Berlin - Summer Study Abroad

Berlin at night

Study abroad in Berlin, Summer 2019 

Take the Berlin FLP (faculty-led program) from June 10 – June 28, 2019 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. Hundreds of historical sites, world-class art and architecture, beautiful parks and lakes, excellent international cuisine, and a fascinating youth culture are just some of the things you will enjoy in this amazing city.

A glimpse into Berlin's dark past and its bright future

Our time in Berlin will have a dual focus. In the first part of the course, you will learn about the concept of "cultural memory," and how it is playing out in our society today. Together we will look back in time at key moments connected with WWII and the Cold War. We will visit famous sites across the city to examine how contemporary Berlin is coming to terms with its dark historical past through its many memorials.

In the second part of our course, we will look ahead to Berlin's bright future in the realm of sustainability and green culture. Together we will explore vibrant sites across Berlin where locals are successfully engaging in "green living." You'll discover unique spots like neighborhood gardens, green design centers, repurposed parks, and even eateries offering "green cuisine."

Learning by doing

Using their extensive firsthand knowledge of the city, your course instructors -- Professors Bettina Brockmann & Kendall Barrett Sooter -- will show you some of the best that Berlin has to offer.

Out-of-class fieldwork and excursions will provide ample opportunities to discover this wonderful city. All field trips and activities are included in the course fees. Highlights from previous years have included:

  • Walking tour with one of Berlin's best guides 
  • The Jewish Museum
  • Guided tour of the Berlin Wall
  • The Reichstag
  • Memorial of German Resistance
  • Graffiti & street art tour
  • Schultheiss/Kindl Brewery tour
  • Exchanges with local university students
  • Princess Garden
  • Tempelhof Airport
  • Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Vegan cooking class

Take 6 units in Berlin

You'll enroll in COMM 193 (3 units) and COMM 195 (3 units), earning a total of 6 units on this program. 

These two courses will give you a deep understanding of two complementary topics: cultural memory and green culture in Berlin. Together we will use historical and cultural sites across the city of Berlin as our classroom to engage in direct observations, explore, analyze, and learn about these topics.

Anyone can apply for the Berlin, Germany FLP!
All majors are welcome.
All class levels from Freshmen to Master's students are welcome.

COMM majors please note:

  • COMM majors can apply this coursework toward FIP requirements.
  • COMM course substitutions can be arranged.
  • If you've already taken COMM 193 and/or COMM 195, you can still take the Berlin courses and get alternative credit for it.

If you're not a COMM major, contact your advisor about how to use this course toward your major requirements.

Estimated Costs

The cost of the 2019 Berlin program will be $4995 and will include:

  • 6 units of coursework
  • Hotel accommodation in a double-room in central Berlin
  • Daily breakfast
  • 4-week Berlin transportation pass
  • All course excursions in and around Berlin
  • 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.

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 2019!

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 as soon as possible!

Applications for Berlin 2019 can now be submitted via the SJSU FLP Application site. The first application window will remain open until October 31, 2018.

Afterwards, if there any spots remaining, a second wave of applications will be accepted from November 5 - January 4, 2019. 

Any questions? Email the program leaders:

Bettina Brockmann bettina.brockmann@sjsu.edu  

Kendall Barrett Sooter kendall.barrett@sjsu.edu 

We look forward to hearing from you!