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 countries.
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 on the German landscape
- 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
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:
To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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
- Berlin, Germany
- London, England
- Paris, France
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 Date Notes
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 *
Educational Costs **
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.
** 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 *
International Airfare **
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
Course contact hours are 45 hours and recommended credit is 6 semester/9 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated.
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
About the City
About The City
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.
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.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
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.
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
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).
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“”
Bastian Behrmann holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in media culture from the University of Bremen. He studied abroad in Sunderland, England, on an Erasmus Scholarship in 2010. Bastian also worked in California for a student travel organization and later tutoring study abroad students in the international office of Hochschule Bremen – University of Applied Science. Bastian helps students experience Berlin, coordinates excursions and intercultural activities and keeps the Berlin study center running smoothly on a day-to-day basis.
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.
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
The CIEE Study Center in Berlin is located in the central area of the city. The CIEE Study Center 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.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Housing is included in the program fee.
In Berlin, 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. 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.
In Paris, students live either with a Parisian host or in hotel apartments. Staying with a host is strongly encouraged as this allows students to fully experience the local culture and practice speaking French every day. The program fee includes breakfast every day and one light lunch every day of the week. All other meals are the responsibility of the student. Each housing includes a kitchenette and food markets are within walking distance. During excursions, all meals are provided. Students with disabilities that need more information about the residence hotel and the neighborhood, or students who wish to communicate supplementary information about their needs should contact CIEE prior to the program. Local consultants communicate directly with students with disabilities to ensure that they have full information about accommodations.
Study abroad students are strongly encouraged to bring wireless-enabled laptops. Internet access is available on campus, at residences, and homestays.
In Berlin, classes are held at the CIEE Study Center, and they are designed to follow U.S. academic culture. There are no more than 15 students per classroom.
In Paris, 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
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
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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.
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.