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.

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 7th, 2019
  • Course work only: January 29th, 2020

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 (*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.  

Contemporary Comics in Berlin 
INT D 325 / EDSE 401 (*3) | Dr. David Lewkowich
August 3 - August 21, 2020

In this class, we will consider how the city of Berlin has appeared in comics and graphic novels, both as a literary figure, a source of inspiration, and a backdrop for historical events. While exploring the role of Berlin as an international hub for comics art (through visiting bookstores, publishers, and artist ateliers) we will also explore the city itself, and its interweaving layers of history and memory, cultural and artistic spaces. Reading about the city in comics, we will also be drawing from the city as an inspiration for creative writing and representation. Note that this course is taught in English! There are no pre-requisites required to enroll.  

“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

e3 Berlin consists of 3 modules, which can be taken in different combinations (tracks). 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:

Costs for Track 1 (German Language, Internship, Academic Course)

Costs for Track 2 (German Language, Internship)

Costs for Track 3 (Internship, Academic Course)

Costs for Track 4 (German Language, Academic Course)

Costs for Track 5 (German Language)

Costs for Track 6 (Academic Course)

Note: Fees are subject to change. Fees have not yet been updated for 2020.  


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

University of Alberta International, Education Abroad