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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Spring Quarter
  • Restrictions: UW applicants only
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Foreign Language Required: None Primary Language(s) of Instruction: English
Affiliated Department: School of Business UW Study Abroad Program Manager: Shannon Quinn
Program Information:
Location Berlin, Germany
Academic Term Spring Quarter 2022
Credits 12 - 18 UW credits per quarter
Eligibility Program is open to all UW undergraduate students. Some courses are restricted to current Foster School students. See Academics Tab.
Language Instruction in English
Program Manager Josie Kraft |
Priority Application Deadline
November 1, 2021
General Study abroad in Berlin, Germany and earn UW credit! Students take 3-4 classes at the IES Center in the heart of Berlin's famous Mitte neighborhood. All students live in shared apartments with other students on the program.
The UW Foster School of Business has partnered with IES Abroad to create a Spring Quarter study abroad program in Berlin, Germany offering a mix of business and non-business coursework. This program is open to all UW undergraduates, but some of the courses offered are only open to current Foster School of business students. To see more details about the courses please check out the Academics tab.

Why Berlin? You mean besides being a cosmopolitan, diverse, exciting, and endlessly explorable city brimming with creativity, innovation, new ideas, and boundless energy? Well, there’s the fact that Berlin is at the center of European and global politics and economics and, along with the rest of Germany, it leads the way in sustainability efforts, with an ambitious plan to become completely carbon neutral by 2050. 

Berlin is the home to countless innovative startups, many of which also focus on sustainability issues. At the same time, Germany is also home to many massive (and more traditional) manufacturing conglomerates (think Volkswagen, Merck, BMW, Siemens, and many more). 

What we’re saying is this: if you’re looking to study Business, Sustainability, and Innovation in one of the world’s most historically, economically, politically, and culturally exciting cities, you can’t beat Berlin.

This program, which takes place from March to June, takes full advantage of Germany's position as an economic powerhouse and global leader in sustainability, as well as Berlin's entrepreneurial spirit. The English-taught courses in topics such as Business Ethics, Global Marketing, and International Business are viewed through the lens of Berlin and Germany, using local startups and corporations as case studies. You’ll learn firsthand the significant challenges involved in balancing financial success with sustainability. You can also supplement your Business studies with a course on German Popular Culture or Intercultural Communication or Political Science.

Berlin and Germany will be your classroom. Imagine studying Global Business and then taking a trip to BMW's manufacturing plant in Munich. Or learning about Business Ethics and then attending a talk at the Potsdam Institute of Climate Research. All of your classes will include course-related trips that take you out of the classroom and into the real world, with visits to startups, businesses, and organizations in and around Berlin.

We want you to feel at home in Berlin, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing in comfortable, well-located apartments to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.

Check out the info session powerpoint from the canceled Winter Quarter 2021 program: UW IES Berlin - Info Session Powerpoint.pdf.
Read more about the program on the IES Berlin website. If you want to learn more, talk with Global Business Center Study Abroad Adviser Theresa Maloney, advising info found here.


Primary Location: Berlin, Germany
This is where you will be studying and living.
Check out the IES video about Berlin which includes student testimonials from other IES programs based in Berlin.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events:
Redefine the way you live and learn in Berlin through our business and cultural events, which may include: a walking tour of Berlin; a day trip to Potsdam; cooking (and enjoying) a delicious, sustainable meal at a local restaurant; attending the Berlin Film Festival;  visiting the Jewish Museum; exploring the Tränenpalast to see what life as a Berliner was like during the Cold War.

Field Trip:
Munich, Germany | 2 days and nights 
This group field trip will take place over the weekend and is covered in the program cost. Spend time in beautiful Munich, including a guided city tour, dinner at a traditional Bavarian restaurant, and a tour of a BMW manufacturing site.


Prerequisites and Language Requirements

  • There are no language prerequisites for the program. All courses are taught in English.
  • This program is open to all UW undergraduate students with a 2.75 GPA or higher.
  • Prerequisite: ECON 200 is required for MGMT 320, IBUS 300, and MKTG 301.
  • MGMT 320 and IBUS 300 are open only to current Foster School of Business students.

Credits and Conversion Scale

The courses are 4 or 5 UW credits each. The UW equivalents of the IES courses are listed below. 

If you would like some assistance, schedule an appointment with one of the Global Business Center Study Abroad Advisors or email


During Spring Quarter, students will take courses at the IES Abroad Center located in the Mitte neighborhood of Berlin. All courses are taught in English by IES faculty, many of whom will be from local universities. Students take 3 or 4 of the 9 classes offered below. The price is the same regardless of how many courses a student completes. Classes range in credit from 4-5 UW credits. 

Business courses:

  • MGMT 320 (4 UW credits)* - only open to current Foster students
  • IBUS 300 (4 UW credits)* - only open to current Foster students
  • MKTG 301 (4 UW credits)*
  • MKTG elective (4 UW credits)

Non-business courses:

  • GERMAN 399: German Popular Culture (5 UW credits) - VLPA/I&S
  • COM 478: Intercultural Communications Competence (5 UW credits)
  • POL S 395: Germany in the Global Economy (5 UW credits)
  • POL S 395: Europe in Crisis? Perspectives on the current state of the EU (5 UW credits) 
  • ENVIR 495: Circular Economies (5 UW credits)
* ECON 200 prerequisite

If you have questions about how these courses will fit into to your UW academic plans, please schedule an appointment with a Foster Academic Adviser. 



Students will live in shared apartments with others on the program. Housing is arranged by the IES Center in Berlin. Bedrooms will be single occupancy with a shared kitchen.

​Apartments will be within a 30 minute commute to the IES Center in Mitte. Students' commute could entail walking, metro or bus. 


Please note the UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.

For USA citizens, this program is less than 90 days so students do not need to get a visa. If you participate on the program, make sure you only stay in the Schengen Zone for 90 or less.

For students who are not USA citizens, they need to visit the Germany Embassy website to see if a visa is required to participate on the program. 

If you require a visa, some documentation will be provided by UW or IES. Please be in contact with the GBC at if you will be applying for a visa.


Program Expenses

As a participant of this program, you will pay the program fees directly to IES Abroad, while the UW Study Abroad Fee and the Foster Study Abroad Fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW Spring Quarter tuition deadline. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.

  • IES Berlin Program Fee = TBD ($12,000 or less)
  • UW Study Abroad Fee = $460
  • Foster Study Abroad Fee = $350

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid. For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.

Application Process

To apply to IES Berlin, students must complete ALL of the following application components:

1) Submit a UW Study Abroad application (top of this webpage). Sign four electronic signature documents.

2) Complete this google form: which includes submitting an unofficial transcript and a written personal statement. To access the document, make sure you log into google with your UW email. If you are having difficulty, please write to

3) After completing an application, students will be asked to attend an online group interview.

For students who have completed all components listed above, they will be notified of decisions and placement by the Foster School of Business, Global Business Center. Notification dates will vary but are usually within one month of the application deadline.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend the IES Berlin pre-departure orientations which will make place in Winter Quarter 2022.

UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest. 

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


The UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.

The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.