Expand upon your knowledge of the dramatic events of the 20th century with CIEE this January in Berlin. Along the way, you’ll examine how historical forces have shaped Germany’s turbulent past and are building its vibrant future. Deepen your understanding of Germany through your coursework, day trips, and excursions. Make this a winter to remember with CIEE.
With study abroad in Berlin you will:
- Identify the major cultural, social, and political moments of the 20th century as illustrated by events centered in Berlin
- Take part in site visits and excursions that turn the city into a laboratory for learning
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.
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
During excursions in Germany, you’ll experience firsthand a country torn apart by war and now united and prospering. Encounter the contrasts history of divided Berlin in art form during a guided tour along the East Side Gallery, the longest existing stretch of the Berlin Wall. On a weekend class trip, students may visit Hamburg, Cologne, or Prague. During daytrips students may visit Potsdam or the former concentration camp at Sachsenhausen.
In Berlin, the city is your classroom, your laboratory and your inspiration. Capture the sounds and stories of the city as you work to create your own radio program. You’ll sharpen your research and reporting skills, develop interview techniques, and improve your editing and production skills while exploring studios and production facilities that introduce you to the history of German radio innovation.
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
- Tuition and housing
- Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
- Full-time program leadership and support
- Field trips and cultural activities
- CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the
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All study abroad students take the required course, Berlin: The Capital of the 20th Century.
About the City
About The City
Berlin is the dynamic and fascinating capital of Germany with a dramatic and disturbing past. As a center of German cultural and intellectual life, the influence of Berlin reverberates around the world. It offers an incredibly wide range of cultural offerings, including many museums, theaters, restaurants, cafés, music venues, and green spaces. With a moderate cost of living, Berlin is an attractive place for artists and young people who flock to the city and make it one of the most dynamic places in the world to work, live, and study. The 24-hour public transportation system is extensive and connects a city of diverse neighborhoods accessibly and quickly.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Marie Budde, MA
Marie is part of the Community and Student Life team at the Global Institute—Berlin. Marie has worked in international education for several years, most recently at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership, where she served as academic program manager. She has also worked with international students at the Freie Universität in Berlin. Marie holds an MA from the Brandenburgische Technische Universität in Cottbus, and a BA from the Royal Holloway University of London.
Eric Ginola, PhD
Having grown up in the Chicago area and completed his undergraduate degree at Macalester College, Eric went on to complete his graduate work at the University of Washington-Seattle, where he gained his first exposure to working in international education. Beside teaching at the UW, Eric has also taught at Gettysburg College, the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster and the Universität Paderborn. He teaches a variety of courses in the Language, Literature and Culture track but the majority of his responsibilities fall under the realm of Community and Student Life, including the study tours, extracurricular activities, day-to-day assistance with various student concerns, and various other roles.
Martin Kley, PhD
Martin oversees the coordination, quality, and planning of all courses and educational programing in Berlin. He is responsible for faculty staffing, finalization of syllabi, the course evaluation process, and program development. A native of Augsburg, Germany, Martin studied at the Universities of Augsburg, Pittsburgh and Texas, where he earned his doctorate in German studies. Martin taught German language and culture, as well as film studies, at Gettysburg College. At Gettysburg he also served as chair of the German Department.
John Roper, PhD
John Roper earned a bachelor’s degree in history and German studies from Brown University. As an undergraduate, he studied abroad in Berlin and upon graduation worked for several years as a study abroad advisor in the Brown Office of International Programs. John earned his doctorate in history from the University of Pennsylvania, returning to Berlin to complete his dissertation research with a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). His dissertation focused on early debates within the nascent gay rights movement in Germany at the turn of the twentieth century. He has taught at the Europa-Universität Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) and Touro College Berlin. Since summer 2014, John has taught courses at CIEE focusing on German cultural history, art and architecture, as well as gender and sexuality in contemporary Germany.
Kirsten Twelbeck, PhD
Kirsten is responsible for student experiential learning opportunities, including residential programming, events, external projects, and programs with the greater Berlin community. She also works with the Academic Director to further develop our programs and teaches regularly. Kirsten earned her PhD in American Studies and successfully passed the post-doctoral Habilitation. She studied American Studies (both literature and culture) and Theater and Drama in Erlangen, Berlin, and Bloomington, Indiana, and has worked as an assistant professor and a guest professor at several German universities before joining the staff at CIEE. Prior to her academic career she worked as a journalist for German radio stations and as head of divisions for the city marketing organization Berlin Partner.
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
Study at the CIEE Global Institute – Berlin in the heart of one of Berlin’s liveliest and culturally rich districts. Just steps away are peaceful inner courtyards, classrooms with state-of-the-art technology, the CIEE Café, and our Student Life Office, where students can get advice on how to make the most of their time in the city.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Students reside in the Global Institute residence hall, in singles, doubles, triples, or quads, all with en suite bathrooms. Students can prepare their own meals in the full kitchens, and CIEE provides basic cooking utensils and cleaning supplies. Students also may get coffee, tea, soft drinks, and snacks at the on-site CIEE café, or explore the myriad restaurants and cafés in the Kreuzberg neighborhood. Lounges of the residence hall allow students to mix and mingle over meals, cultural activities, study groups, and special events.
Students may also be housed in local shared apartments (meals not included), or in homestays (two meals a day included), depending on availability.
The study abroad orientation program will familiarize you with the country, culture, and academic program, and practical information about living in Berlin. At the end of orientation, you will be familiar with your new surroundings, be settled into your accommodations, and have a strong support network. Ongoing support by study staff is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.
Students are strongly encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop or tablet PC. Wireless Internet access is available throughout the Global Institute--Berlin.
The January program focusses on communications as a tool for understanding contemporary Germany while studying the art of storytelling.
CIEE classes are taught at the CIEE Global Institute and are designed to follow U.S. academic culture.
Nature of Classes
All courses are for CIEE students only.
Assessment is based on the individual’s overall performance in the course, including essays, coursework, and final examinations or papers. Students must check with their professors to find out exam and project presentation dates. Under no circumstances will CIEE alter deadlines or exam dates for study abroad students who have made conflicting travel plans.
Language of Instruction
Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
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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.