Duke in Berlin Programs

Duke offers two of the best global education programs available in what is today one of the most exciting and cosmopolitan cities in Europe – Berlin.

Duke in Berlin was founded at the Freie Universität of West Berlin in 1988 before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Since 1991 the fall semester has taken place at Humboldt Universität in former East Berlin while the spring-summer semester continues to be based at the Freie Universität. Students attend Duke University courses taught by German faculty and by the program’s resident director, Jochen Wohlfeil. Students with sufficient German may take courses in the Berlin universities. Qualified engineering students may take courses at the Technische Universität Berlin. The program helps students advance their language skills, deepens their understanding of German culture, and broadens their grasp of the social sciences, art history, and technology in a German and European context.

Semester Programs

The semesters program takes place in the fall and/or spring. Students enrolled in the fall semester program take courses at Humboldt Universität. Students enrolled in the spring semester program take courses at Freie Universität and Technische Universität. All of our programs are open to students with no prior knowledge of German.

For application details, go to Duke Global Education for Undergraduate webpage for the semester programs.

Summer Program

The Duke Global Education Office for Undergraduates and Department of German offers a six-week, two-course program in Berlin in the summer. The program is interdisciplinary in nature and attractive for students with a substantial interest in German politics and culture. The summer program offers an array of upper level courses in English as well as all levels of German. Students choose from three tracks: English only, German only, or a combination (the most popular option). Students with no prior German are welcome, either as beginners in German language or within the English only track.

For application details, go to Duke Global Education for Undergraduate webpage for the summer program.