2014 PROGRAM DATES: May 23 – June 21, 2014
Please visit the Forms page for forms and necessary paper work for the program.
Geographically and politically at the center of the new Europe, Berlin links Eastern and Western Europe and will show you the world as you've never seen it before. The city offers an exciting mix of 21st century cosmopolitanism and quaint, small-town German neighborhoods (or Kiezeauf Berlinerisch!)
German-language classes at all levels are offered through Berlin's international language center, the Neue Schule. Students take a placement exam upon arrival to ensure they are enrolled in level-appropriate course. Students move from level to level based on personal readiness, so each student has the opportunity to advance as his/her own pace.
Students enroll in either German 157 or German 207. Both courses can be counted toward a humanities cluster in German, or toward the major or the minor in German. Students receive 6 credits.
One year of college German or equivalent, or consent from the director.
Students will have the benefit of a family homestay experience while in Berlin. Students will have private rooms in the home, but will be incorporated into daily family life. Families will provide students with breakfast and one other meal every day. Homestays give students a sense of the "everyday" German experience, and allow students to experience the diverse urban, social and cultural environments of Berlin first hand, "from the inside."
The group will tour Berlin and the surrounding areas by land and by boat. Students will discover the famous film studios in Babelsberg, visit Wannsee and the palace of Sanssouci, attend plays and concerts, and visit museums. Students also take one longer, overnight trip, and one day-long excursion in the surrounding area of Brandenburg. Past trips have included visits to Weimar to see Goethe's house and Schiller's house, as well as the nearby concentration camp Buchenwald. Students will also have one weekend free to travel at their leisure.
The Modern Languages and Cultures Mildred R. Burton Fund helps defray costs for UR undergraduates studying language abroad in the summer. Applications are due January 24, 2014, and may be obtained from the forms page on this website.
The program fee is $5200. Please consult the departmental website for the exact fee, which includes tuition (6 UR credits), family homestay with 2 meals, transportation in Berlin and the surrounding areas, all excursions, cell phone rental, and most cultural events. The UR Program Director or the Studienforum Coordinator will meet students at the airport or train station in Berlin upon arrival and accompany them to the homes of their host families.
Application deadline is January 24, 2014, though late applications wil be considered on an individual basis. Applications may be obtained from the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures in Lattimore Hall, or online by clicking here.
For more information, contact:
Professor Reinhild Steingröver
Chair, Humanities Department, Eastman School of Music
Information about this program is tentative and subject to change. Please check with program director for most recent information.