Duke University German

We're expanding our programs! We are now introducing a new option for the Spring Semester in Berlin: no previous German exposure is required! Click here to get a quick overview of all our programs.


Why Study Abroad in Berlin? Click here

Jochen Wohlfeil on 25 Years in Berlin

For a quarter-century Wohlfeil has guided Duke students through the Duke in Berlin program

Jochen Wohlfeil Interview

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Study Abroad in Berlin, Germany!

Duke offers two of the best study-abroad programs available: the summer program and the fall and/or spring semester program in what is today one of the most exciting and cosmopolitan cities in Europe -- Berlin. The Duke-in-Berlin Semester programs take place in both the fall and spring. In the fall it is at the Humboldt Universität from the beginning of September to the middle of December. Students enrolled in the spring semester program take courses at the Freie Universität and the Technische Universität. All of our programs are open to students with no prior knowledge of German.

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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.

Non-Duke students may enroll in the summer program via Rutgers University, if they prefer; however, only those non-Duke students enrolled via Duke will receive a Duke transcript.

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"Duke in Berlin participants reflect on the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall" -  November 9, 2014."

Duke in Berlin Fall 2014 calendar now available -- click here.

Duke Political Review
'Barack’ in the Wall: Obama’s False Promises in Berlin

article by WIl Giles, 2013 Summer in Berlin participant


Duke in Berlin in the German News!

In August 2012, the Duke in Berlin program was featured in the Berlin newspaper, Der Tagesspiegel. Click here to read the article. Click here to read it in English translation.

For more information about Duke in Berlin, please contact:


Susan Pratt, Assistant Director, Global Education


Susanne Freytag, Visiting Professor of German and Recruitment Director, Duke in Berlin

Office Phone: 660-3065

Jochen Wohlfeil, Resident Director, Duke in Berlin

Duke In Berlin Student Information Handbook

Visas and non US citizens for DIB


Financial Aid Available

Duke students receiving financial aid are eligible for aid for Duke in Berlin. Contact the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid and the Bursar to make arrangements.


Applications for Duke in Berlin are processed through the Online Application Portal of the Global Education Office.

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