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Program Overview

Program Overview

There’s no better place to study sustainability than in Berlin. In the Global Sustainability and Environment Program you’ll learn how Germany and Berlin became global leaders in sustainable development and experience first-hand the agents of change. In this dynamic program, expert instructors will discuss challenges facing the global and local environment and the important role that cities have to play. You’ll learn about local solutions--both in the classroom and out in the city--exploring cutting-edge technology, strategies and policies, community initiatives, and new ideas to challenge the status-quo and build a sustainable future. You’ll even have the chance to work on your own project and gain confidence in your own ideas.

Study abroad in Berlin and you’ll:

  • Visit sustainable development projects, government agencies, and sites of environmental challenges and solutions
  • Hear from, and interact with, local environmental engineers, researchers, ecologists, sociologists, policymakers, and economists
  • See your work published in a shared online student journal
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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:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    $2,500 toward program costs. To recognize high academic achievement, CIEE offers a limited number of merit scholarships to our strongest students. These awards are based on students’ academic records, and on the submission of a personal essay describing to us how their CIEE program will impact their college experience and future career plans.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Collaborative Projects

Work with students in small groups or one-on-one to analyze a challenge, develop potential solutions, and present a final proposal. You’ll also take a part in a Global Sustainability Summit, which brings together students and global sustainability experts from around the world for discussions about a core global sustainability challenge.

Excursions

Get out there and see Berlin. Go on numerous co-curricular excursions highlighting technological innovation, such as the EUREF Smart Cities Campus, and social entrepreneurship, like the innovative community garden culture throughout Berlin.Plus, you’ll take part in a multiday study tour to another German city to compare alternative approaches to sustainable development.

Partnerships

There’s power in collaboration. That’s why you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn from and work with local environmental engineers, researchers, ecologists, sociologists, policymakers, and economists. You’ll also work with Arup Berlin, the creative and inspirational force behind many of the most sustainable and innovative buildings and civil engineering, urban planning, and transport consultancy projects in the world.

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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.

  • 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
Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2016 (18 wks)
05/15/2016
08/15/2016
12/17/2016
$19,450

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 **
$14,607
Housing ***
$4,425
Insurance
$118

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.

* 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 on-campus residence hall option.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,600
International Airfare **
$1,200
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$450
Visa Fees
$82
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 on-campus residence hall; 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 2017 (18 wks)
11/15/2016
01/09/2017
05/13/2017
$19,850

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 **
$14,958
Housing ***
$4,425
Insurance
$167

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.

* 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 **
$1,200
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$450
Visa Fees
$82
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 on-campus residence hall; 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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Fall 2017
05/15/2017
TBA
TBA
$19,850

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 **
$14,958
Housing ***
$4,425
Insurance
$167

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.

* 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 on-campus residence hall option.

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,600
International Airfare **
$1,200
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$450
Visa Fees
$82
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 on-campus residence hall; 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
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
    • Minimum of two college-level courses in Environmental Studies or Environmental Science
    • Recommended completion of at least one college-level science or social science course with an integrated lab
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit is 15 semester/22.5 quarter hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students are required to take three courses: Global Sustainability Seminar, Local Sustainability Project, and Global Sustainability Workshop. Students on the program can also choose to take an elective course, including German language.

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About the City

About The City

The thriving global city of Berlin has been built over centuries around the River Spree. Home to nearly 3.5 million people, it's a place of vigorous growth and change. As the capital of Germany, business and governmental decisions made in Berlin reverberate through the European Union and world. Berlin houses countless small start-up businesses, with growing communications, life sciences, environmental services, media and music, and digital sectors. As a result of reasonable living costs, excellent public transportation, and immediate local access to parks and playgrounds, Berlin is ranked among the top of global urban quality-of-life indices. It offers locals and visitors alike a multitude of universities, research institutes, orchestras, museums, festivals, and historical landmarks to explore.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Raoul Bunschoten

Faculty

Raoul Bunschoten is the chair for Sustainable Planning and Urban Design at the Technical University of Berlin. He has a long-term commitment to developing new methods for urban planning that help mitigate and adapt to the challenges of climate change. Since 1993, Raoul has been founder and director of CHORA, an architectural design, urban planning and research group based in London, Berlin, and China. He is a specialist in Smart City planning and is involved in a range of Smart City and low carbon developments in China, both with academic and central government partners, as well as with local authorities. He is a co-chair of the Climate KIC Sustainability City Systems Platform, an EU initiative, and is co-founder of an Urban Lab for Smart City research at the TU Berlin. Previous teaching experience includes Senior Lecturer at London Metropolitan University, London, UK, research in urban and low-carbon master planning, professor for the Systematics of Urban Planning, Design, and Landscape at the University of Applied Sciences in Dusseldorf, Germany. He has published several books on the topic of sustainable planning and is a frequent international exhibitor and lecturer.

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Arwen Colell

Faculty

Arwen Colell studied energy and environmental politics in Germany, Japan, and the US, graduating with honors. After working for the Environmental Policy Research Center Berlin and the Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, she is now a Senior Manager with a Berlin-based startup designing infrastructure solutions for the smart grid integration of electric vehicles and renewable energies. She is also a faculty member of CIEE Berlin, teaching a class in German environmental sustainability politics. Her dissertation at the Environmental Policy Research Center focuses on community energy potential for social innovation. With her friend and fellow management member, she established BürgerEnergie Berlin in 2011, a cooperative set out to buy the Berlin electricity grid.

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Ying-Chih Deng

Faculty

Ying-Chih Deng earlier was trained as an economist, later he acquired his diploma in the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. He now works as a urban consultant, and teaches in the Technical University Berlin. His personal research focuses on the assemblage strategies between social condition, spatial structure, and sustainable business planning. He has worked on projects with agencies such as GIZ, Climate KIC, Stiftung Mercator in Europe, and MoHUD, NDRC affiliates in China.

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Lukas Kronawitter

Lukas Kronawitter is an architect, planner, consultant, researcher and educator in multiple facets of sustainable urbanism. Lukas Kronawitter serves as the Director of Terreform One in Berlin as well as Academic Coordinator and Design Studio Professor with the CIEE Global Architecture and Design Program in Berlin. He has served as visiting Instructor at the Technical University of Berlin Department for Sustainable Planning and Urban Design. Lukas has consulted on a range of international projects including Ecocity development in Tianjin, Chaohu, and Zhenjiang in P.R. China, and environmental impact assessment on the new decentralized energy transmission grid. As a researcher at the HafenCity University of Hamburg Department for Sustainable Urban and Infrastructure Planning, Lukas co-authored the book “Water Sensitive Urban Design” published by Jovis and at the Technical University of Munich, Department for Building Construction and Materials Science Lukas was awarded the German Chancellor Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for his work on life cycle optimization of recyclable building materials. Additional honors include the Holcim Prize and presentations at the United Nations in New York and UNESCO in Paris.

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Jan Wurm

Faculty

Jan Wurm has worked for three years at Arup Materials Consulting and Arup Facade Engineering in London before transferring to the Berlin office in 2008 to lead the Europe Region Materials Group and since April 2012 he is heading the Technology Team in Berlin. Jan enjoys lecturing and teaching and collaborative research. He is the portfolio holder of the Arup regional research activities and has been the creative and driving forces behind the internationally acclaimed development of the “bioreactive façade”, worldwide the first system that cultivates micro-algae to generate renewable energies in form of biomass and solar thermal heat. His work on structural use of glass for the building envelope has made him an acknowledged and internationally recognized expert in this field. His book “Structural Glass” was published in German, English and Mandarin by Birkhäuser. Jan’s recent commitments included a role as a visiting professor at the Danish Technical University (DTU) in Copenhagen as part of the Master’s Program for Architectural Engineering.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

CIEE Global Institute – Berlin

The CIEE Global Institute – Berlin is intentionally designed to connect you to your professors, your community, and your new international home. This U.S.-style residence combines the architectural charm of an old industrial factory with modern German design elements. The Global Institute – Berlin campus features:

  • A spacious residence hall that features en-suite bathrooms, fully outfitted kitchens, laundry facilities, and comfortable lounges
  • Lecture and studio space customized for our programs
  • A café, courtyards, and gallery
  • An on-site Student Life Office
  • High-speed Wi-Fi
  • Access to convenient subway lines and bike paths
  • Close proximity to restaurants, shops, and landmarks
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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Students live in an on-campus residence hall with a mix of CIEE students and resident assistants (RAs). Our RAs are local students who help CIEE students adjust to life in Berlin and are responsible for their safety and security. Students live in double, triple, or quad rooms with en-suite bathrooms and shower facilities. Students can prepare their own meals in full kitchens. 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 many restaurants and cafés in the Kreuzberg neighborhood. Residence hall lounges allow students to mix and mingle over meals, cultural activities, study groups, and special events. Larger common areas, quiet study areas, and inner courtyards offer comfortable spaces to pass the time.

A limited number of students may also be housed in local shared apartments (meals not included), or in homestays (two meals a day included), depending on availability.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Berlin before you leave home with our online predeparture orientation to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals. CIEE resident staff members meet with students online and share information about the program and site, highlighting issues that past students have said are important, and allowing you to ask questions.

A multi-day on-site orientation introduces you to Berlin, German society and culture, and the CIEE academic program. You’ll also get practical information on living in Germany, and Berlin in particular. Excursions in and around the city introduce you to the transit system and showcase major points of interest, resources, and amenities.

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Internet

Internet

Students are required to bring wireless-enabled laptops to use while on the program for both academic paper writing and studio work. Wireless Internet is available at the CIEE Global Institute–Berlin.

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Culture

Culture

Language Immersion

All CIEE students, regardless of language abilities, have the opportunity to learn German. Courses at several proficiency levels are available, and more advanced German speakers can take advantage of German-taught area studies courses. A specific section of the Global Institute residence is designated “German language only” to help foster a stronger commitment to language learning and cultural exchange.

CIEE staff can organize German language partners to help students practice and improve their German language skills. Additionally, for students with specific language acquisition goals, CIEE staff members can guide students to create individual community engagement plans to help them fulfill their objectives.

Study Tours and Excursions

All students take part in a multi-day study tour to another German city. Past study tours have visited Hamburg, for example, to visit the sustainable development projects HafenCity and the International Building Exhibition Projects. Students also toured BIQ House, the first building in the world with a bioreactor façade that allows the structure to generate all its energy for heat and electricity from the sun. Location and dates of study tours will be provided at the start of the program.

Students also take part in numerous excursions to locations significant to sustainability in and around Berlin. Previous locations have included:

  • EUREF-Campus – an experimental campus with testing grounds for renewable energy companies
  • InnoZ – a center for research testing and services related to fields of mobility and societal change
  • Tempelhofer Feld – a former airfield re-opened as a public park in 2012 that has become an experimental testing ground for citizen-initiated sustainable land use and parks concepts
  • Aldershof Science and Technology Park – a campus for 1,000 companies and research institutes focused on renewable energy and photovoltaics, innovative materials, biotechnology, and the environment
  • Wuppertal Institute for Climate Environment and Energy
  • The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Optional site visits may include trips to Moritzplatz, a new creative center of Berlin; Betahaus, a co-working space for the creative industries; Prinzessinnengärten, a pop-up garden and green sales point; Modular, retail for the creative industries and economic development anchor; the development around the Hauptbahnhof; the development along the River Spree; and a pigeon house atop Potsdamer Platz. All optional and required co-curricular excursions are subject to change and will be announced after arrival in Berlin.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Culture

Class work will include a combination of lectures, group work, presentations, and discussions. Students will work on a local sustainability project with faculty from CHORA city and energy, a research and teaching institute. Activities focus on sustainable urban design and complex urban management processes, and the development of tools for a smarter urban future. Open-source datasets, interactive methodologies, renewable energy, and the management of diverse stakeholders are used to design spatial and programmatic solutions and development scenarios. The Global Sustainability Workshop will provide a creative and inspirational force for students to learn from some of the most sustainable and innovative projects in Germany.

Nature of Classes

All courses are CIEE courses taught at the Global Institute - Berlin.

Grading System

Students are graded on the basis of class participation, homework, individual project work, presentations, and midterm and final examinations.

Students are expected to attend all classes, work on projects, and participate in group discussions. Student presentations and group reviews of student work are mandatory parts of the program and should be seen as invaluable opportunities for learning. Each project assignment is due at the beginning of class on its due date. Students also are expected to submit documentation of their entire semester’s work for final review.

Language of Instruction

English

(German language courses available among the electives)

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Course Descriptions

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 canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

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Global Sustainability Seminar

This course will introduce the field of sustainability. Social and economic dimensions depend on the environment, thus one critical focus for sustainability is the understanding the environmental effects of various socioeconomic practices, and in the discovery of new knowledge leading to more sustainable practices for the benefit of current and future generations. The course examines sustainability, specifically within the national (local) context, and also through the perspective that what happens locally also interacts with and impacts other regions and peoples.
The course will incorporate a Web cloud that provides basic information and points to appropriate content, including faculty-created materials, online lectures, and online readings. Videoconferencing will be another potent element of the course. It will allow the students to work on joint projects and receive feedback and viewpoints that a single local professor could not offer. Resident directors and other faculty experts from other CIEE sustainability programs (i.e., Australia, Bonaire, and Costa Rica) will provide content to support this global dialogue. During the second half of the semester, students will explore the past, present, and future of local sustainable communities. Combining theory and practice, students will participate in discussions, site visits, community work, and reflection sessions. A series of focused experiential exercises and group projects will enhance students’ understanding of the course concepts.
Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6.0 quarter hours.

Local Sustainability Project

This course seeks to advance students’ ability to understand and address real-world environmental problems by engaging in applied projects that have a real impact on local communities. Students will participate in collaborative research, receive professional training, and have access to human and technological resources. They’ll have hands-on opportunities to work on projects exploring processes of local water quality, urban farming, sustainable living, synthetic biology, renewable energy generation, and phytoremediation. Students will create and test actionable solutions that directly impact the well-being of residents in local communities. The course will facilitate interdisciplinary interaction between students, educators, and professionals to explore the effects of technological interventions that can have profound impacts on the lives of local residents.
At the beginning of the semester, students will be presented with local sustainability projects ranging from research projects originated by faculty at the host institutions to work with local companies and NGOs focused on sustainable development. Students will be assigned to interdisciplinary teams and will start by discussing the focus and content of their project. In a seminar-like setting, teams will develop a project plan and work with their instructor to design and implement it. The instructor will help with research methods, guide the teams through the research process, and provide them with information and resources.
The semester will culminate in a presentation of students’ research findings – with proposed and implemented solutions – to representatives of the local communities. In some cases, students may want to combine community-service volunteer work with their sustainability projects.
Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6.0 quarter hours.

Global Sustainability Workshops (Science and Engineering, Environmental Studies)

In these workshops, students will learn and experiment with new technologies and methods, such as the processes of water preservation and purification, renewable-energy generation, conservation biology, waste management, urban agriculture, community engagement, and more. The workshops will be offered in conjunction with the Local Sustainability Project course and give students technical knowledge and skills needed for project execution. They’ll be developed in collaboration with host institutions, faculty members, and innovators in each city. Students will have access to laboratories and equipment, as well as the local resources necessary for the individual workshops. The workshops will include topics and themes pertinent to the host location. Content will be adjusted based on a combination of local sustainability projects and student academic majors each semester.
Students will choose between two workshop courses. One is geared toward environmental science and engineering students; the other is designed more for environmental studies students. Non-science majors who have completed at least one science course with an integrated lab may take the Science and Engineering workshop. Similarly, science majors with an interest in environmental studies may take the non-science workshop course.
Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6.0 quarter hours

CIEE Elective Courses

Global Sustainability and Environment students benefit from the CIEE Open Campus model, which features a range of innovative courses offered in six-week academic blocks. Language courses include 60 contact hours, and area studies courses include 45 contact hours. All courses are offered for a recommended 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Students choose elective courses from five Academic Tracks:
Business
Communications, Journalism, and New Media
Health Sciences
International Relations and Political Science
Language, Literature, and Culture

Sample elective courses include:
German Language (6 levels)
Holocaust Studies: Ruin and Revival of Jewish Life in Europe
Berlin: The Capital of the Twentieth Century
Entrepreneurialism in a European Context
Contemporary Controversies in International Relations
Intercultural Communication and Leadership
Community and Public Health
Contemporary Challenges in Global Health
Berlin’s Emerging Biotech Industry
Academic Internship
Directed Research
Service-Learning Project

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