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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/16/2018 02/26/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 02/16/2018 02/26/2018 TBA TBA
Spring 2019 09/03/2018 09/28/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: German Major: Anthropology, Art History, Economics, Film Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, German, History, International Relations, Jewish Studies, Literature, Political Science, Sociology, Theatre
Program Description:

IES Berlin: Language & Area Studies

Berlin, Germany

Berlin
About the Program | Berlin,Germany | Eligibility
Fields of Study | Academic Culture | Student Life | Housing | Helpful Links
 
About the Program
Specially-designed to improve your German language skills, the IES Abroad Berlin Language & Area Studies Program draws upon Berlin’s rich culture and tradition to connect your coursework with the living history of the city. IES Abroad courses are taught in German by local faculty, and a variety of academic options are available at local universities.

Berlin will be your classroom. Can you imagine learning about German politics and policymaking in class and then taking a quick walk to visit the German Parliament? Or discussing multiculturalism in Berlin and then touring one of the city’s bustling Turkish neighborhoods? This is study abroad. Wherever possible, our courses take advantage of the city’s many historical, artistic, and cultural sites, and several courses also include a hands-on, practical component. To enrich your academic experience, you also have the option to participate in field trips to cities such as Budapest, Dresden, Hamburg, Krakow, St. Petersburg, and Vienna.
 
Located in Mitte, a central district of Berlin famous for its numerous restaurants and stylish boutiques, the IES Center is just a five-minute walk from the Humboldt-Universitaet Berlin, Brandenburg Gate, and German Parliament. It is housed on the ground floor of a modern red brick building and offers classrooms, a small library, a computer lab, and a student lounge with wireless internet access.


Berlin, Germany
Berlin is Germany’s largest city and the capital of reunified Germany. It is home to roughly 3.4 million people, contains large amounts of green space and is surrounded by woodlands and lakes. At the crossroads between Eastern and Western Europe, Berlin is influenced by strong and, at times, conflicting political and cultural forces which make it a vibrant city brimming with creativity and an energy that points to reinvention at every turn. A result of low living costs, excellent public transportation and services, and immediate local access to parks and play grounds, Berlin is ranked among the top of global urban quality-of-life indices.

Berlin is a city that showcases beautifully restored masterpieces side-by-side with modern ruins and new breathtaking architectural design and space. Due to its near total destruction at the close of WWII and subsequent occupation and division during the latter half of the 20th century, Berlin is a European capital with a unique urban morphology.


Eligibility
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Four semesters of college-level German or the equivalent (GERM 2040) for the Academic Year; five semesters (GERM 3050) for the spring semester. A language course must have been completed within one year prior to the start of the program; priority is given to students who will have taken German during the semester preceding their anticipated study in Germany
  • Foundation coursework in the intended area of study
Fields of Study
German Language, Contemporary German Politics, German Literature, German Studies, Art History, Cinema, Economics, History, Gender Studies, Music History, Philosophy, Sociology, Anthropology, International Relations, Linguistics, Urban Planning, Geography, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry.

Academic Culture
After a two week intensive language course and cultural orientation, students enroll in 15 credit hours per semester, which includes a German language course at IES.  For the remaining courses, students enroll in a combination of IES and university courses. Tulane students are required to enroll in at least one university course per semester.  Enrollment in university courses is made in consultation with Dr. Barbara Guelgoldt, the IES Berlin director, and member of the Deutsch als Fremdsprache (DAF) faculty at the Humboldt.

Berlin will also be your classroom. Imagine learning about German politics and policymaking in class and then taking a quick walk to visit the German Parliament. Or discussing multiculturalism in Berlin and then touring one of the city’s bustling Turkish neighborhoods. Wherever possible, program courses take advantage of the city’s many historical, artistic, and cultural sites, and several courses also include course-related excursions. To enrich your academic experience, you also have the option to participate in field trips to cities throughout Europe, such as Budapest, Dresden, Hamburg, Krakow, Potsdam, Venice, Florence, Siena, and Vienna.


Student Life
The program begins with a four-day orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Berlin staff, your fellow students, and the city of Berlin. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered.
 
Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.
 
The two weeks following orientation is divided between intensive German language instruction and a series of lectures, tours, and excursions related to the history, art, and culture of Berlin and Germany. The language intensive period ends with an optional field trip to Potsdam or another nearby city.

 
Housing
IES Abroad Berlin housing gives you the unique opportunity to live in homestays with local residents throughout the city. Hosts may be single adults, single parents, families, or German university students. Most homestays are in apartments. Students typically prepare their own meals at home or dine in affordable student cafeterias or restaurants. Meals are not included in the program fee.

Helpful Links  
IES Berlin Language & Area Studies

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