Our Students are Student Life

At NYU Berlin, we encourage your academic and creative explorations to foster and support what is already so present in the atmosphere of this amazing city; that is, a deep and profound commitment to cultural understanding, constructive reflection, and creativity.

As students studying and exploring the city, Berlin itself will invite you to challenge previously formed notions about the world and yourself, complicating and expanding your knowledge, curiosity, and self-awareness along the way. It is a place that implores participation, that requires the active, that demands an intent and ready engagement in the societal, ethical, and cultural questions forming the lifeblood of Berlin's unique environment. In return, the city will welcome you as one of its own, adopting you into its diverse and vibrant community with open arms.

Student Life at NYU Berlin is about supporting you as you explore how to tell your own story as your experience expands. Our staff and faculty expect only as much as the city of Berlin itself, and each semester, each year, our students top these expectations and add their very own to the ever-changing dialogue of the city. Coming out of their time in Berlin, our students not only have a greater and more nuanced perspective on society and the world, but they also have a new community and a new home. They are New Berliners. 


Excursions are an integral part of living abroad, and NYU Berlin students visit the many historical and cultural sites in and around Berlin. The music scene in Berlin is rich and varied; the city boasts three opera houses and five symphonies, and music lovers will be happy to discover that tickets are usually inexpensive.

You’ll never lack for things to do in Berlin: three large universities that offer public lectures and other great events you can join, various academies of art and music, over 50 theaters, dozens of magnificent museums, and hundreds of galleries. Numerous outdoor markets and festivals reflect the city’s growing ethnic mix. You’ll be introduced to the rich cultural resources the city has to offer, including activities such as museum and gallery visits, guest lectures on the most important current issues, and dramatic and musical performances. NYU-sponsored learning journeys include visits to nearby cities, such as Potsdam, Leipzig, Dresden, Dessau, Wittenberg, and Hamburg.

Some of these excursions are required components of your course work and are included in the cost of your tuition. Other, optional day trips have additional fees, but are quite affordable. 

Health and Wellness

The NYU Student Health Center and the Department of Public Safety work closely with program staff to plan for safe, healthy, and enriching opportunities long before you arrive. You will be introduced to many of these services in the months leading up to your program abroad while others will be explained in detail during the mandatory on-site orientation. Get a head start on familiarizing yourself with global health and wellness resources by visiting the NYU Student Health Center website.