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Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0
Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Junior, Pre-Junior, Sophomore Type of Program: Free Standing
Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Young-Min Park Academic Focus: Business and Entrepreneurship, No or Minimal Language Requirement
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Drexel in Germany: Summer in Berlin

Berlin City Picture

About The Program

The Summer in Berlin program offers Drexel sophomore, pre-juniors, and juniors a unique opportunity to spend 3-4 weeks living and studying in Germany’s vibrant capital city. This program is open to all Business and Economics majors and minors, as well as International Area Studies majors with an interest in Business.  The program takes place at the Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL), conveniently located in the city. Berlin is unique as a university location; it is diverse, stimulating and exciting - a perfect venue for students from all over the world.

In addition to coursework and program excursions, the BSEL International Office team also offers a “Culture and Leisure Time” program which includes a wide variety of optional cultural and social events in Berlin and surrounding area about twice a week. This may include visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites (Museum Island in Berlin, Castles and Gardens in Potsdam), Berlin Wall Museum and Holocaust Museum, excursion to the Memorial Sachsenhausen, a boat trip, and many other activities.

About The City 

Berlin, the capital of Germany, has a population of approximately 3.5 million inhabitants. Since the federal government´s relocation from Bonn to Berlin in the 1990s, the city has experienced an influx of many national and international institutions, ranging from industrial and professional organizations to diplomatic representations, and the Berlin government continues to encourage important service industries to settle here in Berlin. Berlin is also the most important scientific center in Germany with a high concentration of colleges, universities and research institutions throughout the city. As a cultural metropolis, Berlin has about 50 theatres, three opera houses, 300 libraries, and over 100 museums and cinemas.


  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Sophomore status or higher


In Berlin, all courses are taught in English, and no German language experience is required. Students will pursue business coursework as well as a German culture course in Berlin for a total of 8-10 Drexel credits. Courses are taught in an interactive and experiential way, incorporating site visits and field trips so that the experience extends beyond the classroom. 

NOTE: All students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 Drexel credits in order to maintain full time status at Drexel. In order to meet this requirement, ALL program participants are required to either take a Drexel online summer course or undertake an independent study with a Drexel faculty member. See Independent Study Proposal Agreement.pdf for details. Students who opt to take an online section of a Drexel summer course should keep in mind that online course selection and subjects may be limited. 

Course Availability
Students choose from four distinct program tracks:

*Track 1: The European Union in a Global World (EUGW)
Earn BUSN 481 (8 credits) and GER T180 (2 credits)

*Track 2: European Business and Economics Programme (EBEP)
Earn BUSN 481 (8 credits) and GER T180 (2 credits)

* Tracks 1 and 2 are each 4 weeks long

**Track 3: Markets and Management in Europe (M+M)
Earn BUSN 481 (6 credits) and GER T180 (2 credits)

**Track 4: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management (8 credits, 3 weeks)
EARN ENTP T480 (6 credits) and GER 180 (2 credits)

**Tracks 3 and 4 are each 3 weeks long

Students earn 8-10 credits in Berlin + Drexel online course(s) or independent study for a minimum total of 12 credits*.

All tracks in Berlin include a German culture course, as well as weekly academic excursions to companies and political institutions in the region. 

Course Details
Details about the week to week topics for each track will be disseminated after acceptance into the program. 

Students will receive Drexel grades for this program, which will be factored in to their GPA.

Program Calendar

2020 Program Dates

Tracks 1 & 2 Program Dates and Itinerary (4 weeks)
Program Start Date 06/28/2020
Program End Date 07/25/2020

Tracks 3 & 4 Program Dates and Itinerary (3 weeks)
Program Start Date 07/05/2020
Program End Date 07/25/2020

At the end of the program, students may choose to return to the United States, or may choose to stay in Europe and travel independently.


Students will live in a three-star hotel in the center of Berlin in the western part of the city. All rooms have an en suite bathroom and a kitchenette and are furnished with a desk, chair, TV, air conditioning and two single beds. Each room also provides a locker, hair dryer, towels, linen, free WIFI and personal care products. The kitchenette provides a coffee machine, water boiler, microwave oven, dishwasher, fridge and dishes.?


U.S. citizens may travel to Germany for up to 90 days without a visa. Students from other countries should check for visa requirements on the German Embassy website.

Cost and Financial Aid

2020 Program Cost 

Program Fee: 
Tracks 1 & 2: $1440
Tracks 3 & 4: $1025

Included in the program fee: 
-Class study trips
-Mandatory German health, accident, and liability insurance for the length of the program
-Most parts of the optional “culture and leisure” program
-Onsite staff support during the length of the program
NOT included in program fee:
-Round trip airfare
-Mandatory Drexel emergency medical & evacuation insurance
-Spending money/ personal expenses

Estimated Program Costs

Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.

Tuition & Financial Aid

This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.

Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).

Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.

More Information 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/27/2020
Rolling Admission 06/28/2020 07/25/2020
NOTE: Tracks 3 & 4 start on 07/05/2020
Summer 2021 02/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Priority deadline: October 15th. Applications completed after October 15th will be reviewed after the final February 1st deadline.

** See NOTE Above*

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