Expand upon your knowledge of the dramatic events of the 20th century with CIEE this January in Berlin. Along the way, you’ll examine how historical forces have shaped Germany’s turbulent past and are building its vibrant future. Deepen your understanding of Germany through your coursework, day trips, and excursions. Make this a winter to remember with CIEE.
With study abroad in Berlin you will:
- Identify the major cultural, social, and political moments of the 20th century as illustrated by events centered in Berlin
- Take part in site visits and excursions that turn the city into a laboratory for learning
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
During excursions in Germany, you’ll experience firsthand a country torn apart by war and now united and prospering. Encounter the contrasts history of divided Berlin in art form during a guided tour along the East Side Gallery, the longest existing stretch of the Berlin Wall. On a weekend class trip, students may visit Hamburg, Cologne, or Prague. During daytrips students may visit Potsdam or the former concentration camp at Sachsenhausen.
In Berlin, the city is your classroom, your laboratory and your inspiration. Capture the sounds and stories of the city as you work to create your own radio program. You’ll sharpen your research and reporting skills, develop interview techniques, and improve your editing and production skills while exploring studios and production facilities that introduce you to the history of German radio innovation.
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.
- 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
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January 2017 (3 wks)
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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.
** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
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.
* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure
Total credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours and 45 contact hours.
All study abroad students take the required course, Berlin: The Capital of the 20th Century.
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 a moderate cost of living, 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 connects a city of diverse neighborhoods accessibly and quickly.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
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.
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.
Dr. Cary Nathenson has overall responsibility for the management of all aspects of the Global Institute to ensure the highest levels of program quality. Prior to joining CIEE, he served as associate dean for Humanities, Arts, and Sciences at the University of Chicago, and oversaw the university’s Summer Session, which provides residential academic programs for high school and university students. He previously served as assistant dean for graduate programs at Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies, where he developed professional master’s degree programs; and co-founded The Public Square, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting intersections between intellectual work and the general public. Cary has held faculty positions at the University of Houston, Northwestern University, Duke University, and Grinnell College. He teaches and publishes on film of the Nazi era, German-Jewish topics, and contemporary German society.
A native of Chicago, Cary earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in German from the University of Illinois. He earned his doctorate in German from Washington University in St. Louis with a dissertation on the novelist/journalist Joseph Roth and the modernity of Berlin in the Weimar Republic era.
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
Study at the CIEE Global Institute – Berlin in the heart of one of Berlin’s liveliest and culturally rich districts. Just steps away are peaceful inner courtyards, classrooms with state-of-the-art technology, the CIEE Café, and our Student Life Office, where students can get advice on how to make the most of their time in the city.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Students reside in the Global Institute residence hall, in singles, doubles, triples, or quads, all with en suite bathrooms. Students can prepare their own meals in the full kitchens, and CIEE provides basic cooking utensils and cleaning supplies. Students also may get coffee, tea, soft drinks, and snacks at the on-site CIEE café, or explore the myriad restaurants and cafés in the Kreuzberg neighborhood. Lounges of the residence hall allow students to mix and mingle over meals, cultural activities, study groups, and special events.
Students may also be housed in local shared apartments (meals not included), or in homestays (two meals a day included), depending on availability.
The study abroad orientation program will familiarize you with the country, culture, and academic program, and practical information about living in Berlin. At the end of orientation, you will 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.
Students are strongly encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop or tablet PC. Wireless Internet access is available throughout the Global Institute--Berlin.
The January program focusses on communications as a tool for understanding contemporary Germany while studying the art of storytelling.
CIEE classes are taught at the CIEE Global Institute and are designed to follow U.S. academic culture.
Nature of Classes
All courses are for CIEE students only.
Assessment is based on the individual’s overall performance in the course, including essays, coursework, and final examinations or papers. 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 study abroad students who have made conflicting travel plans.
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 canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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HIST 3003 BRGE / GEST 3001 BRGE
BERLIN: THE CAPITAL OF THE 20th CENTURY
Berlin was the stage upon which the drama of the turbulent 20th century played out. In the 1920s, Berlin defined what it meant to be modern: It was the intellectual fulcrum of a liberal republic and a glamorous café society. But that republic was unstable, and soon a Fascist government destroyed this atmosphere of tolerance and many of the great works of art and literature created by its talented freethinkers. After 1945, the bombed-out city became a frontline of the Cold War, but with the fall of the Wall in 1989, Berlin began a new era as a center of creativity. Berlin’s fascinating and turbulent past make it the perfect place to study what 20th-century modernity means, and what the future of modernity might hold. This course combines seminars and site visits to take students on a cultural, literary journey through the many layers of this great metropolis.