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Europe's spunkiest city and a hotbed for entrepreneurial activity.

Because of the vibrant, youthful energy, relative low cost of living, and great infrastructure, Berlin has attracted entrepreneurs and futurists who have innovated in the finance, tech, and biotech spaces in particular.

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Ella needler
Ella Needler, iX Berlin 2019
Washington University in St Louis 2021
"I quickly felt at home in Berlin - the city that welcomes everyone and everything. I came to love the street markets in Mauerpark, the Vietnamese food in Kreuzberg, the little shops in Hackescher Markt, and the graffiti all around. The ordered chaos of Berlin was exactly what I wanted for my summer, and thanks to iXperience I was able to experience something new and unexpected."

An integrated program to prepare you for the 21st century.

We combine enriching cultural education, high-intensity skills development, and real-world professional experience—an essential combination for an impactful career in the future.
Week 1:
Global Studies
All of our programs begin with an immersion into your chosen city. Take classes about the city's history, culture, and current events to understand your context. Explore your surroundings through iX-sponsored excursions.

Weeks 2-3:
Skills Bootcamp
Start building your skill set—quickly. Our collaborative, workshop-style courses, taught by industry experts, will push you to learn faster than you thought possible. Finish up with an impressive portfolio of class projects, and get ready for your internship.

Weeks 4-6:
Internship
Go beyond the classroom with a guaranteed internship. Work with a company abroad to apply your gained classroom knowledge in a professional environment. Finish up with a clear deliverable to show future employers.
Program structure bracket
Throughout the 6 weeks, there will be readings and reflection pieces that prompt you to connect your international experiences, skills training, and internship. The entire program will add up to 6 credits from the University of Virginia. By the end, you will have a deep understanding of your city in a global context, and a powerful set of skills and work experience to accelerate your career.
More about the credits from UVA.

Travel with purpose and gain a deeper understanding.

Our for-credit Global Studies curriculum—which all students take during the first week—will lead to a richer experience and more context during your internship.

History and Context

Get essential information about the city you're living in, including the major events that led to the present moment.

Cultural Field Trips

Bring your classroom learning to life through iX-sponsored excursions to points of cultural intrigue in the city.

Concrete

Discover a complex and often dark history.

Art wall

Experience world-class museums and art galleries.

Take a tour of your new home.

Our world-class operations will keep you safe while abroad, so you can focus on exploring.
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Comfortable, community-style living
Super modern dorm-style living with 2-3 other iX students in a vibrant, central, and fun part of Berlin.
Build community in beautiful common areas: rec rooms, libraries and lounges.
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Seamless infrastructure
Rest easy knowing you're in one of the top-20 safest cities in the world, with world-class hospitals and infrastructure.
Some of the best public transportation in Europe, and bike-friendly roads and parks.
Experience
Beauty in unexpected places
Explore world-renowned museums and architecture in the art and design capital of the world.
Open your mind to every culture and sub-culture imaginable.
English prevalence
Cost of living
Access to nearby countries
Access to nature
Music scene
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What to look forward to after class.

We encourage you to explore these wonders on your own. You'll be hard pressed to do it all!
Art

Ablaze with art.

Street art and world-class collections make Berlin a thriving hub for art and creativity. Delve into the deeper meaning of graffiti, tour one of the 440 galleries, or 150 museums – many of which are open to students at no to little cost.

History

A historic hotbed.

Rebuilt after World War II and split in two by the Cold War, Berlin occupies one of the most critical and controversial spaces in history. Explore a nuclear bunker, the Holocaust Memorial, Berlin Wall, or visit a German concentration camp near the city.

Low-cost living

European living for less.

Despite its size and capital status, Berlin remains one of the least expensive European cities to live in. In fact, compared to New York or London, Berlin is said to be five times less expensive.

Music

Music around every corner.

Berlin is known for its deep house and techno scene, but you don’t have to head underground. Pop up concerts and street buskers draw the crowds to public parks where smoke can be seen billowing from the many BBQs that take place during summer.

Travel

Easy Europe exploration.

Berlin’s central location means that exploring neighboring European cities couldn’t be easier. Flights to Europe can be found for as little as 50 Euros, while Prague is 5 hours away by car, Krakow is 6, and Warsaw 5.5.

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Dates for Management Consulting
Session 1:
May 25 - July 3

Applications open

Session 2:
July 6 - August 14

Applications open

Program fees for Berlin

$10470

Dates for Visual Design
Session 1:
May 25 - July 3

Applications open

Session 2:
July 6 - August 14

Applications open

Program fees for Berlin

$10470

Our program fees include all costs except flights, transport to internships, and daily living. We provide need-based financial aid to better include students from all walks of life.
Included in every program
  • 6 credits of coursework
  • A guaranteed internship placement
  • Comfortable, secure housing
  • International insurance
  • Immersive cultural excursions and events
  • Airport pickup and dropoff
  • LinkedIn, resume, and career support
  • Lifetime access to the global iX Alumni Network
iX Financial Aid

iXperience offers direct need-based financial aid to all qualifying students. Your eligibility for financial aid is determined entirely by your demonstrated need, and you'll have the chance to apply along with your iX program application. Applying for financial aid will not impact your admissions decision in any way.

Frequently asked questions about Berlin

Do I need a visa before I arrive in Germany?

It depends on what country you have a passport from. If you're from a visa-free country (like the USA), then you won't need to apply for a Schengen beforehand. If you're from a visa-required country (like China), then you will need to apply for a Schengen visitor visa to enter Germany. iXperience can provide you with proof of accommodation/invitation letter for your application.

How safe is Berlin?

At iXperience, our primary focus is on your safety and well-being. Berlin, like many European capitals, is quite safe. The biggest risks are pickpockets and scammers. Though people use public transport and walk around at night, you should be careful to avoid dodgy areas.

In all of our locations, students are introduced to our health and safety protocols by attending a compulsory orientation session hosted by the iX operations and safety teams in the first week. Additionally, iX staff members are on call 24 hours a day to assist students if necessary. iX also encourages students to take responsibility for their own safety by being vigilant and taking precautions, as they would in any foreign place.

What is the accommodation like?

At iX Berlin, you'll stay in modern dormitory-style housing with 2-3 other iX students of the same gender. The accommodation is located in a trendy and vibrant area of Berlin, in close proximity to restaurants, shopping centers, cafes, and nightlife. At iX accommodation, you'll be able to build a strong community with your classmates and other students in beautiful common areas like rec rooms, libraries, and lounges.

How does rooming work?

Rooming is done on a first come, first served basis. Applying and paying your program deposit allows you to rank your preference of room category. The earlier you enroll at iXperience, the greater the chance you will have of being placed in your first choice room, as well as first-option to select your preferred roommates if you have friends coming on the program.

Are meals included?

You will have to cover your own breakfast, lunch and dinner. But don’t stress! There are amazing restaurants all over the city, many within walking distance. The price of groceries in Berlin is also about the same as in America.

How does daily transport work?

Students can purchase daily, weekly, or even monthly public transport passes with ease, allowing you access to a network of trams, trains and buses that connect you to the greater city, including your classes and internships. Transport for iX-official weekend excursions will be arranged by us.

How much spending money should I bring for the time I'll be in Berlin?

Germany uses the Euro, but is still cheaper than many other European countries. Living in Berlin will be a lot like living in a typical US city. Your only unavoidable expenses are meals and laundry. You can expect to pay between $10 for breakfast or lunch, and $10-20 for dinner, depending on your choice of dining. You can expect to spend $40+, just like you would in America, for nice dinners out with drinks. If you are unsure of where to get food on a budget, we are more than happy to give you a few recommendations!

We also encourage students to partake in additional excursions and activities, which may increase costs.

What’s the weather like in Berlin during the program?

It's the height of summer during the program. Overall, a Berlin summer is quite mild, with highs in the mid 70s. That said, the city can experience week-long heatwaves. At night, it can get a bit chilly, so bring some warmer gear, too. The summer is also the rainy season, so make sure to bring one or two rain jackets.

Do I need vaccinations?

No vaccinations are required for your trip to Germany. You can learn more on the CDC website here.

How good are the medical facilities?

As with most developed European countries, healthcare is quite sophisticated. Private care will be more than sufficient for most health issues, and won't cost too much.

Do I need travel medical insurance?

It is compulsory for all students to have travel medical insurance before attending iXperience. Fortunately, through our affiliation with UVA, iXperience has partnered with Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) as the dedicated provider for all students, providing comprehensive cover for the duration of their stay with us. This insurance is included in the program fee. You can find out more about CISI on their website. You will be sent more information about your coverage if you are admitted and commit to the program. If students have queries or claims relating to their insurance, these should be handled directly with CISI, with assistance from iXperience.

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A streamlined application process.

Complete your application in an hour.
Early Action 2 application deadline: November 25, 11:59 pm PT.
STEP 1

Build your summer. (5 mins)

Use our application platform to choose the best city, course, and date combination for you. Not sure what combo to pick? Don't worry – you can change your selection after submitting your application. Our Admissions Team is always here to help.
STEP 2

Choose between a written application or phone interview. (30-45 mins)

You can write our short application essays, or choose to schedule a phone interview with one of our admissions consultants, if the option is available. Our advice? Just be yourself!
STEP 3

Confirm your eligibility. (10 mins)

In order to receive your admissions decision, you'll need to confirm that you are in good academic standing with your home institution and that you are approved to study abroad. We'll send you a form to complete with your study abroad advisor to make this easy. We highly recommend meeting with your study abroad office and other advisors about your summer plans.
STEP 4

Get your admissions decision.

You'll hear back in 2-4 weeks. Earlier applications receive quicker decisions and preferential admission. After receiving your decision, you'll have opportunities to ask more questions about the program or even put your parents in touch.
STEP 5

Secure your spot.

As spots at iXperience are limited, we encourage our admitted applicants to secure their spot in the program by paying their deposit.