The housing option chosen by a participant is considered final and binding for the entire semester. No (partial or full) refund of fees used for homestay or apartment arranged by the program is possible after June 1 (in case of Fall semester) or December 1 (in case of Spring semester).
Please note the following information concerning housing and keep it in mind when making your selection on the application form: Switching from a homestay to an apartment or from an apartment to a homestay would only be possible under rather exceptional circumstances, and after very close review of your situation. It is thus better not to count on this option. Switching from one homestay setting to another homestay may be somewhat more easily accomplished, but only when it is deemed absolutely necessary on-site.
Participants opting for apartment housing are required to submit credit card information as security deposit. The apartments feature an internet connection via Ethernet cable, and WiFi access is provided in the common areas on the ground floor. There is no telephone connection available, but most participants buy a cell phone at one of the nearby shops once they are in Berlin.
If you wish to opt out of the two housing choices provided through the program, you may do so, but please note the following. Clearly mark the fact that you are “opting out” on the housing page of the application form. After the application deadline has passed (November 1 or April 1, depending on the semester for which you are applying), it is no longer possible to reverse your “opting out”: in other words, you have then firmly committed yourself to setting up your own housing in Berlin, with the program exempt from any responsibility in this regard. Please note that setting up independent housing in Berlin, especially at a transatlantic distance, should always be undertaken with extra care. Please turn to the independent housing submenu for details.