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A five-day, four-night excursion to the German capital; the specific itinerary for each year’s visit will be determined during the semester. In the past, the excursion has featured a Berlin tour, visits to the Sanssouci palace in Potsdam, and a stop at the German Spy Museum. The excursion also includes time for individual exploration of the city.


May 28 – June 12, 2023


$2,950 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid


Criminology/Criminal Justice, History, Holocaust Studies, Film, Honors


Dec. 1: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 5: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

Based in Berlin’s vibrant and centrally located Prenzlauer Berg district, the KIIS Berlin program affords participants a unique chance to explore Germany’s thriving capital, art, culture, and history. Classes are divided between formal classwork, field workshops, and guided excursions that provide students direct contact with the city, its streets, and its heritage.

Note: Studying abroad likely is more physically strenuous than you are used to at home. KIIS study abroad programs typically involve approx. 5-10 miles of walking (approx. 10,000-20,000 steps) or the like in a day, including the possibility of walking, hiking, and climbing stairs in heat and humidity, over elevations at higher altitudes, and over rocky terrain. See Health & Wellness for more information.

Language Requirement: None. All courses are taught in English. 

Accommodations: Hostel/Hotel, 3-4 people per room.

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 15, 2023 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.


All courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1 course.

CRIM 430 Comparative Systems of Juvenile Justice

Dr. Holli Drummond

The comparative study of juvenile justice systems, focusing on the variation in societal structure which influence juvenile justice systems both between the US and Germany, as well as regional variation within Germany.

FILM 399 / HON 300 Topics: Berlin in Film

Dr. Sylvia Henneberg

This course centers on the portrayal of Germany, and specifically Berlin, in German and American cinema. We will examine how the city and its history have captured the imagination of international filmmakers and what tools they have employed to convey the capital’s spirit of place from the interwar period to today.

HIST 426 Hitler and Nazi Germany

Dr. Timothy Welliver

This course will trace the origins and impact of National Socialism in Germany.  We will explore the Adolf Hitler’s early life, the crises of the Weimar era, the Nazis’ rise to power, their social and cultural policies, the war, genocide, and the legacy of the Nazi regime.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions


Berlin is a foodie’s dream!  From traditional Wurst stands to many different types of Asian, Italian and Russian, and Vegan restaurants, the food and coffee scene in Berlin offers a lot to explore!

Art and Museums

Pergammon Museum, Martin Gropius Bau, Hamburger Hauptbahnhof, KZ Contemporary, the Berlin Biennial, and as many more as we can squeeze in.  Berlin is the museum capital of the world, many of which are world class.


If tickets are to be had, we will be attending the last concert performance of Sir Simon Rattle, the conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, accompanied by his famous wife, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená, in the outdoor stadium in the Olympic Park.


Spreewald is a lush reserve on the river Spree south of Berlin. This land consists of 200 small canals that wind their ways through quaint old German towns. We will stay overnight in the small town of Burg and canoe or hike in the Spreewald.

Potsdam and Sanssouci Palace

Designed to rival Versailles, Sanssouci was the summer palace of Frederick the Great. Its name means “without a care”. Potsdam itself is markedly different from Berlin in architecture and feel. We will explore both.

Jewish Museum, Holocaust Memorial, and Sachsenhausen

Berlin’s Jewish Museum is one of the best memorial museums in the world. We will visit the Jewish museum, the Holocaust Memorial, a massive outdoor installation near the Brandenburg Gate, as well as the Sachsenhausen concentration camp on the outskirts of Berlin.

Markets and the Berlin Wall

Markets are vibrant, cultural hubs of contemporary German culture, and we will visit several in various parts of the city including the Mauerpark Fleamarket, held in the shadow of the Berlin Wall, making sure to visit the Berlin Wall Documentation Center and Church.

Neighborhood Walks

We begin our trip with several walks around Berlin that will highlight World War II history, the Holocaust of the Jewish culture in Berlin, the Soviet occupation and Berlin’s rebirth as the center of modern Germany.

What's Included

Program Cost: $2,950 + airfare

Earn up to 3 Credit Hours

Group Flight (optional)

Airport Transfers in Berlin



Groups Excursions & Transport

Berlin Metro/Bus Pass

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

Program Director & Faculty
on-site 24/7

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of obtaining a passport ($165), two meals per day + personal expenses (approx. $400-600 depending on your food tastes/spending habits/optional independent travel preferences), any class readings/materials, and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Group Flight

Estimated Cost: $1,700 – $1,800

The KIIS Berlin program offers a group flight option where you can travel to/from Berlin with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a round-trip flight ticket for you. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville.

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your own roundtrip airfare.

The flight to Berlin, Germany is overnight arriving the following morning. On the return, the flight from Germany to the USA departs and arrives on the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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