Berlin Summer Seminar


The Berlin 2019 Summer Seminar has been canceled.


This 10 day summer seminar will focus on the ways information gathering, dissemination, privacy, and security affect business. By participating in business visits, students will closely examine the juxtaposition between multinational tech companies and the entrepreneurial start-up scene. We are currently working on the schedule but in the past Berlin visits included: Deutsche Bank Innovation Lab, Microsoft Accelerator, Spoonflower, SAP and SAP's Data Space, and Chaos Computer Club. The program provides ample time for networking and serves as an excellent avenue for career exploration. The program is also in partnership with Humboldt University of Berlin. It will be offered for 3 hours of academic credit. 


Students will visit 4 or more Berlin-based global companies and will have the opportunity to attend guest lecturers. There will also be an organized daytrip to Potsdam, which includes a visit to Sanssouci Palace and park (a UNESCO world heritage site). Participants will also spend a day on Humboldt University’s campus, hosted by their iSchool, and take part in an Alternative Berlin walking tour (which examines the subculture of Berlin and the street art scene). Some free time will be built into the program so that participants can explore Berlin and other cultural institutions of their choice. 

In 2019, participants will be accompanied by Professor Paul Jones. Jones is director of, a 25+ year project that facilitates legal sharing on the internet. Jones also holds an appointment as Clinical Professor in University of North Carolina’s School of Information and Library Science. Jones has led SILS programs in Dublin, Berlin, Prague, and London. Participants will also be accompanied by staff from IES Abroad and faculty from Humboldt University in Berlin.

Academic Credit

The seminar is available for three (3) hours of credit from UNC SILS. A syllabus can be found here. If you are not a UNC SILS student, it will be your responsibility to ensure the course can count for credit at your home institution/department. 

Please indicate your wish to enroll for credit when you register. If you decide to take this seminar for credit, the UNC at Chapel Hill Cashier's Office will bill you approximately $300 additional. Contact the SILS program coordinator if your institution requires further information about the course. 

Cost and Registration

Register for Berlin Here! The registration deadline is March 8, 2019. The seminar tends to fill quickly so we encourage early registration in order to avoid disappointment.

Program is open to UNC undergraduates and UNC and non-UNC graduate students. The program is also open to professionals. Program payment can only be made by credit card (Visa or Mastercard). Payment in full is due at the time of registration. 

The cost for the 2019

  • Shared accommodation (roommate): $4,050
  • Single accommodation: $5,195

The registration fee for participants covers the following:

  • Breakfast Included
  • Airport pickup in Berlin (depending on flight) 
  • On-site orientation
  • Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner
  • Business visits and lectures
  • Alternative Berlin Walking Tour
  • Day trip to Postdam
  • Access to libraries and IES facility
  • All on the ground transport during daytrips and site visits
  • Health insurance and 24/7 emergency support

What's not included? Program cost does not include airfare to or from the US. Flights are to be booked separately and individually. For safety purposes, all participants are required to have a working cell phone during their time abroad. The cost of a phone or international plan is not included in the program cost. 

Estimated out of pocket expenses chart

If you decide to take the seminar for credit, an additional $300 (approx.) will be billed to you by the UNC Cashier during spring semester.  

We anticipate that this seminar will fill quickly. If you are interested, please register as early as you can to avoid disappointment. However you must WAIT until registration has been finalized before purchasing your airfare. If you need to purchase your plane ticket prior to March 8, 2019, or if you have additional questions, please contact Shirley Parker.

Cancellation policy

A monetary penalty will be charged to those cancelling their registrations. Cancellation requests received on or before January 31: 75% penalty. Requests received after January 31: no refund