Summer Program in Berlin, Germany

Spend your summer studying German in Berlin! Below is information on:

Please note that all information about this program is tentative and subject to change. Check with the program director for the most recent information.

Program Dates and Deadlines

The program dates for the 2024 Summer Program in Berlin are May 18,2024 - June 15, 2024.

The deadline for applications with consideration for Burton Awards is January 24, 2024, although late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Apply online today!

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About Berlin

At the center of the new Europe, Berlin links Eastern and Western Europe and will show you the world as you've never seen it before.

The city offers an exciting mix of 21st-century cosmopolitanism and quaint, small-town German neighborhoods (or Kieze auf Berlinerisch!).

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Coursework and Credit

German-language classes are offered at all levels through Berlin's international language center, Die Neue Schule.

Students take a placement exam upon arrival to ensure they are enrolled in a level-appropriate course. They move from level to level based on personal readiness, so each student has the opportunity to advance as his or her own pace.

Students receive four credits and should enroll in German 207. This course counts toward a humanities cluster in German, or toward the German major or the German minor.

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One year of college German or equivalent, or the permission of the program director.

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Students have the benefit of a family homestay experience while in Berlin. They enjoy a private room in the home, but will be incorporated into daily family life. Families will provide students with breakfast every day.

Homestays give students a sense of the "everyday" German experience, and allow students to experience the diverse urban, social and cultural environments of Berlin firsthand, or "from the inside."

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Berlin is a vibrant city with a wealth of interesting historical sites. The goal of the program is to structure cultural activities after the morning language classes end, with longer excursions on the weekends.

Berlin is home to the world-class Berlin Philharmonic, and we are able integrate several philharmonic performances into our program, in addition to stage performances at historic venues like the National Opera House, The Berliner Ensemble, The Gorki, and other major stages. Three guided tours – at the German Historical Museum, the Topography of Terror, and the Museum of Musical Instruments – are organized specifically for our students. On the weekends we explore historically rich and important neighborhoods, like the historic Jewish District in Berlin Mitte and the neighborhoods along the Berlin Wall, on walking tours ending at equally historic beer gardens!

They will also take one multi-day / overnight trip to the city of Weimar, where we have the opportunity to visit one of several museums, including the Buchenwald Museum / site, as well as attend a performance at the German National Theater. 

Students also have one weekend free to travel at their leisure.

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Fellowship Aid

The UR Education Abroad Fellowship Fund helps defray costs for UR undergraduates studying language abroad. Applications are part of the online application process due at the end of January.

Students may be eligible for other scholarships. Please visit the Education Abroad website for more information.

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Program Costs and Application

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition (four credits)
  • Family homestay with breakfast included
  • Transportation in Berlin and the surrounding areas
  • All group excursions
  • All group cultural events

The program director or a representative from Die Neue Schule will meet students at the airport or train station in Berlin upon arrival and accompany them to the homes of their host families.

Starting in Summer 2017, tuition and program costs will be added to your official tuition bill. For information on payments and deadlines, please refer to you official billing statement from the Office of the Bursar.

Interested in our summer program in Germany? Apply online today!

The deadline for applications with consideration for Burton Awards is January 24, 2024, although late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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For more information, contact:

Lisa Cerami

Berlin Program Director
Visiting Assistant Professor of German
Lattimore 426

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