Studying in Berlin
Hello and welcome to the IPU
Assistance and Support
Hello and welcome to the IPU Berlin. We are very excited to have you here at our university and we are looking forward to helping you with your questions, needs and issues. The International Office at the IPU Berlin offers weekly consultation hours open to all students to answer your individual questions concerning your study affairs.
New students at the IPU Berlin should attend the "Welcome and Information Day". This event is held at the beginning of October each year. For detailed information concerning the exact time and place, please visit our website.
At the beginning of November, the International Office hosts an information event covering different topics based on the students' questions which have arisen during the first weeks of your studies at the IPU Berlin.
The IPU Berlin provides a "Buddy Programme", intended to bring local and international IPU Berlin students together. Its aim is to encourage cultural exchanges and international understanding. The degree of interaction and the types of activities depend on your interests and needs. Fundamentally, the local students help and support the international students in all aspects of living in Berlin and studying at the IPU Berlin. The idea behind the "Buddy Programme" is for the students to interact with each other so as to further cultural awareness and create an international student network to provide mutual support.
Before coming to Berlin, you may have to take care of some issues, such as obtaining a visa and ensuring you have sufficient insurance. We have prepared a guide especially for our international students with useful information intended to assist you in arranging such requirements.
If you have any questions or need help in organising any aspects of your studies, please do not hesitate to contact us at international(at)ipu-berlin.de.
Not only will you be studying in one of the most exciting and culturally diverse cities in Germany and Europe, but you also get to enjoy the great atmosphere of the IPU Berlin every day. Our campus is located in the centre of Berlin, right next to the Spree river, giving you the opportunity to enjoy your study breaks along the waterside. Our central location has excellent public transport connections; you can reach the central train station in less than 10 minutes or Brandenburg Gate in about 15 minutes by bus.
The city of Berlin was founded in the 13th century and, following long periods of change, now has a vibrant and unique cultural scene that continually attracts people from all over the world. It is an urban centre of creative, colourful life and features distinctive cultural options, such as flea markets, galleries, cafes and vintage shops. Some of the most famous sights include the Brandenburg Gate, the TV Tower and the Reichstag parliament building. Germany's capital features exceptional museums, theatres, opera houses and concert halls. In addition, Berlin's incomparable music, club, nightlife and festival scene have shaped its exclusive setting. Major global events, such as the Berlinale, Berlin's international film festival, or the Fashion Week, draw numerous visitors to the capital each year. Berlin is also home to many outstanding sports clubs and has hosted numerous exemplary international sporting events in the past.
Throughout this concrete jungle, you can also find an abundance of green areas, such as Grunewald, the Treptower Park, the Gardens of the World or former Berlin Tempelhof Airport, which is now a public park. Besides its green beauty, Berlin also features many wonderful rivers and canals intersected by charming bridges that contribute greatly to the quality of urban life here.
There are many opportunities for activities throughout all the seasons, such as on Berlin's numerous lakes or at its beautiful Christmas markets. The extensive and affordable public transportation system makes it easy to get around the city and enjoy all of Berlin's great qualities.
For more information visit www.berlin.de.
Accommodation and Living in Berlin
To get an overview of what you need to take care of before and after moving to Berlin, please have a look at our guide for international students. It provides you with information and practical tips on how to organise requirements such as your visa and insurance, as well as on how to open a bank account in Germany and become registered in Berlin. Moreover, it also provides useful information on your daily student life in Berlin.
Accommodation is available through the student union or on the private market.
In general, finding accommodation in Berlin, and especially in the student dormitories, is very difficult because the number of applicants is extremely high at all times. You should potentially consider applying for a dorm room at the same time as applying to the IPU Berlin for your studies because of the long period required to allocate places.
Reasonably priced accommodation for a few days is available in student hotels or backpackers' hostels, usually in shared rooms.
In Berlin, student halls of residence or dormitories are run mainly by the Studentenwerk, the student welfare organisation, rather than by the university. Halls of residence are located in different parts of the city and vary in standard and price from €150 to €380 per month. In addition, the "Budenzauber" brochure, issued by the Studentenwerk, has information on private rooms, flats and apartments for students in Berlin. Students can find more information on halls of residence and other housing options, as well as information on rents and waiting lists, on the website of the Studentenwerk.
Shared accommodation in apartments where each person has a room of their own are very popular especially in the inner-city districts of Prenzlauer Berg/Pankow, Friedrichshain/Kreuzberg and Neukölln. Rooms in shared accommodation are advertised on the internet or posted in the university. Students should expect to pay at least €300 per month for a room in Berlin.
Students can take up part-time or temporary student jobs with an employer of their choice, work as a student assistant at the university or assume a paid internship.
Paid employment for students is subject to strict regulations because it may not prolong the period of study. If and how long international students are permitted to be employed in Germany depends on the kind of employment and the type of residence permit the individual student holds.
For more information please have a look at our guide for international students.
The national language in Germany is German, but many people in Berlin and other parts of Germany can communicate in at least one other language, which is often English.
You do not need knowledge of German for your studies at the IPU Berlin, although it is very helpful for your daily life. There are many options for you to learn German, for example by taking a language course or through a language tandem arrangement. Language courses are available at different institutions in Berlin, such as universities and language schools.
Finances / Funding
€5,900 per semester; students with no previous knowledge of clinical psychology have to attend a one-week preparatory course (€450).
Approx. €300 per semester
The semester fee includes the ticket for the public transportation system in Berlin valid throughout the entire semester. In addition, it includes a small contribution to the Studentenwerk (which is in charge of the university canteens and student housing) and the IPU Berlin student council (student representatives of the university).
Students should expect to need €800 to €900 per month to cover all their costs of living (rent, insurance, personal expenses, etc.)
There are various financing options, such as scholarships, stipends, student or study loans, student grants and study support, available at the IPU Berlin, in addition to financial support under the German Professional Education Support Act (BaföG), as well as student jobs and other options to finance studying.
DAAD Scholarship Database
IPU Berlin overview of financing options
Furthermore, students may apply for the Deutschlandstipendium (Germany Scholarship). The Deutschlandstipendium potentially provides financial and non-material support to high-achieving and engaged students from all over the world who are enrolled at the IPU Berlin. Students from abroad can apply from their second semester onwards. Based on the principle of a public-private partnership, businesses, foundations or private individuals sponsor young talent with a pledge of €150 per month. The German Federal Government then matches this amount with another €150. The intention with the Deutschlandstipendium is to support talented and dedicated students especially, who have demonstrated great potential in terms of their commitment and career to date, while taking into consideration social, family and personal circumstances, and who will gain or have already gained outstanding achievements in their studies or profession.