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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 29 – June 26, 2020


$4,150 + airfare
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Graphic Design, Branding, Curatorial Studies, Posters & Zines


Dec. 1, 2019: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15, 2020: 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.

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

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

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 18 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Director: Prof Doreen Maloney,


All courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

ART 331 Visual Thinking - Typography & Poster

Prof. Natalie Tyree

This course focuses on exploration and investigation of historic poster and type trends that originated in and around Berlin. While journaling and looking at both contemporary and historic poster design in Germany, we will concurrently study and learn about the U.S. based poster initiative “Type Hike” at

ART 334 Survey of Graphic Design

Prof. Shannon McCarthy

Germany is well known for having a strong design background that has influenced how design is shaped today. You will be introduced to the major German influencers who have sparked design thinking and trends.

ART 491 Topics: Curatorial Studies - Constructing Space Berlin

Prof. Becky Alley

Building from the assumption that no space is neutral, the class will explore the aesthetics of various places and their influence on meaning through a combination of readings, discussions, field trips, and written assignments. We will investigate interior and exterior features of art galleries and museums, sacred spaces, civic spaces, memorial sites, and green spaces throughout the city.

ART 496-1 Topics: Digital Photo and Handmade Zines

Prof. Doreen Maloney and Prof. Becky Alley

What is an artist book or a Zine? Take this course and find out! You’ll learn basic bookbinding techniques and will transform your digital Zines into handmade books while exploring Berlin’s infamous streets, east vs. west, districts, monuments, flea markets, its culture of graffiti, and its world-class art scene with the lens of a camera!

ART 496-2 Topics: Event and Tourism Branding

Prof. Shannon McCarthy and Prof. Natalie Tyree

This course places a strong focus on demographic research and the history and culture of the event or business. During the four weeks of class, students will be visiting and exploring up to four different outdoor markets for research. We will also be visiting several different neighborhoods within Berlin, each with a different demographic and architectural style.

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

What's Included

Program Cost: $4,150 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Airport Transfers in Berlin



Groups Excursions & Transport

Berlin Metro/Bus Pass

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of your airfare, textbooks & materials, passport fees ($135), two meals per day + personal expenses (approx. $600 minimum), independent travel ($500, optional) 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.

International Flight

Estimated Cost: $1,700 – $1,800

The Berlin program does not offer a group flight option. You will purchase your own roundtrip airfare.

You must plan to arrive in Berlin on May 30. Flights to Germany are typically overnight flights which means you must depart the USA by May 29. The Berlin program concludes on June 26. Return flights from Germany to the USA are typically the same day.

Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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