The academic objective of the Berlin program is to offer students an in-depth prospective into the historical and contemporary dynamics of this ever-changing city. Students who opt to participate in a Krupp full-time, paid internship during any quarter following their quarter of study will be rewarded with a rich international experience that will contribute to future career goals, language development, and an enhanced understanding of the world.
Please see the Language Prerequisite page for more detailed information.
Related On-Campus Courses
Gateway Course: German 88, Spring - "Germany in Five Words" - Adrian Daub.
Additional consideration during the application process for this program will be given to students taking this course.
Please see the list of other related on-campus courses for more detailed information.
Students studying in Berlin can arrange a directed reading guided by a mentor who is either a local Berlin faculty member, a scholar at a local university, or a Stanford faculty member.
- Those interested in pursuing a directed reading should work closely with their academic advisor on the home campus and the Berlin Program Director in developing these projects. Students planning to work with a Stanford faculty member should consult this mentor as well.
- A Directed Reading Proposal (PDF) must be submitted to the Overseas Studies office at least one month prior to the quarter of intended study.
- A directed reading may be taken only in addition to twelve units of regular coursework offered directly by the center.
All Berlin Program courses provide credit toward Stanford graduation and most classes also count toward an undergraduate major. Students must enroll in a minimum of twelve units from the courses offered through the program. For a list of all BOSP courses offered in the current academic year and planned for the next, and for information on which courses earn departmental credit or fulfill General Education Requirements, please refer to the BOSP course database. For information on courses scheduled for the current academic year and for enrollment, please refer to Axess.
Local University Coursework
Students with advanced German skills can enroll in courses at local universities in Autumn and Spring Quarters; the decision to do so is made on site during the first two weeks of the quarter. (German semesters begin a bit later than Stanford’s quarters; students take courses for the duration of a quarter under a special arrangement).
Cultural Events and Trips
The wealth of activities available in Berlin is enhanced by the value of spending time getting to know the host city and its people. Extensive travel plans for weekends away from Berlin are likely to make it more difficult to make local friends; weekends are times for developing friendships.
Will Fund Trips
Through a generous grant by alumnus H. George Will, Berlin students travel each quarter to one of the countries of Eastern Europe preparing for entry to the European Union where they meet with policy experts, explore the city with local students, and visit important cultural sites. Past trips have taken students to Poland, Latvia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Cyprus, Estonia, and Hungary.
Krupp Internship Program
The Krupp Internship Program arranges 3-6 month, fully paid internships with leading companies and institutions from all over Germany. Internships are available to students of any major/minor who have participated for at least one quarter in the Berlin Program and have completed the equivalent of one year of college-level German. Internships can be arranged in a variety of fields and with institutions from all over Germany. Learn more about the Krupp Internship Program.