student 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

In addition to excursions a cultural calendar of weekly activi-ties and social events is included in your program fee. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of our local AIFS staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of Berlin life. Typical activities, tours and visits include:

  • Berlin city tour
  • Boat trip
  • Bike tour
  • Visit to a brewery
  • Museum visits
  • Walking tours
  • Picnics and social events

As part of the FU-BEST academic program you are invited to participate in three visits to important historic sites. These take place on Friday. Participation in one of these visits is a manda-tory part of the program:

  • The Chancellor's Office (Bundeskanzleramt)
  • The site of the former Nazi concentration camp at Sachsenhausen
  • The former prison complex in Berlin - Hohenschonausen of East Germany's state security police (Stasi)

You may be asked to pay a small supplementary fee for some events.

Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteering is a great way to give back to the local community, learn new skills and build your confidence. More information on volunteer opportunities in Berlin will be available to you on-site.

AIFS in Berlin Resident Director, Academic Year and Semester Programs

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
Email: nthomsen@aifs.co.uk

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 enjoy meeting new people and showing them around Berlin, its sites 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 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.