The Duke in Berlin Program

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 Free University of West Berlin in 1988, just before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Since 1991, the fall semester has taken place at Humboldt University, while the spring-summer semester continues to be based at the Free University.

Students attend Duke University courses taught by German faculty and by the program’s resident director. Students with sufficient German may also take courses in the Berlin universities. Qualified engineering students may take courses at the Technical University in Berlin. The program helps students advance their language skills, deepen their understanding of German culture, and broaden their grasp of the social sciences, art history, and technology in a German and European context.

Semester Programs

The semester program take place in the fall and/or spring. Students enrolled in the fall semester program take courses taught by Duke faculty. Students enrolled in the spring semester program first take courses taught by Duke faculty (early spring) and then courses in German at the Free University or Technical University (late spring/early summer). All of our programs are open to students with no prior knowledge of German.


  • Students take Duke courses with German faculty and German courses at Berlin universities.
  • Students live with host families to ensure an immersive experience of German language and culture.
  • The programs include several excursions and events, including trips to other German and Central-European cities (e.g. Prague), museum visits, concerts, and shows.
  • All programs open to students at all levels, from no prior German knowledge to advanced speakers.
  • Spring students take a end-of-semester test and earn an official language diploma which can be used for further studies in Germany.

For further information please visit the Duke in Berlin Semester Program website

Summer Program

The Duke Global Education Office for Undergraduates and Department of German also offers a six-week, two-course program in Berlin in the summer. The program is interdisciplinary in nature and attractive for students with interests in German politics and culture, but also history, environmental policy, or photography.

The summer program offers all levels of German as well as an array of upper level courses in English. 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 further information visit the Duke in Berlin Summer Program website