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04/01/2015
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6.00 semester / 9 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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Study Abroad in London
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Program Overview

Program Overview

Spend the summer in London and Berlin, exploring and experimenting with the power of television and radio to document, inspire, enlighten, and persuade.

Through coursework and field work, film study, site visits to studios and meetings with producers and broadcasters you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for these communicative mediums and their role in the contemporary histories of both countries.

Study abroad in London and Berlin and you will:

  • Explore the rich history of British factual television and technological innovations that have paved the way for American ‘reality television’
  • Hone research, reporting, and editing skills, employing them to create your own radio production to be featured on a the CIEE-Funk-Berlin website
  • Enjoy day-long and weekend trips to neighboring cities and sites
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants
  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants

    For minority students from minority-serving institutions who demonstrate financial need based on estimated family contribution (EFC)

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    For students with a GPA or 3.8 or higher who excel in academic pursuits devoted to socially important areas of study

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $1,500 per student

  • Michael Stohl Research Scholarship
  • Michael Stohl Research Scholarship

    The Michael Stohl Research Scholarship is awarded to students studying for a semester or year who are self-identified as a 1st generation college student, demonstrate financial need, are a non-traditionally aged student, have a non-traditional background, and/or are planning to conduct research as part of the study abroad program. Preference is given to students from public higher education institutions. Awards range from $1000-$5000, depending on duration of study and financial need, and are applied toward the awardee's CIEE program fee.

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
Apply now

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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Intercultural Comparative Experience

Expand your global perspective. Choose to spend your three-day intercultural weekend in one of these European cities:

  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Paris, France
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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
  • Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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    Application Due
    Start Date
    End Date
    Costs
    Summer 2015
    04/01/2015
    TBA
    TBA
    $7,930

    Program Date Notes

    Program Fees

    In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
    Participation Confirmation *
    $300
    Educational Costs **
    $4,952
    Housing ***
    $2,565
    Insurance
    $113

    This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

    Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

    * non-refundable

    ** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

    *** No meals included while in London, nor in the apartment option in Berlin. Students selecting the homestay option in Berlin have two meals per day included while in Berlin.

    Estimated Additional Costs

    Meals not included in program fee *
    $1,700
    International Airfare **
    $1,850
    Local Transportation
    $325
    Books & Supplies
    $175
    Personal expenses
    $1,300

    The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

    * Estimated amount for all meals in London plus apartment in Berlin. Total estimated meals cost for students living in homestays in Berlin (for lunches), in addition to all meals while in London, is $1000

    ** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure; note that students will require a multi-destination ticket

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for each session is 6 semester/9 quarter hours. Each course has 45 contact hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students are required to take the one course during each session. In London, students will take British “Reality” TV: Documentary’s Long and Winding Road and in Berlin, students will take Funky Berlin—Radio Production and Storytelling.

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About the City

About The City

About London

Home of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games, London is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with over 250 languages spoken in the UK capital. This makes London the most linguistically diverse city in the world. London is at the cutting edge of the arts scene and provides access to music, fashion, museums (which are all free!) comedy, and theater. For those who want a break in the pace of London life, there is an abundance of green space to be explored in and around the capital, which boasts eight Royal Parks right in the heart of the city.

About Berlin

Berlin is the dynamic and fascinating capital of Germany with a dramatic and disturbing past. As a center of German cultural and intellectual life, the influence of Berlin reverberates around the world. It offers an incredibly wide range of cultural offerings, including many museums, theaters, restaurants, cafés, music venues, and green spaces. With low rents and inexpensive food prices Berlin is an attractive place for artists and young people who flock to the city and make it one of the most dynamic places in the world to work, live, and study. The 24-hour public transportation system is extensive and the city is well connected to other cities.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Benjamin Lorch

Resident Director

Benjamin Lorch develops and leads study abroad, customized and faculty programs in partnership with major Berlin universities and educational institutions. Benjamin is a double graduate of The University of Chicago where he studied urban development policy, sociology and media.

Prior to his work with CIEE, Benjamin served at head of communications for the Berlin School of Creative Leadership Executive MBA Program. From 2000-2006 he served as managing director of the Chicago Public Schools | University of Chicago Internet Project, a model program for educational outreach and community partnerships. In 2006, upon being selected as a Robert Bosch Fellow, Benjamin returned to his ancestral German roots and moved to Berlin. He has worked at the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (International and EU Cooperation Division — Bonn).

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Berlin is a city that wakes up every morning to reinvent itself. It is a city where business and governmental decisions made reverberate strongly throughout the European Union and around the world. As corporations and governments search for new economic models of recovery and sustainability in times of uncertainty, studying in Berlin allows students to witness new businesses grow while older pillars of the German economy shift and adjust their strategies. In addition, students in Berlin are able to contrast political-economic policies based on capitalism, Keynesian intervention, and socialist systems that thrive in Germany’s capital city. The city serves as headquarters for major German and European firms such Air Berlin, Axel Springer, Deutsche Bahn, Bombardier Transportation, Siemens, Universal Music Germany and Vattenfall Europe, and it is the capital of the largest economy in Europe. At the crossroads between Eastern and Western Europe, Berlin is influenced by strong and, at times, conflicting political and cultural forces which make it a vibrant city brimming with creativity and an energy that demands reinvention at every turn. You can feel that in Berlin. It has been said “Paris is always Paris but Berlin is never Berlin!” and indeed, that is true. Come change Berlin. Let Berlin change you.

— Benjamin Lorch, Resident Director

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Elizabeth Cameron-Cooper

Originally from New York, Elizabeth Cameron-Cooper studied communications at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. She has lived and worked with American study abroad students in London since 2002 and is an expert on advising students on cultural adjustment and living abroad. Elizabeth has traveled extensively throughout the UK and Europe, providing a wealth of information for CIEE students. As resident director, Elizabeth is available for advice and support throughout the semester. She oversees all aspects of CIEE programs in London.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The CIEE Study Center in London is located in South Kensington. In Berlin, students will attend classes at the CIEE Study Center in central Berlin.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

While in London, Study abroad students will be offered accommodations in historic and charming Kensington, just a few minutes walk from the CIEE Study Center in London. The majority of students live in double-occupancy rooms, while some will live in single, triple or quadruple rooms—all fully furnished. Students make their own meals in common kitchens, which are well equipped with cookware, dishes, and silverware. Common living areas in each residence allow students to interact frequently with each other.

In Berlin, Study abroad students live either with host families or in studio apartments. Staying with a host family is strongly encouraged as this allows students to fully experience the local culture and practice speaking German every day. For students in homestays, two meals per day are included. For students in apartments, meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Each studio apartment includes a kitchenette and food markets are within walking distance. Meals can also be taken at student cafeterias and restaurants throughout the city. All students use public transportation to commute to their classes.

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Orientations

Orientations

A mandatory on-site orientation session introduces students to the country, the culture, and the academic program, and provides practical information about living in London and Berlin.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop to use in both London and Berlin.

In London, all residences are equipped with high-speed wireless internet access. There is also a 24-hour, fully equipped computer lab at the Metrogate residence hall, which you will have access to.

In Berlin, wireless internet and printing capabilities are available at the CIEE Study Center. Studio apartments and homestays have internet capability.

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Culture

Culture

London

One weekend class trip and one day trip are included in each four-week session. The weekend trip will be a group trip by train to another part of England or the UK. Day-trip destinations could include Brighton, Oxford, or the Windsor Castle. London-based activities will include a guided walk linked to the themes of the class, and an evening outing to a theatre performance or broadcast.

Berlin

The academic program is supplemented with excursions and cultural activities. One weekend class trip and one day trip are included. Destinations may include Hamburg, Köln or the Island of Rügen. Weekend trips are led by professors and are linked to the themes of the class. Participation is mandatory. Past destinations for day trips have included Potsdam. A guided walk of Berlin to capture the sights and sounds of the city is included in each session.

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Academics

Academics

London

Academic Program
The CIEE Study Center in London was established in 2000; the summer study abroad program began in 2013. The summer session in the communications multi-site program, students will take a course titled British “Reality” TV: Documentary’s Long and Winding Road that will explore the rich history of British factual television.

Academic Culture
The course includes a combination of lectures, active participation, guest speakers, and guided site visits. Students visit organizations related to the themes covered in the course and are asked to give a presentation of their findings.

Nature of Classes
Classes are with CIEE study abroad participants only.

Grading System
Assessment is based on the individual’s overall performance in the course, including coursework, presentations and essays.

Berlin

Academic Program
The four-week session will focus on history and communications as a tool for understanding contemporary Germany through the course Funky Berlin—Radio Production and Storytelling.

Academic Culture
CIEE classes are taught at the CIEE Study Center, and they are designed to follow U.S. academic culture. There are no more than 15 students per classroom.

Nature of Classes
Classes are with CIEE study abroad participants only.

Language Environment
Although language is not one of the subject areas of this program and there is no language requirement, resident staff will encourage students with working knowledge of German to use their language skills in everyday settings. A brief session on Survival German skills will be offered during orientation.

Grading System
Assessment is based on the individual’s overall performance in the course, including coursework, presentations and essays.
Students must check with their professors to find out exam and project presentation dates. Under no circumstances will CIEE alter deadlines or exam dates for students who have made conflicting travel plans.

Language of Instruction
English

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Course Description

Course Description

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

London

British “Reality” TV: Documentary’s Long and Winding Road
The British have always considered broadcasting as a powerful medium which should be carefully and creatively nurtured, rather than left to market forces. Since the days of radio, the ethos of the BBC and other public service broadcasters has been to inform and educate, as well as entertain the public. Critical to that philosophy has been the development of factual programming—colorful tales of real lives, dealing with real issues which illuminate the world around us. This course will explore the rich history of British factual television, from John Grierson, who coined the word ‘documentary’ and made poetic films about the working class, to Michael Apted’s groundbreaking Up series, which has been filming the same group of people every seven years for 50 years, to the range of factual formats currently appearing on UK television. It will look at how the technological innovations, which paved the way for the American reality television phenomenon, have allowed the British to explore a much broader range of topics from manic depressive illness to cyber stalking and the “life” of a hospital bed. With daily screenings, visits from independent producers, and field trips to broadcasters, students will leave with an appreciation of the variety and richness of British factual programming, just how far it stretches beyond the American concept of ‘reality’ television, and the example it offers to the rest of the world.

Berlin

Funky Berlin—Radio Production and Storytelling
The German word for radio is "Funk." This intensive, hands-on, laboratory course teaches students to make radio while exploring the history, places, and people of Berlin. Students capture the sounds and stories of this vibrant, creative city at the crossroads of Europe. Storytelling and voice, listening and communicating are our themes. Study abroad students will sharpen their research and reporting skills, develop interview techniques, and learn or improve their editing and production skills. Local site visits to historically significant studios and current, state-of-the-art production facilities introduce students to the history of German radio innovation. We also explore the important historical influence of radio as tool of Nazi and Cold War propaganda.
Participants work intensively on both specific assignments and more individual pursuits that engage personal interests and muses. Final productions will be collected and featured on a the CIEE-Funk-Berlin website.

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