Since 1950, IES has been building quality study abroad programs and introducing U.S. students to new places, studies, and ways of thinking. A non-profit educational organization, IES offers high academic standards and extensive financial aid in almost 30 programs throughout the world. A center of modern European history, Berlin has no equal for leaving its imprint on political, social, and cultural history in the 20th century. One of Europe's most vibrant cities, Berlin boasts a wide array of museums, art galleries, theaters, and music venues, as well as world-class architecture and a reputation for cutting-edge design. A center of German and international business, politics, and culture, and an ideological crossroads where East meets West, Berlin is the driving force for Germany in the 21st century. The Language & Area Studies Program in Berlin offers courses at the following leading universities: * Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin * Freie Universitat * Hochschule fur Musik "Hanns Eisler" * Hochschule fur Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin * Hochschule fur Schauspielkunst "Ernst Busch" * Kunsthochschule Berlin-WaiBensee * Technische Universitat * Universitat der Kunste Highlights * Improve your German through IES Abroad language courses. * Take IES Abroad German-taught area studies courses taught by German faculty at the IES Abroad Center. Courses are available in a variety of areas including: German Language and Literature, Art History, Business, Economics, Film Studies, History, Media, Political Science, Social Sciences. * Fully matriculate at the Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin. * Enjoy access to courses at additional universities in Berlin including the Freie Universitat, Technische Universitat, and Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee. - Experience Berlin and learn first-hand about the history and culture of the city through field study excursions. * Gain international work experience and unique cultural exposure through internships in art, business, social and educational organizations, theater, politics, history, mass media, and teaching. * Experience local culture through housing with local residents in apartments throughout the city. * Travel to cities in Germany and Eastern Europe through IES Abroad field trips. Destinations may include Budapest, Bratislava, Dresden, Krakow, Potsdam, and Vienna.
As the political, intellectual, and cultural capital of China, Beijing is a dynamic city reinventing itself for the 21st century. Beijingers remain proud of their traditions, their language, and a rich heritage that dates back centuries, making it the perfect place to study Chinese while learning about past, present, and future of China. Spend as much time as you can indulging in the rich culture of Beijing: explore the maze of hutong, shop the glitzy areas of Chaoyang, and wander through the majestic Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. Beijing - Contemporary Issues In China What better place to study contemporary issues in China than in Beijing, a city where the future is inextricably linked to the past? From the majestic Summer Palace to the bold designs of the 2008 Olympic Village, the sights and sounds of Beijing will enchant you as you study Chinese history, economics, and culture. Based on the campus of the Beijing Foreign Studies University, the program begins with the Understanding China seminar. As part of this seminar, you conduct an interview project that culminates with student presentations. Next, you take a sequential series of rigorous 300-level seminars (such as Chinese Government and Politics and Development and Environmental Challenges in China) taught one-at-a-time at an accelerated pace, while you continue with your daily Chinese studies. This program is structured around three distinctive â��blocksâ�� or seminar modules that all students must take. You take one course per module, for a total of three during the semester. Area studies seminars are taught in English by scholars from leading academic institutions in China, the United States, and other countries. Each course features extensive experiential learning, and two courses include field study to locations such as Yunnan Province and Tibet. With daily seminars 2â��3 hour seminars and discussions, along with journaling, presentations, and challenging assignments, this program offers in-depth engagement with special China-focused academic topics. Beijing will also be your classroom. From eating jian bing purchased from a street vendor to haggling in Mandarin in a bustling market, everything you do will be part of your learning experience. We want you to feel at home in China, so we will do everything we can to help you integrate into life in Beijing. To facilitate language improvement and cultural understanding, you have the option of living in a homestay or in a dorm with a Chinese roommate. We also organize many cultural activities throughout the semester.
As the political, intellectual, and cultural capital of China, Beijing is a dynamic city reinventing itself for the 21st century. Beijingers remain proud of their traditions, their language, and a rich heritage that dates back centuries, making it the perfect place to study Chinese while learning about past, present, and future of China. Spend as much time as you can indulging in the rich culture of Beijing: explore the maze of hutong, shop the glitzy areas of Chaoyang, and wander through the majestic Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. Beijing - Language Intensive Beijing is considered the place to study Chinese in Chinaâ��it sets the standard pronunciation for the rest of the country. The people of Beijing are friendly and proud to be from this fascinating cityâ��what a perfect environment to study abroad and practice your Chinese. Our Language Intensive Program is for students who have already started their Chinese language studies and want to rapidly expand their knowledge of written and spoken Chinese. Features of the program include the strong Chinese language component and English-taught area studies courses that utilize Beijing to discover Chinese cultural and social issues. The program is based on the Beijing Foreign Studies University (Bei Wai) campus, one of the premier academic universities in Beijing. Grammar classes, small drill sessions, and hour-long private tutorials combine for an intensive study of Chinese four hours daily, four days a week. Beijing will be your classroom. Visit the most significant palace in Beijing, the Forbidden City, and learn about the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Enjoy local customs, tea tastings, and regional cuisine--like noodles and dumplings. You can also practice your language skills by going to local markets and bargaining with vendors for the best local deals. Everything you do will be part of your learning experience. We want you to feel at home in Beijing, so we will do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. With our introduction to Beijing during your orientation and our fun cultural events as a base, you will soon become familiar with the Beijing way of life. Take your study abroad experience one step further with an optional for-credit academic internship that can help you get professional experience while working on your communication skills.