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Fact Sheet:
Program Type:: Cal Poly Partner Program Class Eligibilty:: 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year
Minimum GPA:: 2.75 Language of Instruction:: English
Language Pre-requisite:: None Language Courses Offered:: No
Areas of Study:: Architecture, Art and Design Housing Options:: Apartment, Homestay
Internship & Service Learning Opportunities:: No
Program Description:


Cal Poly Partner Programs such as CIEE provide students with options to select from a wide variety of destinations and lengths of time abroad. 
Study with Berlin’s thought-leaders and practitioners to gain an understanding of architecture and design within an emerging global context. Pursue hands-on design work in a modern studio using the latest technology to address an aspect of the current global environment.

Alumni Contact

Name: Sara Grunwald 
Major: Architecture 
Term: Fall 2017


Berlin, Germany
(Check out our Germany_InfoGraphic.pdf!)

Since Germany’s reunification in 1990, Berlin has experienced a huge growth in the service-, technology-, and creative-sector industries. Today, it’s the start-up capital of Europe, headquarters for multinational giants like Siemens, and the capital of the largest economy in Europe. For more info about this location, visit the CIEE website.


Host Institution
The CIEE Global Institute – Berlin is intentionally designed to connect you to your professors, your community, and your new international home. This U.S.-style residence life program is integrated with a local German neighborhood, so you live and learn alongside your German and American peers. For more info about this host institution, visit the CIEE website.


The Global Architecture and Design curriculum in Berlin consists of three main components: Future Cites Design Studio, Future Cities Seminar, and the Science, Engineering, and Technology Workshops. Students may opt to take a CIEE elective course. Courses are taught in English by CIEE-contracted faculty who also facilitate collaborative projects with local professionals and peers.
You will earn transfer credit on this program. You are highly encouraged to get your Major, Minor and GE courses pre-approved prior to applying to this program.
Major Courses
Provide the course descriptions to your Academic Advising Center/Faculty Advisor to determine the course equivalencies and how credits will transfer back.  You are highly encouraged to consult with their academic advisor/faculty advisor to complete any necessary paperwork prior to applying/departure.
Minor Courses
Consult with the Minor Department to discuss the best way to seek course pre-approvals.
Credit Transfer of GE Courses
Pick up the GE Course Substitution for Study Abroad form at the Cal Poly International Center (Building 52- Room E32). Please provide the course descriptions of the GE courses you wish to have approved when submitting the form.  Allow four to six weeks to hear back about substitution approvals. You will hear back about your GE petitions with an email notification from
To review the available course offerings on this program, visit the CIEE website.


Students must be majoring in Architecture, Environmental Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Sustainability studies, Urban Design or minoring in these areas and have completed 2-3 semesters of design studio or a project-based course in their major.
- Minimum 2.75 GPA
- Not actively on academic probation
- Good disciplinary standing
- Verify that you meet any course pre-requisites 

How to Apply
- Complete Cal Poly International Center Application
- Complete Partner Program Application Process

Program Details

Study abroad students will be placed in homestays or in shared apartments. For more info about program housing, visit the CIEE website.
This CIEE program offers Fall and Spring Semester programs. To review the program dates for specific terms, visit the CIEE website.
NOTE: A Spring semester program will overlap with Cal Poly’s Winter and Spring Quarters.
Through this CIEE Program, students can participate in cultural activities, site visits, and overnight excursions. To review the available activities for this program, visit the CIEE website.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 10/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/07/2019 05/11/2019

** Indicates rolling admission, where applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis.