Students will explore and experience Berlin by learning about the people, cultures, institutions, and historical events that have helped shape the city - from its establishment as a capital of the Kingdom of Prussia in the 18th century to its present role as an increasingly international capital of a reunified Germany and an important center of European and world politics. Guided visits to crucial sites of Berlin’s and Germany’s history will include Frederick II’s garden palace Sanssouci, the former Concentration Camp Sachsenhausen, an underground bunker from WWII, and the Berlin Wall Museum. Students will also get to know contemporary Berlin through visits of modern-day companies and media corporations as well as guided city walks, and receive opportunities to interact with Berlin’s youth. Last but not least, they will acquire a taste of Berlin’s hopping arts and entertainment scene through visits of the opera, the symphony, or variety shows, art galleries, and restaurants. Apart from the tours and accompanying academic instruction students will have ample time to explore the city and its surrounding on their own, learn what it means to live in Berlin, and to reflect on and share their experiences both with their classmates in Berlin, and their family and friends at home.
By participating on this program students will learn to
Identify and analyze similarities, differences, and interconnections between Germany and the U.S.
Understand and articulate some of the political, economic, cultural, social, and philosophical trends that have shaped the German nation and its people
Recognize and appreciate the diversity of contemporary Berlin
Observe and discuss how national and international diversity have shaped their own attitudes and values as global citizens
Though direct engagement with some of Berlin's residents and their stories, students acquire insights into what it means to live in a city that is at the center of globalization and that is becoming ethnically, culturally, and linguistically more and more diverse.
This program will be based in Berlin, the capital of Germany and one of Europe's most cosmopolitan and dynamic cities.
Students will stay in a modest, centrally-located hotel in Berlin.
Admitted participants are required to register in three hours of German 2798.02. This course can be used to satisfy the Education Abroad Open Option GE or the Diversity: Global Studies GE.
In country, students will visit important sites of Berlin, German and global history and culture, and reflect on the events that they represent and embody, and how these events influenced the lives of people both in the region and around the world to this very day. There will be select readings to supplement the tours, as well as class discussions of both the tours and the readings. Students will also be taught some basic conversational German to help them get around the city on their own. Students will write a personal course blog in which they will reflect on their independent explorations of the city, as well as a final reflection paper. The 2017 group discussed, for instance, why and how Germans living close to the concentration camp of Sachsenhausen tolerated the immense suffering of people in their proximity during the Nazi regime, and what it must have been like to live a divided Berlin, after WWII, until the fall of the Wall in 1989. Students also reflected on the cultural differences between their respective hometowns and Berlin with respect to interpersonal communication, diversity, immigration, public transportation, and education.
In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must be in good academic standing, have a valid passport in hand by February 1, and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Complete applications will include a letter recommendation from a recent instructor.
Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.
Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $2,966 program fee. The program fee includes housing, local transportation, required excursions, and breakfasts. It does not cover airfare, most meals, a passport or immunizations.
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
Tuesday, September 18 from 4-5 pm in Enarson Classroom Building 100
Friday, October 5 from 1:30-2:30 pm in Enarson Classroom Building 160
Thursday, November 15 from 4:00-5:00 pm in Enarson Classroom Building 100
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/travel (pre-travel health guidance)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.
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NOTE: These dates are tentative and will be finalized by Autumn 2018.