Berlin - Summer Study Abroad

Berlin at night

Study abroad in Berlin, Summer 2020 

Take the Berlin FLP (faculty-led program) from June 22 – July 10, 2020 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 three-week course 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 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 Berliners are coming to terms with Germany’s dark historical past through the city’s many monuments and memorials.

In the second part of our course, we will look ahead to Berlin's bright future in the realm of contemporary culture. Together we will explore vibrant countercultural sites, uncovering Berlin’s unique street art, exploring its hidden neighborhoods, discovering lively community spots, and more.

Learning by doing

Using their extensive firsthand knowledge of the city, your course instructors will show you some of the best that Berlin has to offer.

All course participants will stay in comfortable hotel accommodations in central Berlin, within walking distance of our study center and many of Berlin's famous sights. Daily field trips and excursions around Berlin will provide ample opportunities to discover this wonderful city. All field trips, course activities, and course excursions are included in the course fees. Highlights from previous years have included:

  • Historical walking tours of Berlin
  • The Jewish Museum
  • Guided tour of the Berlin Wall
  • The Reichstag
  • Memorial of German Resistance
  • Graffiti & street art tour
  • Brewery visit
  • Exchanges with local university students
  • Princess Garden
  • Tempelhof Field
  • Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site

The palaces of Potsdam

Take 6 units in Berlin

You'll enroll in both COMM 193 (Activity Projects in Intercultural & International Communication) and COMM 195 (Special Topics in Communication Studies), earning a total of 6 units in Berlin.

This two-course combination will give you a deep understanding of two complementary foci: cultural memory and contemporary culture in Berlin. Together we will explore historical and cultural sites across the city of Berlin, engaging in direct observations, interviews, and activities to learn about these important topics.

Anyone can participate in the Berlin, Germany FLP.

All class levels from Freshmen to Master's students are welcome.

All majors are welcome.

If you're not a COMM major, contact your advisor about how to use the Berlin coursework toward your graduation requirements.

COMM majors take special note: COMM majors can apply the Berlin coursework toward the COMM FIP requirements. If you've already taken COMM 193 and/or COMM 195, you can still take the Berlin courses and get alternative COMM credit for it.

Estimated Costs

The cost of the 2020 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 2020!

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 2020 can now be submitted via the SJSU FLP Application site. The first application window will remain open until -.

Afterwards, if there any spots remaining, a second wave of applications will be accepted from -. 

Any questions? Email the program leaders:

 

Dr. Tabitha Hart tabitha.hart@sjsu.edu 

Dr. Andrew Wood andrew.wood@sjsu.edu 

We look forward to hearing from you!