Study Abroad in Berlin, Germany

Study Abroad in Berlin: Living Abroad

Housing and Meals


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.

  • Single room
  • Shared bathroom
  • Access to kitchen
  • Bed linens and towels provided
  • Laundry

Student Apartment

Apartments are located in a residential neighborhood and students should expect to travel on public transport to get to campus and downtown.

  • Single room
  • Shared kitchen and bathroom
  • Bed linens and towels provided
  • Laundry facilities on-site

Wi-Fi internet access is available in all AIFS housing in Berlin

Housing Options


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. 

Student Apartment

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 or triple occupancy, with single bedrooms (twin or 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. The Berlin transport system is frequent, quick and efficient. Wi-fi access is available in the apartments, every room has a desk and chair, storage space for personal belongings, a bed and some direct balcony access.

Amenities included: Basic kitchen supplies, furniture, one set of bedding and towels, laundry room free of charge
Apartments do NOT include: air-conditioning


  • Daily breakfast and dinner in the homestay
  • All students receive a Mensa card to use in subsidized university cafeterias across Berlin. For apartment students this is pre-loaded with a meal allowance for lunches.

Cultural Activities

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 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

Phone: (49) 176 2333 1584

Guten Tag und Herzlich Willkommen. I would like to extend a warm welcome! Originally from Hamburg, I studied in Berlin and Postdam and spent time abroad in England and Spain. Berlin has been my home for 20 years now. I love it and am sure you will too! Whatever your interest, Berlin offers a niche for everyone, from the clubber to the historian, from opera to street art. On your program you will glimpse historic German towns, sample local specialities and experience Berlin like a native. It will be my pleasure to help you during your time abroad.

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.