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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • See instructions below in Dates/Deadlines section

    Program Terms:
    Academic Year, Spring Semester
  • Program Director: Schedule an Appointment
  • Restrictions: Notre Dame applicants only
  • Expenses students are responsible for: Academic Year, Spring Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

You MUST choose your FIRST PREFERENCE SEMESTER when applying.

DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Direct enroll plus Provider courses, Third Party Provider Recommended GPA: 3.0
Housing Options: Host Family, Independent Language Prerequisite: 4 or 5 semesters of German with a grade of ‘B’ or better or equivalent
College: College of Arts & Letters, College of Engineering, College of Science, Mendoza College of Business Language of Instruction: German
Class Level While Abroad: Junior Only Language Courses Offered: Yes
Minimum Credit Load: 15 credit program Program Director: Laura Stipic
Special Opportunities: Internships, Other Opportunities, Research Eligible Majors: Any
Program Required Approvals: Advising Dean Approval, DUS Approval Program Required References: Academic Reference, Language Reference
Program Information:
Berlin Program Banner

The city of Berlin, now considered Germany's cultural, political, and economic center, provides students with the opportunity to observe first-hand the emerging impact of a reunited Germany on the rest of Europe as they study at the renowned Freie Universität-Berlin. The founding motto of the Freie Universität Berlin—"Truth, Justice, Freedom"—has shaped its history since 1948. With 42,500 students in approximately 90 different programs of study, 4,000 graduate candidates, and 1,000 doctoral candidates each year, the FU Berlin is the largest university in Germany's capital, and one of the largest in the nation. The main campus is located in the upscale residential district of Dahlem while some departments are located in the neighboring districts of Steglitz and Zehlendorf. The main campus encompasses lecture halls, charming villas, green parks, and wooded areas. There are several computer laboratories on campus with Internet access and printing services as well as the John F. Kennedy Institute, a world-renowned center for North American studies, which houses a multimedia library.

Program Dates*
Academic Year: Late August/early September through late July
Spring Semester: Late February/early March through late July

*Please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.

Academic Program
  • Based at Freie Universität Berlin, the Berlin Consortium for German Studies (BCGS) is administered by Columbia University
  • This program is particularly suited for students majoring in the humanities, social sciences, and the natural sciences
  • The program begins with a six-week intensive language German Discourse & Culture course
  • Students enroll in one course taught by the BCGS directors as well as at least two courses at Freie Universität Berlin
  • FU Berlin offers a wide range of courses in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences
  • All coursework will be in German. Program tutors are available to assist BCGS students with the transition from the language practicum to taking courses in the German University system
  • Courses completed on the Berlin program will be entered on the student's Notre Dame transcript and grades will be computed into the Notre Dame grade point average.
  • All students participating in the Berlin program are required to enroll in at least one course taught at BCGS and at least one course taught at Freie Universität.
  • For further information on course offerings or the facilities in Berlin, access the Columbia website or make an appointment to talk with one of our staff members in 105 Main Building.  
Site Calendar Eligibility
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • At least 2 years (4-5 semesters) of college level German
  • See fact sheet above for other eligibility considerations
Special Considerations
  • This program is a two-stage acceptance program: students must first apply through myNDabroad. Once accepted by ND, there is a secondary application to this program administered through the BCGS and Columbia University
  • Due to regulations regarding the Residency Permit, students going to Germany should plan on maintaining their US-based family or independent health insurance as Germany requires unlimited health insurance coverage for the duration of stay. Your US based insurance will be secondary to HTH's $250,000 international coverage
Special Opportunities
  • Internships are available in a variety of areas and disciplines
  • Students can elect to get involved in any number of student organizations connected to any of the universities in Berlin as well as volunteer groups within the city

Housing and Meals
Students meet each other and are introduced to Berlin during orientation weekend while staying together as a group in a local hostel. After orientation, students are placed into homestays with German families throughout Berlin for a month of immersion into German language, culture, customs, and society before University classes begin. Before the official start of the semester at Freie Universität-Berlin and for the remainder of the program, students may choose to live in dormitories or arrange their own housing in private apartments. A living allowance (stipend) provided by Study Abroad will help to partially defray some of the costs of housing and boarding costs incurred on this program.

If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.