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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany; Dessau, Germany; Eberswalde, Germany; Hamburg, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2023 31-Mar-2023
Rolling Admission 04-Jun-2023 02-Jul-2023

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Program Description:
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Summer Academy Berlin


In collaboration with faculty and students from Berlin, City College New York and the German University of Technology in Muscat, Oman this summer program continues the exploration of possibilities to design an urban architectural environment for a low-carbon lifestyle. This intense design program will allow you to investigate technical requirements and architectural opportunities. In addition to ISU faculty, leading Berlin professionals will work with you on ideas and potentials. Design Students of all levels are welcome to apply. If you have completed Arch 401 and are accepted to participate in Summer Academy Berlin, you can take the program for four credits in the summer and add a two-credit independent study in the fall after you return. These six combined credits can substitute for the DSN S 546 studio in Spring of your 5th year meaning you could graduate after the Fall semester if the rest of your electives are also completed.

In 2023, the Berlin Summer Academy will continue the successful collaboration with the AEDES Architecture Network Campus and their continuing topics of Urban Housing and Urban Surfaces in collaboration with local professionals and manufacturers. In 2023 we will address low carbon construction with timber. A whole neighborhood in Berlin is currently planned in timber construction. The summer program will also include various field trips to sites of innovation in and around Berlin, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Bauhaus in Dessau and more. Students will collaborate across institutions and engage with local architects and engineers.

Attempting to adapt to a rapidly changing climate, architecture as a profession is more than ever challenged to create spaces, which cater to constantly changing conditions. Demographic changes provide further challenges demanding reuse and reprogramming. The summer academy will develop design strategies which will meet short terms need as well as long term goals. The result will be on exhibit to the public opening with a reception. Professor of Architecture Ulrike Passe will serve as the program leader and accompany the students to Germany for the month-long experience.

Students interested in this program should enroll in Arch 576 section DE (4 credits) in summer 2023.

2023 Itinerary
Tentative program dates are June 4 through July 2

Students are responsible for securing their own housing.
AirBnB is a potential resource:
Here is the full list of accommodations close to the ANCB studio site:


Participants in all College of Design international programs must meet the following requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Accepted into departmental program of study
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3
  • Clear academic record including no status of academic warning or probation in the semester prior to or the semester of international program participation
  • Course prerequisites as listed in the ISU Catalog
The College of Design may check a participant's current GPA and/or academic status at any time. Failure to maintain the required GPA of 2.3 or the failure to maintain a clear academic record may affect participation in an international program.


All participants in this program will be automatically enrolled in OnCall, an international health insurance and emergency service plan. This insurance plan is required for all undergraduate and graduate students participating in ISU study abroad programs. The cost of the plan is $1.62 per day, and it has been built into the cost of the program fee. More information is available at the links below:

Costs and Financial Assistance

In addition to tuition, students are required to pay a program fee to participate in this program. Students sign a financial agreement prior to studying abroad, and there are certain financial penalties for withdrawing from the program after the financial agreement has been signed.

Participants can apply their financial aid packages to study on this program and should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for further information. The college offers financial assistance in the form of scholarships specifically for students studying abroad.

Budget information for the 2023 program is available here.

The program fee will be charged to the U-bill at the end of May, and it will be due in full on June 20.  ISU tuition and fees may be applied at different times and have different due dates.

Withdrawal Penalties

The application deadline for the 2022 program is March 15, 2022. All students who are accepted to participate must either commit to or decline their offer in the ISUAbroad online application system no later than April 25, 2022. Those students who commit their offer are officially part of the program and will be responsible for the entire program fee even if withdrawal occurs. The withdrawal penalty will be applied to the U-bill and will be due in full on May 20, 2022. In addition to withdrawal penalties, the participant is also responsible for all program payments the college is obligated to make on his or her behalf. 


Withdrawal Penalty

After committing to participate in ISUAbroad and before April 21, 2023:


On or after April 22, 2022 and before May 30, 2022:  

50% of program fee

On or after May 30, 2022:

Full program fee

Contact and Additional Information

Questions about Summer Academy Berlin should be directed to Ulrike Passe.

This program is currently not accepting applications.