Study Abroad in Berlin: Living Abroad
Housing and Meals
- In a single room
- Access to kitchen and bathroom
- Single rooms in shared apartments
- Shared kitchen and bathroom
- 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
Wi-Fi internet access is available in all AIFS housing in Berlin
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. Staying with a homestay means living as an adult with other adults, more like a shared apartment than living with your parents!
You will have your own room and receive daily breakfast and dinner. Generally, there is one student per family allowing you to maximize your opportunities to practice your German.
The apartments are actually not those arranged by FU-BEST, but rather accommodations that AIFS has organized for our students to be closer to campus. 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, every apartment includes a washing machine. The apartments are located at Dominicusstrasse 46, a quick walk to the train stop S-Schöneberg. They are about a 25-minute ride via public transportation to Freie Universität and 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
All students receive a Mensa card which can be used in the subsidized University cafeterias at FU Berlin and at university cafeterias across Berlin. Apartment students will also receive a meal allowance to subsidize the cost of purchasing meals at the student cafeterias.
In addition to excursions a cultural calendar of weekly activities 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
- Traditional Welcome Dinner
- Boat trip (Fall only)
- Visit to the “Topography of Terror” museum
- Visits to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Museum Island in Berlin
- Walking tours on different topics like Queer Berlin and Black History in Berlin
- Getting to know Berlin by group dinners at different restaurants
- Visit to Reichstag, the German Parliament
- Exploring Berlin Street Art Scene and graffiti workshop
- Picnic on Peacock Island amongst free-roaming peacocks
- Evening at Jazz club
Students also receive a Museum Pass which grants entrance to the collections of the State Museums Berlin.
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 mandatory 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 - Hohenschönausen of East Germany's state security police (Stasi)
You may be asked to pay a small supplementary fee for some events.
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
Phone: (49) 176 2333 1584
Moin Moin und Hallo! Welcome to Berlin. I studied history, art history and English in Berlin and Potsdam and worked as a tour guide in Potsdam which has been a good foundation for guiding students around Berlin and Germany. It is a privilege to accompany students on their experience while they broaden their horizons.
I love the ever-changing way of Berlin, its vibrancy and the laid-back attitude. The city 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.