Berlin is an ideal lab­o­ra­tory for study­ing the design of urban inter­ven­tions, the his­tory of nine­teenth, twen­ti­eth and twenty-first cen­tury archi­tec­ture and urban­ism, and cut­ting edge strate­gies for cre­at­ing sus­tain­able envi­ron­ments. The Berlin Architecture Pro­gram is inte­gral to the sequen­tial cur­ricu­lum of the School of Archi­tec­ture. This is a required semes­ter abroad for all third-year archi­tec­ture stu­dents and is open to M.Arch I grad­u­ate stu­dents. Stu­dents take a full four-course load of archi­tec­ture stu­dio, lec­ture, sem­i­nar and Ger­man lan­guage courses. The semes­ter includes addi­tional lec­tures and office vis­its with some of Berlin’s thought lead­ers on his­tor­i­cal and con­tem­po­rary archi­tec­tural and urban issues. Check out this video to see what a semester abroad in Berlin is like.

IES Abroad serves as the program support for the Berlin Architecture program. IES Abroad will provide: pre-departure support, airport pick-up, on-site orientations, academic programming, local site visits and excursions, accommodations and student services.

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: January 1, 2017
  • Deadline: March 1, 2017
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: Please provide a copy of your passport to your Coordinator
  • Host Application: Once you have applied through the GEO application and submitted your passport photo to the Global Experience Office you will be nominated to the program provider (IES Abroad) to complete their registration requirements.
Submit to Host University
  • Housing Application: The housing application must be submitted along with all other application materials.
  • IES required materials: IES will contact you for additional application requirements beyond the initial GEO application. Please fulfill these requests in a timely manner.
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

All stu­dents will be reg­is­tered by GEO for a Berlin, Archi­tecture ABRD placeholder course. This will show up on your MyNEU reg­is­tra­tion as one 16 credit course until we receive your transcripts from IES. Once we receive grades, we will post the indi­vid­ual NU courses and the let­ter grade to the courses listed below.

All students are required to take the courses outlined below. If you are interested in taking the German course as P/F please notify GEO of this request two weeks prior to the start date of the program.

If you are in the graduate program, please work with the Architecture Department to discuss courses abroad.

Berlin Architecture Courses
  • GRMN XXXX - (Depends on level taken) : Depending on language proficiency, students will be placed in the NU equivalent. Most students take GRMN 1101- Elementary German 1
  • ARCH 3155 - Studio Abroad
  • ARCH 3361 - Architecture and Urbanism Abroad 
  • ARCH 3362 - Seminar Abroad
Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $24,280
  • Tuition covers 12-16 Northeastern credits.

Study Abroad Fee: $5,400
  • Program cost includes: housing, site visits and program travel while in Germany, and International Security and Emergency Support Fee for International Security and Emergency Support. Flights and meals are not included.

Single Room Supplement: $1,000
  • A student can elect to choose a single room as their housing preference.  This will be done on the IES forms but billed by Northeastern.

Withdrawal Charges: $Variable
  • This program adheres to a strict withdrawal policy set forth by IES. Students must submit their withdrawal request to GEO by February 28th in order to guarantee no fees will be associated the withdrawal.  Withdrawal fees will increase substantially on the following dates: May 29th, June 17th, July 7th, and July 28th.

Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Resources

Additional Resources
  • Berlin Architecture Student Experience Video : We encourage you to view this video to see the students’ semester in Berlin!  This video is a great way to see first hand the semester abroad in Berlin.
  • Architecture in Berlin Blog : A student-written blog called “Architecture in Berlin” documents the field trips, studio life and social life of students while they are studying in Berlin. Check it out to see images of studio and accommodations as well as student highlights of the semester.
  • IES Berlin YouTube Video

Application Procedure

  • Application Open: July 1, 2016
  • Deadline: October 1, 2016
Submit to GEO
  • GEO Application: All applicants must complete the GEO application. This is the first step for applying to any program.
  • Passport Photo ID: Please provide a copy of your passport to your Coordinator
  • Host Application: Once you have applied through the GEO application and submitted your passport photo to the Global Experience Office you will be nominated to the program provider (IES Abroad) to complete their registration requirements.    
Submit to Host University
  • Housing Application: The housing application must be submitted along with all other application materials.
  • IES required materials: IES will contact you for additional application requirements beyond the initial GEO application. Please fulfill these requests in a timely manner.
Update My Travel Plans on myNortheastern
Once you have been accepted into your program, you are required to create an entry in My Travel Plans for the trip. Please be sure to enter the following pieces of information:
  • Personal and Emergency Contact Info
  • HealthTravel Info: Dates, flight and accommodation details, etc.
  • Passport Details: Passport number, Expiration date, Passport Country of issue, etc.

Please refer to this step-by-step user’s guide for directions on how to navigate the My Travel Plans system.

Should you fail to complete this step as directed, you may be prevented from traveling, may not receive credit for courses, and/or may be excluded from participating in other Northeastern global programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Study abroad spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis by qualified students that meet eligibility requirements. The program may fill before the application deadline and will be closed as soon as all spaces are filled.

Minimum Requirements
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
Other Requirements
  • Withdrawal Policy: This program adheres to withdrawal policy that follows different dates than those listed on the GEO website. Students must submit their withdrawal request to GEO by February 28th in order to guarantee no fees will be associated the withdrawal.

Studying abroad requires a valid passport. You may also need a visa and/or other travel documents. It is your responsibility to ensure that all your documents are valid and appropriate to the nature of your program.

Courses

All stu­dents will be reg­is­tered by GEO for a Berlin, Archi­tecture ABRD placeholder course. This will show up on your MyNEU reg­is­tra­tion as one 16 credit course until we receive your transcripts from IES. Once we receive grades, we will post the indi­vid­ual NU courses and the let­ter grade to the courses listed below.

All students are required to take the courses outlined below. If you are interested in taking the German course as P/F please notify GEO of this request two weeks prior to the start date of the program.

If you are in the graduate program, please work with the Architecture Department to discuss courses abroad.

Berlin Architecture Courses
  • GRMN - (Depends on level taken) : Depending on language proficiency,students will be placed in the NU equivalent. Most students take GRMN 1101- Elementary German 1
  • ARCH 3155 - Studio Abroad
  • ARCH 3361 - Architecture and Urbanism Abroad 
  • ARCH 3362 - Seminar Abroad
Policies & Procedures

Prior to application, please review GEO’s policies and procedures. This is the student’s responsibility.

Cost

Northeastern Tuition: $24,280
  • Tuition covers 12-16 Northeastern credits.

Study Abroad Fee: $5,400
  • Program cost includes: housing, site visits and program travel while in Germany, and International Security and Emergency Support Fee for International Security and Emergency Support. Flights and meals are not included.

Single Room Supplement: $1,000
  • A student can elect to choose a single room as their housing preference.  This will be done on the IES forms but billed by Northeastern.

Withdrawal Charges: $Variable
  • This program adheres to a strict withdrawal policy set forth by IES.  Withdrawal fees will increase substantially on the following dates: October 15th, October 31st, November 15th and December 1st.

Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

GEO offers scholarships and grants for students studying abroad on Traditional programs. Please visit our Scholarships page for more info!

Resources

Additional Resources
  • Berlin Architecture Student Experience Video : We encourage you to view this video to see the students’ semester in Berlin!  This video is a great way to see first hand the semester abroad in Berlin.
  • Architecture in Berlin Blog : A student-written blog called “Architecture in Berlin” documents the field trips, studio life and social life of students while they are studying in Berlin. Check it out to see images of studio and accommodations as well as student highlights of the semester.
  • IES Berlin YouTube Video

Destination

Twenty-first cen­tury Berlin is a dynamic palimpsest of its dis­rupted his­tory, one that is actively unfold­ing as the city and the Ger­man state attempts to res­ur­rect Berlin’s pres­ence as a global cap­i­tal. It has oscil­lated from being a global intel­lec­tual and artis­tic cen­ter, to a mar­gin­al­ized urban hostage of polit­i­cal divi­sions, and back to the gov­ern­men­tal and exis­ten­tial cen­ter of a uni­fied Germany.

Berlin is a city of rad­i­cal archi­tec­tural and urban trans­for­ma­tions. As a result, Berlin’s urban form is a col­lage of con­tra­dic­tory urban types, such as the nine­teenth cen­tury mon­u­men­tal­ity, the post-war cap­i­tal­ist devel­op­ments of West Berlin, the com­mu­nist hous­ing blocks of East Berlin, and the late twen­ti­eth and early twenty-first cen­tury recon­struc­tions of a uni­fied Berlin. No ter­ri­tory in Berlin is neu­tral: each build­ing, mon­u­ment, street, and dis­trict of the city embod­ies part of its volatile urban history.

Today, Berlin, and all of Ger­many, is a cen­ter of con­tem­po­rary and sus­tain­able archi­tec­ture and urban­ism. A strong soci­etal and polit­i­cal will to man­date high-performing, energy-efficient archi­tec­ture and urban strate­gies has pro­duced a body of con­tem­po­rary prece­dents that has become the bench­mark for sus­tain­able design glob­ally. Addi­tion­ally, sus­tain­able archi­tec­tural and urban design has proven to be a pow­er­ful sym­bol for a newly uni­fied Ger­many as a pro­gres­sive, respon­si­ble, and pros­per­ous state.

Accommodations

Please remember to follow all of your instructions from IES on housing applications and procedures including the deadlines for obtaining housing. Failure to do so may mean you are not able to arrange housing through the program.

  • Homestay: IES has arranged homestays for students who are looking for a more immersive German experience. This is an excel­lent way to learn more about Ger­man cul­ture and language while becoming bet­ter inte­grated into Berlin. If you choose a home­s­tay, you will get more detailed infor­ma­tion dur­ing ori­en­ta­tion. The cost is equiv­a­lent to that of the apartment.  
  • Off-Campus through Program: Students live in the Sreepolis Boardinghaus. Apartments are located at Wilhelminenhofstr. 80 in a new student apartment building in Oberschöneweide, about 45-60 minutes away from the studio via public transportation. Oberschöneweide is a neighbourhood in Berlin’s southeastern district of Treptow-Köpenick. The history of Oberschöneweide is closely connected to the history of AEG which reached international fame from here. Your neighborhood (Kiez) is home to the University of Applied Sciences for Engineering and Economics (HTW Berlin) and its many students make the area especially lively. Oberschöneweide is in the process of being gentrified; new offices, galleries, clubs, bars, restaurants, etc. have been emerging over the past few years and the district has drawn great creative potential. Your apartments are all located in one building and feature waterfront access,   The apartments are furnished with chairs, beds, tables, oven, refrigerator, shower, toilet, etc. Please note there are no microwaves. Some dishes and kitchen supplies are provided, and as mentioned above, IES Abroad provides bedding and towels. The single rooms are between 21-25sqm, the doubles are between 42-45sqm, and the triples are 55sqm. This room size is typical of student housing in Berlin and in Germany in general. Also, the doubles and triples each have a kitchen where students can sit together and the triples have a large living room.

Host University or Organization

IES Abroad Center: Located in Mitte, a central district of Berlin famous for its numerous restaurants and stylish boutiques, the IES Abroad Berlin Center is just a five-minute walk from the Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Brandenburg Gate, and German Parliament. The architectural studio space is located in Schöneberg, a commute from the IES Abroad Berlin Center in Mitte of approximately twenty to twenty-five minutes.

 

Coordinators