Study Abroad

IES Berlin: Metropolitan and Urban Studies

  • Location: Berlin, Germany
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Language of Instruction: English, German
  • Class Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors


COVID-19 Protocols and Travel Warnings

  • You can read about this program’s COVID-19 safety protocols at this link, then read the CDC Travel Warning and U.S. State Department Travel Advisory at the respective links. For more information about Haverford College Study Abroad and the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, read the Study Abroad homepage here.
  • IES requires all study abroad students to be fully vaccinated before they can participate in any IES program. 

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Berlin, a center for modern European history, has no equal for leaving its imprint on the political, social and cultural history of the 20th Century. One of Europe’s most vibrant cities, Berlin boasts a wide array of museums, art galleries, and theaters. Its taste for artistic and social experimentation and effervescent nightlife are once again alive today as they were in the 1920s. The IES Center is a five minute walk to the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate and the German Parliament.


No previous German language study is required. Improve your German through IES Abroad German language courses (required for beginning- and intermediate-level students). Students are required to take one appropriate-level IES German language course. *This program does not fulfill Haverford’s language requirement.

Academic Credit

Each semester, students must carry 15 semester credit hours. Students are not permitted to take less than 15 credits unless they have the permission of their dean and advisor in advance. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


With nearly half of the world’s population living in urban environments, metropolitan studies is an increasingly important topic among world leaders.  A center of modern European history, Berlin was both destroyed and reinvented in the 20th century.  Today, as one of Europe’s most vibrant cities, Berlin is a center for business, politics, culture, and innovation and the perfect place to study today’s metropolis.  Students will have full access to the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin’s excellent facilities, including libraries, cafeterias, and computer and sports centers.

Course Highlights

Art History, Cities, Cultural Studies, Economics, Film Studies, Gender Studies, History, Literature, Political Science, Sociology, Independent Research, Urban Studies

Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

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Two-week orientation program. Part I: Introduction to IES Abroad Berlin Metropolitan Studies Program. During the first few days, the IES Abroad Berlin staff will introduce you to the city of Berlin, the IES Abroad program, and student life in the city. Part II: German Language Intensive and Introduction to Berlin: The second week is divided between intensive German language instruction in the morning and a series of lectures, tours, and excursions related to the history, art, and culture of Berlin in the afternoon.

Number of Students

Enrollment of 30-40 students each semester.

Housing/Meal Plans

Living with Locals – IES Abroad housing gives students the unique opportunity to live with local Berlin residents throughout the city.  Students will have their own furnished room in an apartment shared by Berlin residents.  Rooms are rented from single adults, German university students and a small number of “traditional families.”  Meals are not included with the program fee. Students typically prepare their own meals at the host’s kitchen or dine in affordable student cafeterias or restaurants.

Apartments – IES offers single rooms or same-gender shared rooms in mixed-gender student apartments. Live with other IES Abroad students in apartments with fully equipped kitchens.

Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program.


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  • Semester


  • Semester I: Early September to mid-December
  • Semester II: Mid-February to late May

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: March 1
  • Semester II: October 15

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