Important Information


College of DuPage Field and Interdisciplinary Studies/Study Abroad offers a one month program of study in Language and Culture in Berlin, Germany. The purpose of the program is to provide an integrated approach that combines intensive language study and cultural immersion through home stay and cultural excursions. This combination offers students an opportunity to study the German language and acquire first-hand knowledge of the people and culture of Germany.

Berlin, Germany

Germany has a population of 81.2 million and is located in the center of Western Europe. Our trip will focus on the capital of Germany, Berlin, located in the East, has a population of 3,450,889. Formerly, during the days of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), West Berlin (non-Soviet) was an island within a country under Soviet rule. Since the fall of the Wall in November 1989, Soviet rule was disbanded and steps were taken to unify Germany on October 3, 1990. Berlin, once again, became the capital of a democratic Germany. Today Berlin, like the rest of Germany is reunited into one exciting city. This city abounds in history and culture and we will have the opportunity to experience both via excursions and museum visits. We will also explore a few cities and areas around Berlin allowing us to obtain a fuller view of German culture and the German people.

Admissions Requirements

The program is open to serious students, teachers, and others who have a strong interest in immersing themselves in another culture. Applicants are required to obtain a physician's approval as part of the application process. There will be a personal interview to determine the applicant's maturity, ability to adapt to a different environment, and function successfully as a member of the group. The successful completion of the application process is required for admission to the program. College students must also present evidence of a 2.75 GPA. If an applicant has special needs, the program will attempt to make whatever reasonable accommodations are possible.


A mandatory pre-departure orientation will be held at College of DuPage. This typically occurs over two days in May.

Language Classes

All students are required to enroll in a German Language class. Classes will accommodate students at any level: Beginning I and II, Mid-Level I and II and Advanced I and II. However, students who have already studied German one year in college or two years in high school will benefit more from the program. In the language classes, conversation, together with grammar, is stressed in the small class setting. Students will be in classes with other international students.

Prior the beginning of classes, all students will be tested and placed at the appropriate level. Changes can be made if a student progresses at a faster rate or shows different learning needs.

Culture and Civilization of Berlin and Germany

All students are required to enroll in this class.The course of study covers the geography, history, political and social institutions and the art and architecture of Berlin and Germany. This class first meets at the mandatory orientation session. In Berlin the course will continue with guided cultural excursions to theaters, museums and other places of interest that are integral components of this class, and therefore, attendance is required. A short written report on each visit is also required.

Faculty and Staff

All language classes will be taught by faculty members from Berlin. The Culture and Civilization of Berlin and Germany class will be team-taught in German and English by College of DuPage faculty and directors of the program. The directors are available daily, in Berlin to counsel, supervise and assist students.

Discussion Sessions in Berlin

Time will be set aside for the purpose of discussing interests, impressions and reactions to German culture.


Upon successful completion of classes, students will receive credit for Beginning, Mid-level or Advanced German (up to 4 semester credit hours) depending on placement, and Humanities: Culture and Civilization of Berlin and Germany (3 semester credit hours).


German Instructors will assign the grade for the language class. The directors will assign the Culture and Civilization class grade.

Housing and Meals

Students will be housed in carefully selected German homes in single or double occupancy rooms. They will be provided with breakfast and dinner and have laundry facilities available during the homestay period. This arrangement provides the opportunity for the student to continue practicing German and to share the everyday life of the "Einheimische" (native Germans). Families are chosen for their friendliness and helpfulness. The homes are near public transportation, possibly walking distance. Lunch is not provided but there are many excellent places to eat.

Activities, Field Trips and Excursions

Activities specified in the program schedule are included in the price of the program.

Optional Excursions

Information will be provided on a variety of optional excursions that are not included in the price of the program. These may be afternoon activities, excursions or even all day Saturday trips of areas outside of Berlin.

Program Cost

The total fee will be $4595 plus tuition. Many types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad. Check with Financial Aid Office for more information.

The program fee includes:

  • Round-trip airfare from Chicago
  • Single occupancy home stay
  • Breakfast and dinner during home stay
  • Full-time administrative staff
  • Transfers to and from the airport in Berlin
  • Admissions and excursions listed as included in the cost of the program
  • Language instruction
  • Textbooks for the language classes

Not included in the program fee:

  • College of DuPage tuition up to seven semester hours
  • Passport fees
  • Visa fees (only if not a U.S. citizen)
  • Optional excursions
  • Personal expenses
  • Telephone calls
  • Lunches and other meals while not in home stay
  • Checked baggage

Steps to Study Abroad:


  • Fill out the Application Packet and send it to:
    German Study Abroad Program
    College of DuPage
    Field Studies/Study Abroad BIC 3509
    425 Fawell Blvd.
    Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599
  • The application packet includes:
      • Application form
      • $500 deposit
      • Essay
      • Two recommendation forms
      • Housing preferences form
      • Transcript


Upon receipt of the German Summer Study Abroad completed application packet, the applicant will be contacted to schedule a 30-minute interview with a program director.


A $500 deposit is due with the application submission. This payment will not be processed until the application, interview and registration are complete. The deposit must be submitted to the Field Studies/Study Abroad office. Check or credit card is accepted. (Make check payable to College of DuPage.) Additionally, students new to COD must complete the online COD Admission Form, which includes an application fee.


Upon acceptance into the program, students will receive and be required to submit the following:

  • Emergency contact information sheet
  • Statement regarding the use of German
  • Student conduct agreement
  • General agreement
  • Sexual harassment form
  • Physician's statement
  • Copy of valid medical insurance card
  • Medical insurance info sheet


Once registered for this program, the remaining payments can be made online, at the COD cashier's office or at the Field Studies/Study Abroad office.

Questions regarding payments should be directed to the Field Studies/ Study Abroad office at (630) 942-2356.

  • First payment: Deposit $500 due with application
  • Installment: March 1 $2,073 
  • Installment April 1 $2,072
  • Installment: May 1 $980


Late Payments

Participants who fall behind in their payments by more than one week will be assessed $15 for each late payment.

Late Applicants

We welcome students beyond the application deadline if space is available. However, additional charges may apply. Students enrolling late must pay the application fee and the total amount due up to that point when they apply.

Changes in Prices

The program fees are based on air and land rates in effect at the time of writing and are subject to change without notice, due to possible increased in the cost of air transportation or land arrangements, devaluation of currencies or other reasons not under the control of College of DuPage.

Withdrawals and Refund Policy

Notification of withdrawal must be in writing. Claims for refunds must be in writing. (Actual refund amount will be determined by program directors.) The $500 application fee is non-refundable unless the applicant is not accepted into the program. No refunds within 30 days of departure. Due to special contracts and conditions, no refunds will be given under any circumstances for unused meals, accommodations, land transportation or other activities once the trip has started. Substitutions are not allowed. We suggest the purchase of trip cancellation insurance.


Air transportation is provided by regularly scheduled and approved airlines. No changes or deviations in itinerary/schedule are allowed. All participants must travel as a group to and from Germany, departing from and returning to Chicago. Trip extensions are not allowed. 


Each participant must have a valid passport that does not expire for at least 6 months after the anticipated return date to the U.S. Participants are responsible for obtaining their own passports. As passports can take substantial time to obtain, apply for it as soon as possible. Information can be obtained at


U.S. citizens do not need a Visa to travel to Germany. Non-U.S. citizens may need a Visa.


No special immunizations are required for travel to Germany. However, it is wise to have an up-to-date tetanus inoculation. Each participant should check with his/her physician for information regarding personal health needs.


All participants are required to have medical insurance, which is valid outside the United States and to show proof of such insurance. Insurance can also be purchased to provide protection against cancellations and lost or damaged baggage.We suggest trip or cancellation insurance to cover the cost of the program if you must cancel or interrupt your trip due to illness or other reasons.


Clothing guidelines will be provided at orientation. You do not need as much clothing as you might think. It is not wise to purchase a new wardrobe because clothing gets harsh treatment when traveling. Be sure you have comfortable walking shoes. Do pack an umbrella. Temperatures in Berlin are similar to Chicago temperatures in June. Linens and towels are provided by the family.

Money Matters

We recommend at least $200-$250 per week for spending money (lunches, incidentals, museum visits, theaters, concerts, etc.) plus more for when we are on excursions outside of Berlin and if you plan to participate in other optional trips or activities.

Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in Berlin and most of Germany, however, less likely in small town restaurants and shops. Each student should have a credit card (Visa or MasterCard) with his/her name on it in order to cover medical emergencies, which must be paid for in advance even with medical insurance. However, do not take extra credit cards, such as cards for local stores or gas cards, as you will have no need for them. There are automatic teller machines in Berlin, which accept most ATM cards.

Mail, Fax and E-mail

It takes a week or more for mail from the U.S. to reach Germany. It is very important to remember this during the last two weeks. You may have mail sent to you at the school.

There are computers at the school that you may use for email, and there are many inexpensive Internet cafés in Berlin.

Rules of Behavior

These rules have not been drawn up to restrict freedom, but to ensure that the program is successful. The participants are subject at all times to the guidance and authority of the Directors, who have the right to enforce appropriate standards of conduct. The Directors reserve the right to dismiss any participant for reasons, which appear to them to be valid in their sole judgment. The Directors shall have the right to withdraw a student from the program without refund or credit if his/her conduct causes serious inconvenience for the rest of the group or for any actions or conduct, which the Directors consider to be incompatible with the interest, harmony, comfort and welfare of others or the reputation of the program. The use of illegal drugs and/or the excessive use of alcoholic beverages are not allowed and are grounds for termination of participation in the program. Each student will be required to indicate his/her compliance with these rules by signing a separate Student Conduct Agreement. The judgment of the Directors will be final in all matters of discipline. Students may not withdraw from classes without consulting with the Directors.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

In the event that the participant wishes to withdraw from the program, certain penalties may apply, since arrangements for your program occur months prior to its actual departure date. Services are planned and commitments are made on behalf of all participants. Suppliers require advanced deposits and payments. Final payments for all services are sent to vendors months in advance of departure. These payments are non-refundable since contractual agreements stipulate penalties to be applied to services requested but not used. Please note that no refunds will be made for any services provided in the itinerary that you do not use. Thus, please be aware that no refunds will be issued within 30 days of departure.

Please understand that if you change your plans for ANY reason, your right to a refund is limited.

All cancellations and refund requests must be made in writing and sent to:

College of DuPage
Field Studies/Study Abroad, BIC 3509
425 Fawell Blvd
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599 


Contact Information

Field and Experiential Learning, Study Abroad and Global Education
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 3509
General inquiries: (630) 942-2356