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
Internet access is included 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. One set of pillows, blankets, and sheets are provided, every apartment includes a washing machine. The apartments are located at Dominicusstrasse, 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, one set of 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
- Boat trip
- German cooking class
- Visit to the outdoor museum “Topography of Terror”
- Visits to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Museum Island in Berlin
- Walking tours with various themes: Queer Berlin or Black History Berlin
- Explore Berlin and its cuisine with group dinners at a variety of restaurants
- Visit to the Reichstag, the German Parliament
- Get creative during a graffiti workshop and tour and take your own piece of art home
- Picnics and social events
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 – Hohenschönhausen 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
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.