Berlin is the capital city of Germany and one of the 16 states of Germany. With a population of 3.5 million people, Berlin is Germany's largest city and is the second most populous city proper and the seventh most populous urban area in the European Union. Located in northeastern Germany, it is the center of the Berlin-Brandenburg Metropolitan Region.
Berlin is one of the most vibrant and interesting cities of Europe. This program will provide students with an opportunity to experience contemporary Berlin, discover politically, culturally and historically important places, visit multicultural Kreuzberg, take trips to museums displaying the history of divided Berlin, gain an understanding of the two different systems and German states, show them everyday life and oppression in GDR, persecution and resistance in Berlin during Nazi era. The trip will also focus on the question how history is preserved (or erased), how for example the memory of the Holocaust is publicly displayed today. Most importantly, students will gain an understanding of the ongoing process of change in Berlin, to a unified and at the same time increasingly diverse city in the heart of Europe and the European Union.
Course Meeting Time
|Q4 2019 - Classes Start March 25
||Thursday 4:00 - 5:30pm
|Monday, May 27
||Depart the U.S.
|Tuesday, May 28
||Arrival in Berlin. Afternoon bus tour of Berlin. Evening visit to Alexanderplatz und Fernsehturm (TV tower in central Berlin)
|Wednesday, May 29
||Morning visit: A Story of Berlin Museum. Afternoon visit to East Side Gallery to view remains of the Berlin Wall. Evening at Kulturbrauerei (Former brewery turned into cultural center). Group dinner.
|Thursday, May 30
||Morning: The Spy Museum. Afternoon: Reichstag, Topography des Terrors (Memorial to the victims of the Wall), Checkpoint Charlie Museum.
|Friday, May 31
||Morning: Jewish Walking Tour (Oranienburger Straße). Afternoon Jewish Musuem. Evening Cabaret
|Saturday, June 1
||Boat Tour on the river Spree. Afternoon: The German-Russian Museum.
|Sunday, June 2
||Morning: Kreuzberg Tour. Afternoon in Scheunenviertel (oldest part of Berlin). Evening theatre
|Monday, June 3
||Morning: Museuminsel. Afternoon: Free. Evening: Farewell Group Dinner.
|Tuesday, June 4
||Depart for the US.
Housing and Meals
Students will be housed in a hotel(s) in Berlin. Breakfast is provided each morning.
Program Costs (Budget Sheets)
Select your term of interest for the latest budget information.
- December 2nd: $250 deposit due
- January 15th: Program Balance due
Students currently receiving financial aid can use their aid for overseas study, and may, in some cases, have their awards increased. Students not currently receiving financial aid may be eligible. Contact the Financial Aid office (206 Culkin) for information.
Course Enrollment & Requirements
The study visit is a required component of the 3 credit "GLS 100 / GER 395 / THT 470 BERLIN: History, Culture, and the Arts. The course meets weekly during Q4, and a class syllabus can be found here.