Berlin Program Information

Berlin Studio

Drawing on the city’s history and wealth of visual resources, Norwich University’s Berlin Studio offers unique insight into the history and practice of architecture and design, presents new cultural perspectives, and examines both local and global design issues through a combination of studios, in-depth coursework, field trips and cultural site visits. Courses taught by practicing architects, urban designers, and graphic artists use the city as an urban laboratory for architectural exploration. Design studios – augmented by field trips – focus on projects in historically charged sites and conditions, while history courses, theory seminars, and lectures encourage students to engage in analytical and visual thinking, direct study, and cultural interpretation. The program includes faculty lead study tour(s), an intense combination of academic and cultural exploration and experiences through other European countries.

Courses are offered both fall and spring semesters in architectural design, architectural history and theory, visual culture, art history, contemporary German culture, and German language. All courses are taught in English and designed for third and fourth year students.



Typical Berlin semester course load:

AP411 or 412   Architectural Design V or VI                        5 credits

AP403   Architectural Seminar in History/Theory            3 credits

AP434   Architectural Seminar in Process                        3 credits

GR111   Beginning German I                                                6 credits

17 total credits


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The Berlin Studio program demands concentration and dedication, as students learn to negotiate between the experience of living in a foreign environment (as avid consumers of knowledge) and the time they spend in studio (as diligent producers of architectural design). Students must show an open attitude towards learning in a new environment and a special commitment to producing rigorous academic work.

The semester-long program is open to both NU architecture students and visiting (non-NU) students in the disciplines of architecture, visual culture and urban studies as well as related fields of art and architectural history (portfolio required for visiting students).

Admissions Requirements

Students applying to the Norwich Berlin Studio must meet the following requirements:

  • Be enthusiastic about embarking on an international experience
  • Have a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.5 or above in their major field of study
  • Have at least sophomore (second year) standing at an undergraduate institution by the program start date, or be pursuing a graduate degree

Application Procedure and Notification

The completed application includes:

  • A letter explaining your interest in the program, including information about your education and experience
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from a current professor
  • A portfolio of you work
  • Official transcript(s) from each college or university attendedTo Apply:Students need to apply to  Create a profile and then apply for Berlin program through Norwich (summer or fall/spring).

Deadlines for application:  Summer Semester 3/31 ,  Fall Semester 3/31,  Spring  Semester 10/31

For additional information about applying, please contact Prof. Art Schaller by e-mail at or by phone at 802-485-2624.

Please send the above as PDFs in an e-mail to Prof. Art Schaller at using Norwich University Berlin Studio Application in the header.

Once all the materials have been received, the application will be sent to the Admissions Committee for review. The Admissions Committee reviews applications on a rolling admissions basis. We encourage students to apply as soon as possible to determine qualification and to ensure there is space available. Students will be notified of admissions decisions via email within two weeks of submitting all application materials.


Shared Apartments: Students may live in shared apartments (Wohngemeinschaften) within commuting distance of the Berlin Studio. The Berlin Wohngemeinschaft can be understood as the post-war attempt by students and other residents to take advantage of the spacious apartments constructed a century ago. Anywhere from two to six people now share many of the city’s apartments. Whether in single or double rooms, students share clean, safe accommodations. Apartments are equipped with the essentials, including cooking utensils and linens.

Homestays: Students should be aware that the “traditional” family (two parents, children under 18) is becoming a rarity in urban Germany. For this reason, students may be placed with an older couple, cousins, or in other family configurations. Most homestay families are long-term Berlin residents and offer insights based on their personal experiences, along with the opportunity to practice German and intercultural skills.

 Estimated Cost for Non-Norwich University Students

Fall /Spring Semester: $23,344.00 – Please note that scholarships are available

Summer Semester$5906.00

Program Fees Include:

On-Site Orientation (2-4 days)

All Tuition and Fees

All Scheduled Program Excursions

Housing Costs

Services of Resident Director and Program Staff

Official Transcript from Norwich University


Not included in the Program Fee are the following estimated expenses based on past students’ experiences during the semester-long program:

  • Airfare $850–$1,200
  • Meals $1,750
  • Study Abroad Medical Insurance $ $160 – $220
  • Books & Architecture Studio Supplies $230
  • Personal Expenses $1,380


Estimated Total Additional Expenses: $4,370 – $4,780

Students should also remember to budget for independent travel during the one-week break within the semester. If desired, students may choose to remain in their accommodation in Berlin during the break at no additional cost.

Facilities and On-Site Director

Classes are held at the Berlin Studio located in Schöneberg, a friendly neighborhood filled with galleries, cafes, specialty shops, and music stores. An updated loft in a fin-de-siecle building, it offers classroom and studio space, reading area, projection equipment, and WLAN. The building houses architecture and design offices, dance and gymnastics studios, artists and galleries, flower shops, and a bakery. Potsdamer Platz is ten minutes away.

The Berlin Studio introduces students to the city’s rich public culture, including theater and concerts, open-air markets, outstanding parks and lakes. Faculty and staff actively promote interaction with German scholars, architects, artists, and students, via tandem partners, visits to architecture classes at the Technical University and design office, and social activities.


Christian Dengler (On-Site Director)

Born in Hamm, Westphalia, Christian Dengler completed his studies in architecture at the Graz University of Technology and Moscow Architectural Institute with distinction, and went on to work for various international offices, among them Roos & Schregenberger, Zurich; Behnisch & Partner, Stuttgart; Volker Giencke, Klaus Kada, Graz; and Agence Ter, Paris. From 1998 to 2003 he was an assistant professor in Architecture at the Graz University of Technology, Institute of History of Art. He is a visiting lecturer at Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Structural Engineering and Design, at Graz University of Technology, Institute of Housing, at the École Supérieure de Paysage Versailles, and at Strathclyde University Glasgow.

In 2005 he founded StudioCE, an experimental architecture studio in Berlin and Graz. He has won numerous prizes and awards, including the Friedrich Zotter Preis for Experimental Architecture and the Otto Wagner Städtebaupreis. His design-project “Van Straaten’s Island” for Daniel Libeskinds Design Studio at Graz was awarded best project of the architecture faculty. His work shifts between different scales, with a focus on conceptual landscaping and urbanism. He contributes to various publications, including the internet platforms GAT and Baunetz, and magazines Der Architekt and AIT.


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Telephone in Berlin:  +49 30 69533015

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