Study Abroad in Berlin, Germany

AIFS Program at a Glance - Fall 2019 & Spring 2020

  • Academic Year, Fall or Spring Semester
  • Courses taught in English and German (No previous German language study required for the European Studies Program)
  • Open to second semester sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Program fee includes tuition, housing, a meal allowance, transportation pass, museum pass, orientation workshops, excursions and cultural activities, and more. Optional AIFS Flight Package available.
  • Courses include architecture, art, business, cinema, economics, environmental studies, German language, history, law, literature, philosophy, politics, sociology, statistics, transatlantic relations and women and gender studies
  • Visa is obtained for U.S. citizens in Berlin shortly after arrival
  • The local AIFS Resident Director and staff organize cultural activities and housing, act as a liaison between students and the university, and are available 24/7 in case of emergencies
  • Comprehensive Insurance and assistance package
  • Transcripts issued by Freie Universität Berlin European Studies Program (FU-BEST)
  • Volunteer opportunities available

    Application and Scholarship Deadlines

    • Fall Semester is full. Click here for available programs.
    • Spring Semester is full. Click here for available programs.

    AIFS Study Abroad Scholarships available!
    The scholarship deadline is April 15 for the Academic Year/Fall Semester and October 1 for the Spring Semester.


    U.S. citizens do not need to apply for a visa before traveling to Germany and can enter Europe on a 90-day “tourist visa” which is provided on arrival in Germany. AIFS staff will then assist students in applying for a student visa. If you are a non-U.S. citizen you may need to apply for a Type - D national visa before traveling to Germany. Please contact the AIFS Admissions Officer for further information.

    Meet Your Admissions Officer

    Admissions Officer

    Shannon Sanctuary

    1 High Ridge Park
    Stamford, CT 06905

    Phone: (800) 727-2437 ext. 5073

    Originally from New Hampshire, I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire and my master’s degree from the University of Bridgeport. As an undergraduate, I studied abroad in Brisbane, Australia, which sparked my passion for international study and travel. After graduating from UNH, I returned to Australia for three months, volunteering for a non-profit in Sydney. Upon my return, I sought a job in international education and joined AIFS in 2006.

    Your Admissions Officer is available to guide you through the admissions process and answer any questions you have about studying abroad on this program.

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