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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany; Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA Requirement: 2
Housing Option: Hotel/Hostel Areas of Study: Germanic Languages and Literatures, History, International Studies
Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student Program Type: Faculty-Led
Summer Session: 4W1 Four Week Session 1 GE Requirements: GE: Diversity (Social Diversity in the US; Global Studies), GE: Open Options – Education Abroad
Academic Credit: German Education Abroad Coordinator: Elizabeth Angerman
Program Description:
Berlin Then and Now Banner



ProgramBerlin tab 1

This program is scheduled to be offered again in May 2019. 

Students will explore and experience Berlin by learning about some of the most influential and memorable people who live or have lived in the city - from its establishment as a capital of the Kingdom of Prussia in the 18th century to its present role as capital of a reunified Germany and an important center of European politics and culture. Students will discover how Berlin has been shaped by specific persons and political or cultural events--e.g., the Prussian kings and queens, chancellor Bismarck or Adolf Hitler; the French Revolution, WWI and WWII or the Cold War; the invention of the railway, Berlin's DADA art movement or the new "Berlin School" of film--and how, in turn, the city has influenced history. 

By participating on this program students will be able 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. 

Resident Directors

Dr. May Mergenthaler
Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

Education Abroad Coordinator

Elizabeth Angerman
Would you like to schedule an appointment? Click on the coordinator link above to request one. 



Courses and CreditBerlin tab 2

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 spend considerable time analyzing the complicated interrelationship between Berlin's people, its landmarks and structures, and its history. The 2015 group spent time thinking about the impact of the city on such figures as the filmmaker, Leni Riefenstahl, the innovator, Emil Moritz Rathenau, and the figure skater, Katarina Witt to name only a few.



Application RequirementBerlin tab 3

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 apply for a passport, go to



Program Costs Berlin tab 4

Please refer to the 2017 budget sheet for estimated costs. The cost for the 2019 program will be finalized in late summer 2018. Please note that the 2019 costs will differ based on changes to the program itinerary, fluctuations in exchange rates, and other variables.  

Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $TBD 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 a 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.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.


This program is scheduled to be offered again in May 2019. Berlin tab 5


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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (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.



Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 01/03/2019 01/15/2019 05/06/2019 06/03/2019
NOTE: These dates are tentative and will be finalized by Autumn 2018.