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 3 - May 25, 2022
  • Module II (Internship): May - August, 2022*
  • Module III (Academic Courses): June 6 - 29, 2022 and August 1-19,  2022

*Internship dates vary based on host organization

Deadline to Apply:

  • e3 Internships: January 4, 2022
  • Course work only- Academic courses: March 1, 2022

Eligibility Requirements

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

See more detailed Eligibility Requirements here.

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 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.

Module II: Internship

Students who select this module will participate in a 6- to 8-week internship from May to 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 - Cristina Stasia
June 6 - 29, 2022

“It’s always the small people who change things. It’s never the politicians or the big guys. I mean, who pulled down the Berlin Wall? It was all the people in the streets. The specialists didn’t have a clue the day before.” – Luc Besson

From #BLM to #MeToo to climate change, we are increasingly reminded that decisions made by those in power directly impact how people navigate their worlds. At a time when debate is increasingly polarized, how do leaders create environments where they can mobilize change? 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 get out of your own way? Find out on location in Berlin! 

Engage in field trips to see leadership in action, including to the East Side Gallery, an anti-facist drag show, the Stassi museum, and the Berlin philharmonic--the only symphony orchestra which elects its principal conductor. You’ll also put what you learn into practice through experiential learning activities and seminar discussion.

Pack your own leadership failures and challenges and use an adaptive leadership framework to understand them, while deepening your understanding of what it means to lead. Learn how to ask really good questions, how to better respond to ones that challenge you, and how to unite people to work towards positive change. 

Critical Design: Practice, Space, & Place in Berlin 

DES 338/438/538 (*3) | Professor Aidan Rowe
August 1-19, 2022

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 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

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.

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

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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.

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