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Dates:
05/26/2014 - 06/23/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 04/30/2014
Credit:
3 per session semester / 4.5 per session quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

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

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06/23/2014 - 07/21/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 05/15/2014
Credit:
3 per session semester / 4.5 per session quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

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

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Dates:
07/21/2014 - 08/17/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 06/15/2014
Credit:
3 per session semester / 4.5 per session quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

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

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Dates:
05/26/2015 - 06/23/2015
Deadlines:
04/01/2015
Credit:
3 per session semester / 4.5 per session quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

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

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Dates:
06/23/2015 - 07/21/2015
Deadlines:
04/01/2015
Credit:
3 per session semester / 4.5 per session quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

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

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07/21/2015 - 08/17/2015
Deadlines:
04/01/2015
Credit:
3 per session semester / 4.5 per session quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

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

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Dates:
05/26/2014 - 07/21/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 04/30/2014
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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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06/23/2014 - 08/17/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 05/15/2014
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Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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05/26/2015 - 07/21/2015
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04/01/2015
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06/23/2015 - 08/17/2015
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04/01/2015
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Eligibility:
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05/26/2014 - 08/17/2014
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Program Overview

Program Overview

How does a city with an extraordinarily turbulent and disquieting past forge ahead without irresponsibly disregarding what came before? In Berlin, the center of German cultural and intellectual life, you’ll examine the dark history and bright future of this fascinating European capital.

Through coursework and hands-on exploration of storytelling, and memorial and public space, you’ll investigate themes of pride, shame, and memory while gaining critical insight into contemporary Germany.

With study abroad in Berlin you will:

  • Develop your own storytelling and radio production skills through hands-on lab and field work
  • Use the city’s architecture and public spaces to explore what is saved, erased, and honored on the German landscape
  • Take advantage of day-long and weekend trips to neighboring cities and sites
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Intercultural Comparative Experience

Travel with friends to a new city to explore history, art, architecture, culture, and social challenges. Part of every short-term program, our three-day Intercultural Comparative Experiences are an ideal way to highlight cultural differences and sharpen critical thinking skills.

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

  • Barcelona, Spain
  • London, England
  • Paris, France

Coursework

In Berlin, the city is your classroom, your laboratory, your muse.

  • 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.
  • Why simply talk about the role of memorial monuments and public space in modern German history when you can engage with them yourself? Explore Weimar and Fascist Nazi designs, and the stark contrast between former East and West German places and spaces as expressions of cultural values and dictated doctrine. You will also improve your drafting and drawing skills including 2-D and 3-D rendering.
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Excursions

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

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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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Costs
Summer 2014 Session I (4 wks)
Extended to: 04/30/2014
05/26/2014
06/23/2014
$3,850

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, 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 **
$2,498
Housing ***
$950
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

*** includes two meals per day for homestay students; no meals are included for students staying in the apartment option

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$850
International Airfare **
$1,250
Local Transportation
$90
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$625

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; students in the homestay option should budget 300 for meals not included in fees

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

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Summer 2014 Session II (4 wks)
Extended to: 05/15/2014
06/23/2014
07/21/2014
$3,850

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, 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 **
$2,498
Housing ***
$950
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

*** includes two meals per day for homestay students; no meals are included for students staying in the apartment option

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$850
International Airfare **
$1,250
Local Transportation
$90
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$625

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; students in the homestay option should budget 300 for meals not included in fees

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

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Summer 2014 Session III (4 wks)
Extended to: 06/15/2014
07/21/2014
08/17/2014
$3,850

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, 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 **
$2,498
Housing ***
$950
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

*** includes two meals per day for homestay students; no meals are included for students staying in the apartment option

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$850
International Airfare **
$1,250
Local Transportation
$90
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$625

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; students in the homestay option should budget 300 for meals not included in fees

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

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Summer 2015 Session I (4 wks)
04/01/2015
05/26/2015
06/23/2015

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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Summer 2015 Session II (4 wks)
04/01/2015
06/23/2015
07/21/2015

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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Summer 2015 Session III (4 wks)
04/01/2015
07/21/2015
08/17/2015

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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Summer 2014 Session I, II (8 wks)
Extended to: 04/30/2014
05/26/2014
07/21/2014
$6,930

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 **
$4,628
Housing ***
$1,900
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

*** includes two meals per day for homestay students; no meals are included for students staying in the apartment option

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,700
International Airfare **
$1,250
Local Transportation
$180
Books & Supplies
$150
Personal expenses
$1,250

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; students in the homestay option should budget 300 for meals not included in fees, per session

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

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Summer 2014 Session II, III (8 wks)
Extended to: 05/15/2014
06/23/2014
08/17/2014
$6,930

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 **
$4,628
Housing ***
$1,900
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

*** includes two meals per day for homestay students; no meals are included for students staying in the apartment option

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,700
International Airfare **
$1,250
Local Transportation
$180
Books & Supplies
$150
Personal expenses
$1,250

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; students in the homestay option should budget 300 for meals not included in fees, per session

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

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Summer 2015 Session I, II (8 wks)
04/01/2015
05/26/2015
07/21/2015

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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Summer 2015 Session II, III (8 wks)
04/01/2015
06/23/2015
08/17/2015

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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Summer 2014 Session I, II, III (12 wks)
Extended to: 04/30/2014
05/26/2014
08/17/2014
$10,010

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 **
$6,758
Housing ***
$2,850
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

*** includes two meals per day for homestay students; no meals are included for students staying in the apartment option

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,550
International Airfare **
$1,250
Local Transportation
$270
Books & Supplies
$225
Personal expenses
$1,875

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; students in the homestay option should budget 300 for meals not included in fees, per session

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

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Summer 2015 Session I, II, III (12 wks)
04/01/2015
05/26/2015
08/17/2015

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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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 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per session, unless otherwise indicated.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All study abroad students take the required course in each session.

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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.

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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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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

study abroad in Germany

You will be placed in either a shared apartment with the possibility of double or triple occupancy of bedrooms and a shared kitchen, living room and bathroom or a hostel with double, triple, and quad occupancy. There are no meals included for those staying in apartments.

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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.

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

Students are strongly encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Homestays and studio apartments have Internet capabilities, and the CIEE Study Center offers wireless Internet and printing capabilities.

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Academics

Academics

The three, four-week sessions focus on history and communications as a tool for understanding contemporary Germany. Students may participate in one, two, or three sessions.

Academic Culture

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

Nature of Classes

All courses are for CIEE study abroad students 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 German survival skills will be offered during orientation.

Grading System

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

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.

Session I

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 former-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, what is erased, and what is 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.

Berlin City Stage

Baroque to Bauhaus: Architecture of Berlin

Session II

Lands Lost: The Rise & Fall of Prussia & East Germany
Berlin was the capital of two places that no longer exist: Prussia and East Germany. The Kingdom of Prussia (1525-1947) was a major European power that ceased to exist with the rise of the Nazis and met its official end after WWII. The socialist state of East Germany (1949-1990) was created at the Potsdam Conference of 1945 and formed the front line of the Cold War until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. This course tells the stories of these two historically important German states. Students will learn the history and influence of these two vanished places within the modern context of the nation state while reflecting on notions of power, politics, sovereignty, war and international relations. Students generally spend mornings in discussion of readings and afternoons on local site visits.

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.

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.

Holocaust Studies: Ruin and Revival

Session III

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 former-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, what is erased, and what is 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.

Berlin City Stage

Baroque to Bauhaus: Architecture of Berlin

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 will emphasize several forms of Berlin theater and features lecture, workshops and regular attendance at diverse performances.

Holocaust Studies: Ruin and Revival

This course examines both the Holocaust and modern day revival of Jewish life in Europe. To lay the historical groundwork for the course focus is placed on the history of anti-Semitism in Germany and Europe and rise of Nazi ideology and propaganda that accompanied the seizure of power in 1933. The bulk of the class closely examines of the development and execution of the “Final Solution,” the Nazi plan for the total extermination of the European Jewry initiated at the Wannsee Conference (1942). The role of the Waffen-SS, the Gestapo, Einsatzgruppen (mobile death squads), collaborators and bystanders, and the concentration camp system and associated train transportation system are all examined. Throughout the course students examine the implications that the Holocaust has had on our understanding human nature including, individual vs. group mentalities; human obedience and self-preservation; notions of nation, identity, and race. To conclude, the course looks at the legacies of the Holocaust and the search for meaning, justice and repentance following the horrors of the persecution and murder of over 10 Million people. Attention is paid to resultant notions of human rights, crimes against humanity and the many memorials erected to grapple with one of the darkest events defining the 20th Century. Focus is also placed on the modern rebirth of Jewish life in Germany, Poland and Europe in the years following the end of the Cold War.

Baroque to Bauhaus: Architecture of Berlin

This course provides students with fundamental knowledge on the German architectural tradition through an historical survey of critical buildings and urban spaces. Political, cultural, historical and technological factors will be closely examined as influences on the process of design and the final built forms. Site visits, drawing and photography will be used to sharpen students eye for detail. This course will also examine the worldwide influence which German architects have had over time with careful attention paid to distinctions between German and American styles and the interplay therein. Site visits throughout Berlin, drawing and photography will be used to 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.

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