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Dates:
05/23/2016 - 07/18/2016 *
Deadlines:
04/15/2016
Credit:
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Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Spend the summer studying abroad in Berlin and Paris, examining the impact of turbulent, disquieting, and at times, cataclysmic histories on the present and future of these two fascinating European capitals.

Through coursework, film study, and exploration of memorials and public space, you’ll investigate themes of pride, shame, and memory and their role in the contemporary politics and society of both Germany and France.

With the Berlin to Paris multi-site program you will:

  • Use the city’s architecture and public spaces to explore what is saved, erased, and honored in these urban landscapes
  • Explore Parisian monuments and museums, contemporary media and sites where history was made and is now remembered
  • Take advantage of 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:

  • 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

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Intercultural Comparative Experience

Expand your global perspective and sharpen your cultural awareness in another international city during a three-day Intercultural Comparative Experience. With other CIEE students, you’ll visit museums and architectural wonders, attend a performance, take part in service-learning projects, and more.

2016 Destinations*:

  • Session I: Dublin
  • Session II: Palma de Mallorca

*Note: Locations are subject to change.

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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.
Program
Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Summer Session I, II 2016 (8 wks)
04/15/2016
05/23/2016
07/18/2016
$8,570

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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 **
$5,932
Housing ***
$2,225
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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes two meals per day in Paris and for students in the Berlin homestay option; students staying in the Berlin apartment option are responsible for all meals while in Berlin

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,150
International Airfare **
$1,350
Local Transportation
$200
Books & Supplies
$150
Personal expenses
$1,350

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.

* for students in Berlin apartments; students in the Berlin homestay option should budget 575 for all meals not included in fees

** 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

Course contact hours are 45 hours and recommended credit is 6 semester/9 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All students take one course during each session. In Berlin: Monument, Memorial and Public Space in Germany. In Paris: Memory and Commemoration in 21st Century France
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About the City

About 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 relatively 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 makes the entire city accessible.

About Paris

Paris, the capital of France, is a major world metropolis. The Seine River traverses the city; its waterways, quays, and bridges are major thoroughfares, as well as ways to see the city’s most famous monuments, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum, and the Notre Dame cathedral. The city is known for its cafés (one for every 200 inhabitants); its parks (Bois de Boulougne, Jardin de Luxembourg, and Bois de Vincennes); and its street life and markets. Paris is also known as a center for culture, art, fashion, gastronomy, and intellectual life.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Brent Keever

Brent Keever, Ph.D., received his B.A. in English and literary criticism from Princeton University, and his Ph.D. in English and modern studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has taught and lectured all over the United States and France, on such topics as satire and humor, the literary and cinematic representations of sound, mysticism, and technology, and ethics in cartoons. His research interests include the history of critical theory and criticism, film studies, musicology, and modernist poetry and prose. An avid translator and film sub-titler, he has worked with the French children’s literature group, l’école des loisirs, as well as with French politicians. He is currently working on a project that throws into question certain theories about listening and sharing.

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Souvent considéré comme un musée habité, Paris se démarque plutôt comme un carrefour où se rencontrent multiples cultures, croyances, langues et histoires. L’un des objectifs principaux du programme des études critiques et francophones est de vous faire vivre ce mélange énergique qui alimente l’expression artistique et littéraire, la pensée critique et le débat social et politique depuis des siècles. En puisant dans les arènes de l’univers culturel parisien et en suivant des cours proposés à notre centre et à l’Université de Paris, vous pourrez apprendre à négocier ce croisement qui libère et qui encadre les corps et les esprits, les mots et les choses.

— Brent Keever, Resident Director

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Bastian Behrmann

MA - Program Assistant

Marie is part of the Community and Student Life team at the Global Institute—Berlin. Marie has worked in international education for several years, most recently at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership, where she served as academic program manager. She has also worked with international students at the Freie Universität in Berlin. Marie holds an MA from the Brandenburgische Technische Universität in Cottbus, and a BA from the Royal Holloway University of London.

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Martin Kley

PhD - Academic Director

Dr. Martin Kley oversees the coordination, quality, and planning of all courses and educational programming. He is responsible for faculty staffing, finalization of syllabi, the course evaluation process, and program development.

A native of Augsburg, Germany, Martin Kley studied at the Universities of Augsburg, Pittsburgh and Texas, where he earned his doctorate in German studies. Martin taught German language and culture, as well as film studies, at Gettysburg College. At Gettysburg he also served as chair of the German Department.

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Benjamin Lorch

MA - Community and Student Life Director

Benjamin Lorch, formerly Resident Director of the CIEE Berlin Study Center, has been named Student Life and Community Director, in charge of student experiential learning opportunities, including residential programming, events, Academic Projects, external projects and programs with community.

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, and before that as managing director of the Chicago Public Schools – University of Chicago Internet Project. In 2006, upon being selected as a Robert Bosch Fellow, Benjamin returned to his ancestral German roots and moved to Berlin.

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Jean-Philippe Primout

Jean-Philippe Primout has an M.A. in French language acquisition and a second M.A. in European studies. As a center coordinator, he is responsible for a variety of center activities, including orientation, field trips, and information technology. As director of CIEE Summer Language and Culture program in Paris, Jean-Philippe is in charge of all aspects of the program. Jean-Philippe has studied, worked and lived in several countries in Europe, and he uses this experience to best address student needs. Jean-Philippe is also a professor of French in CIEE’s Contemporary French Studies program and teaches the Seminar on Living and Learning.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The CIEE Global Institute Berlin is located in the central, multiculturaldistrict of Kreuzberg. The CIEE Global Institute in Paris, known as the Paris Center for Critical Studies, is on the rue du Sentier in the lively, central Sentier neighborhood, in the 2nd arrondissement. The Center is less than a minute away from the Grands Boulevards, a 10-minute walk to the Palais Royal, and a 15-minute walk to the Louvre.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the program fee.

In Berlin you will be placed in either a double, triple, or quad-occupancy room in the Global Institute. The residence features shared kitchens, lounges, a cafe, and en suite bathrooms and showers. Meals are not provided

In Paris, study abroad students live either with a Parisian host or at a student residence. In the first case, they will have their own bedroom, and four meals per week; in the second one they will share a twin-bed room with another CIEE Student. Staying with a host is strongly encouraged as this allows students to fully experience the local culture and practice speaking French every day. Each housing option includes a kitchenette and food markets are within walking distance. During excursions, all meals are provided.

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Orientations

Orientations

The study abroad orientation program will familiarize you with the country, culture, and academic program, as well as provide practical information about living in Berlin or Paris.

At the end of orientation, you should be familiar with your new surroundings, be settled into your accommodations, and have a strong support network. Ongoing support by study staff is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

Study abroad students are required to bring a laptop or tablet PC. Internet access is available at CIEE and in the residences.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Culture

In Berlin and Paris, classes are held at the CIEE Global Institutes and there are no more than 15 students per classroom. Classes are intellectually rigorous. Students should expect to be active participants in all aspects of the class, keeping up with daily reading assignments and participating in class discussions. In addition to lectures and discussions, classes may include film viewings and outings related to the themes of the class.

Nature of Classes

Students take classes with other CIEE study abroad participants only.

Language of Instruction

English

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

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 canceled 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.

Berlin

Monument, Memorial and Public Space in Germany
This course looks at the important role that monuments, memorials, and public spaces have played in Germany’s turbulent modern history. Weimar designs, Fascist Nazi designs, and the stark contrasts between former East and West German places and spaces are highlighted as expressions of cultural values and dictated doctrine shaped by the powerful and complex historical forces of war, politics, aesthetics, and collective memory. In addition, post-war and post-Wall ruins and rebuilding efforts shed light on what today is saved, erased, and honored on the German landscape. Particular attention is given to Holocaust memorials and places of remembrance. Themes of pride, shame, memory, and collective consciousness run deeply through this course.

Paris

Memory and Commemoration in 21st Century France
This course examines the ways that France’s cataclysmic past—characterized by war, occupation, collaboration, resistance and deportation, and fierce colonial conflict—is incorporated into public discourse to serve contemporary political purposes. In addition to recent scholarship, our sources include film and literature, monuments and museums, and contemporary media. The class involves weekly visits to places where history was made and remembered.

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