Professor Ertman with students at Museum Island

Program Summary

At CAS Summer in Berlin, students experience a cosmopolitan city that holds a complex and crucial place in modern European history. One can encounter this past not just in the city's many museums and in the memories of its inhabitants, but also in its architecture: the palaces of the baroque, rococo and romantic periods, the monumental government buildings and workers' tenements of the Wilhelminian Empire, the massive ministries and Olympic Stadium of the Third Reich, ruins from World War II, the showcase developments-and the Wall-constructed during the Cold War.

Today, Berlin is at a particularly exciting moment of transition, reclaiming its historical role as Germany's capital and as the political, cultural, and economic intermediary between Eastern and Western Europe. Massive construction projects reflect this development and offer some of the most exciting new architecture in the world. Berlin is a thoroughly modern but affordable city with outstanding museums and a lively theatre and music scene; it also has an efficient public transportation system, an international cuisine, and a vibrant nightlife.

"The program was the perfect balance of academics while making the most of the cultural and social factors Berlin has to offer."

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Application Deadlines

December 1 - Application Launch
February 1 - Priority Deadline
March 1 - General Deadline
April 15 - Final Deadline
April 30 - Final Confirmation

*Please note that we are now only accepting Summer in Berlin applications for wait list consideration in summer 2019*

Contact Us

NYU Global Programs


t: (212) 998-4433

f: (212) 995-4103

Program Director

Thomas Ertman
Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Sociology

Tuition and Fees

The College of Arts and Science discounts CAS Summer Abroad tuition 33% to offset additional costs of study abroad. This discount is already calculated in the below rates. Fees, Housing and International Insurance are required, and these rates are set by NYU.

2019 Program Costs  
Undergraduate Tuition - 8 points $7,784
Undergraduate Registration Fees - 8 points
Program & Activities Fee $500

GeoBlue International Health Insurance

for 6 week program



Single (very few available)


Double with bunk beds





PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for purchase of transportation to/from program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing.

Students are encouraged to budget for summer abroad programs based on individual needs. Additional resources for planning are available on the Additional Costs page.

Statue in front of the Berlin Museum

View of Museum Island

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The academic program, built around Berlin's rich culture, immerses students in the life and language of the city. For those interested in language study, Summer in Berlin offers German courses at all levels of instruction, based on sufficient enrollment per course. In addition, content courses provide students with the option of exploring through walking tours and site trips both the historical past and exciting present of Germany’s capital, of delving into the city’s exciting interwar art scene, or of gaining a uniquely German perspective on terrorism.

Study of German language is recommended, but not required.  Students can choose to take two content courses taught in English. An Independent Study course permits students, if they so desire, to engage in a research project or learning experience of their own design.

Students in a museum

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All undergraduate students must register for 8 points.

Language Courses

Content Courses

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Housing and Meals

All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing. Housing is located in NYU’s newly opened residence in Kreuzberg, just around the corner from Checkpoint Charlie in an emerging art scene neighborhood studded with galleries. The NYU in Berlin academic center in the KulturBrauerei is a converted former brewery complex in the district of Prenzlauer Berg. It is a multi-story building featuring classrooms, offices, art studio space, a lounge and a computer lab.

Neighborhood in Kreuzberg

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Aside from excursions in and around Berlin, students will take a day trip to another German city and a weekend trip to Prague. In Prague, students will explore the traces of three cultures-Czech, German, and Jewish-on a three-day weekend.

Student in a museum

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Thomas Ertman

Thomas Ertman
Ph.D., Harvard University
Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Sociology Director of CAS Summer in Berlin

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Photo Gallery

View of the Gendarmenmarkt

Students inside the Reichstag

Student at the residence hall

Colorful buildings in Berlin

The Gendarmenmarkt at night

Inside the Reichstag

Students outside Museum Island

Student on museum steps

Food in Berlin

View of the Reichstag

Flags at Technische Universitat

Students on a tour by the Spree River

Student at the residence hall

View of the East Side Gallery

Detail of the NYU Berlin building

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