Berlin - Summer Study Abroad

Berlin at night

Study abroad in Berlin, Summer 2017 

Take the Berlin FLP (faculty-led program) from June 19 – July 7, 2017 and earn 6 units of upper division COMM credit in Germany’s vibrant capital city.

A Vibrant European Metropolis

Rock star David Bowie called Berlin “the greatest cultural extravaganza that one could imagine.” One of Europe's most cutting-edge cities, Berlin has something for every taste and budget. World-class art and architecture, a famous music and club scene, beautiful parks and lakes, excellent international cuisine, and a fascinating youth culture are just a few of the things you can enjoy here.

Berlin’s central location also makes it easy for you to travel around the rest of Europe – even for just a weekend!

Students will stay in comfortable hotel accommodations in central Berlin, within walking distance of our study center and many of Berlin's famous sights.  Out-of-class fieldwork and excursions will provide ample opportunities to discover this exciting city.

Take COMM 193 & COMM 195 in Berlin

You'll enroll in both COMM 193 (3 units) and COMM 195 (3 units), earning a total of 6 units on this program. This special combination of coursework will give you a theoretical and methodological toolkit for examining the relationship between culture and communication in Berlin. Special topics covered will include local Berlin culture, cultural memory & memorializing, and Germany's green culture. The city of Berlin will be your living laboratory for applying what you learn.

All majors are welcome. In fact, taking the Berlin FLP can get you closer to graduation!

  • COMM majors can apply this course toward FIP requirements.
  • COMM course substitutions can be arranged.
  • COMM M.A. students can apply these units towards their program requirements.
  • If you're not a COMM major, contact your advisor about how to use this course toward your major requirements.
  • If you've already taken COMM 193 or COMM 195 you can still take the Berlin course and get alternative credit for it.

Meet your teachers

The Berlin course teachers are Dr. Tabitha Hart and Bettina Brockmann, M.A.

Dr. Hart teaches Communication Studies courses at SJSU, where she also directs the COMM department’s internship program. Before coming to SJSU she lived in Berlin, which she considers her home away from home.  

Bettina Brockmann teaches Communication Studies courses at SJSU and other Bay Area campuses. She specializes in environmental communication and disability studies. Having been born and raised in Germany, she is a huge fan of Berlin.

Both of your teachers look forward to giving you an insider’s view of Berlin, a city they know inside-out.

Estimated Costs

The cost of the 2017 Berlin program is projected to be approximately $4800 and will include:

  • 6 units of coursework
  • Hotel accommodation in central Berlin
  • Daily breakfast
  • 4-week Berlin transportation pass
  • All course excursions (usually 15-20) such as the Jewish Museum, Berlin Wall Memorial, Museum Island, graffiti & street art tour, green culture tour, Best of Berlin walking tour, brewery tour, exchanges with local college students, and more.
  • Welcome dinner
  • Farewell dinner
  • Health insurance for the duration of the course

Note that the course fee does not include airfare. Berlin students arrange their own flights to/from Europe in consultation with the course leaders.  Consider extending your travels by coming early and/or staying on in Europe after the course ends.  We can connect you with past Berlin students who have done this.

Grants and Financial Aid

Competitive grants and scholarships are available to help defray costs. Financial aid is available for students who take six or more units during the summer. Contact the course leaders for more info.

Apply now for Berlin 2017!

Applications for Berlin 2017 can now be submitted via the SJSU Study Abroad FLP Student Application site (Berlin 2017). The first wave of applications will be accepted through November 13, 2016, with deposits due by December 19, 2016. After that, if any spots are still available in the Berlin program, more applications will be accepted December 1 to February 2, 2017, with deposits due March 2, 2017. 

Keep in mind that the Berlin program can only accept a limited number of students (cohort size is typically 20-22 students), so be sure to get your application in during the first round! 

To learn more about the Berlin program, email the program leaders:

Tabitha Hart

Bettina Brockmann  

We look forward to hearing from you!