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 participant

When Can I Go?

Terms Offered: Summer

Dates & Duration:

  • Module I (German language): GERM 111 May 3-31, 2023 , GERM 112 June 5-30, 2023
  • Module II (Internship): May - August, 2023*
  • Module III (Academic Courses): July 5-26, 2023 and August 2-23, 2023

*Internship dates vary based on host organization

Deadline to Apply:

  • e3 Internships: November 7, 2022
  • Course work only:  March 1, 2023

Eligibility Requirements

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

See more detailed Eligibility Requirements here.

Program Information

Language of Instruction: English, German

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).

Module I: German Language Studies (GERM 111) Beginner's German I

The *3 credit German language course is designed 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.

German Language Studies (GERM 112) Beginner's German II

This *3 credit course builds on GERM 111. Prerequisite: GERM 111 or consent of Department. Note: not to be taken by students 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 from May to August. 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

The Psychology of Board Games (Die Psychologie der Brettspiele)
PSYCH 302 or 305 - July 5-26th 2023 - Dr. Ben Dyson - In English
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Board games represent simulations of past, present and future environments both concrete and abstract, real and imaginary. The novel roles of agency and rule sets shared during board games exactly represent the same kinds of tasks studied in Psychology, where we aim to understand how we perceive, remember and work with others. Die Psychologie der Brettspiele offers an integrative review of the multiple intersections between board games and Psychology. Task and stimuli analyses of a carefully curated ludography will provide the experiential teaching of principles such as working memory capacity, mental set development and Theory-of-Mind. The concept of gamification will be actively taught by comparing data collected across gamified and non-gamified versions of the same underlying psychological principles. Students will also complete a highly novel exercise by developing a simple game to teach a psychological concept to others. The course leverages the critical role that both Germany and Berlin plays as world-leaders in board game development by connecting with board game conferences and companies, as well as local designers and community groups. Using the prism of games, students will discover hidden scientific knowledge about the way they think, decide and act.


Critical Design: Practice, Space, & Place in Berlin 

DES 338/438/538 (*3) | Professor Aidan Rowe
August 2-23, 2023 - In English

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 actor.

Students must present at least a B- average in prerequisites courses (or approved by the Department):

  • 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 additional fees on top of regular tuition for each 3-credit course/internship.  This is to help off-set the cost of operating the program. The amount students will pay depends on the number of components students choose to participate in. In addition, 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.

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

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Funding Opportunities 

Students receive on average between $1,200-$1,800 in funding.

Over 70% of students who apply get funding.

Education Abroad Awards