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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/17/2019
02/18/2019 05/12/2019 08/03/2019
Fall 2019 06/04/2019
Rolling Admission 09/15/2019 12/14/2019
Spring 2020 09/23/2019 09/25/2019 01/12/2020 04/04/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: Co-Op/Internship Level of Study: Undergraduate
Credit Offered: UC Credit Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Minimum GPA: 2.0 Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English, German Housing Options: Apartment, Residence Hall
Program Advisor: Crystal Craycraft
Program Description:

Berlin gate

Program Overview

The Berlin Experience allows undergraduate students at the University of Cincinnati to complete 12-week, full-time, unpaid, academic internship / co-op in Berlin, Germany. The International Experience Program combines comprehensive cultural immersion and work integrated learning. This learning opportunity provides students with a competitive advantage in the global marketplace by expanding their academic, cultural and industrial knowledge.  Employment opportunities will be English Speaking.  It is recommended that students have a basic level of the German Language.
Through this program student will be able to:
  • Work with employers across a broad range of fields (includes but not limited to) — architecture, art, business, design, engineering, history, information & technology, and research.
  • Interview and gain employment aligned with their career and academic goals.
  • Participating in a distant learning course that complement and add value to their cultural immersion and work experiences. 

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Berlin, the German capital, is renowned for its exceptional variety of attractions, its flourishing cultural scene and a way of life that's both fast-paced and relaxed.  The contrast between traditional and the modern are what set the city apart from the rest.  Berlin’s diverse culture offers something for everyone, from opera to techno, from classical theater to avant-garde cabaret, from world-class museums to small art galleries, from 18th century palaces to modern shopping arcades.
In Berlin, students have the chance to experience German professional culture in the booming start-up and tech sectors, or at multinational companies or nonprofits. Larger-than-life architecture, vibrant bars and restaurants, efficient public transportation, and friendly, English-speaking locals offer a compelling backdrop – and rich counterbalance – to a challenging internship experience.


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Who Can Participate?

The Program is open to all undergraduate majors, freshmen through seniors.
  • Open to all undergraduate student at University of Cincinnati ages 18-25
  • Students must be full-time and successfully matriculating in their major
  • Students must be in good academic standing with their college, major and/or academic program.
  • Students must get approval from either academic or cooperative education adviser

Students at a minimum must have basic German language knoweldge:
Level Group Level Group Name Level Level Name Description
A Basic User A1

Breakthrough or Beginner

Waystage or elementary 
  • Can understand and use familiar evee.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
  • Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • Can describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

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Academic Program and Course Information

Course Name:  COOP EXP and International Academic Internship
Course Number: INT 3071, 3081 & COOP 2011, 2012, 3011,4011,4012 
Credit Level: U - Undergraduate
Credit Hours: 0-12 credit hours
Instruction Method: Field Experience
Pre-requisites/Permissions: Department Approval
BOK:   No
Repeatable: Yes
Level: B- Baccalaureate

This course provides a path for a student to obtain an academic internship opportunity outside of the United States. Students will have the opportunity to learn from their field experience and cultural awareness activities completed via distance learning. The distant learning course helps students close the gap between the academic application of business concepts and their pragmatic utilization in the workplace. Furthermore the course will examine values and cultural practices, global interconnections (i.e. economic, political, ecological, and technological), worldwide concerns and conditions, origins and past patterns of worldwide affairs, and alternative future directions in worldwide affairs.
Students will be registered by the Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education in either a co-op experience or an internship experience.
  • Co-op students will register and pay the co-op course registration fee of $465 for the experience. This registration permits students to maintain their full-time student status with the university.
  • Internship students have the option to register for 0 - 12 credit hours based on academic need. Internship students can register for 0 credit hours of $465 to maintain full time student status or register for variable credit hours (1-12 credit hours). 

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Willie Clark
Assistant Director of International Programming
Assistant Professor, Educator
Career Education and Experiential Learning
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0115


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Living Arrangements

Furnished housing will be secured by the programs third-party provider for 12-13 weeks depending on program location. The housing cost is included in the Program Fee.  Approximately 85% of Program Fee is housing.  Furnished Housing includes Internet Connectivity, Utilities (Electric, Heating & Air), Access to Kitchen & Laundry Facilities. Housing meets health, safety and security standards set by the University of Cincinnati.

Students in this program will likely live on the CIEE Global Institute campus in an dorm/ apartment.

Dorm style
•2-3 roommates
•Bathroom within the room
•Communal Kitchen
•Communal shared space on each floor
•Café and class rooms on campus

Below, please see a blog post about the CIEE Global Institute campus:

Students will be living with other students from the University of Cincinnati, as well as student from other universities across the US (and world).

Student should expect a 45 to 60 minute commute from there residence to their respective employer location (which is very similar to what the locals do daily).

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Getting There

 Students organize their own airline travel arrangements.

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 Estimated Program Costs

Program Cost Berlin
IEP Program Services
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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

The International Experience Programs offer student advising and programmatic services to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship and grants.

Scholarship funding may be available through UC International Programs. UC International awarded over $800,000 in student scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information. 

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, it's best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.

The Academic Internship Council will provide country-specific visa application instructions, resources and assistance to all program participants.  

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is via the US Department of State’s webpage at:

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently, and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to know and address the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

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Health and Safety Abroad

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS medical and security advice. UC code is 11BCAS000010

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Downloading the mobile application
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of an emergency abroad.

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Contacts for More Information

Willie Clark
Assistant Director of International Programming
Assistant Professor, Educator
Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0115 
Erin Cohen Bove
Manager of International Programming
Division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0115

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