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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2017 05/01/2017 05/10/2017 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
CU Denver Semester Abroad
Minimum GPA:
2.75 (Undergraduate), 3.0 (Grad Students)
Class Eligibility:
Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students
Academic Department:
Modern Languages, Political Science
Number of Credits:
Program Advisor:
Meghan Atherton
Course(s) Offered:
GRMN 2995, Internship Course (varies), PSCI 4354/5354, PSCI 4365/5365
Faculty Leader:
Christoph Stefes
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Program Description:

Sustainability in Berlin

As a global leader in sustainability, the world looks to Germany to learn from its successful efforts in the face of many environmental challenges. German and global organizations, private and public, governmental and non-governmental, have worked together for decades in Berlin to tackle these challenges. Both undergraduate and graduate students now have an amazing opportunity to be a part of this work with the Sustainability in Berlin semester program.

As a joint-venture between the University of Colorado Denver and the Ecologic Institute, this program stands atop two integral pillars. The first is academic. The focus of the academic program will be on issues of sustainability, climate change adaptation and mitigation, environmental protection, and the politics and economics of renewable energy and energy efficiency development.

The second pillar is the internship and research component. Based on their interest and background, students will be placed in an internship with the Ecologic Institute or with another environmental group in Berlin.

Watch the video below to learn more about the Ecologic Institute.


  • CU Denver’s Sustainability in Berlin program is open to all CU Denver students, as well as non-CU Denver students in good academic standing. Non-CU Denver students are not eligible to receive CU Denver credit for the internship component of the program. However, non-CU Denver students are encouraged to seek credit for the internship through their home institution.
  • Undergraduate GPA requirement: 2.75. Graduate GPA requirement: 3.0.
  • German language proficiency is not required.

Why Berlin?

For a wide range of reasons, Berlin is an ideal location for a program in Global Sustainability. As the capital of Germany, Berlin is a dynamic location for student research and learning. Berlin has rebuilt itself from the rubble of the Second World War to the ambitious optimism of a newly unified, peaceful Germany. From a planning perspective, Berlin is a new city. The city boasts work by every major contemporary architect. In the post-unification, pre-9/11 period, embassies were built as exceptional examples of national design and ambition (an unimpeded by the walls and razor wire of the post 9/11 period).

Through what is known as “critical reconstruction,” Berlin’s buildings tell their stories. The Reichstag with its clear glass dome symbolizing open government, Daniel Libeskind’s hauntingly fractured Jewish Museum, etc. Berlin, with a population of 4 million is in an area proposed to accommodate 12 million people. Berlin is a model for urban sustainability, divided city, transportation. Due to the post war division of Berlin, water and sewage management, infiltration fields (trickling beds) city are not in the place where a city of its size should be. According to EI Founder and CEO Andreas Kraemer, Berlin is a perfect place to ask: What is the sustainability of a city??


Program Details

Courses, Credit, and Academic Calendar


While in Berlin, students will take two Political Science courses taught in English, one German language course, and an internship, which accumulates to a total of 12 credits.

  • PSCI 4365/5365 - The Global Ecological Crisis
  • PSCI 4354/5354 - Environmental Politics and Policy
  • GRMN 2995 - Intro to German Language *Note that this course does not prepare students for GRMN 1020 at CU Denver; thus, students wishing to continue with German courses when they return from the program will need to complete GRMN 1010 the following fall. Graduate students may complete an independent study with Professor Stefes to obtain graduate credit for the German language course.

Non-CU Denver students need to be aware that they are not able to receive CU credit for their internship. However, they are encouraged to coordinate with their home universities to ensure that they receive credit for the internship.


The Sustainability in Berlin program takes you beyond the classroom. An internship in Berlin is central to the Sustainability in Berlin learning experience. Students will have the opportunity to complete an internship with the Ecologic Institute or one of their local partners. Internships will be conducted in English and students will be placed based off their interests and backgrounds.

Internships in Berlin improve students' practical as well as research skills. One internship in which students could participate during their semester in Germany's capital is Atlantic Future, an ambitious three-year research project financed by the European Commission, involving some of the best universities and research institutes in Europe. Atlantic Future would also offer plenty of opportunities for an independent study.

This video will provide some insights about the project:

Can I Afford It? - ¥E$!

Program Cost

The costs below are per semester during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Program Charge

Approximately $11,000

What this includes:

  • ?12 undergraduate/graduate credits
  • Shared accomodation during program
  • Public transportation passes for program duration in zones 1 & 2
  • International health and evacuation insurance
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • ?In-country orientati?on
  • ?Excursions in and around Berlin
  • Support services in Denver and Berlin

What's not included:

  • Airfare
  • Meals
  • Visa fees (US citizens do not need to pay visa fees)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Spending money
  • Passport

Financial Aid

  • Financial aid packages can be used to cover the costs of this program. CU Denver students who receive financial aid should contact Mary Morales (303.315.1848) at the Office of Financial Aid to discuss their financial aid award for the Sustainability in Berlin program.
  • Financial aid package is based on fixed costs (tuition and room fees) and non-fixed budget estimate (food purchases, round trip airfare, books/personal expenses).


?The following scholarships are also applicable towards the Sustainability in Berlin program:

Living in Berlin

Exciting, Affordable Berlin

One of Europe's least expensive capital cities, Berlin's cost of living is similar to Denver. It is filled with affordable restaurants, convenient public transportation, and unrivaled cultural scene. Musical performances from classical Bach to contemporary techno are accessible and very affordable for students.


Students will live in apartments in Berlin's centrally located Prenzlauer Berg and Mitte districts.? Apartments are within 10 minutes walk of Berlin's comprehensive public transportation system. ("U-Bahn", "S-Bahn" trolly and buses.)

3 to 5 students will share apartments with living area, small kitchen, bathroom, and internet.

Transport Pass

Students will be given a Transport Pass for Zones 1 and 2, valid for use on all of Berlin's public transportation network.


The program includes two excursions, which will be announced at a later date. Possible destinations include The Black Forest in Southwestern Germany, Leipzig, and/or Warsaw, Poland.