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09/10/2014 - 12/21/2014
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Extended to: 04/15/2014
Credit:
15 - 18 semester / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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01/06/2014 - 04/27/2014
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10/01/2013
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Program Overview

Program Overview

Come begin or continue your German language study in Germany’s dynamic capital city.

CIEE study abroad in Berlin provides challenging and stimulating courses in a range of subjects to increase students’ understanding of contemporary cultural realities in Berlin, Germany, and Europe as a whole. Intensive language courses improve your facility with German and deepen learning and social exchange experiences.

In Berlin you will:

  • Begin or continue your German language study
  • Select from a wide range of courses, focused on modern and historic Germany and Europe,and taught in English
  • Explore the country with overnight excursions
  • Get an insider’s perspective on Berlin through CIEE events and workshops on diverse aspects of the city
  • Participate in activities with German students and language partners
  • Live and learn in an exciting, accessible, multicultural European metropolis
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Enroll in an array of courses taught in English at the CIEE Study Center and Touro College Berlin, in various disciplines focusing on Berlin and Germany. Subjects include architecture, arts and culture, business, economics, history, psychology, political science, international relations, and cinema. In addition you will study German language at a level that suits your proficiency.

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Excursions

Enjoy an insider’s perspective that many never get. Guided site visits and self-guided excursion assignments unveil local culture, history, politics, and art that link classroom learning to modern realities. An overnight excursion to another German city such as Munich, Hamburg, Leipzig, or Dresden exposes the diversity of the German states.

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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
  • Local liability insurance
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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Costs
Fall 2014 (15 wks)
Extended to: 04/15/2014
09/10/2014
12/21/2014
$18,850

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, residence permit fees, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,598
Housing ***
$4,850
Insurance
$102

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

*** Students in the homestay option have two meals per day provided as part of the program fee. No meals are included in the student apartment option.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,600
International Airfare **
$1,450
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$300
Personal expenses
$2,800

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 apartments; homestay students should budget $900 per semester for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2014 (16 wks)
10/01/2013
01/06/2014
04/27/2014
$18,850

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, residence permit fees, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,598
Housing ***
$4,850
Insurance
$102

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

*** Students in the homestay option have two meals per day provided as part of the program fee. No meals are included in the student apartment option.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,600
International Airfare **
$1,450
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$300
Personal expenses
$2,800

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 apartments; homestay students should budget $900 per semester for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2015
10/01/2014
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

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.

Estimated Additional Costs

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.

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Academic year 2014-2015
Extended to: 04/15/2014
09/10/2014
TBA
$35,800

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, residence permit fees, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$25,698
Housing ***
$9,700
Insurance
$102

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

*** Students in the homestay option have two meals per day provided as part of the program fee. No meals are included in the student apartment option.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$5,200
International Airfare **
$1,450
Local Transportation
$800
Books & Supplies
$600
Personal expenses
$5,600

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 apartments; homestay students should budget $900 per semester for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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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 the semester is 15 - 18 semester/22.5–27 quarter hours. For the academic year, total recommended credit is 30–36 semester/45–54 quarter hours.

Courses have 45 contact hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students typically take a German language course plus four or five electives, either at the CIEE Study Center or at Touro College Berlin, located in Berlin’s leafy green district, Charlottenbug.

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About the City

About The City

The dynamic and fascinating capital of Germany has 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 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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Bastian Behrmann

Program Assistant

Bastian holds degrees in sociology (B.A.) and Media Culture (M.A.) 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.

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Benjamin Lorch

Resident Director

Benjamin Lorch heads the CIEE Study Center in Berlin by both developing and leading study abroad, customized and faculty programs in partnership with major Berlin universities and educational institutions.

Lorch is a double graduate of The University of Chicago where he studied urban development policy, sociology and media. Prior to his work with CIEE, Lorch served at Head of Communications for the Berlin School of Creative Leadership Executive MBA Program.

From 2000-2006 Lorch 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, Lorch 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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Maren Specht

Program Coordinator

Maren received her Degree in German and Italian Literature and History of Art from the Free University of Berlin. She studied abroad in Siena, Italy, on a Socrates Erasmus Scholarship. After working with students at the European Information Center Berlin, she joined CIEE in 2011. She brings a wealth of knowledge about Berlin and Germany to study abroad students and assists the Resident Director in coordinating housing, excursions, cultural activities and program development.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The CIEE Study Center is located in central Berlin, in the lively Mitte district, in a quiet residential neighborhood just minutes from bustling shopping, dining and recreation areas. Torstrasse, Prenzlauer Berg, Hackescher Markt, Alexanderplatz, and Museum Island are all within easy walking distance. The facility features several bright, airy classrooms, a student library, a spacious lounge, a small kitchen and coffee area, as well as CIEE administrative offices. Free Wi-Fi is available to students, as well as computing, printing, and complementary long-distance telephone.

Touro College Berlin is located in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin. The historic Bauhaus complex is situated on beautiful park-like grounds overlooking the Havel River, about 30 minutes from central Berlin, with public transportation connections. The campus features a large library, cafeteria, student lounge, and free Wi-Fi.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

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Study abroad students are placed in homestays or in shared apartments. Students staying with host families live in a single bedroom and have two meals included each day—generally breakfast and dinner. Students in shared apartments may need to share bedrooms. Meals are not included in the program fee for the apartment option and are the responsibility of the student. Restaurants near the CIEE Study Center also provide reasonable alternatives, and Touro College Berlin offers a cafeteria with a warm lunch option.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Berlin even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple—to help you understand more about the program, and to identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.

Each semester begins with a mandatory, on-site CIEE orientation session. These workshops cover program policies and provide an introduction to Berlin and German society, culture, academics, communication as well as ‘survival’ tips. Guided excursions in and around Berlin also help students become accustomed to the city. Ongoing support by CIEE staff is provided by on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are strongly encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Wireless Internet and printing capabilities are available at the CIEE Study Center.

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Academics

Academics

CIEE courses are taught by adjunct faculty, leading practitioners and professors from a variety of well-known Berlin institutions of higher learning, including Humboldt University, Technical University, and the Berlin School of Economics and Law. Courses at Touro College are taught by Touro faculty, leaders and experts internationally recognized in their fields. Touro College has both German and international faculty, most of whom hold doctorates or other terminal degrees in their field.

Academic Culture

Classes are small in size, consisting of approximately 15 to 20 students. Content courses meet each week, and include field visits in Berlin and surrounding areas. CIEE students may take German at any level. Students take an online pre-departure language test to determine their language level placement before arriving in Berlin.

Nature of Classes

Classes at both CIEE and Touro are taught using case studies in small, interactive classes, and through presentations and discussions. Teachers use a variety of methods to evaluate student performance, including written exams, group work, presentations, discussion of case studies, and class participation. Students also have free access to the Touro New York Virtual Library, allowing for in-depth international research.

The academic program is rigorous and demands significant preparation outside of class. Students should expect to be active participants in their course of study. Participation constitutes part of the overall assessment, and there is a strict attendance policy.

Classes are small in size, consisting of not more than 15 to 20 students. Courses typically meet once or twice per week.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

As study abroad students gain proficiency in German, resident staff encourage them to use their language skills in everyday settings. The more students participate, the more a community that contributes to German language proficiency and understanding of German society develops.

Grading System

The U.S. grading scale of is used. Content courses are generally evaluated based on participation, a mid-term, final exam, final paper, and small independent projects focused on specific sites in Berlin. In the German language courses, students are generally evaluated based on exams, quizzes, oral exams, and short written assignments.

Language of Instruction

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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.

CIEE Language Courses

Beginner 1
Beginner 2

Intermediate 1
Intermediate 2

Advanced 1
Advanced 2

Upon arrival in Berlin, Language and Culture students are administered a short German Language assessment to determine their proficiency level. Absolute beginners are exempt. Students are then placed into appropriate German language classes according to knowledge and proficiency.

CIEE German courses are designed to help students rapidly improve German, whether they are beginners or nearly fluent speakers. At all levels, there is a focus on listening, reading, speaking, writing, self-correction, socio-cultural competence and Self-reflection. CIEE Berlin follows the standards set forth by the Goethe Institute Deutsch als Fremdsprache (German as a Foreign Language). Courses are taught by qualified faculty with degrees in German language learning or equivalent certificates.

CIEE Area Studies Courses

Berlin City Stage: Performance in the German Metropolis

Students in this interactive course explore the diverse and exciting capital city of Berlin through the lenses of theater, performance and urban studies. Emphasis is placed on the city as a complex series of formal and informal stages on which both grandiose and everyday performances are enacted and observed. The course emphasizes several forms of Berlin theater and features lecture, workshops, and regular attendance at diverse performances.

Funky Berlin: Radio Production, Propaganda and Story Telling

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 will sharpen their research and reporting skills, develop interview techniques, and develop 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. Students also explore the important historical influence of radio as tool of Nazi and Cold War propaganda.

German Architectural History and Theory

This course provides students with fundamental knowledge of the German architectural tradition through a historical survey of key buildings and urban spaces. Political, cultural, historical, and technological factors are closely studied as influences on the process of design and final built forms. The themes of creation and destruction, growing and shrinking cities, and sustainability run through this course. This course also examines the worldwide influence of German architects with careful attention to distinctions between German and American styles and the interplay therein. Site visits throughout Berlin, drawing, and photography will sharpen the student’s eye for detail. Sites include the buildings of Unter den Linden and the Museum Island, Tempelhof Airport, Potsdamer Platz. Guest lecturers augment the curriculum.

German Business in a European Context

What is the secret to the robust German economy? How does Germany manage to “ride out the storm” of the Euro Crisis and remain a stalwart of European export power? Can Germany continue to maintain its traditions of quality and innovation in the face of increasing global competition? This course addresses these questions, examining the structure and dynamics of German business and the German economy, as well as topics such as government regulation, the role of trade unions in shaping the economy and economic policy, the German education and training system, the German economic relationship to the EU with specific attention on the Euro crisis, and the German place in the global economy.

German History 1871 to the Present

This course covers the eventful and tumultuous decades of German history since the founding of the federal monarchy in 1871 under German Emperor Wilhelm I and Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. Students examinethe Prussian and German Empires, World War I and the resulting collapse of the monarchy, and the promise and failings of the Weimar Republic accompanied by the rising political extremes of communism and fascism that gave way to the terror of Hitler and the Nazi Party. The course also covers World War II and the accompanying murder of millions during the Holocaust resulted in total defeat for Germany, which then fell into forty years of occupation and division during the Cold War. Finally, we’ll cover of the 1989 “peaceful revolution,” when East Germany rapidly collapsed,. the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of East and West Germany, with its hopes, fears, benefits and challenges.

Modern German Cinema

This course surveys German film history, exploring trends and movements throughout the decades as exemplified in variety of important and influential productions. Through lecture, readings, and discussion students explore fundamental debates over film in Germany as an aesthetic, social, political and entertainment medium for “the masses.” Students learn about the communicative elements of film as a medium and the common strategies employed in the critique of film. Throughout the semester, students view and critically assess a selection of influential German films, dwith special attention to their historical context (early pre-WWI, Weimar, Nazi-era, Cold War (East vs West), post-reunification, current movements. Students also visit the renowned DFFB film school in Berlin and the Babelsberg film studio in neighboring Potsdam. Students will attend Berlin-based film festivals including the Berlinale International Film Festival (Spring term).

Modern German Literature 1900 to the Present

Germany is has long been considered “Das Land der Dichter und Denker -- The country of poets and thinkers” and as such literature and philosophy have been intimately tied to German consciousness. This course focuses on translated works of fiction as mirrors on German experiences from 1900 to the present day. Students read and analyze novels, stories, poetry and song lyrics reflective of 20th Century Zeitgeist during the WWI period, the Weimar Republic, the Nazi era and WWII, the Holocaust, the Cold War and Reunification. Students also study accompanying history texts and works of sociology, commentary, and period journalism to place novels into essays into their proper social and historical context.

Policy and Politics of German Environmental Sustainability

This course looks at the complex intersection between German politics and environmental policy. Students examine various cutting edge environmental technologies and practices aimed at ecological sustainability and delve into the debates, power struggles, and political wranglings to promote or thwart these efforts. They examine the debates and various trade-offs surrounding the following issues: nuclear power, wind power, waste water purification, bicycle infrastructure, solar power collection, and greenhouse gas emissions. We’ll survey the positions of the major political parties,as well as the role of German NGOs and other influential bodies. We’ll also examine the important role of the European Union regulatory bodies and global and transatlantic considerations.. Each semester, students will complete a case study on a topic presently debated in Germany.

Seminar on Living and Learning in Berlin: Intercultural Communication

The CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning takes an experiential, developmental, and holistic approach to improve intercultural development among students. In this course, students acquire intercultural concepts and skills applicable to their daily experiences in Berlin. Active reflection helps deepen their understanding of the complexity and diversity of German core values and cultural practices, encourages them to develop a more nuanced awareness of cultural background, and helps them develop the ability to successfully handle the natural tensions of intercultural encounter. Through readings, field reports, discussions, and experiential assignments, students are supported and challenged to better adapt to life in Germany. The Seminar facilitates students’ intercultural interactions during their time abroad and positions them to approach future experiences with cultural difference more actively, openly, and effectively.

Transatlantic Relations: Germany, Europe and the United States

Through periods of war and peace, tension and détente, Germany and the United States have been closely tied to one another. This course examines the transatlantic relationship between Germany and the U.S. within the context of European and global politics and power. Focus is placed on key historical events, related diplomacy, and the role of the press and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) following WWII and leading up to the current National Security Agency (NSA) spying scandal. Students will explore differing values and general conceptions and mis-conceptions held among German and American leaders and citizens on both sides of the Atlantic (including anti-Americanism and anti-Europeanism), and examine examples of cooperation, competition, military- and economic-alliances secrecy, and transparency through historical case studies.

Touro College Berlin Area Studies (sample course list)
Accounting
Advanced Business Applications
Business Ethics
Business Policy
Comparative Economic Systems
Corporate Finance
Critical Thinking
Direct Marketing
Entrepreneurship
Fundamentals of Computer with Microcomputer Applications
History of Science
History of the Holocaust
International Marketing Management
International Trade & Monetary Systems
Interpersonal Communication
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Psychology
Jewish Ethics
Marketing Research
Modern Jewish History
Organizational Theory & Behavior
Portfolio Analysis
Principles of Finance
Principles of Macroeconomics
Psychology of Motivation
Real Estate Principles
Social Psychology
Statistics
Topics in Management
Topics in Marketing

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