A semester- or year-long program designed for students with proficiency in German, majoring in the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. Based at the renowned Freie Universität Berlin, the program is part of the Berlin Consortium for German Studies (BCGS) and is managed by Columbia University. The Berlin program offers an intellectually challenging and diverse curriculum, providing in-depth study in German language, culture, and society. A month-long homestay with a German family in conjunction with a six-week intensive language practicum prepares students for entry into the German university system where students will take classes taught by BCGS and Freie Universität Berlin faculty alongside other university students. Coursework and lectures are conducted in German. Program tutors provide support during the language practicum and throughout the academic year. Following the initial homestay, students live in dormitories or arrange their own housing in private apartments. The city of Berlin, with a population of over 3 million is Germany’s vibrant cultural, political, and economic capital. With over 170 museums and galleries, numerous sites of historical interest, generous green spaces, and various architectural traditions, Berlin is the ideal city for academic study.
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