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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Merrimack applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 09/28/2018 10/26/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Business, Communication, Economics, Gender Studies, German, Health Science, History, International Relations, Internships, Journalism, Literature, Management, Marketing, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health Housing Options: Apartments, Dormitory, Homestay
Language of Instruction: English, German Minimum GPA: 2.8
Class Standing: 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Program Description:

Semester Program


Berlin at nightThe Berlin Open Campus program at the CIEE Global Institute offers maximum flexibility to engage and experience Berlin. Take one, two, or all three of your 3 six-week semester blocks in Berlin for your perfect amount of intensive study and cultural engagement. Select from five academic tracks and choose from a wide range of courses and subject areas.

In Berlin, no matter how you build your program, you’ll surround yourself with the language, culture, and people of the vibrant, international Kreuzberg district – a hub for the arts, music, and digital technology. The campus consists of a newly renovated former factory, state-of-the-art classrooms, and opportunities to get involved in activities and interest groups designed to connect you with the local community. Plus, you’ll get out and learn more about Berlin, Germany, and Europe up close during integrated excursions and study tours.

Courses and Credits

OPEN CAMPUS PROGRAM: Classes are taught on a unique six-week academic block system. Courses are taught more intensively than in a traditional semester-length course. Student should be prepared for a more focused academic experience with longer class sessions. Choose one, two or three academic blocks during either the fall or spring semester. Each block is six weeks long. Students typically take two courses per block, one of which might be an Academic Project (internship, service learning project, or independent research).

As this program is in a non-English language speaking country, Merrimack participants are required to take a language course during their semester abroad.

  1. Language, Literature, and Culture
  2. Communications, Journalism and New Media
  3. Business
  4. Global and Community Health
  5. International Relations and Political Science
  6. Sustainability and Environmental Sciences
For course listing and syllabi, go to the Berlin Open Campus page and scroll to Curriculum (under ACADEMICS) at the bottom.

Students can participate in CIEE Academic Internships, Directed Research or Service Learning Projects. Academic partners in the past have included organizations such as Berlin Partner, the Berlin Film Festival, NPR Berlin, the U.S. Embassy Foreign Commercial Service, and others.To be eligible to participate in an Academic Project, students must be in Berlin for at least two consecutive blocks; Academic Projects are offered only in blocks 2 and 3. Additional restrictions and application requirements apply.

If you would like to get a course approved, print off the form NEW GEO Course approval form.pdf. Take the completed form and syllabus to the appropriate department chair.  Make sure that you return that course approval form and syllabus to the GEO.

TRANSFERRING OF CREDITS: All credits taken abroad come back as transfer credits. Grades will be reflected on the transcript, but not figured into the student's cumulative GPA. Students must earn a 'C' or above for credits to transfer to Merrimack. Please note carefully that most of the courses taken abroad are only 3-credits rather than 4 as at Merrimack.


ON-CAMPUS RESIDENCE: Most students live in an on-campus residence hall with a mix of CIEE students and resident assistants (RAs). Our RAs are local students who help CIEE students adjust to life in Berlin and are responsible for their safety and security. Students live in double, triple, or quad rooms with en-suite bathrooms and shower facilities. Students can prepare their own meals in the full kitchens. CIEE provides basic cooking utensils and cleaning supplies. Lounges and kitchens in the residence hall allow students to mix and mingle over meals, cultural activities, study groups, and special events

HOMESTAYS: A limited number of homestays may be available for students, with preference given to those whose universities require living with a local family; this must be indicated when applying. Students who live with homestay families receive breakfast and dinner daily. Students may also be housed in shared apartments. Final housing assignments are solely at the discretion of CIEE.

WEEKEND HOMESTAYS: Even students living in our new residence hall can experience a weekend homestay with a local German family. In this way, students experience the traditions and daily rituals of German life with local Berliner


Merrimack students attending any of the CIEE Global Institutes (Berlin, Paris, Rome, or Cape Town) pay Merrimack's Global Semester costs which cover covers tuition, housing, and international insurance for all three blocks of the term.

2018-2019 Fees include:
  • Global Semester costs:  $24,830
  • Additional program fee: $3,300
  • CIEE Fall 2018 scholarship for Merrimack students: $1500
  • Fall Total: $26,630
  • Spring Total: $28,130
BILLING: Payments for the semester abroad are made to the Bursar's Office per usual. Students should discuss payment plans with the Bursar's Office. For additional billing questions, please contact the Bursar's Office: Room 12, Austin Hall,,  978.837.5310.
FINANCIAL AID: Merrimack institutional aid is recalculated for the semester off-campus**. When students return to campus, Merrimack aid returns to the on-campus rate. We encourage you to consult the Financial Aid Office early on to see what this recalculation might mean for you. Office of Financial Aid 15B Austin Hall,, 978.837.5186.

**N.B. NCAA scholarships and Federal Aid are not affected by this recalculation.

  • CIEE application fee: $50
  • Meals not included in program fee:  $2,700
  • International Airfare:  $1,450 (this is a high estimate)
  • Local Transportation: $405
  • Books & Supplies: $300
  • Visa: $82
  • Personal: $2,850


Students interested in studying in a GEO program must first apply for permission to study abroad through Merrimack's Office of Global Education (GEO). To qualify Merrimack students must be:
  • Second-semester sophomores and above
  • In good academic standing with a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA (Students planning to take a direct enrollment class at any of the University of Paris institutions must have at least a 3.0 GPA)
  • In good disciplinary standing 
To apply students must submit the following by March 9, 2018:
  • Online application
  • Faculty reference (form included in online application)
  • Student affairs reference (form included in online application)
  • An Interview with GEO staff to be conducted soon after the application has been submitted, or during the week of March 12th.
After students have been approved by the GEO for semester's study abroad, they may proceed with CIEE's online application.

CIEE's Application deadline for Spring 2018: April 1, 2018