** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Based in Berlin's vibrant and centrally located Prenzlauer Berg district, the KIIS German Culture summer program affords participants a unique chance to explore Germany's thriving capital, art, culture, and history. Instruction is divided between formal classwork in the seminar room of our modern hostel, field workshops or studio sessions, and guided excursions providing students direct contact with the city, its streets, and its cultural heritage.
Classes are generally held in two 2-hour and one 4-hour block each week, with the intention of spending the shorter periods in our seminar room and the longer periods in and around Berlin. Opportunities for individual weekend travel enrich participants' understanding of Europe and Germany in general and Berlin in particular. Class sessions are usually held Monday through Thursday for 4.5 weeks, leaving plenty of time for independent planning. German is not a requirement for this program although an interest in German culture is.
Students should be aware that research materials, computers, and printing are limited on site. Laptops are strongly recommended though not required. Students are responsible for purchasing their own lunch and dinner.
The program director generally arranges several group excursions. Varying from year to year, they may include a trip to nearby Potsdam with its Castle Sanssouci, a visit to the German Parliament (Reichstag), a day outing to historical Dresden, Nuremberg or Quidlenburg, an evening at the Berlin Philharmonic or Opera, and a riverboat cruise on the Berlin's river Spree. We will also share a welcome and farewell dinner.
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HIST 426: Hitler and Nazi Germany
SOCL 489 Topics: Coffeehouses and Public Life in Berlin