Perfect for pairing with other programs.
Spend the summer studying abroad in Berlin and Paris, examining the impact of turbulent, disquieting, and at times, cataclysmic histories on these two fascinating European capitals.
Through coursework, 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 cities' architecture and public spaces to explore what is saved, erased, and honored in these urban landscapes
- Explore monuments and museums, contemporary media and sites where history was made and is now remembered
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.
Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
This multi-site program involves two 4-week academic sessions and is designed for students interested in examining the impact of turbulent, disquieting, and, at times, cataclysmic histories on these two fascinating European capitals. Combining in-class study and on-site field work in two world capitals makes this program unlike anything else.
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.
Summer Session I and II 2017 (8 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
*** 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 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.
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 is Director of the CIEE Global Institute - Paris. He 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 in, 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. 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
Jean-Philippe Primout has an M.A. in French language acquisition and a second M.A. in European studies. As 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 Intercultural Communication and Leadership.
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
The CIEE Global Institute-- Berlin is located in the central, multi-cultural district of Kreuzberg. The campus offers students easy access to a large public market hall, restaurants and cafés, and a variety of shops.
The CIEE Global Institute in Paris, is in the lively, central Sentier neighborhood, in the 2nd arrondissement. The Center Global Institute 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 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, students live either at a student residence or at a homestay In the first case, students live in a double room with their own bathroom, a shared kitchen in a common area, a gym and a pool. In the homestay option (limited), they will have their own bedroom, and four meals per week. Food markets are within walking distance of each housing option.
The study abroad orientation program (pre-departure and on-site after arrival) 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.
Study abroad students are required to bring a laptop or tablet PC. Internet access is available at CIEE and in the residences.
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
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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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.