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.

Unfortunately, the difficult decision has been made to cancel all in-person components for 2021. WRITE 399 and DES 338/438/538 will be offered online as long as registration minimums are met.  

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 3 - May 31, 2021 (not offered in 2021)
  • Module II (Internship): May - August, 2021* (virtual internships online- deadline passed)
  • Module III (Academic Courses): June 7-25th, 2021 and July 5-23rd, 2020

*Internship dates vary based on host organization

Deadline to Apply:

  • e3 Internships: December 7th, 2020
  • Course work only- Academic courses: March 1st, 2021

Eligibility Requirements

e3 is open to ALL 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) - Not offered for 2021

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 - Deadline passed

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

Both courses will be offered online. Dates are to be confirmed and may change to 6 week courses. There will be some changes to the course description to accommodate the switch from in-person to online. 

Creative Prose Writing: The Craft of Setting 
WRITE 399- Dr. Ruth Dyck Fehderau
June 7 - June 25, 2021

In fiction or nonfiction storytelling, setting is crucial to establishing meaning, ambience, pacing, and mood. It dictates obstacles and conflicts that the protagonist faces (a desert to cross, for instance, or a near-drowning to survive), and it forms key aspects of a character’s identity or ancestry. (Think, for instance, of indigenous connections to native lands). A character’s response to individual aspects of setting can reveal vital information about that character, about her or his relationships, and about how the story will play out. Setting is woven into every scene, shores up every theme, listens in on every dialogue, and provides or hides proof of the characters who moved through the space before, thereby establishing a history and potential future of the story. A setting often has personality – we speak, for instance, of welcoming homes and punishing temperatures – and, if it’s well written, the story couldn’t happen in any other locale. A warm sun in the tropics, for instance, brings comfort and ease, while in Antarctica it signals world-altering climate change. In a well-crafted story, the setting is not a canvas on which plot and character are laid. Rather, it is an utterly essential part of story in any prose genre. It is also remarkably difficult to do well.

Critical Design: Practice, Space, & Place in Berlin - ONLINE
DES 338/438/538 (*3) | Professor Aidan Rowe
July 5th - 23rd, 2021

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

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

Please note that fees for online courses will be confirmed by the application deadline. 


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

Short Term Study Abroad Coordinator  goabroad@ualberta.ca

University of Alberta International, Education Abroad