Study Abroad in Berlin, Germany - Internship Program

Intern Abroad in Berlin: Living Abroad

AIFS in Berlin Resident Director, Summer Program

AIFS Resident Director

Nele Thomsen

American Institute For Foreign Study
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Invalidenstr. 110, Room 429
10117 Berlin

Phone: (011 49) 176 2333 1584
Email: nthomsen@aifs.co.uk

Moin Moin und Hallo! Welcome to Berlin. I am from Hamburg originally, but have lived in Berlin for over 15 years now. I studied History, Art History and English in Berlin and Potsdam and have worked as a tour guide in Potsdam. I lived abroad in England when still in High School and as an Au-Pair living in Barcelona, Spain.

I love the ever-changing way of the city, its vibrancy and the laid-back attitude. Berlin has something to offer for 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.

Housing and Meals

Housing

  • Accommodation is in single occupancy studio apartments, each one with a living room/bedroom, a bathroom and fully equipped kitchen. Bed linen is provided for the dual use couch-beds. There are laundry facilities on-site. Apartments are located in a residential neighborhood and students should expect to have to travel on public transport to get to campus and downtown for their internships.

Meals

  • All students receive a Mensa card loaded with a meal allowance which can be used in the subsidized University cafeterias at FU Berlin and at university cafeterias across Berlin. The meal allowance will subsidize the cost of purchasing meals at the student cafeterias.

Transportation

You will receive a transportation pass for the duration of the program. This includes all public transportation such as subway, bus or city train, day and night, 7 days a week and enables students to travel easily between their accommodation, the University and their internship placement.

Cultural Activities

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of German culture, a wide range of cultural activities and excursions are included in your program fee. The Resident Director organizes a variety of activities which usually include:

  • Visits to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Museum Island in Berlin
  • Boat trip
  • Visit to a brewery
  • Visit to the outdoor museum “Topography of Terror”
  • Evening at an open-air theater
  • Social activities with other summer school students
  • Farewell dinner

Please note that students may need to pay a small additional fee for some of the activities above. Due to internship schedules students may not be able to attend all activities.