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.
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.
Discover a complex and often dark history.
Experience world-class museums and art galleries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No vaccinations are required for your trip to Germany. You can learn more on the CDC website here.
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.
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.
Our course advisors are experts at helping you craft the perfect summerBook a call
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.