BERLIN: Architecture Program

Berlin, Germany

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  • Fall Semester - Early September - Mid December
  • Spring Semester - Early January - Late April

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 15
  • Spring Semester - October 1


Study Abroad Coordinator: Emily Ferraro (

Inspired by Berlin's fascinating architectural transformation and the prolific "often controversial" construction after the fall of the Wall, this program was created for the Architecture students. Berlin is a laboratory for design experimentation. This program acquaints students with the process of rebuilding in one of Europe's key cities and instills a critical attitude towards the physical and cultural context of architecture. Students contrast the recent ultra modern commercial and bureaucratic architecture with the corroded walls and incomplete spaces that still characterize much of the urban landscape.

Today's technologies allow architects to design for building sites they may never visit. What does it mean for an architect to propose a building or to rethink an urban situation in a foreign culture? How do architects develop an appropriate understanding of a place, its history and architecture, in the design process? In Berlin's turbulent context, students combine site analysis with their talent and intuition to design locally relevant solutions.

Check out the NU Berlin Architecture Blog here!



The Northeastern Architecture Program in Berlin is an intensive and unique mixture of studio work, lectures, site- visits, language training, and excursions. In addition to seminars and studio work, students explore the city and surroundings, visiting historical building sites and museums and sampling Berlin's rich culture. The semester curriculum is as follows for a total of 16 NU credits: Semester Curriculum (15 weeks)

  • ARCH3155 Studio Abroad
  • ARCH3362 Seminar Abroad
  • ARCH3361 Architecture and Urbanism Abroad
  • GRMNXXXX German Language (exact course number depends on student's level)

As part of the curriculum, students explore places in Germany and Europe of historical and architectural importance. A number of excursions to be announced will be included in the program. Students will be accompanied by a Northeastern University Professor and local experts. On some weekends and over the term break, students can travel independently.

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Northeastern University will be working with IES Abroad, an in-country program, to host the Architecture program. The studio and study center are located within friendly neighborhoods filled with galleries, cafes, specialty shops, and music stores. IES Abroad has been providing quality study abroad programming for US universities for over 60 years, and has a strong reputation for excellence in the field of international education. Once you have arrived in Berlin, you will have access to the Humboldt University libraries and resources with your Humboldt University student ID card. Below you will find additional information.



Eligibility Requirements

Full-time Northeastern University Architecture student nominated by the School of Architecture.

Application Procedure

    • Completed OISP application
    • Completed Berlin Architecture Roster Form (emailed to you by GEO)
    • You will be asked to complete additional forms after registration to the program
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Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and a study abroad fee of $5,400 which includes housing, International Emergency and Security Support, cell phone, health insurance for the duration of the program, local transportation pass, a Humboldt University ID card, and a farewell dinner. Please note students are responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

Note: if you choose the private room bedroom, you will be billed an additional cost ($1,000)

Note: if you choose the homestay option, you will be billed an additional cost ($425). Meals are not included


Two different housing options are available in Berlin. There are a limited number of family homestays (first-come, first-served; see special housing application). Most families are long-term Berliners who offer students valuable insights as well as a chance to practice German and intercultural skills. For the apartment option, three students will share each apartment. Two students will share one bedroom; one student will have his or her own bedroom. Each student will have the option, via IES Abroad’s online housing form, to indicate their desire to have a private bedroom at additional cost. OISP will be notified as to which students make this request and will bill those students an additional $1,000.  All of our accommodations allow students a look at the diversity of the city, and its galleries, cafes, parks, and markets.  Housing forms will be sent  to students by the IES Abroad.




In the political upheavals of the last two centuries, Germany's attempts to assert itself as world player have also left their impression on the arts. Artists, for a part, have helped shape Berlin from the representation of power in government buildings, to the conception of museums and the works they collect, and the aesthetic interventions conceived by avant-garde artists from the niches they carved out of what became an international, teeming metropolis. Once a symbol by the postwar division of Germany and Europe, Berlin today has emerged as a pivotal city in the middle of a continent moving towards economic and political unity, while also preserving traditions of cultural, regional, and artistic diversity. Berlin offers students a uniquely rich and layered experience. Culturally and ethnically diverse neighborhoods mark a city functioning not only as the federal and national, national capital, but also as the new center of European Union decision-making and business, and as a springboard to eastern Europe. Precisely these multifarious roles and tensions continue to make Berlin the setting for critical inquiry and a flourishing arts scene.