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W&M Summer Study Abroad Program in Berlin, Germany


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W&M has its very own summer study abroad program in the city of Berlin. Berlin is an unbelievably vibrant multicultural metropolis and the capital of Germany. It is a unique location to study the experimentalism of the 1920s, the rise of fascism and the horrors of the Nazi regime, Cold War division and cultures of memory/commemoration, and the large-scale transformation of Germany and Europe into post-migrant societies. 

The program is open to students who have completed GRMN 102 or the equivalent. On three days of the week, you will attend language classes, and on the other two days you will take the Program Director's cultural studies course. Excursions are scheduled for both weekdays and weekends, and have in the past included the Pergamon Museum, the Kinemathek, the Topografie des Terrors, the Tempelhof, an architectural tour of the Karl-Marx-Allee, a day trip to Potsdam, kayaking in the Spreewald, and overnight visits to Dresden and Hamburg.

  1. if you have completed GRMN 102, you will devote 3 days a week to language study. On Tuesday and Friday, you will take the course offered by the Program Director (GRMN 290).
  2. if you have completed 202, you will have advanced intermediate language study 3 days a week. On Tuesday and Friday, you will take an advanced version of the course offered by the PD (GRMN 390). 
  3. if you have completed 205 or 206, you will take advanced language courses 3 days a week, and do the more advanced cultural studies course (GRMN 390) offered by the Program Director.

The program typically has between 15-18 students. You will live with a German host family during your time in Berlin and use public transportation to commute to and from campus. You will go grocery shopping amongst locals, visit cafes, and relax in the many green spaces of Berlin. This is an unbeatable opportunity to practice spoken German and to get a first-hand experience of German life.

You will earn up to 11 credits for the 6 week program. Before leaving for Germany, you must attend a one-credit orientation course, GRMN 204. This course will explore various cultural and historical aspects of Berlin and the surrounding Brandenburg.

For further information about the Summer 2024 program in Berlin, contact [[rellis01, Robin Ellis]].