The Berlin Bear trying to do fifth position in front of the Kudamm-Karree


Berlin encompasses 890 km² and has a population of around 3.5 million. It is a melting pot of diversity which welcomes all lifestyles and all ages. Therefore a perfect city for students. There is nowhere else in Germany where nature and calmness intertwine so beautifully with the urban pulse that is experienced in the city of Berlin. There are magical woods, rivers and an abundance of lakes surrounding the city. As well as the green heart of Berlin known as the “Tiergarten” park. In addition there is another 2,500 public green spaces and recreational facilities.  So, walking shoes are a must in this city.


Berlin Dance Institute is based in heart of the bustling city. Students find themselves immersed in a hub for independent contemporary dance. Our students have the opportunity to explore all the cultural highlights on offer at Berlin’s 150 theatres and stages. These include three major opera houses, the Deutsche Oper, the Komische Oper and the Berlin State Opera at Unter der Linden. The latter is home to Berlin’s classical ballet company the Staatsballet. Students can explore Contemporary Dance at the Radialsystem V, home of the Sasha Waltz Company. HAU Hebbel am Ufer or Sophiensaele. As well as the numerous theatres which stage the growing and vibrant array of contemporary dance exploding in the city.

Berlin is home to seven symphony orchestras, more than 200 museums and over 400 art galleries. The ensemble on the Museum Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, Berlin is also highly rated as an important world city for street art culture, and is recognized for its unique visual appearance. There is an abundance of culture on offer for students to explore.

186 nations contribute to the lively and cultural atmosphere that you will feel throughout the city. There are cafes, restaurants and bars on every corner. Resultin in the most delicious variety of cuisine from all over the world. The nightlife in the city is also diverse and sometimes loud. There is no closing time for clubs at the weekend and many parties go into the early morning hours.

Life in Berlin

Below are a few links to follow for further information about life in Berlin:

  • For administrative addresses; the BAfög office, tax office, town halls, opening hours etc.
  • Home to “Students on Stage” (SOS) and performance space for upcoming dancers and choreographers.
  •  Schedule for 75 theatres in Berlin, short description of stages, ticket information, and festival overview.
  • Berlin dance news and dance calendar
  • Performances and projects involved in the annual “August Dance Month”
  • This portal is a joint venture between the museums, exhibition houses, memorials and palaces in the capital region. It provides an excellent overview of Berlin’s diverse museum landscape.
  • The best online city guide for tips, tours, food, art, life and parties
  • Up to date news on Berlin and Brandenburg
  • get discounts in several Berlin institutions, museums and other venues

Welcome to the wonderful city of Berlin.