Berlin - Summer Study Abroad

Take the three-week Berlin summer FLP (faculty-led program) 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.

Explore Berlin's dark past & 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.

Learn 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

Earn 6 upper division units

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.

COMM majors can use the 6-unit Berlin FLP to cover the COMM Applied Activity (2 units) plus one FIP course (4 units).

Students from any other major can also participate in the Berlin, Germany FLP, and all class levels from frosh to Master's students are welcome.

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

Estimated Costs

The cost of Berlin program 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 for the Berlin FLP!

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!

Apply online through the Berlin FLP specific SJSU Study Abroad and Away page.

Applications will be accepted until the program is filled. Space is limited so don't delay! 


Attend any of our Berlin info sessions via Zoom:

Wed, Nov 10, from 2:00-3:00 pm with Dr. Andrew Wood
Mon, Nov 15, from 1:00 - 2:00 pm with Dr. Andrew Wood
Tue, Nov 23 from 9:00-10:00 am with Dr. Tabitha Hart 
Wed, Dec 1 from 5:00-6:00 pm with Dr. Tabitha Hart 
Thurs, Dec 2 from 4:00-5:00 pm with Dr. Tabitha Hart 
Mon, Dec 6 from 9:00-10:00 am with Dr. Tabitha Hart 

Email the program leaders:

We look forward to hearing from you!

Check out our slide-deck for more information on the unique Berlin FLP.