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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Restrictions: JHU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Notification Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2019 03/01/2019 ** Varies by program TBA TBA

** Applications must be submitted by 10:00 pm. Study Abroad applicants should note that the deadline indicated here is for Hopkins only; external programs may have earlier deadlines.
Fact Sheet:
GPA Requirement: 3.0 Housing Type: Homestay, Students must find their own
Language of Instruction: German Areas of Study: Arts & Sciences, German
Program Type: Hopkins-sponsored Credit Type: Hopkins credit (grades impact Hopkins GPA)
Program Advisor: Jessica Mervis Language Prerequisite: Yes
Prerequisites: 4 semesters of college-level German language or equivalent, 5 semesters of college-level German language strongly recommended for spring applicants, Language placement exam required as part of application, Meeting with German Department required as part of application Hopkins Application Fee: $25
Application Process: (1) Complete Hopkins app by clicking "Apply Now", (2) Go to program website to complete program app (note deadline may be different)
Program Description:

Experience the spring semester, or better yet, the academic year studying at Berlin's top university in the EU’s economic and political powerhouse. Prepare for interdisciplinary study in the German university system through intensive language training. Explore contemporary German life and culture in a dynamic, multicultural city with a vibrant arts scene. Learn from Berlin's advanced knowledge of environmentalism and new technologies. And immerse yourself daily in the city’s remarkable history.

Location | Areas of Study | Dates | Eligibility | Courses and Credits | Cost  | Housing | Application Process | More Information

Hopkins Semester/Year Berlin
Berlin Consortium for German Studies (BCGS)
The Freie Universität Berlin

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"I really improved my German thanks to the program and taking classes with German students. It was good to be held to the same expectations as the Germans because it forced me to be more efficient when doing the readings and made me more confident when participating in class, even though I wasn't a native speaker. I think these skills have made me a better student overall."

-Leandre Eberhard, Economics, German, and International Studies major
The Berlin Consortium for German Studies (BCGS) was founded in 1995 by a group of U.S. universities to help students improve their German and to give students the opportunity to enroll in a broad range of German university courses with the support of a structured program. Students will receive intensive language training to prepare them for taking fully-immersed academic courses and to function independently in the German university system. As Berlin has become a leader in the Arts and Sciences, environmentalism, and new technologies, this is a unique opportunity for students to fully explore contemporary German life and culture. A high level of independence is required of students on this program.


Berlin, Germany

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Areas of Study

  • German language
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences

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Full Year: September to July. Deadline: March 1
Spring: February to July. Deadline: October 15
Berlin Brandenburg Gate
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  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA or above
  • 4 semesters of college-level German language or equivalent. 5 semesters of German strongly recommended.
  • Students will be required to take a language placement exam as part of the application
  • A meeting with the German department
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Courses and CreditsBerlin-Grey Blocks-LindgrenS

All courses are taught in German.
6 week Intensive German Discourse & Culture course (6 credits)
BCGS course; 1 offered in fall, 2 options in spring (4 credits each)
Direct enroll in Freie Universität courses (4 credits each)
Qualified students may also take courses at Technische Universität (Engineering) or Humboldt Universität (Humanities, Social Sciences)

Students are required to enroll for a minimum of 15 credits per semester. All students must take a mandatory German Language Practicum, which is a six-week course that serves as an introduction to German academic culture and preparation for successful study in the German university system. Students will also take 1 BCGS courses (1 in fall, 2 options in spring) on selected topics in German Studies (4 credits each); the topic for the courses will be chosen by the Academic Director. Students are also required to take a minimum of two courses per semester through direct enrollment in the German university system. BCGS staff will assist students in finding appropriate courses for their language level and academic interests.Berlin - BCGS
The FU Berlin offers a wide range of courses in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Students majoring in a variety of disciplines may choose from an array of appropriate courses. Those with special interests may also enroll in courses at other local institutions. Students are encouraged to be involved, to do a sport or join a club. Cultural activities are field trips support the academic program. Some students also intern between the fall and spring semesters and occasionally during the semester. 

Students interested in getting to know German students are encouraged to be involved, to do a sport or join a club. Cultural activities and field trips support the academic program. Some students also intern between the fall and spring semesters and occasionally during the semester.

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Students pay JHU tuition plus a program fee, which will be billed to the student account. Financial aid may be applied toward the cost of the program.

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Students will be placed in a homestay with a German family for the 1st 4 weeks of the program. They must make independent Berlin-High Scenes-RensNaccommodation arrangements following the homestay. Students interested in living in dorms should apply before leaving the U.S. The dorms tend to house international students primarily and are located in more suburban areas. The program will provide resources for students searching for apartments, however students must make their own arrangements. Centrally located apartments are becoming more difficult to find.

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Application Process

There is a dual application process for this program.(1) Students must complete the Hopkins application by clicking the green "Apply Now" button at the top/bottom of this page
ANDBerlin-Night Lights-RensN(2) Students must complete the program application, which you can access on the website listed under More Information, below.

Please make sure to abide by both the Hopkins and the program deadlines as they may be different.

Your German language recommendation must be completed by either Deborah Mifflin or Heidi Wheeler in the German department at JHU.