e3 Berlin


City: Berlin   Country: Germany


The University of Alberta's e3 is a unique study and work abroad program that allows students the flexibility to choose from three experiences in one location. e3 Berlin is flexible, fusing academics with real-life work experience, providing a comprehensive experience unparalleled by other abroad programs. Eligible UAlberta students attending in Summer 2020 will automatically receive a minimum of $750!!

e3 Berlin combines:

  • German language study
  • Internship placement (work or research)
  • Academic coursework 

“I would absolutely recommend the e3 program. It changes your perspective on the world and the impact of the trip is not confined to the 1, 2, or 3 months your spend abroad, but will continue to change you while you’re back at home” e3 Berlin 2017 participant

When Can I Go?

Terms Offered: Summer

Dates & Duration:

  • Module I (German language): May 4 - May 29, 2020
  • Module II (Internship): May - August, 2020*
  • Module III (Academic Courses): June 2-19, 2020 and August 3 - 21, 2020

*Internship dates vary based on host organization

Deadline to Apply:

  • e3 Internships: November 21st, 2019
  • Course work only: There are few spots left in each course, please contact Emilia at emilia.monkiewicz@ualberta.ca if you are interested in attending. 

Eligibility Requirements

e3 is open to post-secondary students from all disciplines!

See more detailed Eligibility

Note: Module II (Internship) cannot be taken on its own. Module II must be combined with either Module I (German Language Studies) and/or Module III (Academic Courses).

Program Information

Language of Instruction: English, German

Module I: German Language Studies (GERM 111) 

The *3 credit German language course is great for students who have never studied German before. This course is not be taken by students with credit in GERM 100, or with native or near native proficiency, or with German 30 or its equivalents in Canada and other countries. 

Module II: Internship 

Students who select this module will participate in a 6- to 8-week internship in June and July. Internships immerse students in leading companies and organizations in Germany. Professional-track internships allow students to apply academic concepts to a real-life setting, and provide organizations and companies with fresh perspectives from talented students with global competencies.

Past internships have included positions with research institutions, think tanks, non-profits, start-ups, local businesses in various industries, government offices, as well as in museums, galleries, and design studios in Berlin and other German cities.

A local coordinator based in Berlin will meet with students and assist them in securing internship placements.

“I interned with an international school and got to lead large groups of children in sports, act as a mediator for conflict, provide clear instructions for activities, and facilitate discussions. I learned to communicate across different languages, time management skills, and conflict resolution.” e3 Berlin 2017 participant

Module III: Academic Courses 

Leadership on Location: Berlin
INT D 301/325 (*3) |  Dr. Cristina Stasia
June 2 - June 19, 2020

From immigration debates to #MeToo to #BlackLivesMatter to climate change, we are increasingly reminded that decisions made by those in power directly impact people’s ability to navigate their worlds. At a time when debate is increasingly polarized and it feels like people are talking at and not with each other, how do leaders create environments where we can make progress on pressing issues? How can you become a more effective leader? When and how should you follow and trust others’ leadership? And how do you build a practice of self-awareness so you can mitigate your own biases and assumptions?

We will leverage our location in Berlin to answer these questions. Field trips to places including the German Resistance Memorial Centre, the East Side Gallery, the Stassi museum, and the Berlin philharmonic--the only symphony orchestra which elects its principal conductor--will help inform our analysis of leadership. Through seminar-style discussion and experiential learning activities, students will apply what they learn to build their leadership capacity. Topics to be explored include leadership styles, cognitive bias, emotional intelligence, communication, and adaptive leadership.

You will learn how to ask really good questions, how to better respond to ones that challenge you, and how to build a leadership practice that brings people together to work towards positive change.

Note that this course is taught in English! There are no pre-requisites required to enroll. Students who already present credit in INT D 301 will be registered in INT D 325.  

Critical Design: Practice, Space, & Place in Berlin
DES 338/438/538 (*3) | Professor Aidan Rowe
August 3 - August 21, 2020

Are you interested in design as an agent of powerful societal critique and change? Critical design questions the traditional practice of design as an affirmative, reactive, and consumerist focused practice; it repositions design as an active and critical process. In this course you will investigate these changing possibilities for design. You will reposition design to begin at the deliberate identification of problems, followed by intentional problem solving. You will engage in an exploratory process of questioning, rather than answering. In doing so you will challenge existing realms of power becoming, as a designer, a critical force.

Students must present at least a B- average in prerequisites courses:

  • DES 338 - ART 134 & DES 135, or ART 137 & DES 139  
  • DES 438 - DES 393 & 394, or DES 300 & 301, or DES 337
  • DES 538 - DES 493 & 494, or DES 400 & 401, or DES 437

“The people I met through the program was my favourite part of the experience. I know I’ll be friends with many of the people for years, especially because we all returned home to Alberta”

Fees & Costs

All eligible UAlberta students who present a 2.7 GPA will AUTOMATICALLY receive an award!

  • $750 for 1 month/module
  • $1250 for 2 months
  • $1750 for 3 months
  • $2150 for 4 months

e3 Berlin consists of 3 modules, which can be taken in different combinations. e3 charges a program-specific tuition fee for each 3-credit course/internship. The amount students will pay depends on which track students choose to participate in. In addition to the program fees, students will be responsible for all other costs such as accommodation, food, insurance, books, flights/transportation, non-instructional fees, as well as other personal expenses. Students can explore the different tracks available and estimated total program costs via the links below:

e3 Berlin Program Fees


Students may request UAI to book accommodation for them during Module I (German language) and Module III (Academic Course). Accommodation may also be available, at the student's request, for Module II (Internship) if the internship is based in Berlin. Students are welcome to find their own accommodation instead of booking through UAI. 

All e3 participants will be placed in fully furnished apartments. NOTE: You must request accommodation to be booked through UAI if you would like to stay with our e3 Berlin housing provider.

What Students Say

Student Feedback Report 1 (PDF)

Student Feedback Report 2 (PDF)

Read more about what e3 Berlin 2017 students got up to while taking the course EDSE 401: Contemporary Comics in Berlin 

Program Contact

Emilia Monkiewicz, Short Term Study Abroad Coordinator

emilia.monkiewicz@ualberta.ca University of Alberta International, Education Abroad