Study Abroad in Berlin, Germany

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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 or double room
  • Shared kitchen and bathroom
  • Bed linens provided
  • Laundry facilities on-site


  • 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.

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Berlin.

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
  • 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 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 158

Guten Tag und Herzlich Willkommen. I would like to extend a warm welcome! Originally from Hamburg, I studied in Berlin and Potsdam 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 specialties 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.

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