COMM 164F: Communication & Global Organizations

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Program Dates

June 23–July 11, 2014

Program Overview

Earn 4 units of upper division credit in three weeks while learning about Communication and Global Organizations in Germany’s vibrant capital city of Berlin. This course is open to all majors and is especially suited to students studying Business, Communication Studies, Global Studies, Hospitality, Mass Communication, Public Administration, Sociology and Social Sciences. This course is taught in English.

The program cost includes:

  • 3-week, 4-unit COMM 164F course
  • Hotel accommodation
  • 4-week Berlin transportation pass
  • Course excursions including museums visits and Berlin city tour
  • Course orientation, bus tour, and welcome reception
  • Farewell dinner
  • Health insurance for the duration of the course

Country Facts

Visit the CIA World Factbook page on Germany for general information about its geography, people, government, economy, transportation, and more.

The city of Berlin is rich in attractions and has something for every interest, whether art, architecture, history, music, food, culture, cinema, nightlife, shopping, sports, etc. For an overview visit these sites:

Academic Program

COMM 164F examines the relationships between culture, communication, technology, and ways of organizing in various types of global organizations (e.g. nongovernmental organizations, not-for-profits, corporations). We will also explore the unique communicative processes and ethical issues that arise in international organizing.

We’ll cover a variety of organizational communication theories and concepts, evaluating their utility and effectiveness for understanding communication behaviors in international/global organizational contexts.

Students will develop a nuanced understanding of communication in international organizations. They will improve their confidence and communication strategies for functioning successfully in such contexts.

Eligibility Requirements

Completion of Core GE Area A1 (oral communication) requirement and/or permission of instructors.

All majors are welcome.

Course substitutions can be arranged for COMM majors/minors.

Accommodations, Safety, and Visas

Students will stay in a hotel in central Berlin, within walking distance of the study center where classes will be held.

US passport holders can enter Germany for up to 90 days without a visa. Your passport should be valid for three months beyond the period of stay. Other passport holders may need a visa and will be responsible for completing any required paperwork.

There is currently no US travel warning for Germany. For more information about safety abroad, visit the US Department of State Travel Information page for Germany.

Program Leaders

Dr. Tabitha Hart, Communication Studies
(408) 924-5510

Bettina Brockmann, Communication Studies
(408) 924-5533

Estimated Costs

The program cost for the Summer 2014 Berlin FLP is $ 3935.

SJSU Special Session Tuition (4 units @ $250 each)


Administration Fee


Program fees, lodging, meals, class materials and local tours approx.*


Estimated Total


*Program cost does NOT include airfare to/from Berlin, Germany.


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