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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
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: English Major: Anthropology, Art History, Economics, Film Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, German, History, International Relations, Literature, Political Economy, Political Science, Sociology, Urban Studies
Program Description:

IES Berlin: Metropolitan Studies

Berlin, GermanyBerlinAbout the Program | Berlin,Germany | Eligibility
Fields of Study | Academic Culture | Student Life | Housing | Helpful Links

 
About the Program
Using Berlin as a case study, this English-taught program examines issues relevant to major cities today. Through comparative and interdisciplinary courses, you will study topics such as architecture, cultural identity, gender and sexual politics, multiculturalism, popular culture, and urban studies.

Berlin will be your classroom. Imagine touring Berlin’s neighborhoods and exploring the city’s architecture as you learn about metropolitan development and urban planning, or attending and then discussing a local theater event as part of your pop culture class. Wherever possible, courses take advantage of the city’s many historical, artistic, and cultural sites, and several courses include a hands-on, practical component.

In addition, your learning is enhanced by extended field study trips to Istanbul, Turkey and St. Petersburg, Russia that provide a first-hand comparative context for your studies. In these cities, you tour neighborhoods, visit museums, attend lectures, and meet with local university students and professors to discuss the topics you’re learning about.

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
  • Some background in German recommended
  • Foundation coursework in the intended area of study
Fields of Study
German language, Economics, Design, Sociology, Urban Studies.

Academic Culture
The week 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. The language intensive period ends with an optional field trip to Potsdam or another nearby city.

Tulane students are required to take one German language course at the student’s appropriate language level.  Students will additionally take 4 other 3-credit-hour courses instructed in English by IES faculty. All courses are taught by local faculty and taken alongside visiting study abroad students.


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 week 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 Metropolitan Studies

Contact Past Participants
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