Germany is officially known as the Federal Republic of Germany. It is the second most populated country in Europe, after Russia. It is neatly located between the Baltic and North Seas, and the Alps Mountains. The nation’s capital and largest city is Berlin. Germany has the largest economy in all of Europe and the fourth largest in the world. The word Germany comes from the Latin word, “Germania” which was a word used by Julius Caesar. 



Students will stay at the STAYERY Friedrichshain in single-bedded studio serviced apartments with fully equipped kitchenettes, private bathrooms, individual desks, and wi-fi. The accommodation includes a large common work-space area, free coffee, and on-site laundry.


Learn more about accessibility in Berlin here. Please note that this is a dynamic program. Activities can be physically and emotionally strenuous. These environments, along with the educational activities conducted and frequent traveling, require each student to be fully committed, and capable of working hard, taking responsibility for themself, and working effectively in the group to achieve the goals of the course. Each student plays an important role in the success of the program. Physical activities may range from utilizing, public transit, walking on uneven roads for extended periods of time, and stairs.  If you have any questions please contact globallearning@ucsc.edu and visit our resources here.


Berlin, Germany: 

Lonely Planet says, “Berlin's combo of glamour and grit is bound to mesmerize all those keen to explore its vibrant culture, cutting-edge architecture, fabulous food, intense parties, and tangible history.” Berlin is an important city in the world with a plethora of advancements in culture, politics, media, and science. One-third of the city’s area is composed of forests, parks, gardens, rivers, canals, and lakes. 

Currency: Euro

Official Language(s): German

Weather and Climate

Learn more about the weather and climate in Berlin here.

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Global Learning Advisory of Student Risk

Participation in this UCSC Global Learning program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s). UCSC Global Learning endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible. However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Santa Cruz. Any questions should be directed to the Global Learning Team at globallearning@ucsc.edu.

Students with Disabilities

If you need support abroad, notify your UCSC Disability Resource Center (DRC) Coordinator for a needs assessment immediately so that services can be requested and Global Learning can investigate the availability of accommodations abroad. Support services similar to those available at UCSC might not be available.

Identities Abroad and Away

UCSC Global Learning encourages all students to consider studying abroad as a part of their academic plan. Our office is committed to inclusion and equity in our various program options as well as striving to make everyone’s experiences abroad enriching, positive, and safe. It is important to consider and anticipate the possible challenges you might face. For example, if your major identifying characteristic is race at home, it may surprise you that the people around you while you are abroad could find your nationality (perhaps US citizen) to be more significant. What rights do Queer people have in your host country? Will you be a minority or part of the majority abroad? Please visit our Identities Abroad and Away resource page to learn more about important questions to consider and how to prepare for your program.