CIEE Berlin: Global Architecture and Design
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About the Program
Given its near total destruction at the end of WWII, and subsequent division during the latter half of the 20th century, Berlin is a fascinating, exceptional canvas for urban design. What other city offers architects and urban planners the opportunity to repurpose and conceive of new spaces for a capital that is literally rebuilding itself from the ground up?
Through design workshops and lectures, site visits and collaborative studio work, you’ll tackle key issues facing globalized urban environments drawing inspiration from a city that is shifting and growing in a constant state of reinvention.
Berlin is Germany’s largest city and the capital of reunified Germany. It is home to roughly 3.4 million people, contains large amounts of green space and is surrounded by woodlands and lakes. At the crossroads between Eastern and Western Europe, Berlin is influenced by strong and, at times, conflicting political and cultural forces which make it a vibrant city brimming with creativity and an energy that points to reinvention at every turn. A result of low living costs, excellent public transportation and services, and immediate local access to parks and play grounds, Berlin is ranked among the top of global urban quality-of-life indices.
Berlin is a city that showcases beautifully restored masterpieces side-by-side with modern ruins and new breathtaking architectural design and space. Due to its near total destruction at the close of WWII and subsequent occupation and division during the latter half of the 20th century, Berlin is a European capital with a unique urban morphology.
- 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Architecture or related major or minor
Fields of Study
Architecture, Design, Language, Sustainability, Urban Studies
The Global Architecture and Design Programs offer advanced-level students the opportunity to pursue their passion in a global center for design innovation and excellence. Students participating in this program will:
Participate in hands-on design studios and workshops in cutting-edge studio space.
Study with faculty who are innovators in the field of architecture, material science, urban design, landscape architecture, and civil and environmental engineering.
Interact with elite architecture and design firms, institutes, and organizations.
Visit sites of major architectural and technological significance.
The curriculum is based on - and built around - the host city. In Berlin, you'll take the Future Cities Design Studio; Future Cities Seminar; and Science, Engineering, and Technology Workshops - taught entirely in English - that draw upon local models, cases and source material for the content. There are also week-long survival language study, elective courses and collaborative projects with local faculty and peers.
Take courses at the internationally renowned Technische Universität Berlin, one of the largest and most prestigious research and education institutions in Germany
Attend the Global Design Studio, which will address the interdisciplinary perspective inspired by ONE Lab
Enjoy excursions to architectural sites throughout Germany, including Moritzplatz, a new creative center in Berlin, and Betahaus, a co-working space for the creative industries
Study Spreefeld, a cooperative of 16 people, many of them architects, who are creating a new sustainable way of living
Hear from, and interact with, visiting faculty and professionals during a series of lectures, critiques, and in-class visits
You'll begin your study abroad experience in Berlin even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online predeparture orientation. The Director of Student Services meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. When you arrive in Germany you will participate in an on-site orientation program. The goal is to introduce you to the country, culture, and academic program, and provide practical information about living in Berlin. You also will be introduced to the academic requirements of the university, and are shown how to make the best use of campus facilities and services. During orientation, local students assist the international students. The services provided during orientation are maintained on an individual and group basis throughout the program.
Study abroad students will be placed in home-stays or in shared apartments. For students staying with host families, they will live in a single bedroom and have two meals included, generally breakfast and dinner. For students staying in shared apartments, there may be a possibility of a shared bedroom.
CIEE Berlin Architecture and Design Program
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