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Germany: Berlin

Berlin Quick Facts

Language of Instruction

Fields of Study
German language, contemporary German politics, German literature, German studies, art history, cinema, economics, history, gender studies, music history, philosophy, and sociology.

Host Institutions
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Freie Universität
Technische Universität
Institute for the International Education of Students (IES)

Live with Germans in homes and apartments.

Program Dates
Spring semester: early March to late July

Faculty Liaison
Hans Jürg Rindisbacher

IES: Language and Area Studies

Few cities over recent years have been as much the center of international public interest as Berlin. With a population of three and a half million, Berlin is the largest and most cosmopolitan German city. Now that Germany is reunified, Berlin is once again the nation’s capital. It is a metropolis of the old central European style, filled with remarkable contrasts and an extensive cultural life in theater, music, and the visual arts.

Through the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) and Humboldt University, Pomona participants on the Language and Area Studies program enroll in a mix of IES and university courses. The IES classes are designed for American students and are taught in German. Students may also choose from courses taught at partner universities. 

Academic Program

Pomona students enroll in five courses for a total of 4.0 Pomona credits. Students are required to enroll in a German advanced langauge course at the IES center (1.0 Pomona credit) and at least one course at a local university (0.75 Pomona credits). The remaining three electives can be taken in a combination of IES center or local university courses (0.75 Popmona credits each).

Highly advanced students may substitute a German literature course for the language course.

Students may take only one course on a P/NC basis. 

Note: Pomona allows students to study in Germany only in the spring semester because of the German Academic Calendar. The spring semester dates allow full participation in regualr university courses. However, students with compelling academic reasons may apply for the fall, but their university course choices will be very limited since most fall courses run through February. 

Living Arrangements

Students live with Germans in homes and apartments throughout the city. Pomona provides a meal allowance.

Number of Students

IES enrolls approximately 40–50 students, selected from a national pool. 


  • Completion of advanced German (German 44), or the equivalent.
  • A language course must have been completed within one year prior to the start of the program.
  • 9.0 GPA.

Priority is given to students who will have taken German during the semester preceding their anticipated study in Germany.

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